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Air conditioning Last weekened i cleaned my engine with engine degreaser and water (exterior) the day after, when I am in idle and press the gas my air bag light comes on. If I go in reverse nothing happens. When I go in drive and press the gas, airbag light is on, ABS INOP light stays on, check gages light flickers (with headlight) battery gauge jumps, low oil light comes on, and service engine light flickers on and off. I have replaced the ground stud on the fender and cleaned the paint off there. Third brake light bulbs are all good. I do not see any melted wires in the compartment, and I'm out of ideas. Could anyone please help???

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Is your car equipped with an OBD-I or OBD-II system? If it is OBD-II, invest in an OBD-II scan reader- since you'll be able to pull valuable source information from it to help troubleshoot the problem. If your on a limited budget and cannot obtain the scan reader, some auto supply stores, like NAPA, Pep Boys, and Auto Zone will either rent one out to you or they may hook up their reader for free.

The big question for now is, what type and brand name degreaser did you use? If it contains petroleum distillates, it will break down plastic, rubber, and other materials prone to deteriorate- when exposed to petroleum based cleaners.

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SOURCE: Fluctuating oil pressure gauge.

Two quarts is about half the capacity. The pump was probably starved of lubrication and is failing.

If that's not expensive enough, you may now have a problem with a damaged engine. You may want to just put that money into a new vehicle.

I don't think the car would have enough power in its present condition to get high enough to reach a cliff, and driving it into a lake would not be environmentally sound. Besides, the fine would not be worth it.

The cheapest and easiest maintainance that anyone can do on a car to avoid expensive repairs is still checking the oil ever 1000 miles (filling if necessary!) and changing it every 3000.

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The warning lights are telling you that something is malfunctioning. As long as the warning lights are "ON" you can take it to most major auto parts stores and they will scan it for free, and if the guy that scans it has any automotive knowledge, he'll be able to tell you what is wrong and how/ how much to fix it.
Once you get the codes that the computer is giving, it'll be easier to diagnose your problem, and there are lots of guys on the website who'll be more than happy to tell you how to fix it.

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SOURCE: 91 S10 rough idle, stalling ALDL problems

Make sure there is no vacuum leaks.

Vacuum leak at intake manifold and vacuum hose.

Bad Idle Air Control Motor (IAC)

Low compression (170 psi + is OK)

Start cleaning and repair these trouble spots and see is there any improvement.


For more advance DIY'er then you may try this.

Use a can of Berryman carburetor clean to locate the vacuum leak.


This is a 20-30 minutes job.

Vacuum leaks can occur in following locations.

Intake manifold AND/OR vacuum lines.

Intake manifold is not accessible unless the engine head if off.

You can still check the potential leak by spraying some Berryman near the intake manifold.

Listen for rpm increase after you introduce the Berryman (FUEL) at idle.

Do the same starting from the brake booster unit (the round unit) on the drive side fire all.

Carefully listen for increase of RPM right after to spray the Berryman to the potential vacuum spot.

Get a friend to HEAR the RPM increase or monitor for RPM on the tech.

DO NOT AIM the Berryman into any heat source.

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