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1998 camaro 3.8 liter. clicking noise under hood, car starts bucking, engine dies, white smoke under hood. turn key on, no electrical power

Car ran fine, no issues recent oil change. well maintained

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    jonmorr173 Dec 31, 2013

    Possible seized up alternator?

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Electronic control module (or ECU) would be my guess

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SOURCE: 98 PLYMOUTH GRAND VOYAGER WONT START - BLOWS ENG FUSE - HELP

You have a shorted engine harness, this is not common but it does happen, heat and engine movement cause damage to the harness, this is most common on hi miler cars and vans, the only way to fix it is to start by looking anywhere the harness rubs, that is where the damage occurs.

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first thing you got to do is determen weather its electrical or fuel problem, you can take a test light and hook to a ground and the light end to a spark plug and see if it lights while someone turns over engine, if it lights you got spark. if its got spark, on to fuel, take fuel pressure test, don't think because you can hear pump working does not mean it is, it can sound like it is but its not, at least putting out enought pressure, not the correct amount it will not run. pumps will go out just that way with no warning at all.

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SOURCE: alternator and electrical problems ive changed alternator twice,now clicking noise under dash bat. light comes on and dash lights flicker

check all battey connections and system grounds. Check that the battery has 12v and holds properly when load tested. To check charging system, don't disconnect any battery leads...put a volt meter across the battery. when running, you should have at least 12.9v and volts should not drop. (usual reading is generally at or near 13) at idle with all accessories on voltage should be close to that as well. voltage should not exceed 14.Also make sure that drive belt is not slipping.

Posted on May 12, 2009

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SOURCE: white tail smoke, both temp gauges (oil/engine)

Alright there your on the money there. A4 audi's and The 2liter golfs do haed gaskets at around 145-150,000 miles. the oil's foamy kinda yellowie cream. Tip for ya When you do the head gasket cahnge the rad and water pump at the same time. Mine didthe same it's costly but worth it for piece of mind, Plus is the only time you get to the water pump apart from changing the timing belt.

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SOURCE: I think I forgot to put oil in the car or even check it...Oooops!

If you heard a shriek, squeak or squeal, you most likely have AT LEAST a spun bearing. This must be replaced. The shaft it is on is also damaged, if not totally ruined.

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