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My car runs erratically, my son was driving , city driving, when he said it just starting to lose power. I started in and the engine is not running smooth. I have 186186 miles, its in great shape, but my son let the oil go down over a quart. Any suggestions???????????? Don't know to much about cars, but I would guess that one of the electronic firing things is shot? MickPick... Eau Claire, WI

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  • mike728 Jun 04, 2009

    I'm a rookie plus on cars, give me a computer and I will rip it apart, fix it, reassemble... no sweat! But cars????????

    I'll see what happens and I appreciate your help.

  • mike728 Jun 05, 2009

    I got it fixed, I replaced a bad ing coil on #1 cylinder. Another post narrowed it down.

    You have a wide assortment of ideas... but I have to give the other person the high score for the detail.



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See if adding oil solves it.

If the idle is not smooth then it could be the Idle Control Solenoid Valve. It must need cleaning.

If it is an old car with carbs, you may want to check the idle. Might be low. You can adjust it on the carb. Or it could be on the air fuel mixture.

It may also be the spark plugs. Check the high tension wires that goes to the spark plug from the distributor if they are loose. You can check if they are working fine if you try to pull out the hi tensions wire plug (the end that attaches to the spark plug on the engine itself) one at a time while the engine is running. If you pull out a plug while here will be no changes in the way the engine is running vs the other plugs, you may have a faulty cable there or a faulty spark plug.

Posted on Jun 04, 2009

  • Nicolo Carlo Parazo Jun 04, 2009

    to add check also the vacuum hoses. These are the small black rubber hoses on your engine. See if there are ones that came of or has leaks



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