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Supposedly this happened due to neglect of maintenance with oil changes, etc. I didn't have oil changes made every 3,000. I've driven it for under 11,000 and the engine is non-lubricated according to my dealership. I had one oil change in the middle of it all, which from past experience has always been enough, but I do understand that it is perceived insufficient. Well, I want to do every thing I can on my own before I have to take it to a repair shop. Where do I start? What do I check first? Can one in general technically fix a problem like this? The dealership gave me the estimate of $4,100 at the cheapest to fix the problem, but I've had dealers fix the same problem for roughly $1,000. So if I want to say, change my oil again and the filter, and/or change or repair the oil pump, and/or change the idle control valve, etc., could I do any or all of that myself, not realistically, but technically. I'm the epitome of a citizen who's contracted the recession's worst symptoms, so I need to do everything with the money I don't have--literally depraving. Thank you for your time and I hope to hear back from you soon. :) ~Mike

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11,000 miles you whrtr asking for burnt rod and main bearings and oil pump.Hell try the oil pump what do you have to lose?

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