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#86 of 218 Car cutting of while driving
Aug 29, 2008 (4:28 pm)
I have a 1999 Chevy Lumina with over 200,000 miles. It will cut off while I am driving. The word VOLTS and picture of oil can will light up.
Sometimes I will feel the car jerk so I will ease off of the gas pedal and it won't cut off. The fuel line was repaired about a month ago and the mechanic recommended replacing spark plugs and wiring. Any ideas as to what the problem could be? Thanks.
#87 of 218 Re: lumnia transmission problems [brian78]
Aug 30, 2008 (2:51 pm)
I have a 2000 Lumina. It also will whine at times and jerk when shifting. It is related to the transmission. Check the level of fluid. I have put an additive in the transmission fluid which thickens the fluid. It has helped my Lumina. It could be more trouble in your case but I chose the least expensive treatment first.
#88 of 218 96 Lumina Coolant Leak
Sep 10, 2008 (6:29 pm)
Leaking coolant from right hand side of motor(belt side) close to bottom of motor where all the pulleys bolt onto block appears to be some gasket top to bottom of the motor and my leak is near where the oilpan bolts to block, any ideas what this gasket is called, the water pump and Ac appears to be bolted to this plate.
#89 of 218 1996 lumina
Sep 13, 2008 (6:28 pm)
the other day my wife's car over heated she pulled over and called me .It was about 1gal.low on antifreeze i filled it .drove home aprox.,15 mi. sat in garage all night no leaks.next day heated up again this time only about 1 qt.low today I got a chance to check it out.
has 3.1 engine
no antifreeze in oil.
white smoke coming from exhaust
is this a head gasket
i would like a second option before I tear into it
#90 of 218 Re: 1996 lumina [bob1953]
Sep 14, 2008 (12:21 am)
Sounds about right to be a head gasket, better check all top end gaskets, it could be just a intake gasket, but if the motor has more than 120k change them all just to prevent any future problems, thats if it is affordable, i know the economy isn't the best right now.
#91 of 218 Re: 1996 lumina [bob1953]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 14, 2008 (7:59 am)
Please note this entry from Wikipedia:
"From the mid-1990s to 2003, some versions (the plastic intake manifold version) of this engine are involved in intake manifold gasket defects which caused coolant leakage often leading to engine failure. A series of class action lawsuits, implicating deterioration of the nylon/silicone material of the gasket & the heat warping of the plastic intake manifold upon exposure to Dexcool antifreeze, are pending on this issue. Tell-tale signs of such eventual related damage are a white foam that appears on the inside of the oil filler cap and the gradually increasing loss of antifreeze coolant (due to seepage into the intake passages which will lead to engine lock up failure in such cases). External seepage is also found near the valley edge of the lower intake manifold."
#92 of 218 1993 lumina
Oct 06, 2008 (12:43 pm)
i have a 93 lumina and have replaced all of the sensors on it. it sputters and idles high and wont go in to gear sometimes. But will run fine for 10-15 min i know the transmission is good but i think the computer is bad any suggestions would be very helpful thanks
#93 of 218 repiar
Nov 01, 2008 (10:04 am)
the bloq is getting oil to the water
#94 of 218 3.1 liter bucking, missing, tapping and stalling
Nov 01, 2008 (2:58 pm)
Wife's got a 99 lumina 3.1 liter with a rebuilt engine that has approx. 25,000 miles. Always seem to perform well with little maintenance and always kept fluids checked. Yesterday she states that all at once it started stalling, missing and making awful noise. This was about a mile from house. After a few stalls she made it home.
EXACTLY as described when I fired it up however, along with the bucking, missing and stalling comes an awful noise... a tapping that won't go away.
I was hoping perhaps I might get lucky and the noise could be from misfires and fuel restriction. Changed fuel filter today and cleaned throat with B-12. Same thing.
Seemed noise was coming from front of engine around idler pulley. Checked it and no problem with idler. Took entire belt off and started again and noise is still prevalent with same miss, buck and stalling present.
Disconnected front plug wires (wires closest to bumper) and they are firing strong. I'm in a wheelchair and the other wires below coils are rather tough for me to get to. Got to climb on engine to pull a wire but too much trouble to get out, start engine and get back on top to pull another to check for fire. I don't really think that is causing the noise (misfires) and it is certainly coming from engine. Perhaps I am wrong. Could anyone enlighten me a bit as to the causation of this?
#95 of 218 Re: 3.1 liter bucking, missing, tapping and stalling [teecraw]
Nov 02, 2008 (5:58 am)
Ok. I think I will put a compression tester on all cyls and see what I get. I suspect a broken valve spring or something of that nature. Sound is not constant rythmic but rather irratic tapping getting louder at times and softer at others kind of like a valve has dropped and piston is hitting it. Missing as if I have a plug wire off.
Any suggestions as to what I should be getting when testing compression if this is the problem?