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Re: OT - help settle a car engine diagnostic dispute

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Thanks to all of you who have offered some advice on this 3800.

I have a little more info, but not a lot. I only had an hour or so
to work on it after work tonight.

I can't detect any movement in the dampener.

The PCV valve is there. I took it out and it is coated with the
same burnt smelling motor oil, but it does rattle freely.

I have not hooked a mechanical oil pressure gauge to it.

I also haven't gotten to take a look at the flex plate yet, I need
it out of my way for another (prior scheduled) job this weekend.

When the car quit, it was doing 40 mph on a straight stretch of road.

It would then start, but squeal and die as soon as you let off the gas.

Would the flex plate cause a symptom like that?

Today after cooling all night, it started with a bit of a clatter,
but then quieted right down, made no noise at all.
No knocking, no squealing, nothing out of the ordinary.

I ran it maybe 5 minutes total, then I shut it down and put the
serpentine belt back on to back it out of the shop out of my way.

Backed it out at idle. Never touched the gas.

By the time I got 40 feet to where I was going the squealing
had started and it died on it's own.

I didn't try to restart it.

Monday I'll get the front jacked up and see what I can see, just
thought I'd give you all an update and say thanks for the help!

Dr. Walt, I hear you on not running it, but I'm not going to rebuild it.

The local junk yard has a 3800 with 40K miles on it for $600.

The car it is in was rear ended. If I need a rebuild, I think I'll go that route.

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