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Bank 1 on your 3800 Series II Engine would be the set of cylinders that is closer to the front bumper of the vehicle (cylinders 1, 3, 5). Bank 2 (cylinders 2, 4, 6) would be against the firewall. The Leak... Any vacuum-leak hunt shouldn't start without having a clear vacuum-hose diagram in-hand. There should be one on a placard inside the engine bay (...


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No, it doesn't have to be a Bosch. In fact, it looks like the OEM alternator is made by Delphi. The website linked also lists the models that share this alternator (model 130D763): Make Model Engine Model Years CHEVROLET CAMARO 3.8L V6 1996-1999 CHEVROLET CAVALIER 2.2L L4 BI-FUEL 1999 2002 ...


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Fuel, Air, Spark... those three things in the right amount are what makes the engine go. The good news is your car's fuel system is controlled by a computer which gives feedback on possible issues in the fuel system. You are going to want to read the stored codes. Not sure where you are located, but in my location Autozone offers a free service to read ...


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This first thing I suspect is the shifter linkage. If it's come loose then it won't move the gears in the transmission. Pull the boot up around the shifter and inspect and or inspect from under the car.


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It sounds like you could have a faulty turn signal relay. A relay is a piece of electronics which flashes the light on demand. They are generally cheap and easy to replace, so I would start there. If that doesn't solve it you could have a connectivity problem in the wiring which would need to be traced. It could be the relay has some sort of contamination ...


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possible vent hose issue As you are filling your tank the displaced gasses in the tank need to go somewhere. If you have a pinched vent hose it could fill slower or be difficult to fill. Check the neck to the tank as well as the ventilation system to ensure there are no obstructions preventing the movement of gasses or liquids entering or exiting the ...


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I agree with Gary's assessment about the Manifold gaskets. The Olds 3800 is a "workhorse" engine as is the 3.3, only you don't see much of the 3.3's on the shelf or in the shop. As this is an older piece of iron it stands to reason that the gaskets may need replacing. If you have a tuned ear you can hear a leak or at least hear the approximate location of ...


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A squeak like that is almost certainly a slipping belt. The easiest fix would be to pick up some "belt conditioner" spray from an auto parts store and spray it on the inside of all your belts, and see if the problem goes away. If not you can try tightening the belt that's causing the squeak; this is not too difficult, and just involves loosening a couple ...


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The circuit is fairly complex. But you can probably narrow down your problem to the ambient light sensor on the dash. Or wiring from the body control module to the headlight switch. I'd assume that the BCM provides 5v to the AL sensor and when it detects light it sends ground to the BCM or vice versa. So when it's cold the contacts in the sensor mistakenly ...


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Depends on what you consider easy. It's possible to fill your system and then spray the entire ac system down with soapy water to watch for air bubbles escaping from the lines, but this is a tedious task. There are cans of refrigerant with uv dye placed in them also, so what you can do is fill your system with one of the uv dye cans and then drive around for ...


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I was driving this car around yesterday quite a bit with no problems, when I stopped to go into a store for a few minutes. If you really wanted to try to reproduce it, you could try doing that again. but I would suggest doing it in a safe place, like driving around a parking lot for a whiiilee.... I drove around the corner to where I was going with the ...


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What stands out the most is that the coolant is brown. I have never heard of a coolant that is supposed to be brown. They are generally a yellowish green. It sounds like you need to replace the coolant, and then see where your gauge goes. For a specific car, without a specific temperature label, it's hard to know if that reading is too high or not. Perhaps ...


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I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the Aurora but generally speaking, interrupting the power to an ECU will clear all fault codes and freeze frames so physically unplugging the unit will usually be enough to clear the codes. The faults you describe would, in my mind, point more to a faulty with the BCU (Body Control Unit) which is typically responsible for ...


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If that hose is attached to the coolant reservoir for your radiator, the other hose that exits (enters) the coolant reservoir should be connected to your radiator at a point just above the sealing gasket of the cap. When the system is filled to the proper level, the fluid in the reservoir is likely to be reaching a mark on the side of the tank between "low" ...


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On my 70 C20 with a 350, the ground wire goes to the A/C bracket. Any place unpainted on the head or block should be fine.


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I don't know what year of Cutlass you have, but these can be attached to the bolt which goes through the case of the alternator (the one the alternator pivots on). This allows for a good ground to the engine and to the alternator. You also want to ensure there's a good body ground in there somewhere. There's usually a smaller wire which is attached to the ...


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It sounds to me from your description as though either the relay is not telling the starter to energize or the ignition switch went bad. At this point I would not suspect the battery because you said you get nothing when you turn the key, but all of the accessories are working. You could have it tested just to eliminate it, but I'd not lean in the direction ...


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Have you checked the bulbs in the turn signal lamps? Depending on the design of the flasher unit, one or more failed bulbs might mean there isn't enough current flowing to make the relay operate, and so it won't flash. (newer solid-state designs will flash much faster when a bulb has failed)


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From quora.com: Besides being an aesthetic thing, rust really isn't a problem on brake rotors. On the braking surface itself, the worst rust could do is slightly modify the friction coefficient for a period of time before it was worn down. You won't notice it. Though, with general use, your brake pads will rub off the rust. If it really bothers you, try ...


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A water pump is only one component of an engine cooling system. You could have a partially clogged radiator, a thermostat that's not opening and closing properly, an air pocket in the system caused by the removal and replacement of the water pump. Recommend getting someone who knows cooling systems to check it out for you.


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In @Chris's comment, he says it was the guy at the auto parts store who told him that the only alternator he could get was a Bosch brand. This leads me to believe that what has gotten lost in this question is that the auto parts store was simply out of stock of other brands. Auto parts stores are not a warehouse and only keep a few of each item on hand. ...


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if you have an idle and stalling problem with a 3800 series 2, don't mess around with it. change the upper and lower intake manifold gaskets, and the upper plastic intake manifold plenum itself. and cross it off your list. that problem will drive you f-ing nuts. they can leak internally and defy all diagnostics. the lower intake manifold can leak vacuum ...


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Fix the coolant leak and see if that solves the other problems. If the coolant level is low, it won't circulate through the heater coil and the radiator fans won't go on. If it boils, the steam will roll through the system, heating the heater coil and activating the fans (cooling it back down) and . That's my theory at least. It can't be good for ...


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It doesn't seem like you actually asked a question. Are you asking what you should do about your coolant leak? If you put coolant in your truck, and the coolant disappears, you have a coolant leak. You need to fix the coolant leak or have a shop find and fix the coolant leak, or your truck is going to overheat and stop working permanently.


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The culprit is probably a sticky or malfunctioning Idle Air Control (IAC) valve. Lucky for you it is located right on top and connected to the throttle body. You can try taking it off and cleaning it, making sure not to play with the pintle (plunger) itself, as the gears inside which actuate it can easily be broken/stripped. Use some carburetor cleaner both ...


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If both headlights cease to work at the same time, this leads us to the idea that the fault is probably not in the bulbs, but in some part that is on a common path between the electrical supply and the lights. Some points you could take a look at are: Fuse! This is probably the easiest explanation. Take a look in your fuse box (often under the dash, between ...


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Sounds like the wire is mounted incorrectly at the points. There is an insulator where the wire in connected. Make sure the wire is connected to the points spring arm, and not to the base or mounting hole. If it is connected there it will be grounded all the time and will never produce spark at the coil. To check this, disconnect the wire and turn on the ...


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I am assuming you removed the original condenser if it didn't have a uniset in it when you changed them. That being said, it sounds like the points are either not fully seated or adjusted way off. Loosen the screws and try pushing down while trying to slide the point set. There is a hole that the point pivot must fit into or it will not seat properly ...


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I'm thinking the problem may be your fuel pump. I've seen pumps behave the way you describe with it working on-again/off-again until it finally fails permanently. Plus, your descriptions of sustained higher RPM running with it going up and down could likely be pressure fluctuations coming from the pump. Luckily this is an easy thing to check if you have a ...


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If this is a rebuilt alternator from a nationwide parts store, it is not uncommon for these to fail. Take it back to where you bought it and get a replacement. I hate to say it, but it's one of those things. You can purchase a new one from GM and it has the possibility it will fail in two days. Some things just cannot be tested well enough coming from the ...


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