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Old 08-23-2007, 03:25 AM   #1
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First, when I make left turns I can hear a grinding noise on the passenger side. It only does it if the car is in motion, it never makes the noise if I cut the wheel from a dead stop. Another thing thats been happening is almost once everday when I get ready to get in my car it won't start because the security light is on. What could possibly make this light come on everyday? I lost my manual and I'm not sure where the oil pressure is supposed to be. It is usually right in the middle when I start the car but after a few mins of driving it will drop. Finally, the last thing that happens is after driving for maybe 20mins or so the car will stall. Before the car stalls I noticed the baterry hand jumps back and forth and the temp gauge as well. I posted about the stalling before but I never really got into it since I just decided not to srive the car that far or long. Winter isn't far away and I can't have a car clunk out on me. If anyone has any insight I'd appreciate it.
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Please tell us the actual oil pressures you are seeing when the car is warmed up and idling.

Security light is on solid? That would indicate a Vats problem with the system seeing the resistance level on the chip in the key. Easy to bypass.

Grinding.. Probably a wheel bearing. Do you know which side?
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I will tell you where the oil pressure is when I go out to start the car later. The security doesn't stay on steadily, it will be on when I unlock the car and I usually just lock it back and wait like 10 minutes before I try it again. Aftert that it doesn't come on for the rest of the day. The grinding noise I'm hearing is definitely coming from the front passenger side. And I only hear when I make a left turn.
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1. Clean or replace battery cables, including the opposite ends of the battery,

2. Bypass VATS. Search archives for how to do so. A 10 minute job, once you find the proper resistor.

3. Remove, inspect, and replace worn parts in both front wheel bearings.

A coupla hours on Saturday, total. Then have a beer.
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I would also recommend that you test your coils, as sometimes a bad coil will show once things heat up. There'* a TECHINFO article on it.
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Thanks guys. With saturday coming up I will check everything you mentioned and let you know what happens.
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I havent gotten a chance to check my battery cables yet but my oil pressure is at 40 when i first start driving. after a few minutes it slowly starts to drop. Also the security light came on while I was driving but it went off after a couple of minutes. Nothing happend while it was on but I thought for sure it was going to cut off.
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We've had a lot of rain but I got a chance to check the battery cables, they were fine. Also the issue with the security light stopped all together. If it comes back then I'll find the article on how to bypass it. I haven't gotten the wheel bearing checked yet, been busy with final exams. Also I havent checked the coils due to the weather and school. Another thing I wanted to add is that I'm almost certain my battery is close to needing a replacement. A while back I had a bad RAC module and it drained my battery at LEAST 5 times. Wouldn't that help kill the cells in it? I think its getting weak because sometimes when driving at night the lights cut off and the volts drops a little below 14.
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OK new problem. I went to the movies tonight as I usually do whenever a new movie comes out. I found a parking spot and got ready to back into it. When I drove forward to get on an angle so I could back in I heard and felt a pop and then a quick grinding noise. I parked the car and went inside. When I came out and started the car my girlfriend pointed out that the ABS light was on. It didn't make any more noise but the light stayed on. Also, it was 60 degrees outside and the hand on the temperature gauge was all the way to the right at 280 degrees. Does anyone know what could be going on. Thanks.
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Not trying to be a pest, but I could use any input if there is any. I kind of want to have an idea of everything to look for. I dont want the mechanic trying to get over on me.
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