Mar 18

GC Update Day #3

They have been able to determine that Cylinder #2 is misfiring. They are not sure why yet. They got it to act up a lot today on the road but they can’t reproduce it in the shop. They don’t have a dyno that the car can be “driven” on in the shop. The current theory is that its either the coil or the ignition module. They are leaning towards the coil. The plugs and wires look good. The investigation will continue into tomorrow at least.

Mar 17

GC Update Day #2

The mechanic is no closer with knowing what is wrong with the car. He drove it this morning but it didn’t act up. He’s  going to try to get it out again today before the end of the day. Its going to be there another day at least. He’s pretty certain that its NOT the transmission but an issue with the engine itself. As he put it, it could be a quick $50 fix or a $500-$600 fix.

This really makes planning for a new car hard.

Mar 16

Golden Cloud Update

Its been a roller coaster day for the Golden Cloud. The mechanic told me this afternoon that he could not reproduce the problem and that it could have been a rock in the belt or something rubbing. He added an additive and said I could continue driving it until something really breaks done. I show up around 6:30 to pick it up and the story is different. When he moved it to park it out of the way, the engine encountered the issue…a lot. Enough that he said he went “Bang Bang Bang Bang”. He thinks it may be detonation but they are going to do more investigation tomorrow.

What is Detonation

Detonation Engine Basics

Mar 16

Golden Cloud

It may be close to the end for my beloved 1998 Buick LeSabre. Its been having problems downshifting while going up hills and yesterday the check engine light illuminated. Its currently at the mechanic and I await their diagnostic report. If the repair is greater than a few hundred dollars, its not getting done. Instead I’ll invest that repair money into a new car and the Golden Cloud will be donated to charity.

I would be pretty sad to see it go. I’ve had the GC for 10 years which is almost 1/3 of my life. But it has served me well over the years and its time to move on.