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motor replacement or not worth the hassle ?need your advice plse

Discussion in 'VT - VX Holden Commodore (1997 - 2002)' started by bensotherlover, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. bensotherlover

    bensotherlover New Member

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    Hi I own a vs commodore 97 v6 auto ,,I ve had her for over 6 years 2nd Female owner ,
    color , panther green mica ,in reasonable condition body wise but motor has seen better days ,
    when I drove her home first time she over heated on me I was so pissed off but the deal was done .
    now 6 yrs on ,shes looked after me well but I have neglected her a little,
    but replaced almost everything but the motor itself
    im not that financial this side of xmas so im limited in what options I have,
    yes im attached to my car otherwise I would of sold her long ago ,
    ive just payed the next 3 months rego ,
    I still drive her everyday but since about last 3/4 mths she cuts out on me as soon as I take any pressure off the accelerator just stalls ,dead .starts after a few attempts again and labors like its choking ,shuddering ,all under 80 kms after that shes smooth as ,ive noticed a white color on my oil cap underside ,so that pretty much tells me im screwed .
    should I pay someone to put a reconditioned motor in ? or is it not worth the bullshit ?
    thanks for reading guys .
     

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    losh1971 Well-Known Member

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    If you replace the engine cost wise a reco is just way to expensive these days. A good SH engine would be the go. If you have white under the oil cap it could be te manifold gaskets. More common than leaking head gaskets.
     
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    thankyou for that !, being a female im still learning ;)
    ,its got a high whining noise as it accelerates faster too ,
    not the best at explaining the noise but it wasn't there 4 months ago
    it uses a lot of fuel and water, the revs are always under 1000 waiting at at the lights .
    so with the manifold gaskets, are they an easier fix ? cheers
     
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    Yeah easy job about 4-5hrs. About 1.5hrs of that is cleaning up the parts.
     
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    whining noise could be a pulley or power steering is it leaking any fluids should give it a good service, oil change , new plugs, leads oil, fuel and air filters
    heres a link to how to replace the inlet manifold gasket just gives you a idea whats involved
    https://forums.justcommodores.com.a...-gasket-replacement-6hr-includes-pics.187621/
    check fault codes https://forums.justcommodores.com.au/threads/checking-error-codes-vr-vs-revised.22307/
    you can browse the vs section for more info on common problems
     
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    Don't jump to conclusion of needing a whole nother engine.
    Check into inlet manifold gasket as above.
    Would explain the major problems.
     
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    List out what you've replaced, some of it sounds like it could be down to sensor issues. Also post pics of the oil and coolant.
     

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