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2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette: acceleration..rpms..exhaust..mechanics

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2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette has had MAF sensor replaced twice, and still has stagger acceleration, episodically not able to get any speed, with RPMs vacillating between 800 and 1500--hicoughing and decelerating spontaneously, with exploding exhaust. Each time, the mechanics test drive the car, sometimes for 14-20 miles, and say "guaranteed, it's fixed." Then, either the day we try to pull away from the auto shop, or a couple days later, the same problems start again. It's getting dangerous to drive. When it starts it's hesitation and vibration, if you take your foot off the accelerator, about 50% of the time, it coasts smoothely, other times, it continues to decelerate. HELP.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Jim replied 7 years ago.
Is the check engine light or service engine soon light on when this problem is happening.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.




Expert:  Jim replied 7 years ago.
If the MAF was replaced twice, and it was bad the check engine light shoul have came on. So do you know why they replaced this sensor?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

They had a snap on computer reader. They determined through this that the sensor was bad. The first replacement was allegedly "defective."


Expert:  Jim replied 7 years ago.
Based on the descriptions of your problems, I would have the crankshaft position sensor tested. It is the most likely sensor to be causing these problems. However; the conditions that your vehicle is experiencing should be causing the check engine light to come on.