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Tie rod loose
If one tie rod is loose, then more than one may be loose in the front end. The CV joint boot is most likely torn, causing the grease to leak. The loss of grease will cause the joint to go...
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Silhouette
Many different parts can cause the vehicle to overheat. The most common would be the thermostat, radiator, water pump, air in the coolant, or a coolant leak. When a vehicle overheats at idle the usual suspect is the radiator fans....
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Q: Car won't start, fuel gauge and speedometer malfunctioning
Hello there, the first place I would look, with all of the symptoms you've described, is into the no start condition. The most likely cause of a no start would be a problem with the battery, starter, ignition switch, fuel...
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Q: Transmission issue after a long drive
A few different faults can cause rough shifting after the vehicle warms up like this. The most likely would be the transmission fluid level, transmission filter, shift solenoids, torque converter, or the transmission linkage. Any of these, once warmed up,...
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Q: Starting issue, fuel smell
A few things can cause rough starting like you have described. The usual culprits are issues with the battery, starter, fuel pump, fuel filter, or the ignition switch. I'd recommend enlisting a qualified technician to help you check these components....
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Q: Hard shifting when engine warms up
Hello there, many different things that can cause the transmission to shift hard. The most common causes include: low fluid level, shift solenoids, torque converter, or the transmission linkage. If you decide to get this fixed, consider enlisting a qualified...
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Replace a oil pump
Replacing an oil pump involves dropping down the front sub frame and then removing the oil pan. You will need to support the engine and transmission assembly. The important question here is: why are you replacing the pump? ...
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Q: Starting issue, fuel smell
The fuel pressure would need to be checked to make sure the pressure regulator is not leaking fuel and that the pressure is correct. You may have a leaking injector if the pressure is okay. I recommend having a certified...
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Q: Hard shifting when engine warms up
When it is warm, your transmission fluid may be leaking past seals in the transmission and this is due to wear and the transmission would need to be overhauled or replaced to fix the problem. You may be able to...
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Q: Transmission issue after a long drive
Do not change the fluid or have it flushed. This could cause the transmission to go out even sooner. There are a load of different additives out there that may or may not work, but when the transmission is going...
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Q: Car overheats while idling
It sounds like you may have a problem with rust an scale build up in the engine. This build up may have worn the impeller on the water pump and this is why it only overheats at low engine RPMs....
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Car is making a "womp" sound when driving
Thank you for writing in about your Oldsmobile Silhouette. You may have damaged one of the tire's internal cords. I recommend having the tires ran on a tire balancer using road force to see exactly which tire is damaged. If...
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Cricket sound/like tea kettle ready to go off-kinda whistle like
Hello. Since it's not possible for me to hear the noise directly, I suggest the following to help narrow down the possibilities. Lets try to narrow down things that make the noise better/worse, or make the noise move. Different problems...
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CV joint damage
Hello, the CV joints are important components of the vehicle. When the joints fail, they can create vibration and could damage the transmission. Inspecting them should be done at every oil change. Ultimately the CV joint failure will make...
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High idle on oldsmobile silhouette 2001
This is a common problem, so common that you can simply go to YourMechanic's engine idle speed diagnostic and repair service page to request a resolution through an on-site diagnostic. In the majority of vehicles, engine idle speed is controlled...
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I just bought a 99 Oldsmobile silhouette it was a report car. I was on my way home but as I'm driving I hear a loud whining noise.
The whining noise that you are hearing is either the alternator not working properly or the power steering pump is low on fluid. Check the power steering fluid level and see if the oil is full. Listen for the noise...
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Steam from under hood with antifreeze smell
It might be that the cooling system was not completely filled. If the technician was in a hurry, he may not have given the engine time to "burp" while filling the system. To correctly fill the cooling system , the...
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Had two inspections from your mechanic that I payed for and am still having the same problem. Car cuts off when sitting/idling.
YourMechanic guarantees all their work and you should get in touch with customer service to talk to them on the problem of the diagnosis you paid for did not correct problem. They will take care of you.
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The sleeve that goes on the harmonic balancer that the belt goes on popped off and the belt slipped can the sleeve be reused?
The short answer is no. The harmonic balancer is manufactured in three pieces: The hub, a rubber sleeve, and the outer sleeve. They are held together with adhesive and the reason your's fell apart is because the rubber has gotten...
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Need to locate the oil filter on a 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette
Hi there. Although this video is for an Alero, the motor on your Silhouette is identical. You can watch the video to see where the filter is located and how to remove.

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