I have a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 3.5l v6. It was running and driving fine, getting back and forth to work daily on a 45min commute. It is leaking power steering fluid. Got that checked out and put some in it, it was doing great again. Then a week or two later it stopped moving on the highway. Pulled to the side of the road, engine was still on but would not accelerate at all. Turned it off, checked fluids, thought was oil, got oil, tried starting it again, it sounded rough starting but evened out, moved 5 feet and quit. Towed it home, checked everything I knew to check for leaking oil (it's not). There doesn't appear to be a spun bearing, cracked head, or bad head gasket. It wouldn't idle the other day and acted like it wasn't getting any gas. Put gas in it, still wouldn't idle. Today, I wanted to roll it back into the driveway a bit further, rocked it pretty hard in doing so. It started and ran fine except for a faint chirping noise only noticeable if standing outside the vehicle.
My car has an automatic transmission.
Hi! That's quite an assortment of things going on with your Aurora. It's sounds like the main issue involves the car not running well and not moving. When it starts and runs but won't move when you put it in gear, that is a transmission issue. You can check the automatic transmission fluid (ATF) level and condition.
When it won't start or stay running, that's likely a fuel or ignition spark issue. Some diagnosing needs to be performed on your vehicle to sort through the possibilities and narrow it down to what's really wrong. From your description, I would expect there is very likely more than one problem. If you would like some help with this, have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, diagnose the stalling issue and guide you with any repairs needed.
Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.
Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%