We just bought a 1995 Monte Carlo a little over 2 weeks ago and already we are having ALOT of problems so I hope someone can answer my questions. We have already replaced the turn signal switch, and the rear defogger does not work, the odometer isn’t working, and the gas gauge jumps around between 1/2 tank and full no matter how much it has in it, but the major problem is this. When you start the car sometimes it would hesitate a bit before turning over. Once it’s running it would run smooth but after you get out on the road after just a couple miles it starts to sputter and cut out like it wants to die. Sometimes it will and sometimes it won’t. When it does it will start again but it doesn’t take long to start cutting out again. It acts like it’s not getting fuel, like maybe it’s the fuel pump or clogged injectors, so we changed the filter and used some injector cleaner but that has not helped. Today we were not more than 4 or 5 miles from home when it died for good and now it will not start at all. When it died the last time, there was a small pop, like a muffled backfire, not from the back of the car but it sounded like it was directly under the front seats and the engine started idling very rough before it stopped and wouldn’t turn over at all. Like I said it was acting like it’s not getting any fuel so maybe it’s a fuel pump or bad injectors, but from what I have read, it could possibly be the ignition switch not registering the transponder chip in the key. My question is this. How can my husband test to see if it is any one of these problems or something else entirely without going to a garage. There is no money in the budget for that unfortunately. There are no lights on the dash (check engine, anti-theft) but with the gauge issues that may not mean anything. If someone could address one or even better all of our problems we would be forever grateful. Thank you in advance.
1995 Chevy Monte Carlo, 3.1, automatic, approx. 129,000 miles