Jason Anderson (Wooster, Ohio) - 1987 Dodge Colt
Jason’s car has three problems. A year ago, it was leaking oil, so Jason replaced the seal. A month later, the oil light came on and stays on even though there is plenty of oil in the car. Second, when he starts the car, the main belt screeches for 15 to 20 seconds. Third, when he starts the car and gives it gas, it occasionally stalls, and he has to try four to five times to get it to go. Tom and Ray’s answers: 1. The oil light is likely because of a bad oil pressure switch, or a faulty wire. It would be good to get it fixed so he'll know if he ever really is low on oil. 2. He can try replacing the belt--could also be the pulley, but is not serious. 3. He has a weak accelerator pump in the carburetor, which would be complicated to fix--he can live with this--he can avoid the stalling by letting the car warm up before driving.