|My car is sick?
||[Apr. 3rd, 2006|12:25 am]
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My car is a '98 Chevy Malibu with 110,000 miles. It's a former rental car, and we had it checked out carefully before we bought it four years ago.|
When the car is stopped, but still in Drive, it shakes a bit. The shaking stops if it's moved into Park. This is something the car has done since I bought it, and isn't a problem at all. It's been to the mechanic and had other problems fixed without them finding anything to account for this.
For the few last months or so, however, the car has started dying if left sitting for too long while in Drive. This happens sometimes in drive-thrus, and sometimes at very long stoplights. I've been assuming it's just another car quirk, and putting it into park at long lights.
Anyway, my question is this: Is this a sign of a serious engine problem that will cause my car to go kablooey? What part of the engine is likely to be causing the problem, and is it expensive to replace?
(Obviously, the best answer here is to take the car to a mechanic. It's due for an oil change, anyway, but I was going to take it to one of those cheap Jiffy Lube-type places that makes its money from telling poor, gullible folks like me that they need to charge $400 to replace the headlight fluid. I just want to know if it might be worth my while to spend a little more money on an oil change at a trustworthy shop that can check out the rest of the car for me.)