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Protege Engine advice
In a week before christmas 2009 on a -10 degree night as we were driving the lights went out, we pulled over and checked the car. mistakenly turned it off and the car never turned on again. The mechanic changed the alternator (said at 10 years it was due). After that the car drove but felt sluggish, consumed higher amounts of gas andbattery light and airbag light were going on. It was not always consistent . We took it in again and they found that a part at the back of the engine (infront of passanger side along the back frame) had fallen loose. Not sure how (i suspect error) but that this part takes fumes out of the engine and being disconnected would have caused all the problems. It has been a week since then and the car is still sluggish, drives as if in 2nd, revs high for about 20-30 minutes of use, seems to consume more gas, and when I was going up a hill waiting for the light to change, the car could barely move when I put my foot on the gas from the break. I dropped into 2nd to help it out and still nothing. Felt like the engine did not want to go.
Any idea on what could be the problem. the mechanic can not find anything wrong. the millage is high but should still have life in it.