I honestly can’t tell if the fluid smells burnt.
Went to a local auto place that does free code testing and got the following:
Camshaft Position Sensor A Circuit Range/Performance (Bank 1 or single sensor)
Insufficient Coolent Temp For Closed Loop Fuel Control
Catalyst System Low Efficiency (Bank 1) [Note: Got this one twice, so I guess that’s an error unless two entries saying the exact same thing means something]
Even though no code was given, I had to replace the MAP sensor – it was literally broken in half (some idiot broke this while working on my car and didn’t tell me; NOT something I did).
I replaced the MAP sensor, since it was a piece of cake.
The auto store guy had no idea where the camshaft sensor is located and what it takes to replace it, so I skipped buying it. After all, for all I know somebody here might tell me to trying something else before doing that.
I pulled up a video on Youtube for a 2001 Pontiac Boneville and the sensor the guy pulled out looks nearly identical to mine, so I assume mine is about in the same palce – i.e., “Hard to get to” (to quote Mal from “Serenity”):
I have no idea what the coolant temp issue even means. My car had kept running hot and getting into the red and a few days ago I found out the coolant was apparently near empty. I filled it but ran out to finish the job properly (money is an issue right now; I also have two tires that have to be replaced).
Any further advice would be welcomed.
Over 180,000 miles. Another video says the camshaft issue can be multiple things, but likely the sensor, so I figured listing the miles would help make a determination.