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#42 Nov 21, 2013
sadbuttrue wrote:
<quoted text>I just have to jump in here.
Honest mechanics are extremely hard to come by......sad
I've worked with about 80 in my lifetime and only 2 would I trust.
Next....He'll want her to sell 'him' the car at a junk price 'knowing' it's going to make him big bucks.
Always get a second or third opinion.
Holy crap! He did make that offer, to buy the car at the scrap price....

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Level 8

Since: Apr 09

Hotel California

#43 Nov 21, 2013
DILF wrote:
If it's the engine or tranny, call local junk yards and ask if they have a similar car in the lot......you can buy a used engine or tranny for a fraction of the cost.
....just another idea.
Sure, they (the junk yard) might even guarantee the item, but they will NOT pay to R&R (remove& replace) it so if it's junk you will pay to R&R it twice.
DILF

Medford, NY

#44 Nov 21, 2013
Always Wary wrote:
<quoted text>Sure, they (the junk yard) might even guarantee the item, but they will NOT pay to R&R (remove& replace) it so if it's junk you will pay to R&R it twice.
True.....good point.

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Since: Nov 12

Greensburg, IN

#45 Nov 21, 2013
Sources & resources

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Hotel California

#46 Nov 21, 2013
sadbuttrue wrote:
Let me add a little confusion.lol
Some shops deliberately DON'T tell you everything that's wrong with the car for fear they may lose the ticket. They may ask...how much can you afford?
They will purposely overlook 'everything' that's wrong just to make 'some' money for today.
When you break down again....more money for them.
Know your mechanic!
It's not the mechanics, it's the shop that charges you. The days of mechanics being paid a percentage of the labor are gone. Most work flat rate now and that is not the hourly rate you pay.

Then you have the @sshats, "oh it's been leaking for months" All that grime and dirt is just so fun work in, customers should have to pay extra for that BS. You just know they are the ones that whine the most, "what do mean there are 5 things wrong" they just turn the key everyday, never check the fluids and have NEVER done any of the recommended maintenance. They are the same ones that say "just fix X, not Y&Z. Then come back and say "it wasn't doing that before". Really? Now that X was fixed you can see, feel, or hear the other problems.

A good mechanic is hard to find, they are honest, smart and thorough. It's a thankless job and most people don't have the brains or tools to do the job at all, let alone in a timely manner.
DILF Scan Tool

Medford, NY

#47 Nov 21, 2013
Always Wary wrote:
<quoted text>
It's not the mechanics, it's the shop that charges you. The days of mechanics being paid a percentage of the labor are gone. Most work flat rate now and that is not the hourly rate you pay.
Then you have the @sshats, "oh it's been leaking for months" All that grime and dirt is just so fun work in, customers should have to pay extra for that BS. You just know they are the ones that whine the most, "what do mean there are 5 things wrong" they just turn the key everyday, never check the fluids and have NEVER done any of the recommended maintenance. They are the same ones that say "just fix X, not Y&Z. Then come back and say "it wasn't doing that before". Really? Now that X was fixed you can see, feel, or hear the other problems.
A good mechanic is hard to find, they are honest, smart and thorough. It's a thankless job and most people don't have the brains or tools to do the job at all, let alone in a timely manner.
Just so you know....I do my own oil and brakes.
I check my fluids and filters regularly....and change as needed, myself.

I don't dare touch anything electric related......and I no longer do spark plugs, too risky to screw up.

I expect at minimum 200k or 10 years out of my car....and I get it, if not more. I rode my 1993 Toyota 4-runner until 2010, and was happy doing so. It was a sad day when I got rid of it.

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Level 8

Since: Apr 09

Hotel California

#48 Nov 21, 2013
DILF Scan Tool wrote:
<quoted text>
Just so you know....I do my own oil and brakes.
I check my fluids and filters regularly....and change as needed, myself.
I don't dare touch anything electric related......and I no longer do spark plugs, too risky to screw up.
I expect at minimum 200k or 10 years out of my car....and I get it, if not more. I rode my 1993 Toyota 4-runner until 2010, and was happy doing so. It was a sad day when I got rid of it.
I don't picture you letting your car drip oil, for months, all over your garage :)

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#49 Nov 21, 2013
I can't imagine why anyone would not maintain their vehicle. To me it's one of my most important possessions. It gets me to and fro and I count on it to get me where I need to go. Any failure to keep it well maintained would mean that I'm risking my ride to work and jobs are hard to come by.

I pulled out receipts from the various repairs/maintenance items done on my car and I spent over $2,500 in the past year and half on maintaining that car.(Of course keep in mind I used to take my car to goodyear and they charge $97/hour labor before I discovered my local mechanic)

I can not think of one good reason it died like it did. There was not one sign of any sort of mechanical failure. That's the part that bugs me about the whole deal. It's like I put her to bed that night and she died in her sleep.

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Since: Feb 10

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#50 Nov 21, 2013
The best gift my dad gave me was lessons in basic car maintenance.
I tell all my GF's to take a powder puff mechanic course.(They are often available for @30.00 during summer college or local high schools curriculum's.)
One of the best things you can do for your car, is regular check up and tunes at established places like Jiffy Lube in the Walmart super centers.
They check and fill or change all your fluids, check your wipers and tires for wear. Some even give a mini clean up. Windows, mirrors and vacuum the interior. All for less than 40.00 every 3000 miles. Coupons can be found in your Sunday paper, or flyers in the mail. Or if you're an on line diva, go here
http://www.oilchangecouponsfinder.com/walmart...

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Hotel California

#51 Nov 21, 2013
ShadyBits wrote:
I can't imagine why anyone would not maintain their vehicle. To me it's one of my most important possessions. It gets me to and fro and I count on it to get me where I need to go. Any failure to keep it well maintained would mean that I'm risking my ride to work and jobs are hard to come by.
I pulled out receipts from the various repairs/maintenance items done on my car and I spent over $2,500 in the past year and half on maintaining that car.(Of course keep in mind I used to take my car to goodyear and they charge $97/hour labor before I discovered my local mechanic)
I can not think of one good reason it died like it did. There was not one sign of any sort of mechanical failure. That's the part that bugs me about the whole deal. It's like I put her to bed that night and she died in her sleep.
Define died, won't start, won't turn over, no click, just a click, what?

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#52 Nov 21, 2013
Would not start. Sounded like she wanted to but just wouldn't. The mechanic said she was flooding herself out, she had no compression and she was shooting antifreeze out the spark plug sockets. Said the head was warped too. That car never once overheated. Seems if it was an issue with the head it would have overheated.
DILF

Medford, NY

#53 Nov 21, 2013
ShadyBits wrote:
Would not start. Sounded like she wanted to but just wouldn't. The mechanic said she was flooding herself out, she had no compression and she was shooting antifreeze out the spark plug sockets. Said the head was warped too. That car never once overheated. Seems if it was an issue with the head it would have overheated.
Sounds like a head gasket failure......But if he said "warped", that usually means it overheated at some point......Hmmmm

What make/model is the car?

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Since: Feb 10

No Way! LOL

#54 Nov 21, 2013
ShadyBits wrote:
Would not start. Sounded like she wanted to but just wouldn't. The mechanic said she was flooding herself out, she had no compression and she was shooting antifreeze out the spark plug sockets. Said the head was warped too. That car never once overheated. Seems if it was an issue with the head it would have overheated.
1. There is a small filter in your fuel line that very few ever think to check. Ask a shop to check and replace your fuel filter. It is about 4-6 inches long and 1-2 inches round. Cost less than 10.00.
2. Go to Auto Zone or Pep Boys and have them pull out the starter thingy that your key goes in. Ask them to check it for loose or frayed wires. Do the same under the hood.
3. How old is your battery? Check the date on it. Check the battery cables attached to the battery posts, for rust, dirt or white salty looking stuff.
With a stiff wire brush clean them off. Make sure they are firmly attached to the posts.
4. Find another mechanic. The one you have now is giving you a scr**ing, and not even kissing you for it.
;-)

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#55 Nov 21, 2013
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that doesn't trust a mechanic i work on my truck myself, and i have 2 with over 300,000 on them
And for the head to be warped it had to overheat but that wouldn't cause flooding if antifreeze of coming out around the plugs its also cracked most likely your looking at 1,000 to 2,500 to fix that problem

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#56 Nov 21, 2013
02 Sentra and, no, it never overheated. The battery was 2 months old.

I appreciate all the helpful advice.
DILF Scan Tool

Medford, NY

#57 Nov 22, 2013
ShadyBits wrote:
02 Sentra and, no, it never overheated. The battery was 2 months old.
I appreciate all the helpful advice.
Google 2002 Nissan Sentra....."Not starting"....You will find TONS of information out there. From there, you might be able to narrow it down by what your mechanic is telling you.

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#58 Nov 22, 2013
I thought this thread was about a video? How did it become about cars and proper maintenance? I must have missed something!
DILF Scan Tool

Medford, NY

#59 Nov 22, 2013
Spirit67_ wrote:
I thought this thread was about a video? How did it become about cars and proper maintenance? I must have missed something!
....just helping a friend in need of some advice, sorry.

8-)
razz58

Flossmoor, IL

#60 Nov 22, 2013
Spirit67_ wrote:
I thought this thread was about a video? How did it become about cars and proper maintenance? I must have missed something!
So Says the one who won't go in alphabetical order..........cute
razz58

Flossmoor, IL

#61 Nov 22, 2013
ShadyBits wrote:
02 Sentra and, no, it never overheated. The battery was 2 months old.
I appreciate all the helpful advice.
I smell a rat.
Have you actually seen this damage? If not find someone who knows a little about cars and have him/her take a look.....before you go any further.

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