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|Tuesday, August 19th, 2008|
so what's wrong with it??
i've got a 2000 ford taurus.
i recently fixed the back breaks.
because i thought they were a problem.
when i go on the high way, the oil light turns on after the drive.
i've also noticed an intersting smell under the hood after i drive it.
i wonder if it has anything to do with antifreeze.
i'm noticing that it rumbles a bit when it's iddling
and i've had some problems changing gears / speeds on the highways.
but after it gets moving its okay i guess.
so what's wrong with it??
selling 1994 ford aerostar for 2000 obo.
extended version. low 200k's
great for moving stuff or a work van..
i moved lots of people in it!
|Thursday, August 7th, 2008|
if this post is out of line, i apologize....
i have a 95 chevy lumina. 66k miles. (hooray for getting it from my grandma!) my steering feels wonky, for lack of a better word. it feels like the road is in more control of the car than me. when i go around curves on the highway, i can feel it pulling left and right in the steering wheel. the thing is is that this comes and goes! i noticed it earlier this summer, maybe a month or two ago, and had someone look at it and they said nothing was wrong. maybe a power steering flush, but didn't do it (he wrote it on the invoice, but told me that he wouldn't bother with it..??). well, let me tell you there is something wrong because it's worse now. sometimes, i'll take it down a straight road, and jerk it left and jerk it right. it will respond to the jerk left, but it won't jerk right until i pull it further! while it is often that direction, sometimes it doesn't jerk left either. i checked the power steering fluid, and it needed it, but i added some and it hasn't changed anything.
i would say that the steering feels loose, except it doesn't always feel that way. i would say that it feels like i'm losing my power steering, except it doesn't feel hard to control, like i have to force it to listen to me, just that it's not listening to me...sometimes. it's like a combination of these things. HELP! any ideas on what it could be?? i don't want to have to deal with getting a ride to work and all all over again just to have them tell me "there's nothing wrong" again...
just to make things even brighter, since january
new alternator and spark plugs and wires. new fuel pump. new front brakes. new rear wheel cylinders. and before this year the only problem she gave me was a dying power window motor and a burnt out blinker. :p
|Friday, December 1st, 2006|
Nice community. I could have used this a couple times in the last few years. I drive a 93 Ford Explorer with 280k on it.
My car has an automatic headlight thing, so when it gets dark the headlights come on automatically. The problem is that it doesn't work in the rain or twilight, and if I pull the knob to turn on the lights myself it just dings non-stop (it also dings every few minutes while driving, but if I hit the steering wheel it stops). If I pull the knob out it dings, hitting the steering wheel doesn't stop it. Here's the question: Where is the sensor that tells if it is dark out? Is there anyway I can put tape over the sensor or something so that it stays on all the time?
|Thursday, April 27th, 2006|
Settle an argument
A month or more ago, our 10 year old Saturn station wagon wouldn't let us pull out the key and was stuck in the accessory position (the radio and everything stays on). (Yes, we did all the wheel turning, brake stomping, slamming into park stuff, we've had Saturns for 12 years so we know all about that). So, anyway, my hubby has been driving it, just turning everything off that will, but if left for the weekend with no driving the battery occassionally dies. Well, anyway, we did take it to the Saturn dealership where they charged us $50 to say "yep, your key is stuck. If you want to find out if it's a $250 job or a $500 job, that will cost you another $50." We told them to bite it, and have been dealing with it since.
The argument I need settling is this... Can't the locking cylinder and everything be pulled out, allowing us to be able to to use something like a screwdriver to be inserted to start the engine? I know it's ghetto, but it's a 10 year old car and is not worth much anyway. The other side says that it's too ghetto to do that, and can't they do something like put in a switch... a toggle switch, or a button or something. I say ghetto is ghetto, why to go to any bs of installing a "red button on the dashboard" (an amiable joke we have going), because a screwdriver is just too much rigging. Like a button or toggle on the dashboard isn't???
He won't even go into someplace and say "My wife says that we should be able to jsut pull the assembly and put in a screwdriver. Is she a stupid cow?" I say, the guy will probably do it for about $75 and throw in the screwdriver for free. And if the screwdriver's a Craftsman, hey, it's warranteed for life! :p hehe
xposted a couple of places
|Wednesday, April 19th, 2006|
car repairs, car repairs
I just decided to spend $488 to replace my '89 Acura Integra's axles, a car that cost me only $800 to buy. What a painful decision that was, but where else am I going to find a car that runs as well as mine has for the two years that I've had it for under $1000?
|Wednesday, December 28th, 2005|
Cool communitie. the car i drive is looks so bad its called the beast. its a yellow 1982 Mercury Marquis not the Grand Marquis this is smaller and has a V6. Its has a small busted window, if I use the heat or the belt skeeks and my battery dies, I can use either lights or a radio but not both or ounce again the battery dies. Its sitting at my work, it won't start.
|Thursday, August 11th, 2005|
guess i should tell you about mine...
bought this car on ebay.
1989 Audi 100 Quattro.
very sick (in a good way) car when it was new, im sure. also cost upwards of 35k. crazy.
its in the shop right now. apparently there was some kind of water leak and the fuse box shorted out.
there are so many fun little things wrong with it. comment and ill go into greater detail.
|Sunday, June 12th, 2005|
My crappy camry
First time joining a community, but this is probably the first one I can relate to also. I mean, who hasn't had a crappy car at least once in their life (besides the upper brackets, I guess)?
Well, it's a 93 Camry V6 XLE with every single option available at that time. Bought it in relatively ok condition a year ago for $3000 with about 125K on it. Now it's got 142K on it and probably about everything that could go wrong with it has gone wrong.
I've gone through (in only one year) two transmissions, two radiators, two sets of tires, a water pump, an alternator, a cylanoid, 3 timing belts, 2 power steering belts, an a/c compressor, the entire audio system had to be replaced, two doors, and a power antenna.
Now I don't know if it's the car's fault, or just my bad luck, but I'm pretty sure it qualifies as a crappy car.
|Tuesday, June 7th, 2005|
Well, I was heading out the other day and lo and behold, a wiper crapped out on me! This was on a holiday, of course, and so I couldnt get see to it till yesterday. Not a prob with the motor but an arm connected to the passengers wiper had come off, prob a once in a blue moon fault but oh no! not with my CC!
|Saturday, May 21st, 2005|
How do you tell a Crappy Car from one thats just being stubborn? By how much dosh you dish out and how frequently for repairs, thats a good sign. This morning (cold and raining) I took my Mazda SH (Shit Heap) in to have the alternator laughed at. I have no mechanical skills, mechanics are a necessary evil. Sure enuf, the alt has seized up, its now gone from being a simple bearing replacement to a 3 times the cost replacement job. Instead of spinning quietly and smoothly, the alt rattled and ground when spun around. ALSO the alt drive belt is rooted (his words) cos it just spun around the pulley when the alt seized. Now this is a BRAND NEW belt, two weeks old. He says it`ll be allright for awhile, tho. Also the new alt is not charging the batt fully, about 1 volt less than it should so theres something amiss between the alt and batt. Typical. It all cost about all I had, after doing groceries today as well I had 5c in my bank account. Grrrr. Current Mood: crappy
|Friday, May 20th, 2005|
My Crappy Car
Hi. My CC is an 84 Mazda Familia 323 Station Wagon. Its a Japanese import and a rear wheel drive, making finding spares a bit hard. Its also a 1300cc, so its not too powerful. At the moment the alternator is fucking out, theres a constant grinding noise but is still charging. Till today. Coming back from a school event all of a sudden a high pitched noise comes on and the battery light on the dash comes on. I pulled over, popped the bonnet and theres a horrible smell that greets me. The alt looks ok, belts are ok but that smell is not the best. I had booked the beast into the auto electrician`s tomorrow to have the bearings on the alt replaced ( I looked around to get a spare alt install but thats another story!) but now I think the windings are fucked and burnt out. So that`ll be more money. I`ll upload pics sometime and add more about it, you`ll agree it is a crappy car. Current Mood: aggravated
|Saturday, April 30th, 2005|
So, I know barely anything about cars, just to get that out there, and I figured you guys, having to deal with your crappy cars, know everything there is to know about auto repair and maintanence. (Don't worry, I had a crappy car too... a 90 Mitzu-bitchi Mirage, in fact, it finally died on me, of course on one of the busiest roads where I live. I thought it was out of my life, but turns out, it will now be my younger step brother's crappy car...eeksh)
Back to what I was saying...I bought a used '02 Chevy Prizm last November, it ate up my savings, and I've had a couple problems with it, mainly because of Carmax (where i bought it from) is stupid. They didn't put an air filter in it and there was a leak in the oil. Annnyway... so now the Check engline light came on, however, it's at 30,400, so I was wondering if that's just a routine check engine light thing -as in if chevy's always have their lights come on at 30,000- or if I should take it in. I'm going down to Orlando, now I live in Tallahassee for school, within the week, do you guys think I can wait until I take it into carmax, or should I take it to a chevy dealer now? --i would much rather take it into carmax in Orlando becase my mom owes me some money, whereas here, I have none left...eeks. Current Mood: curious
|Friday, April 8th, 2005|
|Wednesday, March 30th, 2005|
my hyundai broke down last week
the clutch went out after 130K miles of hard life
notice the missing tabs
look mom theres no motor
putting it back in
|Sunday, March 27th, 2005|
Update on the TAURUSAURUS
Yes, my baby has a name now hahahaha... i shall call her, him, it, whatever... the TAURUSAURUS!!!! its a beast hahaha anyways heres the new problems on it:
- the wiring is screwed up as all hell, the heat "magically" goes on and stays on until i turn off the car and let it sit for a couple hrs. during this time, the tape player just kinda.... doesnt work, same with the radio. just kinda shut off
-it now was 113,336 miles. yay!
- i got it up to 101 mph on the highway, but it began to shake, so i slowed down to 90
-i scrapped the right side against a rock outside of my friends house, stupid suburban driveway lol
-the power antenna is no longer powered, and it is no longer going up or down. its stuck in there, so when i turn off the car, i hear the gears going whurrrrrrrrr eventually it shuts up
-what fun, the source of my mp3 player adaptation, the casette player, no longer works at all! so i not had to get a cigarette lighter adapter. o well as long as i have some way to play my tunes.
-everytime i brake, the brake sign goes on, dunno what that means tho ::gulps::
-oil change time will be soon
-got some scrathes on the bumper from when i hit a couple curbs when it was ridiculously icey out two months ago. thank god for touch up paint.
-the rust is coming back where i treated it before. wonderful.
-rust on the hood is getting worse, ahhhhhh
-the dashboard plastic glue is starting to give way, now i can see the wiring. yes! tried to use super glue to make it stick and then held it for half an hr...... came apart two days later.
-i put a bumper sticker on my car that says "high performance" lol!!! :D Current Mood: blah
|Friday, March 25th, 2005|
What's wrong with this car?
My boyfriend drives a 1989 Oldsmobile 98. We bought it for about $300 a year ago, as its transmission is dying. It was dying then, and the car still runs (normally) though we generally drive around in second, and only around town.
In the past couple of weeks, it has started to hum when it's running, with the pitch of the hum increasing as we accelerate.
Last weekend (while I was away) my boyfriend noticed that the blinker was working very slowly. Shortly thereafter, the car wouldn't start. The lights (dome light, clock and whatnot) all worked, but it wouldn't start.
He thought it was the alternator, but was advised by his mother that it might be the battery, so he bought a new battery, and the car ran fine for a few days. It is now having the same symptoms as before (slow lights, the radio fades out when the blinker comes on, and won't start.)
He is reluctant to go to a professional because of the cost, and I don't want him to spend any more money when he doesn't know what the problem is.
Do we have a dead alternator and two dead batteries now? I suppose I have two questions:
What do you think is wrong with the car?
What will it cost to fix? If it's more than $100, we're just going to thank the $300 car for lasting a year, and get another one at auction.UPDATE
Yes, it was the alternator. We had it tested at Schuck's and it was dead. We bought another one for about $90 after trading in the core. Thanks.
|Thursday, December 9th, 2004|
ohh no you didnt. . .
art school is out for the semester
so that means ill have some time to work on the racecort
im hoping to get the bumper finished and on
then it will be time for some spray-paint
I know little to nothing about cars, so here goes.
My 91 dodge dakota is leaking antifreeze, is it going to explode on me? Is it safe to drive without it breaking down on me? Should I just watch the temp, and add antifreeze as needed?
I am gonna get it fixed, I just would like to know whether or not I'm going to kill it before hand.
|Friday, December 3rd, 2004|
Car for sale..
Don't know if any of you are into Volvos but here goes.
I'm selling an '87 Volvo 240 DL Sedan. It's white with blue interior. The body is near perfect. Good tires and the wheels haven't been curbed. It's on the Corona GL wheels. The interior of the car is very clean, especially for a car of this age. Car run very well. It does not have a working a/c afaik. Oil leaks are MINIMAL, but the tranny leaks.
Car has an interesting story behind it.. It was purchased in Japan by a man in the military who then brought it to the states. The man who I picked the car up from has owned the car since it was at 4800 miles! The odometer is broken but it has around 150,000 on it (still a baby!). I've only had the car a few months now. I've done a few things to it but I cannot afford to keep the car. I've done a few things to the car and its very driveable.
I've got the ipd VX cam sitting around somewhere for those of you interested.
I'll get pictures soon.
I'm asking for 2200.