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...went my car.

*sigh* I dunno what it is. I'm hoping timing belt and thinking all sorts of costly other things.

I made it about 9/10 of a fairly long trip and then it just completely died on the interstate. Still gets power, windows work, lights come on and all that, but it wouldn't turn over at all. Nothing at all happened when I tried to start it. Fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

Believe it or not, I've never had a vehicle break down. I've never needed a tow, or had to walk down the interstate. Some guy picked me up not long after I started walking. Hooray for nice folks.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 9th, 2007 9:58am
Well, then your luck still averages out to fantastic.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
July 9th, 2007 10:01am
i know a bloke that's got some nice 2nd hand parts for a merc 200E ...
Permalink heroin addicted ari$--tocrat 
July 9th, 2007 10:03am
Will those go in a Celica?
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 9th, 2007 10:06am
'course they will. fit on the back seat nicely.
Permalink heroin addicted ari$--tocrat 
July 9th, 2007 10:07am
LOL
Permalink Send private email muppet 
July 9th, 2007 10:08am
LoL ++

Hot day? Overheating? Had a car stop dead in slow traffic, sat there like an idiot for about 20 minutes then it came good and I drove off. Next week the head gasket blew. Headshave, parts + labour =  $ouch.

But if you KNOW you should have replaced the timing belt at 100,000 km and didn't then may the God of Good Luck take care of your mechanicals.

#2 son's bike died more recently just off the freeway offramp ... SOS, rent trailer, go fetch, return trailer ... turned out it had spat a sparkplug from one of the pots.  Helicoil was $50 and the mechanical education gained disassembling and reassembling the motor was (I hope) to him priceless.

Learning he could have had roadside cover from the RACV was for me priceless (for him, $50).
Permalink trollop 
July 9th, 2007 10:29am
It's just a bit over 72k miles, but from what I've heard, that's about par for timing belt life on celicas.

The timing belt was mentioned last time I had the oil changed, but they didn't make it sound particularly urgent. Probably just trying not to be pushy. I imagine some of them are keenly aware of people suspecting them of pushing stuff they don't need.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 9th, 2007 10:34am
>Nothing at all happened when I tried to start it

I know exceedingly little about car mechanics, but I don't think that would be the behaviour if your timing belt was going off phase a bit -- I thought that would just lead to knocking as ignition and piston position slowly went out of cycle, finally just mangling your hardware. If your car just stopped doing anything at all to an ignition request, it sounds electical, like a corroded lead just finally flaked off.
Permalink DF 
July 9th, 2007 10:36am
Hey, my car died a couple weeks ago and I finally got it fixed on Friday (I don't use it often).

Just like you said, won't turn over but lights, etc, worked. Didn't work after I got a jump and so I knew it was serious.

For me it was a combination of (a) rats eating the wires and (b) the computer being hosed. The computer's expensive and parts ended up being over 80% of the cost.

And yeah, AAA is worth it.
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July 9th, 2007 10:53am
Hmmm, it was knocking a bit when it idled low for the last month or so. When it died, it knocked a little higher pitch, but only very briefly before the engine died completely. I wonder if the belt broked and jammed the works up. I didn't try to crank it much for fear of causing more damage or burning up the starter.

The alternator could have gone out, but I did still have lit up gages with the windows and such working. I'm no mechanic either. Man it really really sucks not having a working vehicle.

I dunno though, trying not to be too stressed over it. It'll get fixed, and I'm not in any particular dire straits even if I ended up having to get another vehicle. There's just a lot of other things I'd rather be spending money on. Still, I kind of expected to get more than 7 years out of a brand new vehicle.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 9th, 2007 10:56am
If it was the timing belt, you're lucky it was a Toyota -- their motors aren't "interference" designs, which means that if the belt breaks, you come to a stop, but nothing worse happens.

Hondas /are/ interference designs.  If the belt breaks, any valves which happened to be in the open position will get smashed by the upward moving pistons.  Cost to repair: Easily $2500.
Permalink Send private email xampl 
July 9th, 2007 12:40pm
Awe fuck.

THey just called and said the engine was fucked. Completely locked up. New one installed in about a week. $3200 + tax.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 9th, 2007 1:27pm
Sorry to hear that.

Is the car worth spending that much money on?
Permalink xampl 
July 9th, 2007 1:31pm
I'm wondering. I think it probably is worth fixing, even if I just turn around and sell it. I'll probably just drive it.

I was just checking kelly blue book. The engine I am getting has 40k on it. The engine that is now toast had 72k. My model/year with 40k miles blue books for ~$9,000.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 9th, 2007 1:38pm
Where do they get an engine with 40K on it?
Permalink DF 
July 9th, 2007 1:42pm
Well, the guy told me that this one came from Japan.

He mentioned that they have to pull them over there after so many miles. Kinda strange. Apparently you don't just run it till it dies there. I think he said that limit was 50k, which doesn't explain why this one had 40k unless someone decided to get it done early because there was some kind of deal on the one that would be replacing it.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 9th, 2007 1:47pm
That would be very weird...

I'd worry that a used engine was a reclamation from a demo'd car. In which case the likelihood of continuous problems is extremely high.
Permalink DF 
July 9th, 2007 1:53pm
A little worried, I googled a bit and found some corroboration.

It sounds like it is not necessarily a mileage thing so much as stricter emissions standards.

In other news, the people at the Gyro place close to me were nice. Apparently, I forgot my wallet this morning. TINSTAAFL, but you can get one on credit occasionally.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 9th, 2007 2:24pm
>> I'd worry that a used engine was a reclamation from a demo'd car. In which case the likelihood of continuous problems is extremely high. <<

I have a friend in NZ that corroborates the availability of slightly-used engines & parts from Japan. 

You will seldom see a car in Japan that is older than 3 years as the annual inspection there goes from tough to OMG! The map is folded wrong! Your car FAILS!

So there's lots of nearly-new JDM cars available all around the South Pacific area.
Permalink xampl 
July 9th, 2007 3:23pm

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