Here goes my rant....

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by dragunovsks, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    So sunday im driving down the highway in my truck and my passenger window suddenly rolls down and wouldnt go back up. I go back home and start taking the door apart, couldnt get the panel off so i took it to a friends house who used to be a mechanic at a ford dealer. We got the window up so the seat wouldnt get wet and he says i need a new window regulator and motor. He called oriellys in town and they said it would be in tuesday....

    Fast forward to today. I go to get my parts and the only thing they have is a motor....wtf. The counter guy says itll be in tomorrow...and another 100 bucks of course.

    After i got home i decided to call them just to double check im getting what i need and talked to a different guy. He says they can get a motor but not the regulator, not available. So what the **ck did you order?

    I got a little heated so i decided to start over with a different auto parts store, decided to call advance auto parts. I told the lady on the phone, power window regulator w/ motor (said it 3 times) passenger side for 04 F-150. No problem sir itll be here tomorrow at 3 pm for 95 bucks.

    Oreillys wanted 160, dont ask me how they gave me a price for an item they cant get...wtf?
     
  2. readygirl

    readygirl New Member

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    Dont you know you gotta send your wife in to those places. your not going to get anything accomplished .... My hubby sent me and my sister to the autozone a couple yrs ago to get a water pump for his car wearing some tube tops and hoochie shorts. Not only did we get the 15% discount they usually give to repair shops, but they almost shut the store down for 45min so 2 of them could go out in the parking lot and put it on . LOL.... We gave them some bogus phone numbers and rolled outa there.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    The wife's car got hit by the "Dodge magnum stuck in Park" last Friday.
    What happened is the Brake Transmission Interlock Safety latch broke where a spring is attached. The piece that broke off is smaller than a new born's thumb nail.

    Ordered the part Saturday, got it yesterday, and spent all day removing console, ashtray, heater / ac control panel, shifter mechanism, and disassembling the shifter mechanism, replacing the part and reassembling the car.

    All for a little piece. Someone placed a youtube video.
    dodge magnum stuck in park - Yahoo! Video Search
     
  4. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Haha thats great...dont always work tho. My wife took her 06 explorer to get an oil change at pennzoil cause i didnt have time to do it. They ended up talking her into an engine flush, tranny flush, changing all fluids including rear diff, cooling system flush....cost well over 200. I was lit up, of course i couldnt do anything about it cause shes the R.O. and she agreed to it.
     
  5. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Hey, its better than what I get at the part stores... "Is that for a Chevy or a Ford International?? :rolleyes:
     
  6. readygirl

    readygirl New Member

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    Yea, they get me for that stuff at the quickie lubes too... But i dont have much choice, my husband dosn't even own a screwdriver, and if he did he would probably hurt himself with it.
     
  7. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    I usually do all my own mechanic work, what i have the tools and know how for that is. Keeps me from getting raped at the shop...lol
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    You never know who is behind that parts counter. Stopped by local small engine shop and parts thief .....uhh- parts DEALER. Needed a little O ring type gasket for carb float bowl on a 5hp Briggs & Stratton.

    Walked in, behind counter is young woman, looked to be about 18, pierced eybrows- Oh- this is going to be joyous (not!) She asked what was I looking for? Told her needed gasket for carb float bowl, 5 hp B&S. Reached under counter, came up with 2 O rings- do you want the one for the top of the bowl, or the bottom?

    Humbled, told her top O ring, paid, took my $5 tiny ring of rubber, thanked her, and left. Made mental note note to be judging folks you have not met.
     
  9. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    C3... Damn. Can't really say I've had that kind of thing happen. That's good.
     
  10. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Lol, dang it...
     
  11. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I used to work with a young lady who told me once that she knew how to rebuild transmissions by herself at age 17. Pays not to judge too quickly.
     
  12. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I do what i can out of sheer paranoia; i've heard too many stories about oil filters not being properly tightened & costing engines (Senatobia WALMART, et al). It also gives you a chance to look for what you will be working on next, rusty or crusty or failing. I have also had too many friends who worked at low rent oil change places that routinely substitute that recycled oil crap for whatever oil you ask for specifically. I use the German-bottled Castrol Syntec 0w30, NO SUBSTITUTIONS & prefer the WIX filters.
     
  13. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    I always change my own oil.. 2ton floor jack, filter wrench, fram oil filter "PH16", 7qts of castol 5w-30, craftsman 3/8 ratchet w/ 13mm socket.. 10 minutes and done
     
  14. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    I take my vehicles to the dealer let them change the oil 7$ more than me monkeying with it myself and 5$ more than the quicklube. But i dont have to muck with old filters and used oil or cleaning up the drive after spilling half of it on the cat...

    I just dont trust highscool kids under my vehicles. Not after losing my prized beat to hell 1980 4cyl mustang to a quick oil change artist who didnt tighten the drain plug.
     
  15. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Ditto, Jon. I quit changing my own oil in the early 1990's when I got a car that had its filter in such an inconvenient location that the only way I could reach it was flat on my back, with my left hand only. I figure that my time is worth way more than the $5-$10 I'd save by doing it myself. (mainly because I inherited an astounding lack of mechanical skills from my Dad, and learned early on what to tackle myself, and what to hire an expert to do. I do stay away from the Jiffy-Lube type places, though.
     
  16. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    I am throwing a rant in on this auto parts nightmare. I have 02 VW GTI with Tiptronic transmission. Dealer will not fix the solenoid problem, drain the fluid (Will not fix the problem) or new transmission (New my rear - old bell housing and new guts), warranty for only 12 months or 12K for little under 6K. :eek: :mad:

    Local dealership will not sell me or the one repair shop that could repair the transmission the parts, only online at specific aftermarket places or from their supplier. The shocking part is, of the many transmission shops in Albuquerque, only one is able to do it. They are contacting they're supplier for 09A solenoid kit, if they can get it!

    Now, I look at new cars and trucks to fit in, a majority in my new price range has this so-called sport tronic style transmission(s). The list of vehicles that do fit, do not have the left room for manual shifting.

    These same sport tronic transmission(s) will be causing the same issues years to come.

    I am about to surf the used market for an old Ford Crown Vic.
     
  17. zedpapa

    zedpapa Member Supporter

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    I used to be a "mechanic" and quit it when I found most of them are conartists. That whole flush mumbo jumbo, not needed as long as you maintain your vehicle. I still do all my own work mostly because there are very few shops that I trust. I will even put my car on jackstands and take the wheels for new tires. Last place I let touch my wife's subaru overtorqued the lugnuts and warped all four rotors. And people wonder why its so expensive to own a vehicle.

    Brian
     
  18. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    I had a tire shop overtorque my lugnuts one time in 1997. I was driving the 1991 Nissan 300zx twin turbo that i had,The genius had stripped all of my lugnuts and on the way home my front right wheel came most of the way off
     
  19. rjd3282

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    Speaking as former professional mechanic you should reconsider the fram oil filter. Got to be one of the worst filters on the market. Just a little friendly advise.
     
  20. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I worked in several tire change and lube shops when I was in my twenties. I try to do everything myself at home. I have a 30 year old K5 Blazer. But if anything goes wrong I can fix it myself. I have a performance distributor. The enigine quit on the way home a few days ago. It was a bad pick up coil. I have to pull the distributer. Disassmble it completely. Go to two different parts store to find a replacement, and work in the dark with a flash light. I couldnt push it up the hill to my garage. Still had it running the same day that it quit. My wife has a 2003 Kia Sedona. That is a different story. Her Air bag light came on. It was a bad seat belt buckle. It cost $250 for a seat belt buckle!!!!! I had to pay them to put it in because I couldnt reset the light myself anyway!!!!

    I was always amazed at the retards they would hire to work with me in the different shops. I have had cars come back because somebody didnt tight the drain plug.