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Eiko

car troubles again

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Well this sucks... I've been pricing out brake pads and rotors for the last week because my brakes are rapidly failing. The cheapest I could get them was about $85 if I shopped around. Then on the way to work, my 430w inverter made the noise it makes when it's not connected properly; I live on a dirt road so it needs the wire re-installed occasionally. Then, the bluetooth signal on my stereo got distorted and quit. I thought there was just some radio interference until the speedometer, anti-lock brakes, and windshield wipers (it was raining btw) all died as well. I managed to turn off into the mall parking lot before the accelerator quit, idling into a parking spot. I called my stepfather and my manager. One told me that the battery could have died and the car ran off of the alternator until it couldn't anymore; the other said that the alternator died and the car ran until the battery was drained.

I thought maybe the good, upstanding people at Sears Automotive would come help me get the battery out of my car to test it. After all, I've been a repeat customer there for years. NOPE. They told me to buy tools from the main store to get it out myself. $10 in pliers, I wasn't strong enough to turn the bolts. A $5 ratchet set later, I manage to get the battery out so I can lug it across the parking lot to be tested. An hour later I learn that my 4 year old Walmart battery is fine. How much is an alternator install for a Taurus again? Over $300?!? lol, see ya!

The newly charged battery got me to an AutoZone close by. I had already priced out the alternator, but the cashier's prices were different. On top of that, he says they are out of stock and I will have to wait an hour until it can be delivered from another store. Now, in the mean time, I'm in panties and size 2 dress pants pulling out an alternator by my stepfather's directions because he isn't physically capable of doing it anymore. We wait and awkwardly converse until the delivery car shows up. The alternators do not look anything like each other. I talk to another cashier and kind of peek at the POS system. She turns it so I can see the settings. I tell her that my car is a REGULAR 3.0L V6 and NOT the FlexFuel, DOHC, or SHO models. Hey look, the part I originally looked at is in stock. Alternator (- core charge), rotors, brake pads (I didn't argue when she recommended the ones that cost $4 more, because she was actually getting this transaction moving), brake cleaner, and the little packs of goop they recommend.. My bill comes out to just over $180. So not only did I miss out on a day's pay, the car cost me a week or two. I installed the alternator, threw the brake parts in his truck for later, and bought a couple bottles of $5-6 wine on the way home. My luck has to turn around eventually... right?
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Added: 5 years, 4 months ago
 
IrritatedCharizard
5 years, 4 months ago
You really need some peeps that can work on your car, also $300 for installing an alternator?????  Hell this is the main reason why I do most of my car repairs and get the life time warranties for parts. x3

Really wish I could help ya with the mechanic stuff >.<
IrritatedCharizard
5 years, 4 months ago
Side note: alternators can usually run your whole vehicle without much issue, tested it myself, though your battery charge on the dashboard will fluctuate when trying to use your lights. hehe
Eiko
5 years, 4 months ago
My stepfather knows how, but he's disabled. It puts him in agonizing pain to use his arm. And I don't really have any friends left in this area. :( Also, I HATE working on cars. I've washed my hands twice and the grime still won't come off! >.<
IrritatedCharizard
5 years, 4 months ago
Ya, I bet he would love to work on the car too. Well hope you can get things all fixed up~
whitepawrolls
5 years, 4 months ago
Yea if an alternator is working properly it can run your whole car by itself, and still have left over to charge the battery. Things like this though make me glad sometimes I can't drive. Other times I'd trade the repairs for being able to drive a car :p
jonhskitsune
5 years, 4 months ago
Gosh, maybe you shold think about getting another car or getting a motorcycle for day to day things, they are a lot cheaper and the repairs are a lot easier and cheaper to! =xx

Just make sure to get the most numerous motorcycle you see! XDD
More of them means more parts on the market and cheaper ones as well.
Eiko
5 years, 4 months ago
I live in an area with lots of rainfall, temperatures that are in the extremes more often than not, and an unusually high number of drunk drivers and tourists. It would not be safe or wise, especially with amount of time I spend on the road. I appreciate the concern though. ^^ I have my car because it was cheap. Buying another car would cost money I honestly don't have. Once I got the part, the alternator is only held on by, like, 5 bolts. It was incredibly simple. And I'll bribe someone to do my brakes. You won't see my cute ass underneath a car, lol.
Shokuji
5 years, 4 months ago
Poor Eiko. :( [hugs] Things will get better.
Eiko
5 years, 4 months ago
*hugs* Slowly but hopefully. xD I made $95 tonight at work. I kinda did 2 people's jobs and wore myself out, but it was worth it.
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