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Car makes funny noise, not funny haha.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by w00dy, Oct 26, 2008.

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Feel free to suggest other options as they come to you.

  1. Drive it into the ground.

    45.5%
  2. Sell to unsuspecting shlub and run like hell.

    15.2%
  3. Try to fix it with my bike tools.

    30.3%
  4. Pay for a qualified mechanic to fix it up like new.

    9.1%
  1. w00dy

    w00dy In heaven there is no beer

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    As many of you know, I put a bit of hurt on my car this summer. It's starting to show it's age. (10 yrs, 180k miles)
    The transmission is starting to slip, and I fear it'll need brakes and at least one u-joint before too long. It's putting out a bit of smoke when I really goose it, but doesn't seem to be consuming fluids too fast.
    It has electrical bugs from time to time, but nothing fatal, just irritating.

    So I put it to you, Ridemonkey, what do you e-experts recommend I do with my trusty old friend.


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  2. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    Grow dreadlocks, apply peace symbol decals & drive it into the ground. :)
     
  3. Brian HCM#1

    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    Trade it in for a case of beer!
     
  4. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    I wouldn't fix it "like new" but as someone who has an aging car, I've decided I'd have to spend a hell of a lot of money on it to break even on a car payment. So, when this or that needs repair, I groan a little and take it to the mechanic.

    I do basic stuff myself, which helps - plugs, wires, brakes, stuff like that.
     
  5. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    If it is standard, it is pretty easy to adjust the clutch and if you don't drive like an idiot it will last quite a while.


    I doubt that car has u-joints*. Maybe CV joints?








    *but I am far from a mechanic.
     
  6. merrrrjig

    merrrrjig Turbo Monkey

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    Just put some "Rims" on it, and you'll be good to go
     
  7. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    I'd be more concerned about the moss on your roof.
     
  8. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    its another layer of insulation
     
  9. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    Where is the "get a louder stereo" option?
     
  10. cannondalejunky

    cannondalejunky ease dropper

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    drive it until the catalytic converters go bad and you are spewing out all kinds of nasty exhaust into the atmosphere, then put a bunch of stickers on your car about how we need to save the environment
     
  11. Sghost

    Sghost Turbo Monkey

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    transmission is starting to slip - adjust clutch cable, dont abuse it => Bike tools

    need brakes - Pads and/or rotors => cheap, bike tools

    u-joint - CV joint/wheel bearing? cheap, bike tools/cheap at mechanic

    bit of smoke - dont sweat it, that extra quart of oil a week is no big deal, cut out a big mack.
     
  12. BMXman

    BMXman I wish I was Canadian

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    It's a Honda I would just fix it and it will be good for another 100K!
     
  13. BikeMike

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    Just one of the many benefits of a green roof.

    Like BV, I drive an old car that needs semi-regular work. It sucks, but I crunched some numbers and concluded that even with possible substantial gas savings, a new car wasn't economically sensible. The biggest value in a new car would have been missing out on the stress when the car needs work (had to drive to work, so it was important to have a car).
     
  14. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    Fix it yourself. It's not hard, and very cost effective.
    Once you fix the problems, get out the manual and start looking into the preventative work. Fix thing before they have the opportunity to become probelms.
     
  15. 1453

    1453 Monkey

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    you are all idiots

    the obvious solution is a full skirt and udner-body light kit, with a spoiler where the dismantled bike is now.

    but seriously, take it to a mechanic and get it fixed. 1k or two would be small price to pay for another 50k of service from these econoboxes. My little wagon is at 200k right now and all it needed so far was a new used tranny at 185k and it was only 600 bucks. You should find tons of like-new transmissions in junk yards anywhere, just look for the civics with the body kits.
     
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  16. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    Yep, fix what ails her and drive the thing into the dirt.
    If you spend for six months, what you'd pay in new car payments, just getting that thing fixed, it should last another two or so years... so in the end you save at least 18months of payments.
     
  17. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    btw -- if you haven't changed the timing belt. Now would be a good time.
     
  18. Sandwich

    Sandwich Pig my fish!
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    http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/pts/888316482.html

    One weekend, 5 cases of beer, 5 buddies, a good set of tools, a garage, and a working car to get more. Bout tree-fiddy.

    Seriously, do NOT take your car to a mechanic, it WILL NOT be worth it. It will cost you over 2gs to get the engine and trans fixed, and even then you're not left with much time before more electrics fail, the suspension claps out (even further) and the body rusts away.

    If you're dead set on wasting more money, buy the swap and con us into fixing it. That will fix your eng and trans problems, and if you get a complete front end, fresh brakes and suspension as well. You might be able to find one in your area and trailer it to a friend's house to do the swap.

    That being said, I really think you should invest in some grabber green spray paint, a nice welder, and some tube stock and make the ultimate bike mobile...then scrap it when it finally dies for good in a year. Even with a swap to a working engine and trans, you still have no AC, dead shocks, rusty fenders, and electrics that remind me of an old audi...it isn't worth over $1000 now and even with the swap it won't be worth more than 2gs.

    The money you would have to invest simply wouldn't cover the cost of a fresh used car that will actually have some retail value.
     
  19. Sandwich

    Sandwich Pig my fish!
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    All of your woes sound fixable at home so that's the route I would go!
     
  21. tmx

    tmx aka chromegoddess

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    Fix with bike tools.
     
  22. wreckedrex

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    Manual or auto? I replaced a manual in my old civic over a weekend, cost was ~$600 for a rebuilt hybrid setup. If it just needs a clutch I bet you could get what you need for <$100. If it's an auto I'm sorry. I've had 2 of them past 200k and both were smoged and sold running fine, they'll run for ever if you don't beat 'em too badly.
     
  23. Sandwich

    Sandwich Pig my fish!
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    you could also sell the car with full disclosure and move on to something else.

    it's an auto, btw
     
  24. JustMtnB44

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    Since you're probably not in the best position to buy a better car right now I voted to fix it yourself. Just fix the minimum it needs to keep it going and passing inspection. Brakes and CV joints are easy to replace. The tranny slipping may or may not be easily fixable, but may not need to be fixed just yet. After all, the tranny in my car has been slipping on take-off for a year but it's still fine otherwise.
     
  25. w00dy

    w00dy In heaven there is no beer

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    It's a tie for fix it myself and drive it into the ground.
    Hybrid decision, fix it into the ground.

    Anyone know a good place to pick up an automatic transmission + cv joints in the NYC area?
     
  26. cannondalejunky

    cannondalejunky ease dropper

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    I'm sure you can find one in a nice dark alley for sale
     
  27. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Have you changed the fluid in the transmission?

    Automatic transmissions suck, BTW. :p
     
  28. Sandwich

    Sandwich Pig my fish!
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    what color are you going to paint it?
     
  29. brungeman

    brungeman I give a shirt

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    You all are missing the easiest solution...

    woOdy, you have several rivers at your disposal... Or... For your disposal however you want to put it!



    PS. Fix it, it will be a somewhat easy fix! and as they say if it aint broken, fix it till it is!
     
  30. skunkty14

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    99% sure I sort of know the guy selling that truck but not well enough to feel that bad about telling you to steer clear. 2 1/2 words; JB Weld, head.

    Oh yea, drive the Civic into the ground. The cheapest vehicle is always the one you currently own.
     
  31. Sandwich

    Sandwich Pig my fish!
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    hahaha, good call. was just an indicator...woody is always packed to the ceiling with crap and rarely carries more than a single passenger...a nice cheap old pickup would be the best thing going.
     
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    Beat it with a hammer.
     
  33. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    Drive the f'n wheels off.
     
  34. Sandwich

    Sandwich Pig my fish!
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    till they fall off the back hatch? that shouldn't take long :rofl:
     
  35. w00dy

    w00dy In heaven there is no beer

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    I lol'd. I probably won't do anything to it until I'm sure that I can't make it any worse.

    I've only dropped my bike off it once and that was years ago.