Date registered: Apr 2010
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Okay, so right after I posted, I kept checking back and saw no replies. What can I say, I'm so impatient! In any case, I figured either way I was scr*wed with it, and decided to tell him to go for it. He insisted I come over and look at it first. (He works out of his house). By the time I got there (maybe around 9:30 a.m.), they had pulled the pulley out, which by the way I knew was loose because it was almost at the fan when I saw it last. He showed me the part where the pulley went on to the 'head-looking thing' of the crankshaft (will try to upload a picture). It was kind of ground up or ‘eaten’ up. Apparently the gasket gave way because a power steering HOSE had given out and leaked on it and it ate through that and then ate at the metal because of all the friction I guess.
Last night around 6:00 p.m. he called me and told me it was ready. I of course rushed over to test drive it. It ran like a dream.
On another note, the first mechanic had also told me that I might have to change out the alternator because everything was wet with power steering fluid and that it might kill it. Sure enough, by the time I got it back home after seeing the first mechanic and before taking it to my other mechanic (who had told me $850), it stopped turning on (gave me only the dreaded “clicks”), and I thought too that it had to be the alternator. BUT, this guy and I had talked a couple of times before I had given him the okay, and he told me that he did not think it was the alternator, but rather the battery which was old and weak (although to me looked pretty good). In any case, before I went to pick it up he warned me that I would need a new battery for it and he said he could get me one for $104, which I thought was high (god knows what I was thinking). Instead, after I picked it up I took it to my local Auto Zone and found the exact same one for $134 but I lucked out because I had bought the EXACT same battery for another car in 2007 and they took it in as a core, gave me a 10% discount because the manager is super nice, and I wound up paying $87 for the battery and some other stuff. No new alternator needed I am happy to report because this morning it started up with no problems! – yeay!!!
Now, the only ‘downsides’ I have encountered are …
1. No A/C, but he told me to pick up 4 cans of R134 and that he'd charge it. I have them in my car as I picked them up at the same time I picked up the battery.
2. MPH light (exclamation point light) turned on after driving it for about 5-10 minutes. When I went back to him he said it was normal and that after the battery goes out for that long that the computer must reboot itself so to drive it for about 50 miles. Sure enough it went off this morning, but now the check engine light came on. I’ll ask him about this when I go for him to recharge my A/C, although all the gauges (temp., oil, etc.,) are in perfect shape or in other words, where they need to be.
Will probably update again, but as we are all ‘drivers’, wish me luck and send good thoughts my way as if it was one of your babies!
Oh yes, another thing ... he said that belt was fine, so he did not change it. It does actually look good now (no oil, no cracks, etc.) but I saw it when it was wet. Should he have changed it? He had the car towed to his place, had the crankshaft welded, replaced the gasket, and the power-steering hose, put $10 of gas and cleaned my car for the $600.
Last edited by lilmspurrfect; 04-05-2010 at 11:03 AM.