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Old 07-20-2012, 04:08 PM   #151
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Get rid of the Audi and buy a cheap used subaru with the money. You will thank yourself later. There is a reason that an independent BMW, Volvo, Audi, VW shop up here that is smaller than us turns 6 figure profits in a year.

PS any used car you think of buy get it checked out for 75-100 by a good well reviewed shop. Good piece of mind and can help you haggle the price.
I can't get rid of it, I love that car too much. The repairs that need to be done shouldn't be too hard, especially with a list to work from given to me by the shop. I've already found some great threads on the audi forums about how to do the fixes for 20% of the OEM part and they are more reliable.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:25 AM   #152
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I can't get rid of it, I love that car too much. The repairs that need to be done shouldn't be too hard, especially with a list to work from given to me by the shop. I've already found some great threads on the audi forums about how to do the fixes for 20% of the OEM part and they are more reliable.
Just remember Audi and VW are very picky with aftermarket parts, the cars in general are finicky.

Side not I just got back from my 2,900 mile trip so I'll keep an eye out for any funny car related things again.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:30 PM   #153
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Okay, I'll play. Here are the 2 most recent ones.

Why should I check my oil between oil changes? 99 civic w/ 164k miles...


And a car from the auction... somebody drove it to the shop like this...


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Old 07-31-2012, 07:36 PM   #154
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Good additions!
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:14 PM   #155
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LOL@ bugeyetex.That civic seems to have a classic case of engine block failure.Failure of the block to keep con rods inside.
As far as stupid goes.I was recovering from a broken leg and had my cousin drive me to town.The grinding noise from the rf brakes was incredible.I told him he,at the very least,needed new pads.Since I was unable to get on the ground to do the swap I said"I have the know how and you have the physical ability we can do this if we work together".He gets the rf wheel off and I said"well there's your problem".The outside pad wasn't just worn out but was completely missing.The caliper was his pad.Why do people not realize the bad brakes can and do get people killed?Like an old geezer i used to know once said"what do you need brakes for,all they do is slow you down"?LOL
As for all you techies out there who think you know all and are always right.I took my '02 OBS to the subaru dealer to get my control arms replaced under recall.It was still winter and roads were too slick to put enough g force in any direction for it to make any noise and the bumps were smoothed out by the ice being scraped flat by the plows.When things thawed out if I got on the gas or the brakes hard enough I would hear a faint tink from the front end.Then when I turned off the highway into the grocery store parking lot I heard a big clunk and the sound of a bracket scraping along the threads of a bolt.
When I got home I removed the lf wheel and I thought I could see just a liiitle bit of daylight between the bolt and bracket where the control arm connect to the frame.So I got out my wimpy little 3/8"drive ratchet to just snug it down to safely get to the small garage in town to put a torque wrench on it and get it tightened to spec.When i turned the bolt it took very little effort to turn it and it wouldn't tighten.I figured the uncaptured nut,witch was out of my view,was turning also.
I drove it to the the small shop in town where I watched them put it on the hoist for inspection.The called me over to see what they had found and I almost s__t my pants when i seen what was wrong.Not only was the nut loose but it was missing.I looked at the right side and that nut was missing as well.I don't know how I ever made it home alive.They put the nuts on and torqued them down and I was good to go.Thank god.
I showed the bill to the subaru service and told him"this boy has no business turning wrenches.He could have easily killed someone.A missing nut on one side?Ok,human error but both sides?That could be considered criminal negligence or even attempted murder."The service manager then gave me some line of BC that"he has 2 years of training by subaru and been working here for 7 years yada yada."I then told him that obviously their training needs serious rethinking.I also told him that this level of stupidity would be unacceptable even for someone in high school auto shop class much less a factory trained professional.
I've been working on cars for 30 years with no formal training(engine,transmission,suspension and electrical).I have done it all and have always done the job right the first time and never had an issue one of any kind.More than once I've had someone who HAS had the required training screw up my car and I ended up fixing it myself because I don't trust them enough to let them TRY and make it right.That's why I don't let anyone touch my car unless I'm either physically unable due to injury or I don't have access to the equipment required to do so.
To the techs out there who ARE good at what you do I say thanks for keeping the world rolling.I know what you go through on a daily basis and hats off to you for hanging in there through thick and thin.
And to customers I say choose your techs carefully because even those at the dealer can and sometimes do get it wrong.

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Old 08-01-2012, 10:20 PM   #156
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I got a good one today, good way to ruin an engine that has only 76K on it. Will post soon
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:33 PM   #157
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Best thread to hit general evar
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:01 PM   #158
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im like a giddy kid, i wanna see jdub
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:05 AM   #159
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I saw some funny things driving a tow truck. Here are a few:

This was in a Target parking lot.




This came to a stop ON the guard rail:




This car


Was hit by this



And lastly, I came across this one day. Finalist for 'it's not my job'.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:15 AM   #160
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I have a lot of stories, but not many pictures... my days of wrenching everyday are over, for now at least. I do still get some every once in a while that still make my head spin. I have had a customer drive into the shop on the rim (yes, directly into the shop) with a shredded tire flopping around. Turned off the car and got out. I asked 'Can I get you a price for a new tire?' not even starting to say anything about the rim. I was absolutely shocked to hear the response: "You can't fix that?" Complete with a serious face... Couldn't believe it. I had to actually had to explain simple physics to the person.

Another quick one. Had a customers vehicle in and her rubber brake lines were very badly cracked, so I recomended new lines. It was a shop that would bring the customer out to the shop to show them what you found. She asked me if i could just put duct tape around them... Another simple lesson in physics and a story about how I almost got in a wreck when one of my brake lines burst (true story)... and she declined the repair.

EDIT- ^ That target parking lot pic, driver should have their license revoked without question.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:24 AM   #161
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Haha this makes me wish I worked on cars. I work on blackhawks and we pretty much give pilots **** for writing up stupid things wrong with the aircraft.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:43 AM   #162
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Okay, I'll play. Here are the 2 most recent ones.

Why should I check my oil between oil changes? 99 civic w/ 164k miles...
Enjoy
Around 300,000 miles of revving over 9000...what could possibly go wrong?
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Buff right out?
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:18 AM   #163
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This is the best thread I've seen on here in a while.

Some astounding stories. Keep them coming, fellas.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:01 AM   #164
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Alright here they are promised like I said they would be




Basically the guy kept driving it while it was overheating to get it to the shop because he didn't want to pay for a tow. Well about 1,000 ft from the shop it dropped the valve seat and now the motor is toast.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:03 AM   #165
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Alright here they are promised like I said they would be

Basically the guy kept driving it while it was overheating to get it to the shop because he didn't want to pay for a tow. Well about 1,000 ft from the shop it dropped the valve seat and now the motor is toast.
What kind of car/ engine is that?
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:07 AM   #166
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B16B I got one like yours from about 2 years ago
It what happens when you have an interference engine on a kia going down the highway at 65 and don't ever change the timing belt. Oh and she said she didn't hear anything

Anyways after showing her the engine she got sad





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Old 08-02-2012, 11:09 AM   #167
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What kind of car/ engine is that?
That would be a 04 Dodge Ram 1500 with a V8 5.7L in it
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:42 AM   #168
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B16B I got one like yours from about 2 years ago
It what happens when you have an interference engine on a kia going down the highway at 65 and don't ever change the timing belt. Oh and she said she didn't hear anything

Anyways after showing her the engine she got sad

What! You didn't get the "it sounded like someone gargling marbles"?
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:59 AM   #169
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B16B I got one like yours from about 2 years ago
It what happens when you have an interference engine on a kia going down the highway at 65 and don't ever change the timing belt. Oh and she said she didn't hear anything

Anyways after showing her the engine she got sad
Did you have to tell her in sign language. How do you not hear any noises? Too busy jammin out to pop music?
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:05 PM   #170
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I'm not a mechanic but I did spend my highschool years working in a shop. Typical stuff for a kid working in a shop I did the bitch work pumping gas ,shop maintenence, go getter, tire repair/rotations , oil changes , brake pads and general assistant/student to the mechanics.

In that time I saw all kinds of horrible things but one always stuck in my mind for some reason:

This guy comes in on a flat tire and asks if I can check it out so I go over and immediately see a fully 1 inch wide bone of some sort sticking out of the sidewall just out of the tread. I tell tell the guy he is gonna need a new tire. Nope he wants the tire plugged. I show him a tire plug to try to get across the idea that the holes to big to be plugged and make sure he wasn't thinking of a patch (though that damage was too much for a patch as well). His response was "well cant ya just put 6 or 7 in there?"

I even offered the guy a decent used tire we had for something like 10 buck so he could at least get where he was going but no he wanted it plugged and he drove right on out of there on his rim to find someone that knew how to use a tire plug.

I was left to wonder, where the hell did that guy pick up a bone that large and not do any other visable damage.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:31 PM   #171
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What! You didn't get the "it sounded like someone gargling marbles"?
That's what it sounded like lol but she just said its "making funny noises" if I recall correctly

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Did you have to tell her in sign language. How do you not hear any noises? Too busy jammin out to pop music?
Well there was subs in the rear
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #172
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"well cant ya just put 6 or 7 in there?"


this thread is great
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:22 PM   #173
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I'm not a mechanic but I did spend my highschool years working in a shop. Typical stuff for a kid working in a shop I did the bitch work pumping gas ,shop maintenence, go getter, tire repair/rotations , oil changes , brake pads and general assistant/student to the mechanics.

In that time I saw all kinds of horrible things but one always stuck in my mind for some reason:

This guy comes in on a flat tire and asks if I can check it out so I go over and immediately see a fully 1 inch wide bone of some sort sticking out of the sidewall just out of the tread. I tell tell the guy he is gonna need a new tire. Nope he wants the tire plugged. I show him a tire plug to try to get across the idea that the holes to big to be plugged and make sure he wasn't thinking of a patch (though that damage was too much for a patch as well). His response was "well cant ya just put 6 or 7 in there?"

I even offered the guy a decent used tire we had for something like 10 buck so he could at least get where he was going but no he wanted it plugged and he drove right on out of there on his rim to find someone that knew how to use a tire plug.

I was left to wonder, where the hell did that guy pick up a bone that large and not do any other visable damage.
I use to work at discount tire. You wouldn't believe some of the things we found inside tire.

An entire screwdriver was bouncing around inside one once. It was about 10 inches long.
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:36 PM   #174
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WOW.. remind me never to drive in the states... afaik in canada, if the car gets pulled into a shop and has a major safety issue with it, like no brake rotor left or cracked lines, dynamic adjustible toe... the shop is legally liable if they let that car back on the road. They are within their rights to remove the plates off a car if the customer refuses to fix it and tries to put it back on the road.
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:50 PM   #175
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WOW.. remind me never to drive in the states... afaik in canada, if the car gets pulled into a shop and has a major safety issue with it, like no brake rotor left or cracked lines, dynamic adjustible toe... the shop is legally liable if they let that car back on the road. They are within their rights to remove the plates off a car if the customer refuses to fix it and tries to put it back on the road.
I wish we could do that. We would get sued if we did. We do have them sign a sheet saying there is a safety issue with your vehicle and we are not liable if and when you cause harm to yourself or others.
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