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As soon as I noticed the sound of brake grinding, I drove as little as possible, babying the brakes as much as I could until I made it up to my my dad's shop to fix. Even so it was close call. Replacement ceramic brakes are $30 - replacement rotors and brakes are well over 150, often much more. (just parts, labor not included) If you hear brake grinding, address it as soon as possible.
Anyone experienced with working on F-250s? I have a question regarding brake fluid exchange / brake bleed...
What's your question?
I had my truck in for various service, including a brake fluid exchange. Recently it was in for something else, and my dad sent me photos (it's a couple states away right now) of what he said are the bolts you loosen to bleed the brake fluid, and there is apparently no evidence that they have been turned at all. They are still evenly rusted. So I'm wondering, is there an alternate way that a Ford dealer would do a brake fluid exchange that does not involve those bolt heads at all?
I think this was the relevant part
Sorry, I'm not mechanically inclined just yet
You don't have to always bleed your brakes. Did air get in the line? Or is your brake pedal really soft, @wolfwood
And yes, you don't use the bleeder valve to change your brake fluid.
It was a matter of not knowing the service history of a truck with >100k miles on it...I had them do all sorts of stuff
Brake fluid exchange is on the work order
But my dad was concerned that they didn't do it
The brakes needed new pads and rotors too
I can't speak for any air in the line
Oh ok. Not everyone bleeds them these days.
If the brakes work, you don't have to push the pedal to the floor, I'd say they are fine.
OK as long as it's more likely they did the service than not. The brakes work just fine now. They were not so great when I got it 😉
Hahaha I changed my brakes and rotors on Thursday.
I would say they did change it the fluid. That's a huge liability when it comes to brakes...
More recently I had them do upper and lower ball joints and tie rods, because there was play in ball joints, and steering was pretty floaty. Unfortunately I haven't been able to test drive it yet, but my dad says steering is pretty tight now and feels right.
I'm really missing my truck...just waiting on shipper to say they have a guy
Thanks for the help
What year is it?
I have 2010 150
<@&435155863217504256> should I buy a 2002 Kia Spectra for $500?
What's the catch lol
the catch is that the glove box and one of the door handles is messed up, it has 200,000 miles, and the seller has 6 cars and he just wants to get rid of it
he's also an IE member but idk if he wants me broadcasting this on Discord so I won't specific who, but I mean I trust him
At least from the description you gave
what's the chance that it breaks like a month later?
I feel like for that kind of price
even if it did
I could probably sell it for scrap for the same price
Potentially. Its always a gamble with early 2000's cars
I would pay $500 to NOT have to own a 17 year old Kia.
can you PayPal me the money?
I'll use it to buy it so you don't have to have it
Take it to a mechanic and get it checked out. Are there any lights on? Weird sounds? Any smoke on start? Oil frothy? It's definitely going to need some work. Could be worth it, but really, probably only if you learn to do your own work. Mechanic shop bills add up fast, but even some fairly major repairs can be relatively inexpensive if you do them yourself.
The downside is you will pay s lot for tools, but that's a one-time expense. Then you can work on cars forever for not much money. Plus you act like a man. I don't care who you are, ain't no girl who won't appreciate a man who fixes her car.
Time to learn a new skill. @Jacob
Mechanics charge $100+ an hour, and it racks up fast. Even the time spent learning how to fix the car yourself would be more efficiently spent working overtime to save up for a more reliable car.
My first car was $500, I’m speaking from experience.
Weird...not deal breakers for me. Ask about oil change schedule, how frequent it was done, &c
I used to buy junker cars and fix them up when I was younger. If you don't know cars don't buy one that will for sure need repairs even if they are minor.
Absolutely agree. I slowly built up my collection of tools over years. Now I have the tools I need to do 98% of everything on my vehicles. If you have more time than money, it's priceless to learn how to work on your own vehicles. It's pretty easy now with YouTube, when before YouTube you'd have to search tons of forums to learn. @Jacob if you have tools and are willing to put some time and research into it it'd be worth a shot.
(as long as there's nothing huge that's mechanically wrong with it)
@Jacob I bought two Mercedes 300sd’s for $500. I rode them until they were done, then I had Kars4 kids pick them up
I ended up with over a $1000 in tax rebates on just one car
Most common problems are super easy with the right tools. Very worthwhile skill to have.
This trans fluid is still good, right?
I’m changing all of it but thought that was funny 😂
Keep that tranny fluid, mix it 50/50 with mineral oil and it's a really good penetrating fluid.
Or kerosene. It's like a lubricating penetrating fluid.
That’s some haggard tranny fluid
Some background info: bought this 94 Camry early November for $900. 283K miles at the time, 287 now. Replaced timing belt, water pump, motor mounts, and fixed two leaks already. Shifting is rough when engine is cold so figured I’d flush it for good measure. Yikes.
Good thing you did, it’s turning into syrup.
It’s crazy how camrys can keep running with so little maintenance
Kars4Kids [...] is a United States based 501(C)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to fund educational, developmental and recreational programs for Jewish youth and their families.
Donations to Kars4Kids benefit Oorah (Joy for Our Youth, or J.O.Y.), a national organization with a stated goal of addressing the "educational, material, emotional and spiritual needs of Jewish children and their families", and whose mission, according to CharityWatch, appears to be "to persuade secular Jewish families to take on a more Orthodox Jewish lifestyle."
i.e. they use profits from donated cars to fund trips to Israel for jewish kids
Plus their musical adverts being a crime against humanity. It just started playing in my head writing this...
I like to think about it as them giving me a g for a car that didn't run.
Live and learn 😉 it's good you got a g out of it
At least in the commercials, they're hiding what they do with the money.
It's hard to argue with "donate your car to help kids in need"
I probably could have gotten the same price had I taken it to an auction house event.
Not that I know anything about auctioning a car. I only say this because that's where the G comes from, you get a rebate for the price the car is auctioned off at. So maybe you can bypass Kars4Kids.
And donate elsewhere
Well, nothing has gotten worse yet. Still needs to warm up a bit before it shifts smoothly.
If it was to get worse, you would probably know by now.
Not a bad sign...
I’ll be putting 80 miles on it tomorrow, hopefully that cleans it up more.
New place is 4 miles from my work and school so haven’t done much driving I guess.
Bicycle gentiles: https://m.pinkbike.com/news/authorities-seek-suspected-bike-shop-scammer-in-california.html a friend sent me this.
tfw the Landcruiser 70 will never be released in America
They still make them in Portugal and Japan for MENA and the pacific islands/aus respectively.
They're somewhat modernized now and beautiful...
Anybody interested in doing a gambler500 or 24 hours of lemons in maybe 2020 or 2021?
Could be fun. My roommate does junk car races in the winter.
@Sonic been watching alot of videos lately - how's that Tracker offroad?
Been looking into one.
It's great man, there's really not much I can't get through in it. Fully stock with aggressive tires. It's light with a short wheel base, no bottoming out or getting high centered. Obviously, major rock crawling would cause a few issues with it being stock, but my co worker has a 2" lift with larger wheels/tires and he takes his '96 crawling all the time.
I've been off-roading a couple times with him, and never ran into any issues. She's a little beast. And, relatively easy to work on too. @Papa Pizzagate Coworker usually airs down his tires when we go into the mountains, but I don't touch mine. I've even done some creek crossings in it (about 2' deep) fully stock. The off-road world loves Trackers.
Yeah, that's what I thought. I would look into a moderate lift and better wheels/tires
Even though they are nearly identical cars, I like the look of the Suzuki Sidekick better and would prefer to buy one of them
They're almost identical. All the parts in the tracker are Suzuki parts. In fact, they even share the same Chilton/Haynes manual.
Yeah, I am aware. Just like most of the lines/paint jobs on the zooks a bit more
Recently when I take a sharp turn in my car, like around a traffic circle my engine starts sounding harsh, and I can replicate it at will. My thought is that it's time for new oil, but I'm not certain.
Does anyone have an idea of what it could be?
Does it sound like the engine or could it be something else from the front end?
Do you notice loss of power, or is it just a noise?
How would you describe the noise. The more details, the better :^)
2011 Hyundai Elantra
Hmm, no loss of power, and I'm certain it's the engine. It sounds kinda like it does when starting on a cold day
If you haven't changed your oil + filter in some time, I would go for it and see if it changes things - you mention that it might be about time
should be a regular maintenance item for you anyhow
If the problem persists post oil +filter change, let me know and we can start troubleshooting.
What is the best vehicle that you've ever owned and why?
Myself, I have owned several rides in my life, a Volvo 850turbo sedan, a 2nd Gen Honda CR-V, A late 90's BMW 3 series, A Honda Shadow 500, a Pontiac Vibe (Toyota Matrix) and possibly one or two rides that I am forgetting - but my favorite vehicle that I ever owned was my 1992 Mercedes 300D 124 body with that had a small turbo.
At the time that I acquired it, it already had 170k miles on it, but it reliably carried me to 298 THOUSAND miles before giving up the ghost. It was previously owned by a friend of my father's who did not want to replace the dying transmission.
Fortunately for me, my father had the EXACT transmission sitting in his back yard. 500 for the vehicle, 250 for the transmission and two weekends of work gave me a car that lasted ~7 years and ~140k miles. The rising costs of diesel fuel as compared to gasoline (modern vehicles now having comparable gasoline efficiency) as well as the increasing expense and rarity of parts forced my hand in deciding to sell it off when the engine decided to give up the ghost.
Never-the-less it was spacious inside, had a fairly luxurious interior, handled remarkable well in the snow for being a HEAVY rear wheel drive car, was an incredibly smooth and comfy ride and was above all - tremendously reliable. The 124 body was one of the last great cars Mercedes ever made in my opinion. Though I have no use for one now - if I came across an exceptionally clean model in the future, I would seriously have to consider purchasing it.
As it aged, it became progressively less reliable, but if I'm honest, I DO miss that car sometimes...
I had a Hyundai Santa Fe that I drove during my last year of school, i had to commute from Wilmington nc to Goldsboro 2x per week for an 8:00-8:50 class
Y u summon me
Trying to breath life and a sense of community into this server. @Tron>
It had belonged to my mom, I sold my f150 since gas was like $5 per gallon then, that Hyundai had about 260k on it when I started driving it, somewhere around the 300k mark the timing belt broke, RIP 2 cylinders. I have a feeling that if the timing belt had been changed when it was supposed to have been, that car would still be on the road
Those korean cars have come a long way. I would buy one now, whereas a decade ago, I would probably not.
Had to have been early 2000’s, probably an 03-04. It died on me in 2010
okay, wow. Nice.
That thing had to have been an exception, I remember how shitty those cars were. My wife was driving an 05 sorento when we met. That thing was a massive POS. Barely made it to 90k. When we went to replace it i had to park it behind the dealership in the shade so that it would cool off enough to stop smoking when they came out to figure the trade in value
2004 Honda civic; seemed like anything that went wrong with it was like $80 to fix and I could do it myself. This was good considering I was a dumb 19 year old and afforded me to drive like a maniac without much consequence
Lmao those 4cyl Honda engines are indestructible
@Px4 the new Kia's are honestly pretty nice and seem well built, but I agree - I would never purchase one pre-say 2012 or so..
@Px4 I was culturally enriched and my car was stolen, and they managed to blow up my engine lol. that's why I dont have the civic anymore
Best overall vehicle I’ve ever owned has to be my wife’s Honda CR-V. I love my truck but we get a lot more use out of her car. Great gas mileage, room for 2 car seats, holds value about as well as any car can
You had a 7th gen, I believe.
@Px4 I lean a bit more towards the Rav4 but the CR-V is a very very close second.
For that market, at least.
I can’t seem to get away from driving my pickup, it’s just too useful when you need it. But for a family type vehicle it’s hard to beat those small/mid SUVs
I'd love to get a pickup in the next few years
Fortunately my father only lives 20 minutes from me and has a little tacoma that I can borrow when push comes to shove.
I recently got a Diesel F350 at a bargain price.
The Ford 6.0 Diesel motor is much maligned for it's numerous recalls. But, I got a 2006, the last year of the motor, when the kinks were worked out.
Ford 6.0 diesel can be purchased for 25% less than other equivalent Diesel alternatives.
I get 12 mpg around town, and 22 mpg on the interstate, which is fantastic for a 1 ton truck.
I have only ever owned a Honda civic. It has lasted me 16 years now.
Never would last up here lol. How many miles?
@Ecarttev I dont see a reason why your engine would make noise when turning. My thought is when you turn your rotor is scraping.
I think it has about 250k now. Only maybe thing I ever did to it was replace the motor mounts. I have never changed the oil on time or taken good care of it.
Gotta say my 07 TL which I drive now or my 2001 grand Marquis thing had over 200k when I handed it off to a friend he only lost it because some lady crashed into it parked totaled the whole car. At that point it had close to 300k
Zero major issues just change the fluids and tires
2002 Chrysler sebring, 2005 Chevy cavalier ls, 2013 dodge avenger r/t. Out of those cars my current avenger is probably the best. I only have ti change the oil once a year, its muscley, only doubled the miles on it. Started at 39k almost at 80k. Got me from WI to VA/PA nonstop with zero issues
But I'm going to e7ther get a Tesla or a truck next. Winters suck with fwd cars
Pretty strange, make sure keep up on your fluids
@Papa Pizzagate All the cars Ive owned so far have been, the other 2 are no longer with us.
But I do like Dodge vehicles
My 2wd Ford Ranger was pretty cool because I bought it for $2k and just abused it. I would take it mudding, and when drove on a wheel with a shredded spindle bearing for like a month
It’s still very early on in my ownership of the vehicle, but this 94 Camry is reliable AF. Just crossed 290k.
Drove to Utah and back in it after I flushed the transmission the second time and other than a shift solenoid E error code, ran flawlessly. Started up in the cold pretty well.
I’m going to avoid buying a car later than 2012 at all costs. I’d rather put a new transmission in this girl than get anything run by computers.
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