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My tale of woe
Posted 27 December 2006 - 08:15 PM
I get a call and the shop tells me they're sorry but the compression is low in 2 cylinders and I need a head gasket or valve job. Since the car has almost 200K miles on it I am not particularly surprised about the low compression (although it has has decent power). The claim that the gas is flooding the engine and that is what I am smelling ( although oddly my mileage hasn't dropped at all). I have been planning to go pick up a used engine at the pull apart and rebuild it so I am not going to bother with a valve job or a head gasket.
So after $80 for the diagnosis (I feel like I got robbed) I pick up the car and it is running waaay worse than when I left it. It is chugging like an old jalopy (BTW they missed that it was very low on oil). At the very least they could have given it back to me in the same condition I left it. GRRRRRR! Saturday I am going to look at the choke and hopefully get the car running more or less normally.
Posted 27 December 2006 - 08:39 PM
Posted 28 December 2006 - 03:13 PM
Posted 28 December 2006 - 06:17 PM
Posted 30 December 2006 - 11:50 PM
They forgot to re-attach a vacuum hose (thanks for the tip) so the chugging is fixed. The gassy smell ended up being a stuck mechanism on the choke. My friend and I opened it up and he unstuck it with his index finger (I feel stupid). Works fine now. I could really use the $80 now.
So, I'm going to spray a bunch of carb cleaner on it and see if there is anything else they forgot to re-attach.
As always, thanks for the advice. Next up a new engine to rebuild over the coming months. Anyone looking to unload a Weber out there?
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