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Oct. 27th, 2006

"Ugh... I wish I had better news for you kid, but that's a spun bearing. I can feel it in the drippan. It could blow up on you tomorrow, it could last two years. It could go 5 miles of 5,000 miles. I don't know. But it's definately in the engine".

That was my uncle, describing my car's engine rattling. We were praying it was a torque convertor, but no luck. It's most likely that bearing, which is causing rod rattle.

Let me explain this for anyone on my list that's not mechanically inclined (basically, anyone not named recession): that bearing he's talking about keeps the piston rod in place. If it's spun off, and is sitting in the drip pan, that means the piston has too much room, and as it goes up - especially when it's cold, or idling - it's going to shake, and rattle. And it's eventually going to crack, and when that happens, it's going to take the engine block eventually. From there, if the engine still starts, it will crack the head gasket. That's going to allow anti-freeze to leak into the oil pan, which is going to create friction on the rest of the rods... of course, by then, with only four cylinders in my car, it's most likely dead by then.

Layman's terms: my car is a ticking time bomb. Reffing will kill it; chances are good that it's seen the Massachusets border for the last time, and the next time I'm due up north (looking at Mid-November), it might be toast by then. The positive news is that I can still use the train, I believe; Ai would know more about that then I would, up there. But it's an option.

Either way, the death of my car makes me very non-plussed, especially as this is a relatively new engine.

In other news, I attack the Salem-like atmousphere that's become problematic in sports lately with drug testing in this article, which talks about the aquittal of Jan Ulrich. Hopefully, this will be better received than my last one, I don't THINK there is anyone on my list that has been directly affected by some baseball player hitting homeruns...

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alexlucard
Oct. 27th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)
If it's relatively new, is it not still under warranty?
superbus
Oct. 27th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
The ENGINE is new, because the ENGINE is rebuilt. The car itself is an 89. And my uncle is the one that built that engine, so no, no warranty.
yubsie
Oct. 27th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
OUch, that sucks. :(
superbus
Oct. 27th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
I've never put a car through more hell than that thing. That's the one I took with me up to see you and the girls. :(
recession
Oct. 27th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
So, what are your plans now?
superbus
Oct. 27th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
Hopefully, someone will get back to me about a wagon for $500. It's a gas whore, but considering my need for space (with all my hockey equipment), it has it's uses. But when we called, we got someone's father, who didn't know what we were talking about. He said someone would call us back, and they haven't. I'm not hopeful.

If I can force THS's hand in paying me (they didn't last season, because of some paperwork issues on both sides), then that's $3,000+ I can spend on a new car.
samuraiter
Oct. 27th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Motorcycle!
swordsaint0
Oct. 28th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
Personally, I love their look, but the safety issue and practicality has always bugged me.
hinata19
Oct. 27th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
;_;!

I'll help you pay for a new car~! 8D :wub: *SHOT*

Sadly, I've never taken the train, so I don't know much about them [I'm more familiar with the bus]. A search on Amtrak's website shows that the closest stations to my school are in Springfield and Amherst. I suppose from there you could take a bus the rest of the way. Or you could just take a bus the whole way...? >.> [rats, I wish I actually had my license. Then I could've at least rented one of the Zipcars to pick you up from the station wouldn't trust myself to drive all the way to CT XD; >_<]. I think either is doable, if a bit mroe constricting on time. ;_;
zephyrshakuraus
Oct. 27th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
You do know that if someone is not mechanically inclined, they won't understand your explanation either? Before you say anything, I do understand, my dad watches more car shows than you do hockey games.

That bites. My car runs wonderfully and almost uses no gas. The door sometimes doesn't close, but that's easy to fix. At least it works. *runs*

swordsaint0
Oct. 28th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
That's some ass-ish luck there. I hope it holds out for you at least until a viable solution appears, Bus.
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