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12-31-2012, 02:53 PM #1
Lack of maintenance! What is wrong with people?
I have a few family members and friends that do absolutely no maintenance on their vehicles. (other than occasional oil changes). They always complain when a brake job cost them $400-$500 because they need rotors, calipers, and pads. I have a friend that bought a car new and never did anything other than oil changes. After 2 years she had to put front tires on it. The next year she put rears on it. She never rotated them so now she needs fronts again. Another friend had new tires put on his car a year ago. He kept having rim leak issues, so the tire shop convinced him that he needed new rims because the rust was causing "micro perforations", so he bought factory rims and new tires for the car. Then complained that he spent over $1000 in a year and wants to trade it in because it has 90,000 miles on it. (Oh No!) I do not understand how people think that they can just drive and never do anything to maintain their vehicle. It drives me nuts. Don't change spark plugs, buy a new car! My brakes squeak, oh well, It still stops. I just changed plugs out on a 08 explorer with 180,000 miles. The plugs were never changed before. (I was worried about pulling a @Conlan Rose ,broken plug!lol) The specified gap was .050-.052, My gap gauge goes to .095 and the gap on the removed plugs was larger than that. The electrodes were eroded to sharp pointy knife edges. The owner asked me to do a trans service. I told him no way. It was never done before I am not touching it now. I just don't get how people think that cars are like razors, disposable. Either they have the money to waste on a new car every few years or they just don't care. I had a another friend who sold his car that was 6 years old with 80,000 miles because the fuel pump went out. (the theory was, when one thing goes everything starts going) He practically paid the shop to take the car off his hands. The shop still uses it as a loaner car 5 years later! Sorry about the rant, I have just seen so much of this in the last 2 weeks.
Last edited by Pikey; 12-31-2012 at 03:04 PM.
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12-31-2012, 03:00 PM #2
Pikey's getting rid of all his 2012 frustrations
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12-31-2012, 03:07 PM #3
Those, of course, are the people who always pity themselves and say they have "Bad Luck." My sister does the same thing, I gave her one of my cars in the past that I maintained meticulously. I told her when I handed over the keys to just go get the brake pads done... 1 year later, she complained to me that I gave her a junk car, etc, because now she needed rotors too... After neglecting that car for long another, she bought a new trailblazer. I don't even think she got the oil changed in it for the first year. it makes me sick when she complains that she has such bad luck with cars, because it her fault that she does... /rant...00 Chevy Tahoe LT, 5.3 4x4
12-31-2012, 03:11 PM #4
12-31-2012, 03:12 PM #5
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I may have spent a lot this year on my truck, but it was all on maintnence that the former owner should have preformed. Cars are built to last about 10 years or 250,000 miles. (Ford trucks are built to last 5 years or 150,000 miles) But most people get a new car every 5 years because they don't want to pay for repairs. I spend $800+ on a brake job, that brake job also included replacing my rear axle seals, milling my rotors, new front and rear pads and one new drum liner. I spend $500 on preventative maintenance once (tranny flush, fuel system cleaning, and A/C tune up). Soon I will need new tires which cost $175 per tire. Unfortunately all my major maintenance intervals and repairs are falling at the same time, but I"m not getting rid of my truck because once finished it'll be ready for another 200,000 miles before new major problems.
A properly maintained Chevy truck can reach over 1,000,000 miles with is factory engine. Its been done many times. I wish people knew the value of a vehicle.
@Pikey thanks for reminding me . My new plugs are meant to last 100,000 miles, I will pull them at 30,000 to make sure they will come out and then I'll put them back and do the same at 60,000 and then replace at 90,000 just to make sure I don't have to pay 300 to have a broken plug removed.....
Last edited by Conlan Rose; 12-31-2012 at 03:24 PM.
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12-31-2012, 03:19 PM #6
As soon as my truck gets up here, its getting new plugs, new air filter, oil change, new brake pads, maybe even a new transfer case (if I can ever find one ), and other odds and ends necessary to it running, and running right. Maybe even a performance item here and there. Getting kinda bored staying here on base.
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12-31-2012, 03:26 PM #7
12-31-2012, 03:33 PM #8
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I think that should be a lesson to every one. If it doesn't move and it is suppose to use as much WD-40, PBlaster, or any other penetration oil as you can and let it soak. That's how you take exhaust bolts off. I went through a whole can of WD-40 and Marvel penetration oil just to remove the exhaust cross over pipe from the header.
12-31-2012, 06:27 PM #9
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