More car repairs | Blogging Away Debt

28 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on More car repairs | Blogging Away Debt

More car repairs

A couple weeks ago we took Emily#8217;s car in to get the oil changed.  It had been too long since the last oil change, so the service center recommended an engine flush, which I gullibly fell for.

All was well for 2 weeks until her car started sputtering and misfiring.  We took it to a new mechanic who specializes in Toyotas and he said that the engines they used in several cars had a flaw that caused the oil to get dirty and fill the engine up with sludge.  He told us it#8217;s typically a slow death and the best thing to do is leave it alone, rather than try to clean it out, because breaking up the sludge just causes it to move around the engine and clog things up worse.

Apparently that is what happened.  So we ended up with new coils for $375 and another pair of new parts for $175.  So our stupid engine flush cost us $550.

This car runs really well for having over 180,000 miles on it, but the maintenance lately has been adding up.  Hopefully this is all we have to do for a while.  Ugh.


Sorry about the hit at this time of year. This is why the comments constantly harp on building up the emergency fund and we keep mentioning the age of your car.

BTW: hope your travel is not badly storm affected. Especially stay on top of what the airlines are doing. Even if your flights aren#8217;t affected you might be able to VDB (voluntarily denied boarding) and pick up a nice chunk of cash or a credit if the airline has previously storm-stayed people to transport so are looking for volunteers to bump to later flights.

Obviously this only works if you have lots of extra time built into your schedule.

Use the 24 hour online check-in and if the flight is full (at least on UA) you#8217;ll get asked if you are willing to consider being bumped. Checking in early is especially important if you don#8217;t want to be IDB (involuntarily denied boarding) because bumping most often takes place based on check in time.

Good luck, safe travels, and enjoy your family. They are the true wealth in your portfolio.

550$ for repairs beats a monthly car payment though! Don#8217;t let it get you down too much.

180K miles on a car is pretty high. Are you guys planning on putting a little away every month in a car replacement fund? As soon as you#8217;re regularly paying out $300+ a month on repairs, I#8217;d say a car with that many miles isn#8217;t worth it anymore. If it#8217;s only happening here and there, consider yourselves lucky and wait it out. The clock (or the odometer) is definitely ticking.

Better to have saved cash for a replacement than take on a car loan.

The same thing happened to my son when he took his Lexus RX300 in for an oil change. They convinced him that he needed a transmission flush, and his transmission failed (200 miles from home) a week later. The mechanic told us that the stuff that gets stirred up when anything is #8216;flushed#8217; and you really don#8217;t need to do it.

It#8217;s best to just drain the fluid (transmission, oil, whatever) and replace with new. It was a $3600 fix for us, so at $550, you got lucky! Sorry it happened! Happy Thanksgiving!

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