My car! My precious car!
February 11, 2010 11:54 AM Subscribe
I'm having car trouble. I know about computers not cars. I feel stupid. Can you help?
posted by kbanas to travel & transportation (28 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So my check engine light came on about three days ago and I ignored it because everything seemed OK.
I took it in this morning to my usual guy, and I just got the call back.
Apparently the diagnostic code indicated a problem with cylinder #3 on my engine. After a number of tests, it was found that it was only at 60 psi whereas the rest of my cylinders were at 120 psi.
I guess this is bad.
I asked him if he could fix it, and he said that as it was an internal problem the best fix he could suggest was that he could call around and try to find a used engine. Haha. Hahahaha.
I asked him, as the car had been running fine (more or less), what consequences I risked by continuing to ignore the issue, and he gave some menacing grumbling about how the engine might shake apart or something and I might explode.
So, question #1, knowing that you are not my engineer or my mechanic or anybody, what reasonable consequence could I expect if I continue to drive this car with this issue?
Secondarily - I also had requested my regular oil change. He said he could not change the oil, because the dip stick wasn't registering any oil and that meant that it was probably a quart low or so. He said that, given the condition with the engine and the low oil already present, he had no desire to change the oil because if the engine seized, he would then be liable. He suggested I just take it to a JiffyLube style place, because they don't give a shit and they'll just change the fucking oil.
Question #2 - does that make sense?
Thanks, and feel free to send me money.