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A few minutes ago, i limped Orpheus over to the lovely folk at Danlar… - 1370°C

Feb. 3rd, 2006

10:45 am

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A few minutes ago, i limped Orpheus over to the lovely folk at Danlar Colision up the road (who don't *seem* to be inclined to screw me over). They agreed to take a look at him and give me a free estimate for repairs, if repairs are even possible. Score points for me for being able to eyeball that my strut was bent, as the nice fellow confirmed. They're going to pull the wheel off and see what else might be wrong. Unfortunately, Danlar's mechanical guy won't be in 'till Monday, and i did want them to check for any concievable problems with driveability, so i won't have the full story for a few days. Wish me luck.

The bad news is that i suspect a bit of the engine might have actually been damaged as well, since when i drove it over there, Orpheus seemed inclined to sputter and try to die while idling. However, i'm fairly confident in my ability to work on that sort of damage myself.

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From:barjack
Date:February 3rd, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
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I've had all my bodywork done at Danlar. They did a great job every time.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:February 3rd, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
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Oooh, good to know. One of my co-workers recommended them, and luckily for me, they're about 1/4 mile from the apt (the car wouldn't make it much further under its own power). They all seemed nice and down to earth. Even though i know a good bit about car repair, i'm always paranoid about repair-types trying to screw me.
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From:barjack
Date:February 3rd, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
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They're American Toyota and my insurnce company's licensed repair shop, so every time someone hit me, I would get my car fixed on the insurance's tab over at Danlar. you can't even tell my 4runner's been hit twice. Fast too, they usually got serious body damage fixed in 48 hours.
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From:ilcylic
Date:February 3rd, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
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Your car is probably fuel injected. If things moved around enough, it's possible that a sensor important to the proper function of your vehicle got knocked around. When I had the clutch replaced in my Z so many years ago, the engine shifted and let the air connection between the MAF sensor and the engine open up, such that most of the air going into the engine was bypassing the sensor. This made it run like ass.

Something similar may have occurred in your case.

-Ogre
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From:catblade
Date:February 4th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Maybe the car just needs a tune-up for the idling problem? My father had a bad habit of "tuning" my old van to get more speed out of it, but idle was occasionally non-functional. You had to rev the engine in that thing to even start it.

I admire that you are willing to work on things yourself. I'm too lazy/busy to actually fix things myself, so I just find someone with more toys and expertise than myself to fix it.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:February 4th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Well, it ran great before the accident, so i'm sure it's a related matter, i just haven't had a chance to check out the engine. I suspect something is mildly damaged.

I just never have the money to have other people fix things...at least over and above cooking dinner for friends with slightly more know-how. And since i drove a VW bus for awhile, i pretty much had to learn to do for myself.
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From:catblade
Date:February 4th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Cars with issues are the best ways to learn. That is how I know anything.

If you have any trouble figuring things out and wish for help, my father is seriously the best person I know for asking car questions (as good as if not better than most mechanics-my mother keeps buying sports cars that are high-maintenance and you should have seen the things we had when I was a kid... parts actually fell off those) and I can always call and ask him. He loves it when I ask for help, so much so that I almost make things up some days.
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