Re: 1999 Ford Escort
Let me ask a few questions. Did the car run when you parked it? Did it
make any odd noises when you last shut it off? Has it been running
differently than it used to? When it was running, has it been making a
different sound than it used to? What kind of noise did it make when you
tried to start it?
Let me use an analogy. You are evidentially very familiar with medicine and
medical concerns. A person usually has to help a doctor determine what is
wrong with them. For example, you go to the doctor, and you tell them what
your symptoms are. From there the doctor can analyze your symptoms, do some
tests, and develop a diagnosis. Even then, and especially when working with
multiple doctors, the patient must stay abreast of his medical treatment and
participate in it if he wants good results.
I've found the same to be true with cars. You need to have an idea about
what's going on with your car instead of tossing the keys to the mechanic
and asking him to fix it.
Listening to your first post. It almost appears that the mechanic didn't do
the proper tests to determine if the cause of the original complaint was due
to the battery or the alternator. It is possible that the two failed in
that order, but I kinda doubt it. At this point, no one really knows, nor
will we ever know.
I must then ask, why did you get a tune up? Was the car running poorly? If
that's the case, it may not have needed the tune up at all. It may have had
internal mechanical damage already. However, if you go to the mechanic and
say, give me a tune up (which is probably just replacing the plugs and
wires), that's what they're going to do. If, instead, you tell them that
the car is running poorly and you want them to diagnose it, they'll do that.
Lastly, do you know what tests were performed to determine that your engine
was "blown"? Do you know what parts have failed?
Knowing that will help you determine a course of action.
"lswafford" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>I take my car in every 3,000 miles. I never run it if there is a light
> stating needs service without getting it in right away. If I am told I
> needs brakes, I get them. I can't afford to have my car fail. Why I am
> so frustrated is I have to trust the mechanic telling me what is wrong. I
> could show you every piece of paper that shows what I have done to my car.
> So I have a car that I had to have towed back to my house since I don't
> have $3700 to fix it and don't know what to do with it. I had all of this
> work done and it was for nothing. I had to go back on chemotherapy this
> Friday (yesterday) and I have no car and am left with taking the bus. I
> know this isn't anyone's fault but mine but that is why I take such good
> care of my car. When I talked to them at the Ford dealership I asked them
> what was wrong. They first told me the cost and I said I couldn't afford
> it and then "blown engine." I said what do you mean by "blown engine." I
> was then told "seals have fallen in the engine, whatever that means. If I
> seem like I have an attitude, I'm sorry. I even talked with the manager
> and they just blew me off and said I could charge it to a credit card.
> Except I am over $30,000 in debt due to doctor bills and can't afford to
> continue charging them up. Again, I realize this is my problem but please
> understand why I am so upset. I understood that whenever they do a
> diagnostic $85.00 that they could find a problem. Well I have had two in
> less than three weeks and when I asked them about it they said "it just
> happens." No red warning light came on or anything. Anyway, if you have
> a suggestion as to what I can do with my car please let me know. I can't
> afford to have it fixed at this time. Thanks.