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Tell us about Problems you've had with your car that you, for whatever reason, decided to live with - instead of having it properly fixed.
Please include "total hack-job" stories as well!!

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I've put up with a lot of crap in my years of trying to keep old P.O.S' running (i.e. being a REALLY cheap bastard!)
The first that comes to mind:
I had the idle control module fail on my old volvo - so the car wouldn't idle on cold days. I tried bumping up the idle set-screw, but then the car would rev too high once it was warm...
the solution:
I bypassed the Idle Control Module with 2 long hoses that ran through the firewall and onto the dashboard. There, they were connected by a Home Depot needle valve, with a little handle on it - so I could manually allow air to bypass the throttle plate, thus "trimming" the throttle!! (also worked as a low-budget *dangerous* cruise control)

g/f thought I was a moron...



Modified by rx7racr at 2:50 PM 2-12-2004
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (rx7racr)

rx7racr g/f thought I was a moron... [I said:
Modified by rx7racr at 2:50 PM 2-12-2004[/I]
I would have to agree!.
WHy spend all that time to "rig" the repair?? If you can't do a job right, then don't do it.
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (lsinlv)

Quote, originally posted by lsinlv »

I would have to agree!.
WHy spend all that time to "rig" the repair?? If you can't do a job right, then don't do it.

normally, there'd be 2 reasons: I got bored and wanted to do something stupid to my car, AND I didn't wanna spend the $$$...
BUT, on this particular one - the car didn't even have the circuitry to support an idle control mod. I'd built the car out of wrecks, and the engine management system was not compatible with many of the components on the engine i used... ...one of which was the ICM.
(i omitted this from the original post for clarity...)
the whole car was a total hack - i could go on and on about the strange stuff that kept it running...
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (rx7racr)

SPeaking of Ghetto and Volvo.
This is my auxilary "instrument panel" for the 240 that I ice race. It is what it is, a piece of styrofoam wedged in front of where the radio and vents should be, with a boat Tachometer and a Voltage gauge salvaged from a marine DC distribution panel.

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Modified by rs4-380 at 11:02 AM 2/19/2004
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (rs4-380)

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
AHHHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHH!HH!!!!!!!!!
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (rs4-380)

Quote, originally posted by rs4-380 »
SPeaking of Ghetto and Volvo.
This is my auxilary "instrument panel" for the 240 that I ice race.

Best thing posted here in three months! Friggen awesome.
 

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Quote, originally posted by rx7racr »

(i omitted this from the original post for clarity...)
the whole car was a total hack - i could go on and on about the strange stuff that kept it running...

Ahh yes Ghetto!!!
Now I get it!!
Next you'll be putting a landau top in a car becuase the roof paint has faided!!!
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (rs4-380)

Quote, originally posted by rs4-380 »
SPeaking of Ghetto and Volvo.
This is my auxilary "instrument panel" for the 240 that I ice race. It is what it is, a piece of styrofoam wedged in front of where the radio and vents should be, with a boat Tachometer and a Voltage gauge salvaged from a marine DC distribution panel.

AWESOME!!!! Ice-racing 240's RULE!!!!
(my old one, for kicks)
((I've probably already shown you this))
 

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Quote, originally posted by lsinlv »

Ahh yes Ghetto!!!

It was Sub-Ghetto....
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (mtrainVR6)

My ABS light has been on since i bought my car.


My car also makes funny noises.... axel/wheel bearing/????????????? issues that i just don't care about
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (SuperchargedLSS)

Well, in that case...
My last two mk III VW's has CE lights on constantly...So I yanked the LED.
I once had an Escort with blown lights for the cluster so I bought a 5hitload of glowsticks and every night I'd crack one and and throw it on top of the column.
I had a cheapo cd player wedged into the dash of my 76 Caprice with wood shims. The wiring caught on fire along with the rest of the dash, the carpet, and my leg.
Same car: while trying to replace the fuel filter, I kinked the line right at the carb. I snipped it and patched it with a patch of rubber hose and clamps. The pressure popped it off while I was driving and subsequently caught on fire.
Again, same car: it's gas tank was rotted around the seam. You could never put more than $5 of gas in it at a time...long range with it's staggering 10 mpg!
I have lots more...but I have to go home...
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (SuperchargedLSS)

i found a pic!!
in the top left you can see the high-tech "Idle Control"
in the bottom right, there's a red radio-shack button with a radio-shack LED... That's my makeshift Overdrive switch!!
and the two switches labelled "Rear Demist" control auxiliary lights!!!!!
(and that stereo is just sitting there, wedged into that cavity with a piece of rubber hose...)

...this was back in my "Poor-Guy Driving Home-Built (free) Car" phase
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (mtrainVR6)

Yes, not as amusing but along the same lines, here is a shot of my plexi drivers window. Mind you this was not for weight reduction (hah) but out of necessity as the glass was broken. This picture does not show the gaps that my cutting job produced but they actually turned out to be beneficial in that they vented the carbon monoxide coming through the floor boards from the broken headpipe. You can also see my "lift straps" made out of doubled over duct tape. It is a pain to get the window to sit right after "lowering" though so It pretty much stays were it is.
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Here she is in all her glory, interestingly enough the station wagon (my winter car/hauler) cracked its headpipe at the race as well, even though it wasn't being raced.
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and I know why there were only 3 RWD cars out of 30 at the race. Still, the volvo was the only one that finished, and one out of 13 overall finishers (3 hour race). Plus I love how the different techniques required for FWD vs. RWD plays out through the corners.
on another note:
after the manifold essentially became the only exhaust (on the sedan, the wagon wasn't that bad), I didn't feel like "driving" the car 30 miles home (best done around 7 while it is dark with lots of traffic
) so I just drove it a half mile down the road to an apartment complex, called AAA, said my "Exhaust pipe broke", drove the wagon home, and sure enough the sedan was delivered to me on a flatbed about 40 minutes later



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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (rx7racr)

lol, my one friends has an old integra (90 I believe) its an sutomatic, and the transmission will not shift out of second until it warms up, so you'll be going down the road at 60 with the engine at redline, and it wont shift
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (rx7racr)

Quote, originally posted by rx7racr »
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Are you safe to race against wheel to wheel??!!!
I take it you leave of the saftey wire, to save weight, or just use trash can ties instead??
LOL!!! Just kidding!
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (rx7racr)

My old 1978 Accord had the following problems for most of the 3 years I owned it (because as a poor HS/college student I had no cash to fix it)
1. On startup when cold, the car would spew HUGE, noxious clouds of oil smoke. No oil smoke when driving, only on cold start. My High School buddies called it "Spy Hunter".
2. The passenger side door had to be slammed HARD to close properly, and even then, it rattled constantly.
3. The car never idled. It would just stall, every time. One mechanic didn't know what was wrong. So I left it that way. At stoplights I would have the e-brake on while my right foot stayed on the gas to make sure it didn't stall. Which was fine until the e-brake stopped working, and whenever I had to stop on an incline, I had to work the brake with left foot and gas with the right, but then I had to keep the manual transmisison in neutral, so when the traffic lights turned green, it became a frantic struggle to launch without stalling.
4. The prior owner had the car at Gitmo in Cuba. The car got so hot in a shipping container that the speedo and tach needles softened and bent. The dash was sunburned as well.
5. Within about a month of my dad installing a stereo system in the car (before he gave it to me) I blew the speakers and never fixed them.
It pained me not to fix these things, but they weren't causing real problems other than inconvenience, and I didn't have the cash to fix it.
Soon, the muffler went and the clutch started slipping about 6 years after we bought the car, so it was traded in on a new Maxima for the parents and I got the Aerostar -- the Luv Machine.
 

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On the '73 Beetle I had the wiring harness was an absolute mess. When I put a CD player in the car I couldn't find a good hot fused line anywhere under the dash so I wired the CD up to the headlight switch. Turn on the lights to turn on the stereo. I sure never left the lights on by accident in that car....

The '90 Golf that I had last year had a mid muffler with a hole that kept getting bigger and bigger. I was so poor I couldn't afford to get a new exhaust so I kept putting more and more muffler 'weld' putty on to the hole. It would stick for about a week until the patch popped off and I'd have to do it again. It was pretty damn loud whenever the patch popped off.
On the 6 I have now I think the catalytic converter is going because the car is starting to stink. I just pretend the smell isn't my car when I get out because I certainly dont want to have to pay for a new BMW cat...
I'm pretty good at putting up with car problems.
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (lacuna)

I fastened the rear drivers side window in my MkIII Jetta by fastening a hose clamp around the rail thingy, permantly sealing it in the "up" position. I never fixed the factory alarm, either, even though it would arm while driving occasionally. I just live with it until I sold it.
 

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Re: Automotive Dysfunction That You've Put Up With... (rx7racr)

Once my throttle cable broke, and left me stranded. But for some reason I had some weed eating string, so I tied it to the throttle, and ran it through the hood vents, through the sunroof, and drove home by pulling the throttle cable for gas. Wasnt permanent, just recent, and thought I would add
 
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