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December 9, 2004

so my minivan was acting funny..

Filed under: Uncategorized — lj @ 11:11 pm

estimated cost: $20, plus labor.
It turned into this.

Plus $160 for a new muffler. That’s why my van was so loud. There was a giant hole in it.

Oh yeah, I need a new head gasket, whatever that is, which costs $500.

I can’t drive farther than about 50 miles, or my car will shit itself, says the mechanic. What the hell, I haven’t even done a thousand miles yet. He said it’s because of the way I drive it.


  1. thats ok… we get enough money from the drugs we sell to pay that

    Comment by so_rika — December 10, 2004 @ 4:16 am

  2. nuh uh, you do more than you sell! you’re gonna put us out of business!

    Comment by zig_mover — December 10, 2004 @ 5:23 pm


    Comment by this_is_me_emo — December 10, 2004 @ 5:16 am


    Comment by zig_mover — December 10, 2004 @ 5:18 pm

  5. because i bet you drive it crazy and do burnouts in it like a stereotypical n00b car owner… nope

    Comment by tommiller — December 10, 2004 @ 6:00 am

  6. i do figure eights like nobodys business!

    Comment by zig_mover — December 10, 2004 @ 5:24 pm

  7. lemon law/// or did you buy “as is”

    Comment by xmovingeastx — December 10, 2004 @ 6:45 am

  8. as-is 🙁

    Comment by zig_mover — December 10, 2004 @ 5:12 pm

  9. i drive my car into the ground too dont worry about it. my tires are bald from spinning them and it s a buick.

    Comment by _dance_magic — December 10, 2004 @ 9:54 am


    Comment by zig_mover — December 10, 2004 @ 5:24 pm

  11. i had a hole in my muffler too. i felt so gangster driving to quinsig like that.

    Comment by beaching — December 10, 2004 @ 3:34 pm

  12. IT’S PIMP

    Comment by zig_mover — December 10, 2004 @ 5:18 pm

  13. After all these years of driving, I just discovered a good driving technique to protect the car and ensure its long safe usage. Every time you start a car, regardless of season or weather conditions in summer or winter, leave the car in Parking Gear and do not accelarate until the Temperature Gauge needle moves out of the blue zone (engine cold) to the red zone (engine warmed up). At the same time, you should see the RPM Gauge needle dropping significantly, and you can also hear and feel this effect. My RPM drops from about 1400 to about 900 within the 5 minutes or so it takes for the TEMP to rise out of the blue zone into the red zone. This simple procedure requires patience, but it also helps to avoid stalling out, car lunging on acceleration, car gasping on acceleration, and failure to start whem restarting after a short initial trip of a few miles. Sometimes these failures to start and move the car forward or backward may be caused by a (1) bad battery, (2) bad alternator belt connected to battery, or (3) bad alternator that drives the belt to recharge the battery while driving. When a car has a resale value less that the tires and the battery, it may be time to make no further major costly repairs.

    Comment by numb3r5 — December 10, 2004 @ 3:55 pm

  14. That is exactly what the mechanic told me. And my dad. I don’t have a tachometer, but the last 3 times I’ve driven it (since I got it back from the garage) I’ve waited until it warmed up. I think if I had done this, the car wouldn’t be as messed up as it is now.

    Comment by zig_mover — December 10, 2004 @ 5:17 pm

  15. dodge caravan- going to cost you either much more or much less than $500 for a head gasket. GO GET QUOTES FROM DIFFERENT GARAGES. SMALL GARAGES! Its NOT in the part at all. The gasket is like $10-30 but the labor is bigtime for it. You have to take off your whole intake assembly as well as intake manifold. Its alot of work taking the tons of things off. For a simple peice of pressurized cardboard. MAKE SURE they get a new gasket, dont let them j/ throw RTV shit (gasket sealer) on it.

    Comment by tommiller — December 10, 2004 @ 4:25 pm

  16. I’m not getting a new head gasket. I’ll just drive it into the ground, and buy a new car. It’s not worth it.

    Comment by zig_mover — December 10, 2004 @ 5:22 pm

  17. My dad is a mechanic, bring your car by this weekend and he can take a look at it and most likely fix it for you, cheap. I’ll ask him about it.

    Comment by mintgreenpearl — December 10, 2004 @ 8:20 pm

  18. people have a lot od dumb theories about cars, wear and tear happens there isn’t anything you can do about it. you need to get a new head gasget. Coolant will leak straight from your engine thats what happened to mine. It sucks. Not having a car is worse though trust me. A head gasget is just a metal sheet that acts like a seal so your coolant and oil can flow through your engine. Millers right its cheap but the labor is a pain in the ass for it. You bascially have to take the whole engine apart. But if you don’t do it your engine is gonna blow. Have fun. See ya guy.

    Comment by zstudz3z — December 11, 2004 @ 12:04 am

  19. Okay, so I guess this means we can’t go on dates now unless I ride my bike. It’s hard to hold hands and the bike, and balance at the same time, though. 😉

    Comment by wishthisover — December 11, 2004 @ 4:30 am

  20. i’ll just sit on your lap 🙂

    Comment by zig_mover — December 11, 2004 @ 5:21 am

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