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nttyfufu



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PostSubject: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:08 pm

Ok I waited the new member 7 days to post pics of this.
Before I put my ss on the road I was going thru it just checking everything out and I noticed the cooling fans were not turning on so I started diagnosing them
1. The fuses are good.
2. The relays are functioning.
3. The wiring seems ok.
4. I powered the fans from an outside power source,the motors work.
5. I check the coolant temp sensor and find this.... The guy before me snapped it in half then, instead of replacing it he epoxies it back together. Who does that???
The new sensor was about fifteen bucks c'mon Really!?!?!

So needless to say I replaced it and fans both work fine. It's scary what people do to save a few bucks.


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Matt Trakker



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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:47 pm

He probably needed the money for some Natty Ice, kehd! Haha that's terrible. Glad you fixed it!
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nttyfufu



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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:26 pm

OHHH natty ice I have some very bad memories of that stuff from my teens.
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94classicss



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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:55 pm

had the same thing in my car. atleast that guy spent the money on epoxy who ever had my car just threw the top part away , plugged it back in the top and called it a day
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:07 pm

nttyfufu wrote:
Ok I waited the new member 7 days to post pics of this.
Before I put my ss on the road I was going thru it just checking everything out and I noticed the cooling fans were not turning on so I started diagnosing them
1. The fuses are good.
2. The relays are functioning.
3. The wiring seems ok.
4. I powered the fans from an outside power source,the motors work.
5. I check the coolant temp sensor and find this.... The guy before me snapped it in half then, instead of replacing it he epoxies it back together. Who does that???
The new sensor was about fifteen bucks c'mon Really!?!?!

So needless to say I replaced it and fans both work fine. It's scary what people do to save a few bucks.



94classicss wrote:
had the same thing in my car. atleast that guy spent the money on epoxy who ever had my car just threw the top part away , plugged it back in the top and called it a day


I've got to agree Who the hell does that!?

............To a chevy
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nttyfufu



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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:17 pm

Right?!?!? Makes me wonder what else I'll find over the course of owning this car.
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:26 pm

thats exactly what im saying
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:34 pm

When I got it the kid (guy really) claimed he was a mechanic. Now I really was a mechanic for about 13 years off an on and I would never do something so stupid.
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94classicss



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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:10 pm

yea the guy i got mine from was working at jiffy lube i literally bought it in the parking lot where he was working scary
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:18 pm

94classicss wrote:
yea the guy i got mine from was working at jiffy lube i literally bought it in the parking lot where he was working scary

LOL Are you sure you own it??

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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:24 pm

hahaha yea i have a title vins match but it was a huge ordeal thats why i only ended up paying 600 for it.It took him 2 and a half months to get the title to me due to his gf re-registering the caprice and getting a duplicate title for the truck she was supposed to put the caprices plates on. In the end i made out though
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:42 pm

94classicss wrote:
hahaha yea i have a title vins match but it was a huge ordeal thats why i only ended up paying 600 for it.It took him 2 and a half months to get the title to me due to his gf re-registering the caprice and getting a duplicate title for the truck she was supposed to put the caprices plates on. In the end i made out though

Thats good, because I would have been too sketched out to deal with that and would have called it off.
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:45 pm

Ya I would have been super sketched out with that one also. At least you made out in the end.
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nttyfufu



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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:59 pm

Hey 1984twodoor do you live in N. Reading or Wilmington. I'm down about a half mile from the west school in Wil.
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94classicss



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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:30 pm

he gave me all my money back except for 350 untill he had the title because he said if there were any issues he was going to just scrap it and we agreed the 350 would be around what he would get so there wasnt much to lose other thain i already had ordered smoked headlights and the fiberglass bumper haha it just sucked cause i already had the car and was in love with it but couldnt drive it for 2 months
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:06 pm

94classicss wrote:
yea the guy i got mine from was working at jiffy lube i literally bought it in the parking lot where he was working scary

There's your first problem. Just because you work at Jiffy Lube does not mean you're a mechanic. Like the time they put 10W40 in my 3.1L Pontiac and told me thats OEM affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:30 pm

Isnt that what a mechanic does?

Throws something out there to see if the consumer has a clue? Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:26 pm

Either that or we just talk in circles till the customer gives up and says ya fix it.
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:14 pm

nttyfufu wrote:
Hey 1984twodoor do you live in N. Reading or Wilmington. I'm down about a half mile from the west school in Wil.

Wilmington, but I have a lot of parts in North Reading lol I'm on the other side of town by the high school on Parker St.

nttyfufu wrote:
Either that or we just talk in circles till the customer gives up and says ya fix it.

That's why I tell them the problem, mostly because if I bring it somewhere its too cold for the driveway or I fudge up big time Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:30 am

Cadet57 wrote:
There's your first problem. Just because you work at Jiffy Lube does not mean you're a mechanic. Like the time they put 10W40 in my 3.1L Pontiac and told me thats OEM
Or 5W30 in my '69 Thunderbird. I was wondering why the oil pressure gauge was on L when I left...
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:45 am

its amazing the shit they get away with at shops nowadays
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:59 am

Being educated in automive and diesel/industrial technology I LOVE how some guys at shops try to b/s me and I have to call their card just because they lie through their teeth sometimes. Its one thing to up sell some crap to a woman in a prius, but when I come in an obvious, somewhat modded car, and half the shop knows me already, and the new guy tries schooling me on different types of oil and what my car "needs", I cant contain myself hahaha. My car doesnt need high mileage synthetic oil when my engine only has 43k miles on it! Im sure I dont need a new belt when it was changed about 600 miles ago. Or I can get better gas mileage if I change my air filter which is cleaned every month. If I was concerned about gas mileage, I can assure you I would not be driving this car.

I know hes just doing his job, and a good job most of them do, its the guys in this article that makes me a little uneasy te even have my tires changed. I went for an allignment one time and they said I was all set, everything was setup to factory specs. I leave and let the wheel go and it pulls extreme to the right now. I get home and there are no shims in the control arms whatsoever. I went back, had a talk with the manager, got my money back and took their # off my phone. I did the work at school and I'll tell you what, what a PITA it is to do a "proper" allignment on these cars Laughing.

Rant over cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:20 am

i very rarely will take my car some where to be worked on . Only if i can no way do it in my drive way(most of the time after i try once anyways).I have one friend who ill take my cars to if i just dont feel like doing it. and the only reason ill go to him every time is i know he does great work,hes lightning fast and dirt cheap plus its after hours so i know him,his wife and kids get the money and not some shit company. I dont mind spending a little money to actually help People and not corporations
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:25 am

94classicss wrote:
i very rarely will take my car some where to be worked on . Only if i can no way do it in my drive way(most of the time after i try once anyways).I have one friend who ill take my cars to if i just dont feel like doing it. and the only reason ill go to him every time is i know he does great work,hes lightning fast and dirt cheap plus its after hours so i know him,his wife and kids get the money and not some shit company. I dont mind spending a little money to actually help People and not corporations

I have a friend like that too. Spends his winters inside his 3 bay, hand built garage at his house building/restoring everything. Theres no pride loss if someone else does your repairs. I could care less if someone thought less of me as a "car guy" cuz I dont feel like doing something or its beyond my skill level, yea, I could learn it, or I could save the un necessary headache and just pay out a little to have it done right. Just my opinion. Im no Mickey Thompson here. Im not looking to re invent the wheel, just keep my car running and looking good is all Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:28 am

exactly there are times when its better to just spend a little money. its usually in the winter anyways , way to cold to lay on the pavement for long periods of time
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:39 am

^^^much agree with you Lonnie
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:32 pm

Same here, Sometimes it's just easier paying some one than laying on your back in your driveway in the middle of Febuary at night. Situations like that I gladly pay the 45 bucks labour with a smile.
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:35 pm

I personally like driving cars a lot more than having to repair them...I don't mind maintaining my own stuff but when you've got no place to work, or have to lie on your back on broken hottop with pieces of crushed stone poking you in the shoulder blade/getting into the rags you are using while trying to do an oil change and not get grit into your crankcase somehow...it's better to pay someone else with a set up work area to do it, lol
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:50 pm

@ Matt, agreed! (even tho I just did an oil change on my back on broken hot top getting oil everywhere a week ago).
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PostSubject: Re: Coolant temp sensor WTF?   Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:05 pm

My days of having a shop work on my cars for anything I can do myself are done. A few years back I use to have a meineke I worked next to change the oil on my sebring mainly because it was easy and I worked crazy hours that left me no time to do it myself. That all ended when I decided to change my own oil one weekend only to find they drain plug was put in with an impact gun. It was so tight I stripped the head off it. I took it in there to get the oil changed the next day (mistake I know). Once I got home I got under it to make sure it wasn't impossibly tight again. What I did find was the plug only in about half way, not even hand tight! Shocked Shocked . The next day I spoke to the manager about this, got a refund and never went back.
The only exception to this is the really crappy jobs I don't want to do I have a trusted friend do the work. He works cheap on the side and does a damn good job.
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