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  1. #1
    Melinda Wells
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    One subject that affects all of us is car repair on a budget. I have a

    disabled husband and daughter and rely on our car for dr appointments.

    Today it is not running and I need advice on how to do cost effective

    repairs. Here is what happened, the other day it ran fine, then we

    noticed it was not wanting to go uphill very much. Oil pressure, all

    fluid levels,etc were good. It started to backfire and shirt hard (its

    automatic). The next day my husband changed plugs and when he started

    it up the oil pressure was 0, but it was ok the day before. It back

    fired. Today we went to take him to the dr and it would not go over

    20mph, backfired, but all fluid levels and oil pressure was good. It is

    a 1982 GMC 3/4 ton Vandura conversion van, automatic, 305 and ran

    wonderful until this point. We can't afford another right now so I need

    to know the most cost effective way to fix this. Any ideas?








  2. #2
    Dan N.
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    Hi Melinda, My father used to take his car to the local high school and the kids in the mechanics program would fix his car under expert supervision. I don't know that they always did the best job, but I'll say it probably wasn't any worse than what I've paid tons of money for mechanic shops to fix--or not--my car. You might also try a local auto-mechanics vocational program to see whether they fix cars at discounts. Good luck, I understand how you feel. Dan

    Melinda Wells <moon_goddess129@yahoo.com> wrote: One subject that affects all of us is car repair on a budget. I have a
    disabled husband and daughter and rely on our car for dr appointments.
    Today it is not running and I need advice on how to do cost effective
    repairs. Here is what happened, the other day it ran fine, then we
    noticed it was not wanting to go uphill very much. Oil pressure, all
    fluid levels,etc were good. It started to backfire and shirt hard (its
    automatic). The next day my husband changed plugs and when he started
    it up the oil pressure was 0, but it was ok the day before. It back
    fired. Today we went to take him to the dr and it would not go over
    20mph, backfired, but all fluid levels and oil pressure was good. It is
    a 1982 GMC 3/4 ton Vandura conversion van, automatic, 305 and ran
    wonderful until this point. We can't afford another
    right now so I need
    to know the most cost effective way to fix this. Any ideas?




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    Amy W
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    I'd check around with friends to see if they could do it or if a friend could do it. At the very least, see if that friend would let you buy parts and you could pay them inexpensive labor, or make monthly payments as a favor to you.





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    ----- Original Message ----
    From: Melinda Wells <moon_goddess129@yahoo.com>
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Monday, March 24, 2008 10:06:46 AM
    Subject: Budget101.com : fix a car on a budget





    One subject that affects all of us is car repair on a budget. I have a
    disabled husband and daughter and rely on our car for dr appointments.
    Today it is not running and I need advice on how to do cost effective
    repairs. Here is what happened, the other day it ran fine, then we
    noticed it was not wanting to go uphill very much. Oil pressure, all
    fluid levels,etc were good. It started to backfire and shirt hard (its
    automatic). The next day my husband changed plugs and when he started
    it up the oil pressure was 0, but it was ok the day before. It back
    fired. Today we went to take him to the dr and it would not go over
    20mph, backfired, but all fluid levels and oil pressure was good. It is
    a 1982 GMC 3/4 ton Vandura conversion van, automatic, 305 and ran
    wonderful until this point. We can't afford another right now so I need
    to know the most cost effective way to fix this. Any ideas?






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    armstrca
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    <SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;COLOR: teal;FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS';">Have you tried a gasoline cleaner in the gas tank? That is cheap and wouldn't hurt. You can get it at an auto shop - just ask for something you dump in the tank.
    <SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;COLOR: teal;FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS';">It sounds like dirty gas or a clogged gas pump but I am not a mechanic
    <SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;COLOR: teal;FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS';">Look here - see if it helps:
    <SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;COLOR: teal;FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS';">http://www.autoeducation.com/autoshop101/fuel.htm
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    From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Melinda Wells
    Sent: Monday, March 24, 2008 9:07 AM
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Budget101.com : fix a car on a budget


    Here is what happened, the other day it ran fine, then we noticed it was not wanting to go uphill very much. teal;"><SPAN>Today we went to take him to the dr and it would not go over 20mph, backfired, but all fluid levels and oil pressure was good. teal;"><SPAN>I need to know the most cost effective way to fix this. Any ideas?



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    CS Haig
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    You
    might try looking at cartalk.com. It’s a free site and no, I’m
    not related to them! These guys are brothers and have a radio show on NPR,
    which is hilarious But they also give good car advice and are pretty
    darned good at diagnosing problems from afar. On their site, you can try
    to find mechanics recommended by people in your area. They also have
    searchable newspaper columns where you can see if someone else has had the same
    problem as you. They also have a DIY section.



    Hope that helps,

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  6. #6
    Tamara Knight
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    Could also be a bad fuel filter. A gas cleaner could

    be purchased at the dollar store. The one I use is in

    a red bottle and only takes a portion of the cleaner

    at a time.

    --- armstrca <carmstr1@ems.jsc.nasa.gov> wrote:



    >

    > Have you tried a gasoline cleaner in the gas tank?

    > That is cheap and

    > wouldn't hurt. You can get it at an auto shop -

    > just ask for something

    > you dump in the tank.

    >

    > It sounds like dirty gas or a clogged gas pump but

    > I am not a

    > mechanic

    >

    > Look here - see if it helps:

    >

    > http://www.autoeducation.com/autoshop101/fuel.htm

    > <http://www.autoeducation.com/autoshop101/fuel.htm>

    >

    >

    >

    > From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

    > [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On

    > Behalf Of Melinda Wells

    > Sent: Monday, March 24, 2008 9:07 AM

    > To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

    > Subject: Budget101.com : fix a car on a budget

    >

    >

    >

    > Here is what happened, the other day it ran fine,

    > then we noticed it was

    > not wanting to go uphill very much. Today we went

    > to take him to the dr

    > and it would not go over 20mph, backfired, but all

    > fluid levels and oil

    > pressure was good. I need to know the most cost

    > effective way to fix

    > this. Any ideas?

    >

    >









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    nauticalnana
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    could be the carb. spray some carb cleaner in it and see if it helps. very

    cheap at places like wally world.

    Sher



    ----- Original Message -----

    From: "Melinda Wells" <moon_goddess129@yahoo.com>

    To: <Budget101_@yahoogroups.com>

    Sent: Monday, March 24, 2008 10:06 AM

    Subject: Budget101.com : fix a car on a budget





    > One subject that affects all of us is car repair on a budget. I have a

    > disabled husband and daughter and rely on our car for dr appointments.

    > Today it is not running and I need advice on how to do cost effective

    > repairs. Here is what happened, the other day it ran fine, then we

    > noticed it was not wanting to go uphill very much. Oil pressure, all

    > fluid levels,etc were good. It started to backfire and shirt hard (its

    > automatic). The next day my husband changed plugs and when he started

    > it up the oil pressure was 0, but it was ok the day before. It back

    > fired. Today we went to take him to the dr and it would not go over

    > 20mph, backfired, but all fluid levels and oil pressure was good. It is

    > a 1982 GMC 3/4 ton Vandura conversion van, automatic, 305 and ran

    > wonderful until this point. We can't afford another right now so I need

    > to know the most cost effective way to fix this. Any ideas?

    >

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