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Linda is an attractive lady, late twenties, with an uncanny ability to buy one unreliable car after the other. We work on her car from time to time, often after her current boyfriend or a big chain car repair shop has "fixed" it first
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Linda came by to show me her new car: a pale yellow 1986 Nissan Stanza. She just wanted an oil change. She said she was headed to the beach: she and her boyfriend had just made up and were headed for a romantic weekend. Looking under the hood, I remarked that the belts all looked original. Since Nissan recommmends replacement of the belt after 5 years or 50,000 miles, this car needed all belts and hoses by either standard: it had 86,000 miles on it, more importantly it was 10 years old. Anything made of rubber is on a time clock: 10 years and it deteriorates and/or hardens whether you use it or not.

Linda said,"Well, my boyfriend used to put the belts and hoses on my other car. I'll see if he can do it." I told her to make sure he did the timing belt. Nissans usually bend valves when they break a timing belt.

Two weeks later Linda called me. "How much to put a timing belt on my car?"
"$125", I replied.
"Oh, good. The shop here in St. Augustine is telling me all kinds of horrible things: He says I've got to have a new head and things...gonna cost me a grand..."

"Wait a minute!" I said. "You didn't drive that thing until it broke, did you?" A BROOKEN timing belt on a Nissan is a BIG DEAL! tHEY BEND VALVES!
"Yeah..."she said."Beau (the latest boyfriend, I guess) said he replaced all the belts, but I guess he missed that one."
I told her the repair would be fairly expensive, but we could get her by cheaper than the $1000 estimate she'd gotten at the shop in St.Augustine.




Three days and $700 later Linda was back on the road. Her parting remarks: I NEVER THOUGHT BROKEN RUBBER STUFF COULD CAUSE SO MUCH HEARTBREAK!
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Thank you for visiting the ECONOMECHANIX WEB SITE. Please feel free to comment. We also serve the surrounding communities of Alachua, High Springs, Hawthorne, and Newberry! Gainesville has been my home since 1974, and I've loved Gvl and the Gators since I came here in the fall of 1974 to attend the University of Florida. I loved it so much I stayed and opened my car repair business. Originally it was out of the back of a 1963 Chevrolet wagon, but in 1977 a fellow mechanic and I opened an auto repair shop with actual walls, etc. I stayed in the same location for 26 years, and recently moved my operation to property I bought 15 miles east of Gainesville. I am doing most all the repairs myself now, having reduced my overhead from $1500 per month to practically nothing. I do work by appointment only. I mostly work only on my established customers cars, but I will occasionally take on new clients. E-mail me and I will either make arrangements to look at your car, or I will recommend you to someone who will.

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Auto, Car, and Truck Article List

A
ABS: Anti-Lock Brake Systems
ADVANCE: Car ignition timing
ALTERNATORS and Car Battery
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS
B
BATTERIES: Auto, Car or Truck
BELTS AND HOSES
BEARINGS
BODY AND BUMPER REPAIRS
BRAKE REPAIRS: Car or Truck
C
CARBURETORS:Car & Truck
CHECK ENGINE LIGHT
CLEANING: Engine Cleaning
CLUTCH REPAIRS: Car & Truck
COMPRESSION: Car Engine
COMPUTER CAR CONTROLS
CV JOINT OR CV AXLES
D
DISTRIBUTORS (IGNITION)
E
ENGINES: Car & Truck
ENGINE CLEANING
EXPANSION PLUGS
F
FREEZE PLUGS
FUEL AIR MIXTURE
FUEL INJECTION: Car & Truck
FUEL PUMPS: Car & Truck
G
GAGES AND "IDIOT LIGHTS"
GASKETS AND SEALS
GLASS: WINDOWS AND WINDSHIELDS
H
HEADS & HEAD GASKET
HOSES AND BELTS
I
"IDIOT LIGHTS" AND GAGES
IGNITION TIMING: Car & Truck
J
AUTO JACKS: lifting cars safely
K
L
LEAN "Car runs lean"
LIGHTS: WARNING OR "IDIOT LIGHTS"
Limp Home Mode
M
MIL Light
MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS
N
NO START: Car Won't Start
O
OIL CHANGES
OIL: What's right for your car?
OIL LIGHT ON OR GAGE LOW
P
PCV Valve
Q
R
RADIATORS: Car and Truck
RICH: Car runs rich
S
SEALS AND GASKETS
SERVICE ENGINE SOON LIGHT
SPARK PLUGS
STARTERS: Auto, Truck
T
THERMOSTATS
TIMING: IGNITION TIMING
TIMING BELT & TIMING CHAIN
TIRE REPAIR
TRANSMISSIONS: AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSIONS: MANUAL
U
V
VACUUM ADVANCE
WARNING LIGHTS OR "IDIOT LIGHTS"
W
WATER PUMP REPAIR
WINDOWS AND WINDSHIELDS
X
Y
Z

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