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My three weeks of classroom training are over. Yay! Next week starts "nesting", which is when we buddy up with someone and one of us is on the phones for four hours while the other observes and then after lunch we switch. He partnered me up with Rebecca, thank Og.

Now I have a question for you guys out there who know a lot about cars. Last week, my car wouldn't start at lunch - I mean, it would only turn my radio and air conditioner on and my gas needle.. thing.. would jump up, but my car wouldn't start. It wouldn't turn over either. Benji got it working somehow.. and.. it happened again the following day so I decided to take it in. They told me my alternator was shot and that I needed a new battery (and then some other stuff they recommended). $400 later.. I thought my car was fixed. That is until two days after getting "repaired", I got stranded in a parking lot because my car refused to start. My mom's boyfriend came to look at it and he got it started, but it made this awful sound.. almost like when you hold the key in the ignition too long and it screeches, but worse. I took it back to the mechanic and left it there and called them first thing in the morning. They looked at it again and this time determined the problem was the starter. So they replaced that. My dad went to pick it up for me because I wouldn't be back from work before they closed and they charged him $300. I guess my question is, is it really possible that both the alternator and starter needed to be replaced? Or did they fix the wrong thing the first time because they couldn't find the problem? Because, when I took it in the first time, it was working fine for them - it wasn't until the second time that they couldn't get it started. I don't know anything about cars.. I just have a feeling something's not quite right. And I don't want to go back in and bitch if I don't have any grounds to back it up. If both things needed to be replaced, then fine, buuuut.. I just want to be sure.

Other than that.. not much has been going on.

Oh! I FINALLY got my pictures from CUSA developed, so I'll post some soon. Um yeah, that roll of film was so old.. I had a picture of Ann vacuuming up pine needs from a Christmas tree at her oooold apartment on High Street. Hahaha.

Whatevs, I'm out.

Date: 2005-08-13 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmdrproteus.livejournal.com
first, congrats on finishing the training.

Now for the car problem, mind you that I'm no car expert, but I'm going by personal experience :P If the starter doesn't turn over, it could mean that the solenoid on it got shot, so that could need replacing. If you hear a squealing or a screeching, you might want to verify that the belt that goes between the alternator is pretty tense. I wouldn't be surprised if they fixed everything except the problem. Then again, I don't know what you drive, let alone how old it is and the last time you had electrical work done on it.

Date: 2005-08-13 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shameless.livejournal.com
thanks :)

yeah, I guess I should have put a description of my car in there - that MIGHT help :P it's a 2001 chevy cavalier and this is the first problem I've ever had with it. it doesn't squeal anymore.. and it's working perfect now, so that's good. i'm just not sure if I needed a starter and an alternator :/

Date: 2005-08-13 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmdrproteus.livejournal.com
From what I see, I can't really tell if you really NEEDED BOTH of those, or if the mechanics took you for a ride. But look at it this way, at least you have BOTH of them checked out and I presume replaced, so at least you might have a warranty associated with those parts should either have an untimely breakdown. Plus the peace of mind is really nice ;)

Date: 2005-08-15 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] racersinc.livejournal.com
you got takin for your money the first time from what you described i can tell you it was your starter solenoid that went out but hell for $700 ill be your mechanic and fix everything right the first time

Date: 2005-08-15 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trennerdios.livejournal.com
Yeah if it had been the alternator, your car might have started, but your cd player/air conditioning wouldn't have turned on at all, and your display/lights would have been very dim. So you definitely got screwed on the alternator/battery, sorry to say.. If your car doesn't start but everything else works, it's almost always your starter.



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