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2013-01-27 11:28:13 PM  

WhippingBoy: SpdrJay: What about those stupid Jesus fish?

Worse than that are those stupid stick-figure decals that show every member of your family, including your pets.

Why don't people just get a bumper-sticker that says "The Douchebag Family"?


imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-01-27 11:29:49 PM  

Klaumbaz: Ok, why the fark was this green lit? moderators drunk? clicked wrong thing?


I think our problems start when the admins and moderators sober up
 
2013-01-27 11:30:20 PM  
1. Putting off recommended / scheduled maintenance

Because that's money the car dealer is not getting.

2. Ignoring the "check engine" light

Because the car manufacture isn't committing fraud when they program that light to come on after x miles. Trust us, take your car to the dealer.

3. Not changing the oil, or not having it changed on time

3000 mile oil changes only make sense with older cars. New models can go much longer between oil changes.

4. Not checking tire pressure

Ok, I'll give them this one.

5. Neglecting coolant, brake, transmission and other fluid services

The quickie oil change place I go to does this for me.

6. Continuing to drive when the vehicle is overheating

This is just common sense - unless your car is overheating in South Central Los Angeles. Then keep driving as fast as you farking can.

7. Not changing fuel and air filters

See #5.

8. Having unqualified shops service your vehicle

Because only the car dealership is qualified to work on your car. Trust us, no one else could possible know how to fix your car and we charge three times as much because of our expertise.

9. Using generic aftermarket parts instead of original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-quality parts

The manufacturer parts cost at least double the money and last half the time for a good reason. Just trust us.

10. Trying to service your own high-tech vehicle

Yep, you can't. We put shiat in that car that makes no sense just so you can't work on it. It's not your '72 VW Bug anymore.
 
2013-01-27 11:30:48 PM  

Pribar: [i135.photobucket.com image 533x400]


But it stopped squealing so I thought the problem had went away....


Okay, I don't remove wheels from cars, so I may be a little slow on this.. but is that the result of metal being removed from the brake disk, presumably because the brake pads wore out?
 
2013-01-27 11:31:34 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: WhippingBoy: SpdrJay: What about those stupid Jesus fish?

Worse than that are those stupid stick-figure decals that show every member of your family, including your pets.

Why don't people just get a bumper-sticker that says "The Douchebag Family"?


I saw a zombie one recently. That was almost tolerable.
 
2013-01-27 11:32:28 PM  
JacksonBryan

Pribar: [i135.photobucket.com image 533x400]


But it stopped squealing so I thought the problem had went away....

That's the extended performance zone of every disc brake. Very few people know about it.


First rule about extended performance zone...
 
2013-01-27 11:33:09 PM  

Ikam: JohnAnnArbor: WhippingBoy: SpdrJay: What about those stupid Jesus fish?

Worse than that are those stupid stick-figure decals that show every member of your family, including your pets.

Why don't people just get a bumper-sticker that says "The Douchebag Family"?

I saw a zombie one recently. That was almost tolerable.


I want one with just a guy (me) and a long string of disposable sluts.

/and my cats
 
2013-01-27 11:33:20 PM  
I would add: driving it off the lot when it is brand new. Depreciation is a biatch.
 
2013-01-27 11:35:46 PM  
This "article" was pretty much written by a car dealer's service department.


1. Putting off recommended / scheduled maintenance
equals "LET US SERVICE YOUR CAR!"
2. Ignoring the "check engine" light
equals "LET US SERVICE YOUR CAR!"
3. Not changing the oil, or not having it changed on time
equals "LET US SERVICE YOUR CAR!"
4. Not checking tire pressure
equals "LET US SERVICE YOUR CAR!"
5. Neglecting coolant, brake, transmission and other fluid services
equals "LET US SERVICE YOUR CAR!"
6. Continuing to drive when the vehicle is overheating
equals "LET US SERVICE YOUR CAR!"
7. Not changing fuel and air filters
equals "LET US SERVICE YOUR CAR!"
8. Having unqualified shops service your vehicle
equals "LET US SERVICE YOUR CAR!"
9. Using generic aftermarket parts instead of original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-quality parts
equals "LET US SERVICE YOUR CAR!"
10. Trying to service your own high-tech vehicle
equals "LET US SERVICE YOUR CAR!"
 
x23
2013-01-27 11:35:50 PM  

Vexed Thespian: /wasn't sure if I was right when I thought my car went from 380 gallons a tank to 240... just told myself I must not have reset the odometer.


that is a freaking huge gas tank. must cost a fortune to fill it up. i don't even think semi trucks have tanks that big. weird how the volume of the tank has shrunk though.
 
2013-01-27 11:38:13 PM  
Using your garage to store your Christmas tree box on top of your treadmill instead of as a secure weatherproof place to park your car.
 
2013-01-27 11:38:18 PM  

kab: #10 is entirely dependent on your own skill.

#6 is just a retard test. Fail that, and you probably shouldn't have a license to begin with.

#9 on that list is the absolute truth, and becomes apparent to folks who dabble in aftermarket / performance gear for cars. In more cases than not, the improved thingamajig isn't going to have the fit / quality / durability that the oem one does. Spark plug cables are a perfect example of this.

/yes, I know there are exceptions.


#9 is why I only put Ford brand oil in my engine and Ford brand Tires on my car.
 
2013-01-27 11:38:47 PM  

Ikam: JohnAnnArbor: WhippingBoy: SpdrJay: What about those stupid Jesus fish?

Worse than that are those stupid stick-figure decals that show every member of your family, including your pets.

Why don't people just get a bumper-sticker that says "The Douchebag Family"?

I saw a zombie one recently. That was almost tolerable.


static.happyplace.com
That one makes me smile
 
2013-01-27 11:40:17 PM  
I would also add as a useful tip, if your car is overheating and needs fluid added to the radiator, LEAVE THE ENGINE RUNNING when adding this fluid. And add it slowly. Cold liquid entering overheated engine = cracked block.
 
2013-01-27 11:40:24 PM  

JacksonBryan: 8 and 10 can kiss my arse.  Call me old school or out of touch but I still service both of our cars (2011 and 1999).  With the exception of a  CVT transmission rebuild or a full engine rebuild on the newer cars, everything is doable.  The hell with the stealerships.


FTFY.

Reasons for wanting CVT elude me however. I guess it's the transmission to go for when you really hate driving.
 
2013-01-27 11:40:28 PM  
i46.tinypic.com
 
2013-01-27 11:41:08 PM  

Ikam: JohnAnnArbor: WhippingBoy: SpdrJay: What about those stupid Jesus fish?

Worse than that are those stupid stick-figure decals that show every member of your family, including your pets.

Why don't people just get a bumper-sticker that says "The Douchebag Family"?

I saw a zombie one recently. That was almost tolerable.


www.wickedfunnypictures.com

This one is the most annoying one I've seen yet.
 
2013-01-27 11:41:28 PM  

UsikFark: Pribar:

i135.photobucket.com

But it stopped squealing so I thought the problem had went away....

Okay, I don't remove wheels from cars, so I may be a little slow on this.. but is that the result of metal being removed from the brake disk, presumably because the brake pads wore out?


You could say that, a normal disc rotor looks like this:

i135.photobucket.com

The one I originally linked had the shoes worn down to the steel core which ate through the rotor to the cooling vanes and actually caused it to separate from the hub. Not good turned a 99 buck brake job into a 1000 plus Odyssey
 
2013-01-27 11:42:50 PM  

Skywolf the Scribbler: How insightful, Business Insider, apparently you believe that most of your readers are dependent idiots. I'll service my car if I want to.


THIS!!

I have been servicing my own cars, not every single maintenance or repair but the majority, for about 25 years. My current vehicles are 16, 10 and 6 years old and in just as fine shape as most folk's. It doesnt take a genius to change oil, rotate tires, change air or fuel filters, change shocks/struts, replace a timing belt or perhaps a transmission. I cant say I have never screwed up and cost myself some money but I am far ahead in terms of cost when compared to paying to have everything done by someone else.
 
2013-01-27 11:43:58 PM  

Pribar: [i135.photobucket.com image 533x400]


But it stopped squealing so I thought the problem had went away....


www.myfacewhen.net

Wow. Whomever was driving that is lucky to be alive.
 
2013-01-27 11:44:32 PM  
Also, liberal political stickers in my state will result in some tebagger keying your car every time. Yeah its that bad.
 
2013-01-27 11:45:10 PM  
 
2013-01-27 11:47:20 PM  

OgreMagi: I want one with just a guy (me) and a long string of disposable sluts.


Loosely related:

i46.tinypic.com
 
2013-01-27 11:47:24 PM  

iron de havilland: JacksonBryan: 8 and 10 can kiss my arse.  Call me old school or out of touch but I still service both of our cars (2011 and 1999).  With the exception of a  CVT transmission rebuild or a full engine rebuild on the newer cars, everything is doable.  The hell with the stealerships.

FTFY.

Reasons for wanting CVT elude me however. I guess it's the transmission to go for when you really hate driving.


The wife's car has one, women must love it but coming from nothing but manual transmissions, I hate the farking thing.
 
2013-01-27 11:47:31 PM  

Sid_6.7: -Drive into lava flow from volcano


It would probably be a smoky mess but this I would like to see.
 
2013-01-27 11:48:16 PM  

Pribar: The one I originally linked had the shoes worn down to the steel core which ate through the rotor to the cooling vanes and actually caused it to separate from the hub. Not good turned a 99 buck brake job into a 1000 plus Odyssey


How on earth did they even drive it like that?? Put all the braking force on the other axle? It's a good thing that person never had to make an emergency stop.
 
2013-01-27 11:48:43 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: WhippingBoy: SpdrJay: What about those stupid Jesus fish?

Worse than that are those stupid stick-figure decals that show every member of your family, including your pets.

Why don't people just get a bumper-sticker that says "The Douchebag Family"?

[imgs.xkcd.com image 740x297]


I want just a single one of those stick figure decals, but with Forever Alone as the head.
 
2013-01-27 11:48:58 PM  

thorthor: Also, liberal political stickers in my state will result in some tebagger keying your car every time. Yeah its that bad.


I'm going to call bullshiat on that one. It is the libs that are the violent ones.
 
2013-01-27 11:49:01 PM  

LarryDan43: Please don't youtube videos of car repair! You might discover how simple and inexpensive it is.


True, though make sure you watch videos from more than one source.
I've seen horrifically bad advice given in some YouTube DIY videos.
I saw one about how to set up you guitar, where the "expert" was winding the strings the wrong way around the tuning pegs, which is something I thought only the mentally deficient was capable of.
 
2013-01-27 11:49:36 PM  

thorthor: Also, liberal political stickers in my state will result in some tebagger keying your car every time. Yeah its that bad.


Never fark with another man's car.

/Although, I have seen people put opponent's political stickers on top of other political stickers and didn't think it was too bad.
 
2013-01-27 11:50:37 PM  
1.  Putting off recommended / scheduled maintenance
Sometimes.  Some scheduled maintenance is known as "milk the customer" maintenance, some of it needs to be done.  If you don't know which is which, talk to a qualified friend of family member, or just take it in on schedule and bend over.

2. Ignoring the "check engine" light
The check engine light is almost exclusively emissions/pollution control measures these days, there's usually another light for real real problems, like the oil light etc.  Don't ignore the light, hook it up to a reader at a parts store, they usually won't charge you.  If it was just something like the gas cap not being tight enough three weeks ago (a real reading I had after buying a locking cap) you can just tighten the cap and reset the alert.  If it's a real problem you can fix it, take it to a parts store, not a mechanic first, save the money if your car is still running fine.

3. Not changing the oil, or not having it changed on time
This is a real thing - sort of.  Modern vehicles can make normal oil last longer than vehicles made 20 or 30 years ago, safely.  Synthetic oils even longer than that.  Of course anyone who changes oil for a living is still giving you 1963 oil change times.  Pay attention to what kind of oil you put in, the age and condition of your vehicle, and use some brain cells.  I can actually tell the performance change in my vehicle when it needs an oil change.

4. Not checking tire pressure
This is hard on tires, gas mileage, handling, and performance.  It's not really something that will kill your vehicle as the article implies, but yes, keep track of it.

5. Neglecting coolant, brake, transmission and other fluid services
Yes this is a big deal.  Learn hot to take the caps off of everything and look at the fill lines, not that hard really.  Also know how to listen for singing brakes.

6. Continuing to drive when the vehicle is overheating
This is accurate, pull over stupid!  Chances are if you take care of all of the above you wont have this problem unless your vehicle is really old.

7. Not changing fuel and air filters
These are a little trickier than the rest.  A nasty looking air filter can be just fine and a pristine looking one can be clogged.  Fuel filters - they can last the life of the vehicle, even for a long life, or just a short time, buy descent gas.  When your performance degrades check these things.

8. Having unqualified shops service your vehicle
Maybe.  If your vehicle is under warranty use it.  If it's not go somewhere reputable.  Don't buy sandwiches from a gas station bathroom vending machine either.

9. Using generic aftermarket parts instead of original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-quality parts
Often times "generic" (as in non-oem) parts are better and cheaper than OEM parts.  If you buy a low end performance part you'll get something that is better made and more efficient  than the OEM version most of the time.  If you get a high-end performance part may end up with a hot-rod.  I tend to replace worn parts with low-end performance parts when I can, they cost less and they're often better. OEM COMPONENTS ARE OVERPRICED.  I don't hot-rod my stuff and I don't buy crap.

10. Trying to service your own high-tech vehicle
That's right, you're all a bunch of morans and we know it! Just like anything else.  Don't do something you don't feel comfortable doing.  I'm not a high-end mechanic and I've done plenty of work on later model vehicles.  Yes, I was more comfortable on 1980's tech than I am new stuff, but really, when it gets down to it a lot of it isn't all that different as long as you stay out of the electrical systems.
 
2013-01-27 11:51:31 PM  
I also thorougly disagree with that crap about using only manufacturers parts. Sure, if you love paying out the ass for the same thing you can get much cheaper then go right ahead. The car manufacturers probably paid to have that bit of drivel put in there.
 
2013-01-27 11:51:58 PM  

TommyymmoT: LarryDan43: Please don't youtube videos of car repair! You might discover how simple and inexpensive it is.

True, though make sure you watch videos from more than one source.
I've seen horrifically bad advice given in some YouTube DIY videos.


I'm willing to do work on my car when it is not something that might end up being a legal liability thing, like brakes.
 
2013-01-27 11:52:46 PM  
www.examiner.com
Yeah, it looks dumb, but you get an extra 25hp just from the backflow.
 
2013-01-27 11:53:26 PM  

JacksonBryan: iron de havilland: JacksonBryan: 8 and 10 can kiss my arse.  Call me old school or out of touch but I still service both of our cars (2011 and 1999).  With the exception of a  CVT transmission rebuild or a full engine rebuild on the newer cars, everything is doable.  The hell with the stealerships.

FTFY.

Reasons for wanting CVT elude me however. I guess it's the transmission to go for when you really hate driving.

The wife's car has one, women must love it but coming from nothing but manual transmissions, I hate the farking thing.


My wife and I have the same car, except hers is the hybrid version. I have to admit that I have grown to prefer using her car for road trips because of the cvt. My car trends to shift alot when dealing with winds or grades while trying to maintain speed. Her car simply increases rpm slightly. It makes long trips more enjoyable.
 
2013-01-27 11:54:26 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Billy Bathsalt: I don't work on my high-tech car, I work on my low-tech truck

Older rigs FTW


Computer make is easy to troubleshoot harness problems and ensure your gas guzzler starts every time you turn the key.
 
2013-01-27 11:56:01 PM  

pecosdave: 3. Not changing the oil, or not having it changed on time
This is a real thing - sort of. Modern vehicles can make normal oil last longer than vehicles made 20 or 30 years ago, safely. Synthetic oils even longer than that. Of course anyone who changes oil for a living is still giving you 1963 oil change times. Pay attention to what kind of oil you put in, the age and condition of your vehicle, and use some brain cells. I can actually tell the performance change in my vehicle when it needs an oil change.


I can't believe I had to come down to your post to read this. I just got a new car and went for synthetic (to make it last longer! whee!), and so being an internetty person, I looked up the oil change times for synthetic. Even the nice boys at the local chain are assuming that I'm driving in the worst possible conditions all the time, for the number they gave me.

I'll be taking my new car in for an oil change a little less than the window cling says. :\
 
2013-01-27 11:56:17 PM  

KrispyKritter: Once had a '68 Chevy Malibu wagon shut down, overheated. Let it cool, had to add 5 QTS of oil and it ran just fine. They used to build the crap out of cars.


The big difference between your 68 Malibu and all modern cars is the the former has a cast iron cylinder head and the news one (if last 30 years is new) are all heat treated aluminum. The aluminum ones warp when the car overheats. The other difference is the cooling system on modern cars is pressurized, if you have a leak then the engine will pee out coolant and then over heat.
 
2013-01-27 11:56:42 PM  

Pribar: But it stopped squealing so I thought the problem had went away....


I had to stare at that for a moment. Rather impressive.

I have a degree in mechanical engineering and might go back to study economics. I try to avoid dirty work that saves me less than $100 per hour of my time. So I rely on wrench turners who do it all the time and will therefore do it in a quarter the time it would take me.

It's part of the division of labor. I think it's Riccardo's law. $45 and 20 minutes and my oil gets changed, giving me at least 2 hours to do something more profitable or relaxing.
 
2013-01-27 11:57:56 PM  

thorthor: Also, liberal political stickers in my state will result in some tebagger keying your car every time. Yeah its that bad.


I don't do bumper stickers of any kind, but a 360degree survailance camera would be fun in that situation just to biatch slap them with the price of a new paint job.
That'll learn 'em.
 
2013-01-27 11:58:13 PM  
List fails with "Put a downpipe on it without a tune

or "put a hoodscoop on a vehicle without an intercooler"

"use Mobil 1"

"Race your shiatbox civic against grown-up cars"

"stretch tires onto rims"

"use NOS"
 
2013-01-27 11:59:15 PM  

Sid_6.7: TommyymmoT: LarryDan43: Please don't youtube videos of car repair! You might discover how simple and inexpensive it is.

True, though make sure you watch videos from more than one source.
I've seen horrifically bad advice given in some YouTube DIY videos.

I'm willing to do work on my car when it is not something that might end up being a legal liability thing, like brakes.


Same here. Brakes are one of the few things I won't work on.
 
2013-01-27 11:59:39 PM  

oldcub: JacksonBryan: iron de havilland: JacksonBryan: 8 and 10 can kiss my arse.  Call me old school or out of touch but I still service both of our cars (2011 and 1999).  With the exception of a  CVT transmission rebuild or a full engine rebuild on the newer cars, everything is doable.  The hell with the stealerships.

FTFY.

Reasons for wanting CVT elude me however. I guess it's the transmission to go for when you really hate driving.

The wife's car has one, women must love it but coming from nothing but manual transmissions, I hate the farking thing.

My wife and I have the same car, except hers is the hybrid version. I have to admit that I have grown to prefer using her car for road trips because of the cvt. My car trends to shift alot when dealing with winds or grades while trying to maintain speed. Her car simply increases rpm slightly. It makes long trips more enjoyable.


I've found leaving my wife at home or having her fly greatly improves my road trip experiences.

I do understand what you are referring too, my beef comes from the way it handles accelerating from a stop more so than cruising.
 
2013-01-28 12:00:55 AM  

JohnAnnArbor: WhippingBoy: SpdrJay: What about those stupid Jesus fish?

Worse than that are those stupid stick-figure decals that show every member of your family, including your pets.

Why don't people just get a bumper-sticker that says "The Douchebag Family"?

[imgs.xkcd.com image 740x297]


3.bp.blogspot.com

Is that what those things are. I thought they were just a modernized version of nose art that hipsters kept track of their "kills" by.
 
2013-01-28 12:04:29 AM  
Nice round about way of saying 'give the dealership insane amounts of money'. Change your oil about every 6 months, change the air filter once a year, check your tires every 3-4 months and while you are at it, make sure the other fluids are topped off too.
 
2013-01-28 12:04:40 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: thorthor: Also, liberal political stickers in my state will result in some tebagger keying your car every time. Yeah its that bad.

I'm going to call bullshiat on that one. It is the libs that are the violent ones.


I guess it all depends on where you live. Personally I would never fark with someone else's ride no matter what their political affiliation.
 
2013-01-28 12:05:11 AM  
I've ignored a check engine light for 30,000 miles before.  Well, not quite ignored, I knew what was causing it.  But I completely ignored it because I couldn't disable the warning so I had no idea if another warning was getting triggered.  It was the failure of a secondary system that was only needed in weather well below freezing, which almost never happens around here, and even then it still started, just sluggishly.
 
2013-01-28 12:06:06 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: [www.examiner.com image 512x384]
Yeah, it looks dumb, but you get an extra 25hp just from the backflow.


Not if it's a front wheel drive.
 
2013-01-28 12:07:49 AM  
1. Putting off recommended / scheduled maintenance
Recommended by who? Jiffy Lube? Check your owners manual for the actual schedule, because the schedule you're being quoted usually a lie.

2. Ignoring the "check engine" light
This study was published by a company that sells OBDII scanners.

3. Not changing the oil, or not having it changed on time
Most people change it way too often. The 3,000 mile rule is outdated. Modern oils can go nearly 10,000 miles.

4. Not checking tire pressure
Unless it's visibly under inflated, the only drawback is lower gas mileage.

5. Neglecting coolant, brake, transmission and other fluid services
Most people change these far too often. Don't believe what the Jiffy Lube guys tells you. Check your owners manual to see the real maintenance schedule. Brake fluid will last the life of the car, and even antifreeze will last >100k miles these days.

6. Continuing to drive when the vehicle is overheating
7. Not changing fuel and air filters

I'll give them these two.

8. Having unqualified shops service your vehicle
And how would you know that, exactly? Some of the shoddiest work I've ever seen has been from dealerships, and they're supposedly the most qualified. This is a total crap shoot.

9. Using generic aftermarket parts instead of original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-quality parts
False. Aftermarket parts are usually far superior to the overpriced OEM parts.

10. Trying to service your own high-tech vehicle
FACT: High-tech cars are MUCH easier to work on than older cars because they diagnose themselves! You just plug in the OBDII scanner and the car will tell you exactly what's wrong with it. What this really means is that the author is uncomfortable working on his own car, which means he's not qualified to write this article in the first place.
 
2013-01-28 12:08:06 AM  

TommyymmoT: Same here. Brakes are one of the few things I won't work on.


Dude brakes are one way to really save money. And usually not hard to do, disk brakes are easy peesie.
 
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