||[Nov. 12th, 2001|06:36 pm]
The Veritable TechNinja
|||||Funkstorung - Aerogram||]|
Okay, the car _was_ trivial... No, no it's not. As it turns out, I can't just replace the gasket, the INTAKE MANIFOLD IS WARPED. It's fucking second-rate plastic, GM knew it warped, they even started making the manifold out of a material that doesn't fall apart, yet no recall, no warranty. They want fucking $300 for the part alone. This is making me very, very angry. I can't afford that bullshit, especially with a dire need to get my brakes and AC fixed, not to mention the tires. Oh yeah, my vacation savings really needed a blow like this... AUGH!@$*(#&%(*#%&)*(%#&
I'm going to buy the TB gasket as planned, even that looks like it's going to be an incredible pain in the ass, the bolts are barely visible, let alone reachable with tools ever created by man. The parts guy at Murray's says I might be able to get away with slathering the gasket in RTV sealant and praying, I sure hope he's right. If it doesn't _fix_ the leak, it's sure to help for a while until the cheap-ass manifold warps itself beyond recognition. Oh yeah, the parts guy mentioned that it's also the reason why I way mysteriously low on coolant, Dexcool no less, lauded as "100,000 mile coolant". Yeah, if you can keep it in your fucking engine...