My Horror Story 4 Your Entertainment!
Phuong’s car broke down yesterday at the mall. Car would not start. Dad came gave us a jump start. Car started barely drove out of the parking lot and noticed light flickered and steering got super stiff. Repark and inspect thinking it might be low on power steering fluid as there seem to be a loud motor whine driving to the mall. Car is a IS350 bought used at 52K Miles. Had a motor whine when accelerating from day one. It was annoying but I thought that’s just how the car was. Today thinking it’s a power steering issue pop hood and looked the for oil reservoir. Found none. Google and realized its electric assist steering so there is no oil. Google Google Google, Uh oh…Its an alternator issue. Went home bought alternator, research, and people claim it’s a 2-4 hour job. I was like must be 2 hour for me. I have done this before in other cars. Came back next morning with alternator and new belt to dead car early in the morning but rain was heavy. Arghhhhhhh went home and called friend mechanic for advice. He said fully charge the battery and you can drive on battery power for may be 10 miles. Take it to him for $250 installation or take it home and work on it to save some money. Mall to car was about 10 miles. Mall to his house was 10 miles. Went back to car remove battery, took to AutoZone for free battery charge (Thank You). Came back, pop battery in, drove home fast, nervously but ultimately arrived home safely. Now that we are under the canopy that dad and I constructed last summer the car is MINE! Took out all the tools. Turned timer on phone and determined to complete the job in 2 hours. Just 1 hour in and I already regretted the job but there was no turning back. I don’t want to tow the car to the shop and waste another $200 that I am trying to save. After all that is said and done both my hands were scraped, bleed everywhere, made a complete mess, dad came out to struggle with me, his hands scraped as well. Took us 6 hours for the swapped. Ran into issues with everything. Murphy’s law clearly applied. Excuses, excuses but here goes: Battery mounting bracket was bent by previous owner/mechanic. Couple of screws got dropped down the diffuser plate that was so hard required dropping the bottom cover to recover. The cheap tools wasn’t for the job. Even had to grind down the alternator bracket for it to fit. It was a refurbish alternator. Factory one is like $500!!! The space was so cramped that even with my small hands I was scraped all over and there was no way to take it out from the bottom. How the heck does anyone with larger hand do this job. ECU box had to be removed too! Leg and back hurtled so much. Woke up 9AM and didn’t complete until 6PM. So why this long story?! Sometimes is better to let the pro do their thing. Don’t be cheap if I know I won’t enjoy it and can afford it. Problem is sometime I just won’t know how tough a project is until I get into it so it will happen again. Happen every time. Too much eggo and being cheap always gets me…Glad it’s all over! Glad I am back at my desk doing the thing I good at and enjoy. LOL Cheers!!
Oh car drives amazing now. No more whine at any RPM and it feels more responsive and even faster. I am sure the alternator add another 50HP and it was worth it!!! AHHAHAHA ;-P