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car problems, help! (update)

hey guys,

my 97 se-r failed to start in my garage 2 days ago (symptoms: when i turn the key, there would be one click and nothing).
AAA figured it was my starter so we push started it to
get to the dealer. the dealer replaced the starter
and also found that the front brakes needed replacing (symptoms: the brake fluid was low and the dealer claimed that there was only 2mm left on the brake pads)
for a total of $570.

well last night as i was driving home from a car wash,
my car stalls on a busy intersection (symptoms: when i turn the key, the starter motor would turn, but the engine would not turn over). thanks to AAA,
i get home. so i get it towed to the same dealer
again today, and they tell me that now it's the
distributor. now they want $500+ to replace the
distributor, and i have to wait 2 days.

well, i have a few questions.

1. any idea on what could have caused the distributor
to break all of a sudden? new starter? dealer
tinkering? maybe something else that caused both the
starter and distributor to break?

2. should the dealer have spotted the faulty
distributor on the first visit?

3. how can i correctly diagnose if it's the
distributor or the starter or something else? it
doesn't seem to be a big deal to replace these parts,
so maybe i can save on labor costs in the future.

4. any recommendations on good car shops in the
pasadena area that's cheaper than the dealer? i've
been used to having warranty so i just kinda got used
to taking my car to the dealer.


sorry for the extra rambling, but i'm still a bit
emotional from all this.

thanks for any constructive advice.
 

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It sounds like you really did have a dead starter. Same exact symptoms I had when mine went. If you car hear the new starter cranking then it is working fine. To check if it's your distributor you can unplug your wires from the spark plugs one at a time, hold the ends up to a conductive surface like the valve cover and see ifyou get a spark when you try to crank it. If you dont then your distributor might be busted.

The dealer usually doesnt usually rip you off by sneaking around and purposely breaking stuff. They rip you off in broad daylight by charging 3 times what everything is worth. Don't mind me Im just bitter than I paid these bums 500 bucks for doing pretty much nothing to my car.
 

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if the engine isnt turning over than its not the distributor but the starter is turn than the starters bad. the starters not to hard just 3 bolts and the plug little hard to get to.


10mm and 14 mm


hope that helps
 

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update

hey guys,

just an update on the situation. the dealer installed the new distributor, but when they drove the car, it stalled again. they tell me that they found that my ungo/clarion alarm caused a short in the wiring which is causing all the stalls. they disconnected the alarm, and the car works fine.

i told them that i wanted it in writing that the alarm caused all the problems, and to save any broken parts that would help prove that the alarm is the culprit. i want to try to get ungo to pay for all this.

the problem is that i've had the alarm since '99, i think. i don't have the receipt or anything that proves that it was installed by an ungo dealer. it was installed in louisiana, and i have since moved to california.

any advice?

thanks again to everyone's reply.
 

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car problems, help! (update)

hey guys,

my 97 se-r failed to start in my garage 2 days ago (symptoms: when i turn the key, there would be one click and nothing).
AAA figured it was my starter so we push started it to
get to the dealer. the dealer replaced the starter
and also found that the front brakes needed replacing (symptoms: the brake fluid was low and the dealer claimed that there was only 2mm left on the brake pads)
for a total of $570.

well last night as i was driving home from a car wash,
my car stalls on a busy intersection (symptoms: when i turn the key, the starter motor would turn, but the engine would not turn over). thanks to AAA,
i get home. so i get it towed to the same dealer
again today, and they tell me that now it's the
distributor. now they want $500+ to replace the
distributor, and i have to wait 2 days.

well, i have a few questions.

1. any idea on what could have caused the distributor
to break all of a sudden? new starter? dealer
tinkering? maybe something else that caused both the
starter and distributor to break?

2. should the dealer have spotted the faulty
distributor on the first visit?

3. how can i correctly diagnose if it's the
distributor or the starter or something else? it
doesn't seem to be a big deal to replace these parts,
so maybe i can save on labor costs in the future.

4. any recommendations on good car shops in the
pasadena area that's cheaper than the dealer? i've
been used to having warranty so i just kinda got used
to taking my car to the dealer.


sorry for the extra rambling, but i'm still a bit
emotional from all this.

thanks for any constructive advice.
 
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