i recently purchased a 1994 admiral blue vette after 10 mins of driving
the engine started having problems the coolant was leaking from
overflow tank and the oil pressure dropped and temp. went up....i dont
know if the engine is blown or what its has under 100k...but i
wondering if anyone knows where to get a motor or has had this
problem...i would like a motor under 50k or 60k if anyone can help me
please e-mail email@example.com
How the oil level, what does the oil look like, is the radiator clear of trash,
was the fluid level in the coolant tank at the proper level before you started
out, is the drive belt slipping, water pump working, is your emergency brake on,
are any of the coolant hoses sucked flat, did you turn the engine off or did it
seize, and how much did you drive it before the 10 minute drive?
If all of those were ok at the beginning of the drive my guess would be an oil
pump failure, head gasket failure, or a doctored engine to make the sale. A 10
minute drive is very short to trash an engine even without proper oil flow
depending on how it was being driven.
This was the first time i ever drove the car...i jus put the tags on
that day... i kinda figured something was wrong right when i pulled out
it wouldnt take off like i thought it would ....since i got it towed
that day...i tried to drive it down the drive way i start it up and let
it run about 30 mins after it heats up the temp drops again and the oil
pressure drops the motor starts knocking...To tell you the truth im
young and i dont know much about working on a car, but i think it had
problems before i bought it and the bad thing is i bought it from my
aunt...so its a hard situation i want the car but im out of a lot of
money....so i dunno if i sale it i would even get my money back and i
didnt even get my moneys worth with 10 mins of driving.....i turned off
the car when it started smoking and wouldnt pick up speedi towed it
from there...if i let it sit for days and drive it down my driveway it
will drive over 40 but has problems after awhile...The car is flawless
outside and inside but i feel ripped off Thanks for your help tho i
really appreciate it
Most of us would advise any buyer of any used vehicle to do a complete
mechanical inspection and title search before purchase is final. If the
buyer is not trained and competent to do the mechanical inspection (and
maybe especially then), they are well advised to obtain an inspection from a
person qualified and experienced with the type of vehicle. This inspection
will usually include a test drive with a FULL check of the vehicles
performance. A proper inspection requires a hoist and will probably take
1-2 hours or more. It should include a careful search for any body work or
previous damage or repair work.
You have not given us nearly enough information to attempt a diagnosis of
the problem We would need to know how long the vehicle had been out of
service and whether you checked all the obvious stuff like fluid levels and
proper operation of the serpentine belt and the free turning of its driven
components. Is there any blockage of the airflow through the rad and is
there any evidence of oil or coolant leaks or blowby. Is the electric fan
functioning and what temp it turns on and off. We would want to know if it
was charging properly as indicated by the voltmeter reading and also the oil
pressure figures as the engine warms up. You need to get a knowledgeable
mechanic to look at the car.
If your aunt has taken advantage of you by selling you a damaged car without
telling you everything she knows then you have more problems than just a bad
car. She may not know about any problems and you should have a serious talk
with her as she should not be taking advantage of your age and inexperience.
I would have a full title search done before you talk to her as there may be
liens on the car that she has also chosen to withhold from telling you. You
may have legal recourse but you need a better source of legal advice than
You also need to learn to use the caps key and punctuation.
Well i had it serviced that day; after it broke down it was towed and
had a dianostic test. The result was all the information i gave them
such as leaking coolant from the over flow tank, a knock, and
overheating. They also said the master cylinder was leaking, but my
aunt said that was replaced (the gaskets) a few weeks before the car
was delivered to me. Well to make it short, they say i need a new
engine and the cost would be a little under ten-thousand. I cant afford
this, and i dont have the means to find a new motor, I've tried my
hardest, and thats why im here to gain any information i can. The basic
problem i have is that my (uncle) aunts husband works or cars for a
living and they wont help me. They keep saying it cant be blown, and
every week they give me a list to check make sure all the fluids and
filled, and let the car run for 30 mins. After that they ask me to tell
them what happens; then the next week its something else, and its been
going on for about a month and a half. I basically feel helpless, but
as you were asking the car has no leins i have all the paper-work and
one owner which was her. Thanks for your help anyways and hope my
grammar and puncuation is better.
It started out that way, but in many states there's been court rulings
expanding it to remedy people in the auto industry from hiding or not
disclosing problems with cars they sell. And since the kid stated his uncle
was in that industry, he would fall under those rules.
There are plenty of engines available:
We can't diagnose the problem for you over the internet, there
are too many possibilities, and your description of the symptoms
is not very enlightening; we certainly can't out-diagnose the mechanic
who actually looked at your car.
Your problem is finding someone you can trust to check the engine out
thoroughly. Something is causing the overheating, and it doesn't sound
like the shop told you the cause of the problem (or if they did, you didn't
tell us). $10K sounds like a lot, but you can be sure it will cost several
thousand (at least!) to have the engine R & R'd, plus the cost of an engine
(perhaps $3K to $4k plus shipping), plus misc parts, tuning, etc. $10k isn't
out of the realm of possibility. That's why it's important to have the
properly diagnosed to determine the problem, in hopes of avoiding that
It may cost you $500+ to do that, but at least you'd know for certain
what you're facing. If your uncle works on cars, ask him who he'd trust
that you could take it to... at your expense. Of course, it now
sounds like you can't trust your uncle!
If you have any mechanical abilities and a place to work, you might be
able to do a lot of the labor of changing out the engine yourself, perhaps
saving yourself a grand or two, then tow the car to a shop for the final
hookup checks and tweaking... but it doesn't sound like you're up to it.
The alternative is to sell the car for parts, and chalk this up to life
never buy a used car without having it checked out by a mechanic first,
and always be prepared to spend an extra 20% (or more) fixing things
the mechanic doesn't find. If you don't want to do that, you need a
and warranties normally only come on new cars. Private sales are "as is",
Too bad your aunt is stonewalling you like this, but then we're only
your side of the story.
i got it worked out today. They said they would find me a motor over i
guess the salvage teletap. It should be here by the end of the week, he
said the cost shouldnt be more than 2000, 2500...this is engine and
completly putting it back in and running (my uncle is not putting it
in). So ill see if over the next few weeks ill have my car working. The
car is still worth it to me as long and it works. Thanks for the help
If they'll replace your engine with a good used one for $2500, you
are getting one amazing bargain.... I'm surprised anyone would do
it that cheaply; the used engine alone normally costs more than that.
Although in your case you might get by with a long block
(block and heads) rather than a complete engine.
One thing I missed here...what did you pay? I don't mean that you should
tell us, but if it was a good deal from the aunt, and you have to put in $5K
woorth of engine, and the amount you're out is under, say, $12K or
so...you're doing ok. On the other hand, if you paid $15K and now $5K, well,
not so great, but it is still (bottom line) a Vette.
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