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33 minutes ago, zskins said:

 

With AS IS there is nothing he can do. Now I would get those extended car warranty (Google car warranty) and hopefully they won't ask a lot questions and then wait a week and file a claim. Sure it is devious but that is all I can think of.

 

I am however surprised the engine blew. What was the cause or what happened to the engine? Timing belt? 

The code it threw was for the cam shaft. When they pulled the sensors out they were covered in metal shavings

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Depending on the laws of the state, as is - is as is. They’re screwed. The aftermarket warranties will likely have a buffer time before it’s in service, so that’s likely a no go as well.

 

You might want to take it elsewhere for a different opinion.

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Just now, Malapropismic Depository said:

@Springfield or anyone with the answer.

It's a 2002 Saturn LS

Tried looking up answers on the web, but got inconclusive answers.

If your ATF dipstick has bubbles of fluid on it, is that a bad thing, or really bad thing ?

If so, what could it possibly mean, and how can it be narrowed down, what is the actual cause ?

Thank You !


are you expecting any transmission symptoms? Bubbles means that there’s air in the fluid which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Also, are you checking with the engine running or off (and what does the owners manual say to do)?

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7 minutes ago, Springfield said:


are you expecting any transmission symptoms? Bubbles means that there’s air in the fluid which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Also, are you checking with the engine running or off (and what does the owners manual say to do)?

 

Not experiencing any noticeable symptoms.

I always check it with the engine running.

Years ago, my owner's manual (for a different car) told me to do it that way, so I assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that all cars should be done that way, and that it was a universal technique, as opposed to being exclusive to that model.

Years ago, I read that the proper way to check ATF, is first run the engine or drive the car at least 15 minutes, so it's hot fluid. Then leave it running while you do the following. Then engage the emergency brake. Then shift the transmission  through all of the gears - park, neutral, drive, reverse, etc, just one time through all the gears, and then leave it in neutral, and running, while you then check the fluid.

Perhaps I should not have assumed that all cars are done this way, so I guess I will be digging up the manual for this car.

Thanks again.

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3 minutes ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

 

Not experiencing any noticeable symptoms.

I always check it with the engine running.

Years ago, my owner's manual (for a different car) told me to do it that way, so I assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that all cars should be done that way, and that it was a universal technique, as opposed to being exclusive to that model.

Years ago, I read that the proper way to check ATF, is first run the engine or drive the car at least 15 minutes, so it's hot fluid. Then engage the emergency brake. Then shift the transmission  through all of the gears - park, neutral, drive, reverse, etc, just one time through all the gears, and then leave it in neutral, while you then check the fluid.

Perhaps I should not have assumed that all cars are done this way, so I guess I will be digging up the manual for this car.

Thanks again.

 

Engine running and in neutral is the only way to check. As for the bubble, did you rub the fluid between your fingers to see it is not water or condensation?

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Ayyyee, I was looking for this thread bout 3 weeks ago.  Couldn't find it.

 

Battery died, but I was thinking worse.  I don't drive far to work.  Figured the alternator didn't have enough time/work to recharge the battery.

 

I have a remote jumper for V8's, so on my V6 it only took 20% of the battery to jump it.

 

Now I revv the car for a while, in park.  Have only needed to jump it once.

 

Friggin awesome.  I bought the jumper (Schumacher) a couple years ago, and never had to use it until now.  Was $80.

 

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Anyone know what could have done this.

 

Went away for a week, and left a car with a cover on it. When I left town, the cover was in very good shape.

When I return just one week later, the top and the rear parts of the cover were shredded.

There's 4 possible causes I can think of : weather, human vandalism, wild animal activity, or just self-rotting, or a combination of one or more.

But no one single cause that makes sense by itself.

 

The only thing I could come up with, is that it became so cold, that a squirrel thought he could seek shelter under the car cover, and chewed it all up.

Strangely, there's no damage to the car. But another thing that points to a squirrel or similar animal, is there's what looks like bite marks on the cover, and bits and pieces of it on the ground with also holes that could be bite marks. Those are seen on the last pic I posted, a close-up of the ground beside it.

 

I thought maybe @Springfield or someone else could tell what happened.

 

 

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