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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:33 PM

My car's got a blown head gasket, $1,500 to repair. Do I really give a shit who the Treas Sec is?

They're all vultures.

Meanwhile, I'm riding the bus.

And I'm not happy about it.

Bake

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Reply My car's got a blown head gasket, $1,500 to repair. Do I really give a shit who the Treas Sec is? (Original post)
Bake Jan 2013 OP
MineralMan Jan 2013 #1
Bake Jan 2013 #15
MineralMan Jan 2013 #16
NoOneMan Jan 2013 #21
HappyMe Jan 2013 #2
Bake Jan 2013 #10
brooklynite Jan 2013 #3
JustABozoOnThisBus Jan 2013 #4
benld74 Jan 2013 #5
russspeakeasy Jan 2013 #7
GeorgeGist Jan 2013 #6
leftstreet Jan 2013 #8
Bake Jan 2013 #12
Octafish Jan 2013 #9
Orrex Jan 2013 #11
Bake Jan 2013 #13
Orrex Jan 2013 #14
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #17
LanternWaste Jan 2013 #18
OneTenthofOnePercent Jan 2013 #19
kentauros Jan 2013 #20
kentuck Jan 2013 #22
taught_me_patience Jan 2013 #23
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2013 #27
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2013 #24
Lex Jan 2013 #25
Bake Jan 2013 #30
Lex Jan 2013 #31
RebelOne Jan 2013 #26
samsingh Jan 2013 #28
NCTraveler Jan 2013 #29
madokie Jan 2013 #32
1-Old-Man Jan 2013 #36
MrSlayer Jan 2013 #33
Robb Jan 2013 #34
Warpy Jan 2013 #35
closeupready Jan 2013 #37

Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:36 PM

1. What do the two things have to do with each other?

I'm puzzled.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:57 PM

15. It's hard to give a shit about who the Treas Sec is when you can't afford to fix your car

And you're taking the bus to work ...

Bake

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Response to Bake (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:59 PM

16. True. I just don't see any connection.

I hate broken cars. Especially when money's tight.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:12 PM

21. It means the mentionded political development is not relevant to solving the aforementioned issue

 

If the game of politics cannot provide solutions to growing issues like disparity, gun violence or climate change, then politics grow less and less relevant to our daily lives.

Politics is supposed to manifest a reality in which the human condition improves; failing to do this minimizes faith and importance one would put in politics.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:36 PM

2. Good point.

It's really hard to give a crap about stuff like that out here in the real world.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:52 PM

10. And THAT was exactly my point.

Whether it's Geithner or Jack Low or whoever, doesn't matter to me when I'm waiting for the bus and too broke to fix my car. Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Bankfiend and the rest can pal around with the Administration (and oh yes, they do). I'm waiting for the 12:10 bus.

Bake

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:37 PM

3. Good thing there's a Transportation Secretary helping providing support for mass transit.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:38 PM

4. I've replaced a few of those

... but in modern cars, I wouldn't be able to find anything resembling a head.

I assume you've shopped around, and that's a normal price?

Anyway, look around at other people driving. They also do not give a shit who the Treas Sec is, and don't have a clue or a care what the Treas Sec does.

Good luck with that repair.


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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:38 PM

5. Check out the link below to make sure you got a decent price in your area,,,,

http://repairpal.com/

I've saved by using it

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Response to benld74 (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:46 PM

7. Good car repair site. Thanks.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:44 PM

6. Its all about you. Isnt it?

Bake

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:48 PM

8. Yes, worrying about your finances is selfish!

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:54 PM

12. And people who can't afford the copay for their prescriptions

Should just be glad we've got Obamacare, right?

I take two prescriptions every day that I need TO LIVE. Insurance doesn't cover until I'm $2400 out of pocket. But hey, I'm thrilled we've got Obamacare.

And meanwhile, the bus is late.

I'm guessing you're not waiting for the bus. When life sucks that bad, yeah, it's all about getting through one day at a time.

Bake

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:50 PM

9. Trickle Down Theory says 'Maybe.'

If the government gave a shit about the People, every citizen would have a minimum income sufficient for economic survival. Something to do with welfare.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:52 PM

11. This would never have happened if you'd been armed

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Response to Orrex (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:55 PM

13. But I feel better at 10:00 PM downtown on Broadway if I'm packing.

Bake

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Response to Bake (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:56 PM

14. Seriously, you have my sympathies

Our intake manifold went south on us this year, followed by the fuel rail. All told we were out about $1500.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:01 PM

17. Have Mercy

Seriously man, been there, done that (with a broken leg), got the greasy tee shirt.



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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:02 PM

18. I imagine one may care enough to

I imagine one may care enough to post how much one doesn't really care at all.

I'd guess many of those same people also make a list of all the things they do not want to purchase when going grocery shopping.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:02 PM

19. What kind of car?

 

Try a DIY job with a little help from a local car guru. Shouldn't be much more than $250-$400 if you can find an e-buddy with a few tools.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:05 PM

20. A blown seal, huh?



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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:14 PM

22. It's all relative....

And a blown head gasket would be of little concern to someone that was hungry and had no shoes, ie...

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:18 PM

23. Unless you're driving a BMW, that's way expensive

If you're driving a subaru, notorious for blown gaskets due to their boxer engine design, a head gasket job should cost no more than $800. Shop around a bit.

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Response to taught_me_patience (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:22 PM

27. Even a BMW...

We take the 20+ year old mom's car to a local mechanic...he's getting over charged.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:21 PM

24. Granted, I did not pay for it

Since it was due to a mistake at the shop...but on a Honda civic it would have been 800, like others have sad, you're getting over charged.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:21 PM

25. Is someone forcing you to care about the Treasure Secretary?

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Response to Lex (Reply #25)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:24 PM

30. I thought we were all here at DU because we DO give a shit ...

Sometimes it's harder than others.

Right now, I don't give a shit. Or two. And since it's obvious you don't give a shit, why did you jump in this thread?

Bake

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Response to Bake (Reply #30)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:28 PM

31. No, I just don't start threads on the many things

I don't give a shit about.









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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:21 PM

26. I feel your pain.

I just had to have a fuel pump replaced. The garage had my car for almost a week. After the cost of renting a car (no bus service where I live) and the repair, it cost me over $800.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:22 PM

28. that's frustrating

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:23 PM

29. Too many people are in a similar situation.

For many, their personal life and that of their family, consumes all time available. They need to concentrate on getting through today, not what is going on in Washington.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:31 PM

32. Well Bake if you were close to me I'd help you put that gasket on and you'd never be afraid of doing

work on your vehicle again. The gaskets and related parts are minimal, the labor is what cost so much.

I get what you're saying bro' and I have to agree.

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Response to madokie (Reply #32)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:53 PM

36. And I've give you a hand. We'd have it done in an afternoon for $100.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:31 PM

33. I hear you.

 

I'm just coming back from practically emptying my retirement account because I've been out of work a year and a half and 30 of the last 48 months. Who would have thought the Bush years were going to be the high point of my career?

What the fuck does it matter which bloodsucker they put at treasury? It's not going to be the ballbuster we need. Never that.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:33 PM

34. Maybe Clint will let you borrow the Gran Torino.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:53 PM

35. I had to put four new tires on my car yesterday

because one of them failed spectacularly. By that I mean I have never seen a tire do that, ever. When I finally got to a lot where I could put on the spare, there were only a few shreds of rubber clinging to the bare rim.

I just barely made it, too, the rim had some scuffs but was undamaged. For that much, I am grateful.

Still, one of the last things I thought about when I set off to get my eyebrows lowered yesterday was having to get 4 new tires on the car to make it home.

Ugly surprises, we has 'em.

At least blown head gaskets are usually easy enough fixes once they tear the engine down to it.

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Response to Bake (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:54 PM

37. Well I need some car work done, but I give a shit about

the Treasury Secretary nominee. But hey, that's me.

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