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JT

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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2011 12:01:01 AM

What was the most recent problem that disabled your vehicle?
Overheating / loss of coolant
Battery or electrical
Tire trouble
Accident
Out of fuel
Other mechanical failure
Other non-mechanical problem
I don’t remember / have never been disabled

Post your thoughts about this poll below.
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cardjim
Champion Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 12:26:29 PM

flat tire
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HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 10:22:06 AM

nothing
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april4
Champion Author Virginia Beach

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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 7:42:17 AM

I was another type of mechanical issue, many years ago.
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GeeTeeOh68
Sophomore Author York

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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2014 12:22:55 PM

The Kalton pinion was deformed and Turgenson stat rods were stressed to the point that the engine turned sideways .
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NakedDriver
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 3:02:18 PM

ə the last time my car was disabled to the point of having to be towed was june sixteenth 2013, near horton, ia. i had a tire fail and had no spare, and was towed into waverly to have it replaced.
since then, i have run out of fuel several times (the fuel-gage sending unit does not function so it reads full all the time), but i carry a gas can for that; and a few battery discharges for which i have jumper cables, and have been able to get a jump start for each.
i have had several problems that would have been disabling had i not gotten the car to the mechanic right away. the last of those was a water pump leak about a year ago (august fourteenth).
when this poll was posted and i first responded thereto, it would have been the last of four(!) flat tires (one of which was the doughnut!) on my way home from a very long adventure that saw me complete several highways and the parishes of louisiana on october fifteenth 2011. ə
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 5:34:43 PM

NONE
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papaoomaumau
Sophomore Author Chicago

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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 1:25:25 PM

Aliens hit it with a beam weapon and flipped it over.
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5w30
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2013 10:24:03 PM

My water pump!
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jimmy123NE
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2013 5:37:36 AM

Struts.
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snirt
Champion Author Anchorage

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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2013 2:26:55 AM

didn't disable, but clutch switch was bad disabling cruise on a trip
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MuffinCat
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 10:05:06 PM

stolen(for second time)in San Fransisco while on vacation(in Arkansas) It's OK since SF is a sanctuary city and obviously it is legal to steal cars. It used to be a Saturn but they really finished it off this time.
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ranger1169
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 12:12:12 AM

accident
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dockersbin
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 7:12:22 PM

Spike inone of my tires about a year ago
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achung53
Veteran Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 11:12:47 AM

Overheating / loss of coolant
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US_ICEMAN
All-Star Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 1:12:13 AM

Tire trouble
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lizardGA
Rookie Author Georgia

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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 10:28:17 PM

my car was getting very bad gas mileage,and sometimes it didnt even want to barely go. found out it was the fuel pressure regulater.
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RoseBallou
Rookie Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 12:39:44 AM

Rust. It was The Year for almost everything to rust out at the same time. My Jeep is an oldie-but-goodie, and I hope to keep it going indefinitely. Much less money than buying something newer (a newer Jeep, probably) and having a huge car payment each month.
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mik325tds
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2012 8:35:45 AM

I always fix upcoming trouble before it disables my car.
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ggg452
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:29:04 PM

oxygen sensor
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joeschmo12
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:22:48 AM

other mech failure. i need a new car... :(
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gasscout_1
Veteran Author Grand Rapids

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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:56:45 PM

Out of fuel
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skinsfan125
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2012 1:32:21 AM

many dead batteries. couple of flats.
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cgast89
Rookie Author Orlando

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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:45:32 AM

Air intake hose cracked in half ~ 5min fix & a $30 part...so much cheaper than the $140 the dealer wanted!
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1brendle
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2012 9:16:31 PM

little piece of plastic the size of an m&m broke off the clutch and the car would not start
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Sumflow
Rookie Author Honolulu

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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:02:14 AM

Anti-theft module locks me out.
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RevDrCBJ
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 11:38:14 AM

transmission problem
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MariberriWA
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 4:37:33 PM

actually 3 things happened in one week. Needed new radiator=got 1 at junkyard pretty dolgone cheap. then had flat=got good used one cheap enough. Then battery went bad. u can get them 4 $25. downtown Kent.
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:48:09 AM

NONE
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Daveon1946
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 5:53:39 PM

alternator quit
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boops54
Rookie Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2012 12:30:30 PM

accident
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AngieMVA
Veteran Author Richmond

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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2011 7:36:38 PM

timing belt broke motor
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PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2011 12:22:50 AM

O2 sensor. My Saturn has 4.
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HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2011 6:28:56 PM

none
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rescuer
Veteran Author Las Vegas

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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2011 1:47:29 PM

Well, it finally happened. After more than one million miles of driving, I hit a deer that ran directly in front of me. It was a nice buck that would have looked good on somebody's wall. His antler punctured my transmission cooler and left me disabled. The buck paid with his life. Don't know what my final bill will be yet.
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ShadowCaver
Rookie Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2011 10:14:42 PM

few months ago the timing belt, and most recently alternator,,, same car… 283k miles, '92 Celica
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jrbjr911
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2011 5:03:02 PM

ignition switch went out
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herndonks
Champion Author Baltimore

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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2011 11:53:37 AM

How is it possible that 18% of poll responders have never had a disabled vehicle? Must be a lot of young folks driving new cars. I am 60 years old, have driven over 1,200,000 miles in my life, and could not begin to count the number of times I have had a disabled vehicle. While I have been involved in about 30 accidents where my vehicle was disabled, and at least a dozen where my vehicle was totaled. Some of the accidents were my fault, but the majority were the fault of another driver. Most fortunately, I have never been involved in an accident where there was serious injury. Probably because I have never been involved in an accident where a tractor-trailer truck was involved.
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HuoXingC
All-Star Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2011 9:36:24 PM

Accident. I rear-ended and F-150 and totaled my car. *(T_T)*
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computeme
Rookie Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2011 11:14:58 AM

the last time my car would not start was from a dead battery
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chrisflynn2007
Rookie Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2011 9:26:55 PM

Other mechanical failure
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dell466
Champion Author London

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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2011 4:12:08 PM

electronic speed sensor failure
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Ernie11
Rookie Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2011 12:50:01 PM

Tire trouble, tire went flat had to buy a new one
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Ernie11
Rookie Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2011 12:49:53 PM

Tire trouble, tire went flat had to buy a new one
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HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2011 10:29:12 AM

NONE
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uksqueeze
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2011 1:02:40 AM

Loss of coolant. I was able to drive home, but it was touch and go.
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pcprof
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2011 1:26:38 AM

Other mechanical failure
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puppy1k
Rookie Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2011 3:44:42 AM

brake pedal was soft and spongy last fall to winter. I ignored this problem and it got worse to the point where I would pump my brakes a few times and the brakes seemed to hold for a bit. Later it would just release as the brake pedal went all the way down to the floor, and I almost got in to several accidents (very dangerous). After doing some extensive research and trying to fix this problem the cheapest way first by bleeding the brakelines several times, I ended up having to replace the master cylinder, brake booster, disc brake pads and rotors for the front wheels. During this process there was a leak in the brakeline(s) and it seemed to be coming from the brakeline Y-Adapter that regulates the brakelines for the front and rear drum brakes. Anyways it was a nightmare that lasted several months but now most of the problems seems to have been rectified. The brake pedal is still a bit soft but at least the brakes do hold now.
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RyanMad2
Rookie Author St. Louis

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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2011 5:02:38 AM

"ESC off" was stuck on preventing my veh from accelerating. Which only stunk when I was driving 60mph in morning rush hour to get home from work. (I driver opposite from traffic.)
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rickity1
Rookie Author Chicago

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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2011 11:57:24 AM

Turns out this topic has been a jinx. Just before the topic was posted my brakes went out ( break line rupture ). Just this week the power steering went out. Had to replace everything. My car is 12 years old with 104,000 miles. I have to keep it for 100,000 more miles to get my money back.
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pkhdonovan
Champion Author Maine

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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2011 4:39:29 AM

steering column broke
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