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Old 02-27-2013, 03:28 PM   #11 (permalink)
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She told me that her 1,999 Mercury Sable was worth nearly $3,600, but she only paid two thousand, knowing up front that the CV joints and struts were bad.

Since she was quoted $800 for the repairs, then wouldn't her car be worth $2,800?

I had actually compared hers, mine, and my sister's old car side-by-side on AutoTrader and it showed her car having a value of $2,800, but without a working heater, is it worth more than scrap?

Can you sell a car with a broken heater?

Also, she cannot just turn on her car and shift to "drive," she needs to do certain things just right.

To me, that definitely takes away from the value.

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Old 02-27-2013, 03:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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One customer (female) had some brake work done and her master cylinder failed while we were trying to bleed the system. She told me she did not have enough money to pay the additional cost but she had to have her car for her work. I took the 4 year old master off my own car and put it on her car and put a new one on mine.

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooh, a Sable! Why didn't you say so? I had the plastic water pump impeller disintegrate on mine; caused overheating, percolating sounds from the heater, and coolant loss with NO cooling system leaks. Check water pump output and if none REPLACE!

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooh, a Sable! Why didn't you say so? I had the plastic water pump impeller disintegrate on mine; caused overheating, percolating sounds from the heater, and coolant loss with NO cooling system leaks. Check water pump output and if none REPLACE!

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Okay. How do I do that?
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The mechanic told her today that her coolant reservoir is cracked. I wonder what will be wrong tomorrow.

If nothing else, I think that she should have agreed to the very minimum to make the car safe to drive and take it back to the first shop, where they seemed more trustworthy.
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Can you sell a car with a broken heater?
I rarely use a heater
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Okay, looking at her receipt, they bypassed the heater core. Putting heater core replacement 99 sable in the magic Google machine gave me two videos telling me to saw off this piece of metal or that piece of plastic and then this .pdf. Please skip to page five:

http://airsept.com/Articles/RecycleG...cs_SR03.03.pdf

What do you guys think?

Someone else suggested reverse-flushing the heater core. I liked this write-up. It is the same for a Ford as for a Cadillac, right?

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You said the puddle was under the car. If the heater core was bad it would leak and reek of coolant in the car.

The bottom line is, did the bypass fix anything?

The heater on my Sable was bypassed when I bought it. When troubleshooting I hooked it up and it was fine. Whoever did that was barking up the wrong tree on that car. Thankfully, because replacing that core sounds like a real bear.

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