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Need to Vent. I hate my truck.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by stuffdeer, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,617

    Hey everyone,

    I'm kind of frustrated right now, and need to vent.

    As everyone knows, for my work and personal truck, I have a 2000 Chevy S-10 2wd, with the 4 cylinder/5 speed combo.

    Nice truck, Love the looks, and has decent power for only being a 2.2. But it seems that as soon as I start saying that I love this truck to people something else goes wrong.

    List of things I must diagnose now.

    1. Hard Starting in cold
    2. Check Engine light
    3. Oil Leak
    4. Powersteering Leak

    Now, 1 and 2 have been known for a while. I just dont need to fix them yet. However, the last two leaks, have just popped up within the last two weeks.

    It just seems that it is one thing after another with this truck. Bear with me in the next paragraph.

    Now, ever since I can remember, my family has been buying Fords. This truck was bought to a replacement to my Dad's jeep that took a crap. The truck was bougt used from my uncle who RARELY used it. It's been a good truck, but since I've had it, it's been a lot of little things that have been going wrong with it. My family has never had any MAJOR problems with any Fords we have, but with this truck, its just one after another.

    So as I sit and write this, I'm looking at the Ford Ranger. Which looks like a decent replacement to this in the next year or so.
  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    All are easy fixes, consider yourself lucky and get over yourself.

    -Hard start is probably battery/alternator
    -Check engine light, who cares? Half the time they just need to be reset for something stupid. I basically shrug them off.
    -Oil leak, bit of an issue to pinpoint, but unless you have a serious issue I wouldn't worry about it. I've seen oil leaks due to poor seating of the gasket on the drain plug, filters not spun on all the way, etc..
    -Power steering pump is easy, buy a new one, they're not worth trying to fix usually

    My personal car is a '98 Audi A4. Timing belt was done at 75K miles, should have been good for another 60K at least. At 121K, the belt snapped, causing interference with all 5 valves on cylinder 1, zero compression. The service manager and the techs at the dealership where I sent the car, my best friend who is an auto tech and VW/Audi enthusiast/technician, plus 30+ friends in a local Audi club say this premature failure of the timing belt was an absolute fluke and is practically unheard of, assuming the belt was changed when it should have been, which it was. $6,300 later, the car runs and it's not worth a whole lot more than that. But what was I going to do? Nobody wants a car that doesn't run. Granted this is a German car, little different scenario for part costs, etc.. But if you wanna talk about bad luck, I'd preach to someone else, you have no more than $500 worth of repairs to make. Welcome to the world of NOT having a $700 a month truck payment or more, at the end of the year you're still thousands ahead of those with massive truck payments. People don't seem to understand this. If you want a perfect vehicle, go spend $50K on a new truck.
  3. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,617

    Hard starting is not due to the alt or battery. Both were replaced less then 6 months ago. Its something with the mixture at the start. Something isn't sliding all the way shut. The engine light I can deal with, throttle body position sensor or something. But I hate leaks. A common problem on these s10s are the cam gaskets, and to fix that, I gotta pull the whole engine.

    The powersteering looks easy to fix as well, its just everything goes wrong when I don't have the money to fix it, right around winter. Don't get me wrong, I have money saved up, for winter, but not for truck repairs.
  4. CuttingEdge LLC

    CuttingEdge LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    Check engine light is probably due to a bad 02 sensor. It happens a lot. If that is bad it can cause starting issues. Also check the MAS and maybe take it out and clean it with electrical cleaner. That happens often too. Replace power steering pump. And try to find your oil leak. Check the common places first. Good luck
  5. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    Yea I had a friend rebuild the power steering pump on my Chevy. Like $25 for the rebuild kit, and then I got him $30 worth of parts washer solvent to pay him back for fixing it. Then I ended up finding out a new pump is like $35... that definitely would have been the cheaper route to go:hammerhead:
  6. AAXteriors

    AAXteriors LawnSite Member
    Messages: 158

    As it gets cold these things happen. It's just the way it is. Also check the valve cover. They always seem to be the culprit for leaking oil.
  7. mark_the_psycho

    mark_the_psycho LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    I had the exact same situation a while ago, I bought a '94 Ford Ranger with 62000 miles from my grandpa. He's had it since I was 5 and he RARELY used it (he went through 3 Lincoln Town Cars in the time he had the truck). I was on top of the world, I had a truck with low miles, good gas milage, and a 4.0L v6 that would give a Mustang a run for its money at the age of 15. It wasn't till I started using it for work that the problems started. First went the radiator, then the rear suspension, the right front brake locked up so I replaced the pads, drums, and something else (don't remember what), and a hole host of leaks and electrical problems. Anyways, the bottom line is, I was working it too hard. The guys at the shop (they're friends of mine and saw that this truck was eating all my profits) said "You're using it as a work truck, it's not meant to be a work truck, this is a "go out and look at a job and come back the next day with a real truck" truck. You need something bigger." Long story short, if you're haulin' stuff everyday, you need a bigger truck.

    Now I drive this...

    Good luck :)
  8. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    Hey stuffdeer,

    Get a Nissan or a Toyota - My Nissan has 164k and is showing no signs of slowing down as a work truck. Although, now that I say that, I have a friend who has 500,000 and counting miles on his '92 Ranger. :weightlifter:
  9. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    it wasn't a work truck to begin with, i've said it before. i sold my 1/2 ton astro van with over 200,000 miles on her and she is still running strong. it isn't the vehicle's fault, it's yours, you are using a run around truck for work.
  10. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    Sorry to say it, but he's right. You've got a very small truck that your using for tuff work. Get a real truck and you won't have the problems. It has nothing to do with a chevy/ford/dodge/nissan/toyota etc etc.

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