Question about 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
Hi guys, i need your expert opinions please and your help with my concern/dilemma here.
I do not know much about cars but recently my car was sputtering and it would die on idle, so i had to rev up to keep the car running everytime i stopped. I opened up the hood and i saw some oil on the valve cover and the plugs got fouled. I took it to a car shop referred by my friend( owner is a friend of my friend). They changed valve cover gasket, installed new plugs and wire set, distributor cap and rotor, some new fuel injectors but then it was still sputtering and misfiring. So the shop couldn't fix it and sent it to another mechanic. Now the new mechanic said that it was electrical problem and he had to fix the wiring, im not sure what kind of work he did here, but the receipt shows that
1) he replaced mass air flow sensor wiring
2) he replaced throttle position sensor wiring
3) he repaired map sensor wiring
and for these he said it took him about 2 days of work and charged me a total of $650. Does it really cost this much to do all this work and how do i know that he did actually do these services?
After all this, the car worked fine for about 2 weeks then the same problem started again, engine light went on and misfire on cylinder#2. so i took it back to the shop, and now they are saying that they need to fix the piston ring and it has become internal problem and they need the engine overhauled completely from the ground up and they can not just fix the piston ring, otherwise the plug will keep on getting fouled up. They also did some compression test and said cylinder#2 is weak, compared to the other cylinders. This is the broken down cost from them:
Head set job $375
Valve job $350
Overhauled block $600
$1325 parts only
Plus the labor of $1000( they said it'd take about 5 days), so total is $2325
I just do not have trust on these guys anymore, because they have been making me pay all these repairs and stuff, yet they still have not fixed the problem and the car still has the same problem just like the very beginning. I think they are just trying to rob my money here.
Here is my questions:
Yes you should ask for a refund. no 2 if your having a real fouling problem on number 2 plug it could be a bad piston ring or it could be a bad valve seal. there are different options you can take when it involves an engine. first 2600 bucks for rebuild is way high. as far as 5 days for rebuild that is way too long i have done it in no more than 3. also depending on age of vehicle you can get a fresh reman engine through diamler chrysler mitsubishi for the same price and have a better warrenty. or you can get what is called a used or drop in motor with minimal parts cost at least half the price. when you have a backfire problem and it drops alot of smoke out the rear pipe it could mean you have a timing problem. In the future when you take a vehicle to the shop always have someone with you. also ask alot of questions and if they same kind of of the wall answers take it to someone else. as a mechanic i hate that people get taken advantage of it makes things really hard for good ones to help the people who need it. hope i have help you. please rate this solution and if you need more answers just ask me. thank you and good luck
Posted on Aug 29, 2008
Posted on Sep 03, 2008
There are 7 screws all together to remove the door pannel. First, you have to take off the hanlde for the door. the 2 plastic covers on the handle pop off revealing 2 screws on the top and bottom, remove those. then behind the the door handle on the inside, pull it as if you were to open it and there is a screw that you have to remove. Then there are 2 screws on either side of the door pannel, both are farily close to the top, remove those, and then its just a matter of popping the pannel off. start from the bottom, pop it off then slide it up. becarefull, after the door panel is free, there is a connection for the power doors and windows unhook that then the pannel will be free. after that the speaker will be right there and its common sense on removing that. good luck.
Posted on Apr 02, 2009
There is a relay for your turn signals at the fuse block in the engine compartment,the wipers are on another circuit, if all the other wiper positions work,you got a bad switch
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