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So, I was driving back from picking the kids up from the beach and turned the corner and *Crunch!THUD* and whoa, what the hell?

I was right behind another car - I had seen a little metal thing jutting up from the street, but they rolled right over it, and were fine, so I figured it must not be sticking up very far. Oh, I was so, *SO* wrong.

I got home to discover there was viscous liquid pouring from the underside of my car. I stuck my fingers in it - oily, pink and sort of sweet smelling. If I recall correctly from my time in my Trades program, that would be transmission fluid. And I suspect the corner of that thing in the street ripped a gash in the tranny fluid pan.

Or it might possibly be power steering fluid, but I don't think so. Seems to me that stuff is kind of yellow tinted.

So. Does anyone know if you can weld a tranny pan? Or is that just crazy talk? Maybe I have to have it replaced? Anyone had something like this happen to them? Anyone have any idea what it costs to fix? Anyone know anyone who does?

Furthermore, does anyone know any *trustworthy* mechanics in Greater Vancouver? In suspect that the one I have been going to has been taking me for a ride all along, but I have no proof and don't know enough to refute anything he says. He has kept my car running, but I just don't want to go to him.

Frack. Like I need THIS on top of being unemployed in a month. Buddah on a bicycle!

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nwhepcat
Jul. 12th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Oh, ouch. I don't know much, but if you have pets, keep them away. To me your description sounds like antifreeze, which cats are very attracted to, and which is quite poisonous to them. So if it's in the street, you might want to see about calling the fire dept. or somewhere to see if there's someway that can be cleaned up so it's safe.

Oy, I'm so sorry. I hope it's not terribly expensive.
shaddyr
Jul. 12th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
I am glad to say, it's not the antifreeze. In my car, that has a pale blue colour and a totally different, watery consistency; I currently run about 30% antifreeze 70% water. And yes, extremely poisonous in a kill them dead but make them suffer first kind of way. There would have been 20 rolls of paper towel under the car if it was the coolant.

I hope it's not terribly expensive too.
vamprayne
Jul. 12th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
sounds very much like a tranny pan problem..
hmmm doesn't seem to be a hard thing, just a pain.
http://www.ehow.com/how_4913312_change-transmission-pan.html
shaddyr
Jul. 12th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Oh thank god! I hadn't gotten around to googling for possible fixes yet!

::hugs you::

Oh, PleaseBeThisSimple,PleaseBeThisSimple,PleaseBeThisSimple...
vamprayne
Jul. 12th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
good luck and *fingers crossed*
wonderbadger
Jul. 12th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
I trust Nic's Garage in North Vancouver...

Here's hoping there's a quick, cheap, easy fix.
shaddyr
Jul. 12th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info! That's good to know!

I have gotten some feedback from raishaan that leads me to believe it might just be something that I can fix myself, so here's hoping...
shadowe_wraithe
Jul. 12th, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)
Since you are pretty handy with things, you probably can fix it yourself. Be forwarned though, it is not a quick fix. If it is the actual pan, you may have to pull the whole tranny to get it off. I used to drive tow truck, and drag race, so I sort of know a bit about cars/trucks.

Hope you can get it taken care of cheaply, and quickly.
duncanmac
Jul. 12th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Ugh. That's a pain under any circumstances, but yours in particular is agonizing.

You may wish to consider doing without a car till you land a new job. However, taking care of kids can be difficult in those circumstances. Just a thought ...

Good luck in getting your car (especially the engine) fixed.
retro_rider55
Jul. 12th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Logan's on Schoolhouse in Coquitlam are honest. That is, if someone like the guy who reccomended them says so, it's true. greyape is no dummy.
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