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Old 10-20-2010, 03:44 PM   #1
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Im in the process of possibly buying a used truck from a friend of mine and i need a good mechanic to give it a "once over" and tell me the stuff that i absolutely have to have done for it to be in good working order.. im gettin a really good price on the truck but there are things wrong with it. if it is gonna cost me a couple thousand dollars to get it back to comfortable working order than it just insnt feasible to buy it. do yall have any suggestions on where i should take it and how much it would cost to get it looked at??

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Old 10-20-2010, 04:17 PM   #2
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what kind of truck and what are the problems?
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:22 PM   #3
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its a late 80s suzuki samauri. i have no clue what problems it has but i do know that it conked out on me while i was test driving it(but it fired right back up), the shifter has a problem staying in gear and the brakes are really really squishy. im definitely not mechanically inclined so i cant tell you in detail what i think is wrong with it. i just want to make sure that this sucker wont die on me after i buy it and then ill have to put a bunch of money into it
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Without even looking at it I can tell you that the brakes probably need to be bleed, no big deal. The conking out may be no more than a tune up, but what is concerning is the transmission. It is either the clutch or more than likely the gear it is jumping out of is bad. So you are likely looking at a transmission rebuild. I don't know what the purchase price is so that is your determining factor. None of these are killers but if you want a reliable ride they need to be addressed.
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Robert Tau auto. He is on Sunset blvd or road. off michigan where brent turns into michigan right past the big ten. I dont have the number on hand, but he should be in the phone book. Been in the buisness 30+ years.
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:44 PM   #6
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Squishy brakes could be caused by air in the lines, worn brake pads/dics, wheel cylinders, and the master cylinder.

Transmission jumping out of gear could be the result of bent/loose/binding linkage, loose transmission or clutch housing, input shaft bearings. broken motor mount, synchronizer problems, etc. Kind of hard to diagnose without looking at it.

Your best bet is to have it inspected by a mechanic and ask for an estimate of the repair cost. With that in hand, you'll be able to determine whether or not to buy the car.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:00 PM   #7
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thanks alot for the help guys. i think i may have described the shifter problem.. the truck is staying in gear but the shifter seems to pop out of place and just kinda jiggles around. you can still shift and drive, it is just bothersome!
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See if there is a rubber seating ring at the base of the shifter, It might be worn.
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I can not recommend Bob Tarrant at Hondissan on Olive Rd any higher- 476-4112.
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