Was driving up to Buckeye, AZ from Gilbert, and right as the 10 starts to go up the hill before Avondale, the car started to stutter, but not too bad. I just thought it was the road since I was in the HOV lane, and they have been doing a lot of road construction up in that area.
Still shuttering, a little more, I finally get to my exit. I had been watching the temp light and oil light, even the Engine light, nothing popped on. As I came to a stop at the stop sign, the car was REALLY sputtering now but still running. I figured I might as well go the rest of the way (only 4 miles). Got to my destination, and the car was still running although acting like it really didn't want to go. I figured when i shut off the engine it would seize and that would be it. 8 hours later i go out, expecting to hear clunk. NOPE! Still started but was rattling bad and missing.
The car stayed up there until MLK day, when I was able to have a friend drive me up there. The friend that lives in buckeye said he knows the owner of brakes Plus in Buckeye. (Not my favorite choice but it was something). The owner had come out the previous weekend and said it was the valve train. i told him the car only has 115k on it, even though it'* 25 years old and I'm not about to sell it. This is the first major problem I've had since owning the car almost 7 years now. he understood.
So.. It gets towed to brakes plus. They said it was the harmonic balancer and had replaced it, but it still was missing. They said it was probably the engine and quoted me $6700 to replace the engine. Presidents Day I went up and had the car towed to Gilbert. I'm not about to pay that much money.
So now I'm stuck. I have a friend that is a professional mechanic (only for VW/Audi) that can fix it but won't take the engine out and put it back in the car.
Is there ANYONE in the Phoenix Area that can help? I already have the rebuild kit, and it'* sitting inside the house. Money is tight, and I have a little saved up, but that doesn't mean I'm going to be cheap. I'll just have to pay in payments.
Anyone want to help? make some money on the side? Please? Pretty please?