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Old 10-09-2007, 12:16 AM   #11
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How do you stay calm or rational when your car starts breaking down or malfunctioning and/or you thought you fixed the problem but it didn't work.
I don't. I just try not to kick things that are easily damaged. Or could easily damage me...
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How do you stay calm or rational when your car starts breaking down or malfunctioning and/or you thought you fixed the problem but it didn't work.
I don't. I just try not to kick things that are easily damaged. Or could easily damage me...
Ya, I broke my hand one time, cause the piece of equipment I was working on was stronger than my hand.

Now I just walk away.
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Not trying to preach or stir things up, but...
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Rise to the challenge presented to you. Grasp the puzzle, post your questions here and do the diagnosis suggested.

Not sure at this point, but yesterday you appeared to be wondering and hoping for a magical fix more than you were prepared to put on the car clothes and head out for a look.

Cars are merely a bunch of parts engineered and made by man with flaws, held together by a few nuts and bolts. Why blame the car?

3 motors and transmissions later..my car got a piggy back ride. I misdiagnosed a fuse and took the dash out to change it. All these things you'll find in my posts. Why??? Because even someone with a good car background like myself and other gearheads do make mistakes ... we are all human. It'* good for noobs and others to see that everything doesn't magically happen and all simple things can take a lot of effort to find and fix.
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When one of my cars pisses me off, I just drive the Green Supercharged one. It calms me down.
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I bought an import. No trading for me. granted it is trading some problems for others, but I have always had a running car to drive.

I also say walk away. Best bet. Come on here and vent. we can help calm you down and also provide clues to the solution.

And yes, problems come in packs. My integra blew the clutch master cyl and clutch at the same time. Was 2 hrs from the other car, it was a sunday evening and I had a weeks worth of class. Yes, I freaked out a little, then afte that, I stepped back. Made plans for rides all week, then began diagnosing the issue and taking it one step at a time. Granted it was close to $1100 when all said and done, but I have no extra dents and the car is great now.
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Use the heat/freeze idea to take the dent out.
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i trade my cars in for imports
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Cody, I know that this will sound all touchy-feely, but a good thing to do to control your frustration in tight or tough situations, is to choose something visual as a target that makes you calm, for example, say, clouds or trees or something equally non-stressful. Practice imagining yourself in a situation that is calm and relaxing and "happy" ("Go to your happy place."...lol). Then, during a stressful situation, including road rage or other event you have no control of, pick out a target and use it as a trigger to relax you and move your focus off the thing that is stressfull.

It'* all very yoga/buddha/zen and all , but it works and can physically lower your blood pressure with practice.
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Like others have said.... I walk away... Take a breath and approach the problem with a clear head... I know exactly how you feel Cody, Last week I was ready to pack it in and sell my car for what it is worth in scrap metal. Then I did the best thing I could. I let the car sit for a few days and walked away. I went back to the car 3 days later. And fixed the problem on the same day.
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