The car needs a tune up but I need the money.

Dallas, Texas
December 12, 2016 12:48pm CST
I will be driving the car in spite of the fact that IT NEEDS A TUNEUP. The tuneup of a car can involve more than plugs and wires. It can indeed require intake manifold vacuum leak repair and hoses and such. The thing I hate about Texas weather is that when it is warm for a long time you don't notice misfires and rough idles in your car but the test is taken on that first day of cold that lasts for a long enough while to realize that a car can show symptoms of needing a tune up when it rough idles when you first crank your motor with your ignition key and rough acceleration or hesitation. Then after our car was warm and driving a few miles it seemed to run a bit more smoothly. Vacuum lines crack at elbows and at the intake end. These cracks cause vacuum leaks and you waste gas while driving from point to point. Fixing a simple hose that is visible is good if that is all there is to fix, but, then there are other things that can crack, over time. bottom line is ... I need the money and don't want to pay for a tune up. I would rather park it and leave it and go public transportation or walk from this day forward.
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@sayitnow (434)
12 Dec 16
You car will breakdown the min you are broke. It really sad.
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• Dallas, Texas
12 Dec 16
Yes, and yes. and oh well. LIFE makes other plans when you are asleep dreaming of chocolates.
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@sayitnow (434)
12 Dec 16
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@marlina (71256)
• Canada
12 Dec 16
You mean "never again" to drive a car?
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• Dallas, Texas
13 Dec 16
My wife drives and I am just the passenger. If not for the fact that she requires a car to get from place to place I would go on foot or take a bus. She requires this mode of transportation and I go with her to keep her safe. I benefit from good conversation and not having to focus too much on the driving since she is at the wheel and it gives her self confidence to be at the wheel so it's a win-win. I suffer no guilt from not driving and still enjoy the ride from place to place. It is more convenient to get places by car in a big city like Big D.
@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
12 Dec 16
You'll probably spend more money in the long run by not tuning it up now but you probably know that. Do you use top tier gas? I was very surprised to learn that Arco, the cheapest gas station around, has top tier gas that is better then most popular brands. And don't ever let the gas get below 1/4 tank because that lets particulates and other crappy stuff get into your engine. I wish you well and hope things work out financially.
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• Dallas, Texas
12 Dec 16
Yea, premium unleaded gasoline at the pump. Gum Out each refill and never let the tank get to much under 3 quarters empty or problems happen with that crappy stuff in the tank, those particulates as you mentioned. Yea. I figure as much.
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@LeaPea2417 (19107)
• Toccoa, Georgia
14 Dec 16
Car ownership is so expensive it is just like having a child or a pet.