View Full Version : In-Laws don't listen

12-10-2007, 03:10 PM
So this morning my IL's van won't start. Now the back door to the van was not closed all the way, and killed the battery. I get in and take a look and I think the battery is dead because I am getting juice to turn on the interior lights but when I crank it I get nothing. I hook up cables to my honda and presto it starts. Instead of giving it time to charge my MIL is pressing the gas and draining the battery quicker than it can charge. She won't listen. I call my FIL at work and tell him it is most likely the battery and I can fix it. So I get a call 10 mins later that a tow truck is on the way. I can replace a battery, now the dealership is going to get it and put a new battery in. Instead of me putting in a battery for $100, they are going to pay $100 for the tow $150 for the same battery I could have put in, and who knows what else they will fine. When you take it to the dealership it always can use breaks or a tune up. So instead of me putting a battery in which they are going to do anyway. They would rather spend $300 + to let them do it. This is why they always say they are broke.

12-10-2007, 04:01 PM
Sometimes you just have to let the kids learn the hard way.

12-10-2007, 04:06 PM
I know. But now I am stuck at home until the tow guy gets here. He was supposed to be here before 11.

12-10-2007, 06:24 PM
Still no tow guy.

12-10-2007, 06:47 PM
Does their insurance reimburse for the tow? State Farm does. At least they could get some $$ back. Sounds like a dumb thing to do though since it was such an easy fix for you. Oh well eh.

12-10-2007, 07:23 PM
Give them a AAA membership for Xmas.

12-10-2007, 07:37 PM
I don't know if they have any reimbursement on their policy.

12-10-2007, 08:34 PM
My grandma was the same way. Take it to the mechanic after someone told her what the problem was or that her car needed something. I finally got so tired of her driving or her having her car towed to the shop for things like wipers, batteries, air filters that when I knew what was wrong I would just tell her I needed to go and double check it in a book and then pick up the part, install it, and hand her the receipts.

BTW: Rev'ing the car will not drain a battery. Once the car is started the power for the plugs comes directly from the alternator. It will only come from the battery if the alternator is not putting out. In fact, putting on some additional RPM's will cause the alternator to turn faster and produce more power, but anything more than a high "idle" is just a waste of gas.

12-11-2007, 06:31 PM
It was a clogged air filter! But they told my FIL that it needed other work and the price would be $1300.00. An air filter is $15 tops.

12-11-2007, 06:57 PM
http://mfile.akamai.com/12924/wmv/vod.ibsys.com/2006/0503/9152183.200k.asx (http://mfile.akamai.com/12924/wmv/vod.ibsys.com/2006/0503/9152183.200k.asx)

They are all hosebags.

12-11-2007, 07:02 PM
I got the run down. It needs a tune up, oil change, serpentine belt, brain, and a air filter. Sounds like some bs to me.

12-11-2007, 07:50 PM
Sounds like some bs to me.

Yep, me too. Just be glad they did not tell them they needed the air in their tires rotated too.

Last time I had a vehicle of mine in a dealer's shop was to get a belt replaced. It was free since there was a 30 day bumper to bumper warranty on the car (10 year old used car I only paid $2500 for). Anyway while they had it in there they supposedly did a courtesy check on the computer and came back with it needed new plugs, wire, distributor cap, 2 new injectors, and several other things.

I asked them for an estimate. $2100 for everything.

Got the vehicle, did the tune up myself, ran some injector cleaner through it, and a few other things. Spent $35 and 2 hours. Problem solved.

I refuse to go to a dealer for work unless it is covered by the warranty 100%. I have found even if the part is covered and the labor isn't those charges often are more than taking it down to my local mechanic and having him do it all if I can not do it myself.

12-11-2007, 07:57 PM
The only thing I could not do would be the brain. But if the brain is bad the car does not run. At least that has happened to me before.

12-11-2007, 07:59 PM
What the mileage on the van and what dealer are they using ? My office is Bridgeton, so I have a few connections down your way!