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My ST185 and still Sad

Postby FastTrac » Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:10 pm

Well like I posted earlier I did get my car running and looking awesome. I was so happy but just last night I went cruising through the hills again and afterwards after I decided I was gonna head home; Ya I didnt really have brakes. I knew to pump them and I can down shift so I knew I would be fine but that initial not being able to completely stop as fast as usual freaked me out. I was completely not thinking after that so I asked some of my guy friends to help me out. One hit my brakes and said it was my master cylinder. Great. Well now my mechanic wont help me with my car, soooo I need to find all the information I can, about how to change the master cylinder, the power steering pump, the fan belt, and hopefully I can find some one around here to help me replace my clutch. I can do the minor stuff like I did last time when my car didnt want to restart, and the front bumper and hood and lights but other than that I'm too afraid to. I dont have much time to look stuff up so I'm asking for input from you guys. I do know where to look but I'd also like to hear about personal experiences. Please help. I dont like driving my back up car. Gotta go to work, thank you.
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Postby Sifu » Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:37 pm

I'll make it simple.

If this is your DD, and you absolutely need it on the road to get to work, school, picking up the honey's and what not then take it to a mechanic you trust. It will be $$$ but if you trust your mechanic then you shouldn't worry much.

We all know how difficult it can be to fix our cars, esp. if you need them on the road ASAP. So for convience you're gonna' have to pay for the fix, and it will not be cheap. My guess is
brake master cylinder = $150
clutch w/ resurfaced flywheel = $200
belts = $50
Labor = ~ 20hours+@ $80 = $1600+ (this is where they are going to get you).

As for your current problem it sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you.

Master brake cylinder = Not hard to fix but hell to get at.

Clutch = 2-3 days, mediocre difficulty, lots of swearing and breaking old bolts. You'll need special tools and a general know how of how an automobile engine works/functions.

Belts = Fairly easy but not always fun due to the cramped space.

My suggestion? If you have another DD take that. This sounds like you'll need a pretty big overhaul. Basically you can drop the engine w/ transaxle, remove everything and bolt it back up. This usually always leads to MORE problems that you will face as you WILL find more problems BUT it will be necessary. The worse enemy for our cars are negligence of maintenance. I've always felt like every Alltrac owner should try a pull at least once in their life to understand their car and appreciate the work involved in fixing/modifying it.

Have you tried flushing the brakes and re-bleeding? Checked your rotars or pads? Etc.

Good luck. There are plenty of posts about this subject. My guess is that 90% will say to drop everything and fix it yourself, but if you're tight on time and have the money take it to a good reputable mechanic. If I were in the same situation I'd buckle and pay the mechanic if you're short on time.
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Postby FastTrac » Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:52 pm

Well I am headed to Old Mill Toyota to work on my car Wish me luck and ya
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Re: I know I know

Postby saved_1992 » Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:35 pm

FastTrac wrote:Well I am headed to Old Mill Toyota to work on my car Wish me luck and ya


who do you know that works there? i was there for 2 years
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Postby FastTrac » Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:37 pm

Well he just started working there not even a month ago. His name is James. Hes the one with the red Evo 8. But I just took my car to Old Mill, they resurfaced my front rotars. The guy gave me a few options to try and see if any would work instead of having to buy all new ones at once. So they were so nice, hehe I even liked it when I talked to the guy on the phone, he kept saying my car was nice, and such a rare bird! I love hearing that. But it does sorta suck when James and I go cruising cuz every one knows the Evo and no one says anything about my car. Oh well. I am looking into getting new rotars before the Nebraska Ice Cream Cruise so I'm just riding like a granny, doing all the slow stopping and everything to save my car.
Thank you for some of the input. I'm trying to keep my car in working condition. But that is sorta hard cuz there were 2 previous owners and I'm shooting in the dark trying to figure out all what was done, when, and what shape its in now. I'll keep posting!
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Postby Sifu » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:09 pm

Good luck on it and keep us updated.

Just to let you know when I bought my Alltrac it had a JDM engine that didn't work, and the previous owner was so kind to give me a bag full of bolts and screws. That's always promising...
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Postby FastTrac » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:24 pm

Ya my cars doing okay compared to when you first got your car. But I am waiting on a few parts to come in and then I will get back to you on how shes running. The only thing that will get me is the clutch.
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Postby Sifu » Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:34 pm

Cough cough... I have a Competition Clutch for sale dirt cheap cough...
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Postby FastTrac » Sun Jun 24, 2007 2:32 am

Well thanks but no thanks. lol I dont have enough power running right now, if for a long time.... but ya I dont need a competition clutch. I just wanted to actually go with the street disk, aka 2600......
But ya, the cars still running, but I am waiting for parts like I said earlier. I'll keep you posted!
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