Amateur mechanics

Talk about car problems and insane people, I also had quite an experience couple of days ago.

It’s a long story but in a nutshell, my car broke down in the middle of the road and a passing by mechanic offered me to fix the car within an hour. He did fix the car but it took him five hours and it cost me 5 thousand rupees. Later on I found out that these amateur mechanics roam around the streets to find people with broken cars and rip them off by performing shitty job. Needless to say, my car is still not completely in order and it’s at the repair shop right now. From this experience I learnt to never let your broken car in the hands of amateurs. Best thing would be to leave your car right there (maybe push it in the corner or somewhere) and get it towed to your repair station later.

9 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    i totally agree!!

    These mechanics are pretty prevalent on Sh-e-Faisal. My mom’s car was stuck in the middle of it once (overheated) and no less than 3 mechanics appeared out of nowhere.. We were given the same suggestion by a nearby guard.. “Dont let them touch your car, your better off leaving it or bringing ur own mechanic” :p

    which remindz me :( i have2 get my car repaired too :@

  2. Bamboo Guy (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 3:31 pm

    Five thousand??????????????????// Kya ho gaya tha umar aap kee gari ko?

  3. Kashif-x (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 3:44 pm

    Did you get repaired your stereo or something ! are you sure you got your car fixed and not your CD player ;)

    I would have given him something else had he asked for 5Gs

  4. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 4:00 pm

    Yeah these amateur mechanics are also all around Hasan Square. I had my car fixed by them twice. Didn’t cost me more than 200rs either time.

    Umar, it seems that you are to blame more than the amateur mechanics. If you are spending 5k on your car, you don’t just trust the job to anybody. If you can’t take the car to your own mechanic, at least go to a mechanic shop in the vicinity, and don’t tell me there is any oplace in Karachi which is not near a mechanic’s.

    I guess the “insane people” in your opening sentence refers to you ;) Just kidding!!!

  5. umar (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

    it needed a new clutch plate… just the part costs 3k. rest was labour. the idea of getting it fixed in an hour or so and not towing it to repairs made me let him touch my car, plus this never happened to me before… so i thought he knew what he was doing. I should have known better.

    The reason I called him insane was that he spoke with such authority that it seemed as if the car would start talking to him the moment he touched it.

  6. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

    *sighs !!
    usually the clutch plate doesnt wear out suddenly, it takes a while.. if it breaks then take my word on it.. donot ever open it on the road.. it should be at a place where you can easily leave it for nite..

    there are only very few problems that can be fixed on the road
    water leakage – bandage is a good idea and take it to the workshop
    electrical short circuiting – only if minor

    If the car stops running, its usually not a small problem. Getting it towed is always the best option. Hire a cab to tow you, they dont charge that much if you have a small car.

    People: if you have old cars
    please be friends with atleast one or two reliable mechanics, they might charge you extra to come and help you at the spot but have reliable ppl in your fast dial list.
    always have a tow-chain in the trunk of your car. Jump leads are a good idea too =D

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

    umer: LoL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Kashif (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 12:09 am

    Yeah, you usually get that tugging sound while clutch plates (pressure plates) are wearing out. My mechanic took at least 4 hours when I gave the car for clutch plates repair.

  9. Inspirex (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 9:34 am

    Umar, you surely gor robbed. One things fr certain, clutch plates dont just give way…..they deteriorate and a tell tale sign is a grinding noise when ever you shift.

    This too, essentially, does not indicate a clutch plate breakdown and one of the most probable causes is a slack in the clutch cable. Most mechanics can give you a 20 min fix for this in under 50 Rs. by inserting a large nut between the clamp and the cable head before it leads to the fork.

    You can use that for a good few months before you actually need to get your plates replaced.

    I had the clutch and pressure plates of my car replaced, it took a decent bit of time considering the engine has to be separated from the transmission.

    Do be careful next time dude….

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