Recently one of Jims Mustangs and Customs customers brought us a 2014 Mustang base model in for repair. Because we also have a transmission shop, import auto repair and Mustang shop under one roof. “Abe” asked us, “what do think of salvage title cars?” My answer was simple:

Salvage title cars – small savings, big risk.

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2014 Mustang In for repairs

First of all, the insurance company determines it less expensive to pay for another vehicle than repair this one. Secondly, the liability on the repairs comes at a premium cost (i.e. lifetime warranty). Thirdly, supplemental claims cost time and money when a vehicle returns to the shop for accident related problems. This helps the insurance company deem it a total loss.

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Late model Mustang

Abe explains, “I got the car for a steal. It cost a fraction of what it was new.” So tell me what it’s doing? Abe replys, “The vehicle doesn’t have much power on take off. Also it doesn’t want to go past 60 miles per hour.” Abe continues to explain, “The dealer said it’s in transmission failure and needs a new transmission.” So, I brought it to a Mustang specialist as well as a transmission shop and general automotive shop that services tuner cars.” He adds, “How can I go wrong?”

Procedures we follow:

Diagnostics tests indicate misfires on the left bank of the motor. Checking wiring, coils spark plugs and connectors no obvious cause. Fuel has a funny smell. The tank is drained and serviced. Fuel system cleaner and fresh gas added. It runs better but not perfect. Next we examine the timing chain and timing, all good. Cylinder compression test shows 150 psi across the board seems normal. For another test the wiring is examined. Damage such as broken,shorted and, burned wires and connectors are isolated. Most notable is the fact that a salvage title vehicle comes with one key only. A new key with fob is purchased. In conclusion: a mobile programmer is called out and attempts to program the new key. No luck!

In the next installment of “Salvage Title Cars – Small savings, big risk” (part 2) at Super Premium Transmission we update you on the progress of Abe’s Mustang.

 

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