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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-21-2017, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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I've read a lot of good advice on this forum, in fact, been using it to fix my car for the last 9 months. I have a 2008 Mazda with 129k miles on it. Everything just works fine except for the past 5 weeks, it started making knocking sound and chugging away like a rocket, now it's from one problem to another, I can't seem to catch a break... I don't have time, to be honest, money to fix it. Took it to 4 different shops and the cheapest one is still something I can't afford. I feel like the universe is against me, have I been cursed? Massive bills and debt... on the verge of committing suicide because there's nothing I can do to fix my current situation. I don't even have money for transport fare to go to work tomorrow, can someone please help me out here? I swear I'm not an ungrateful person, I'll pay you back. Thanks.

Edit: Quick update so people don't keep messaging me for help, my issue has been resolved. I'd like to thank everyone who messaged and tried to render me help and advice... I really appreciate all the help given to me. I honestly don't know how to thank you all, especially Ms. Sara, you're a lifesaver. I don't believe in god... but if he truly exist, may he grant you long life and everything your heart desires, I'm literally in tears right now, if you ever travel to Spain for holiday please let me know. Thank you to the owner of this forum as well. Happy holidays to everyone.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-22-2017, 12:12 AM
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well first up suicide is not an answer
it just transfers problems to your loved ones
if you are seriously depressed see your priest or family doctor
remember things usually get better, when you are having a bad run it can be hard to see to things improving
if it was an expression try not to use it online as we cant tell if you are just stressed or seriously in trouble
now what is wrong with your car, what have the shops told you needs fixing
what is the general state of your car
and what state do you live in
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-22-2017, 10:01 AM
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Yes, please tell us where you live, so that those closer to your location can reach out.

Car troubles can definitely exacerbate any feelings of depression. Especially around the holiday times the added burden of a less-than-functional car can be overwhelming.

Can you let us know what kind of fixes the shops were recommending? There are super knowledgeable people on these forums that can provide excellent advice.

Thank you for being here with us. We're here to help. Please do discuss your issues with someone you can trust.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-22-2017, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all for the reply.

At this point I don't even know what's wrong with the car, basically, it won't start. The problem isn't with the battery as that was what I first suspected, even they told me the car battery voltage is good, it's only 4 months old anyway... I've tried to jump start it with another car, but unfortunately, it didn't work. Right now the headlights won't even turn on, when I turn the key, it doesn't even make a sound like trying to engage the starter.

So my sufferings are invalid because others have it worse than me? I currently work full time and part time, I barely have time to do anything for myself... I can't afford to miss a day's job for an interview. If it was that easy to switch profession and get a better job, I would have done that by now.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-22-2017, 08:56 PM
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do you have a multimeter or test light and know how to use them
when you open the door does the interior light come on
carefully check the battery cables and where they go to
one will be positive and one negative will go to the body of the car
there may be multiple wires/cables on each battery post
not trying to be smart but how mechanically minded are you so i know how to phrase suggestions
does anything electrical work on the car,eg radio, red lights on dash when you turn ignition on
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Thanks all for the reply.

At this point I don't even know what's wrong with the car, basically, it won't start. The problem isn't with the battery as that was what I first suspected, even they told me the car battery voltage is good, it's only 4 months old anyway... I've tried to jump start it with another car, but unfortunately, it didn't work. Right now the headlights won't even turn on, when I turn the key, it doesn't even make a sound like trying to engage the starter.



So my sufferings are invalid because others have it worse than me? I currently work full time and part time, I barely have time to do anything for myself... I can't afford to miss a day's job for an interview. If it was that easy to switch profession and get a better job, I would have done that by now.
^^ Ignore that poster, s/he's probably a troll.

@OP, You know you won't get any richer by committing suicide, right? Don't ever think about doing that, okay? They say as long as there's life, there's hope. You're currently at rock-bottom, there's only one direction from here; up.

On a more serious note, I totally understand what you're going through. We've all been there except for those born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Being broke is rough and it sucks, I went through something like that a few years ago when I lost my job (thank God you have yours), I couldn't get a job related to my degree for 19 months, felt almost unemployable in the only field I was passionate about, I had to work at Mcdonald's scraping grease for 7 months, looking at the future back then scared the shit out of me, I was depressed. Luckily for me, I had a loving and kind-hearted boyfriend who took care of me during those times, gave me his car, even though I was just wasting gas driving from city to city doing interviews that never amounted to anything.

How I pulled myself out of that hell-hole is a long story, but anyway, here's a version of it; I was reading a post in a forum one day and someone was talking about Bitcoin, I looked it up, the concept seemed promising to me so I ended up buying 10 Bitcoins in March of 2013, I told some of my friends about it and they all laughed at me, one even said I just fell for a Ponzi scheme, her words: "how could you be that dumb to spend 500 dollars on a Ponzi scheme like that?". I remember jokingly telling my boyfriend that we were going to be rich in 5 years time from "internet" money, we spent hours debating how we were going to spend it lol.

Anyhoo, I bought more Bitcoins (have 62.7 BTC at the moment) over the years from something I discovered by accident, it involves the darknet or "deep web" as it's wrongly called. Do you have a Bitcoin wallet? If you do, pm me with the address and I'll send you 1 BTC, you're going to use it to buy something off of there as that's the only payment they accept.
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do you have a multimeter or test light and know how to use them
when you open the door does the interior light come on
carefully check the battery cables and where they go to
one will be positive and one negative will go to the body of the car
there may be multiple wires/cables on each battery post
not trying to be smart but how mechanically minded are you so i know how to phrase suggestions
does anything electrical work on the car,eg radio, red lights on dash when you turn ignition on
Thanks Lout, I don't have a multimeter, and I'm not mechanically-savvy to be honest, so please bear with me... it's one of the reason why I registered on this forum. Yes, the interior light comes on when the door is opened, the radio is working, it's only the headlights and the engine that doesn't crank.
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ok not sure if the two problems are related yet
not sure if you use the same terminology as i am australian, but i hope you can figure it out
check your parking lights front and rear, low beam lights and high beam, high beam flash from indicator stalk
see if you can physically turn your engine by using a socket on the bottom pulley
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prec10 merry christmas
thinking of you and hoping you are safe and things are looking better
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prec10 merry christmas
thinking of you and hoping you are safe and things are looking better
Thank you so much, Lout. Merry Christmas to you and everyone here. Yes, everything is looking better, Ms. Sara is helping me out with some money... I just need to wait a couple of days to clear things out, will be towing the car next tomorrow to the mechanic.
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