Which is less expensive, buying a different car after yours just won't go anymore, or calling a cab? There is a limit to what you can pound out of a car before it lets you sitting on the side of the road.
Imagine in the wild west a wheel broke on your covered wagon. Then your horse broke a leg. Then the wagon tipped over onto its side. Your lame horse didn't have any food or water for a week. Now you're sitting there whipping the horse trying to get him to take you across the dessert. This is what you're doing to your car. It's not going to get any better. Every mile you keep trying to drive it is going to cost you much more in repairs until you reach the point even a salvage yard won't want it except for the price of scrap metal. If you'd stop and fix the wagon, buy a new horse, and feed him, you'd get across the dessert much faster than by walking!
You may have places to be but no car is going to take this abuse for very long. If you're attending a community college, check if they have an Automotive program. In mine, we were always looking for cars for the students to learn and practice on. The only stipulation is what yours needs has to fit with what we're currently teaching. We wouldn't do electrical repairs, for example, in "Brakes" class. To do so would take potential work away from the businesses in our community that hire our graduates.
Most four-year colleges don't offer practical things but a few do have small shops where they might at least be able to start the diagnosis on your car. If they can make a list of the majority of the problems they find, I can help prioritize them for you and tell you which ones can wait and which ones are critical.
If you're working part-time while attending college, like I did, it tells me you don't have money to waste. If you keep trying to drive this car they way you described it, you're throwing dollars out the window to save a few pennies.
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 AT 4:51 PM