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#981 of 1443 How much to fix?
Jan 14, 2006 (8:53 pm)
I've got a 1995 Geo Prizm LSi, with only 40,000 miles on it. Runs great, and have had minimal issues. Recently, my wife had a minor parking-lot fender bender, where the car was hit in the front, on the right hand side. There's some damage to the front bumper, the front headlight was pushed a little out of place, and the hood is a bit out of shape. We were quoted $2,000 to fix, about half of which is for the hood.
I would assume that the bumper and headlight must be fixed, as potential safety issues on the car, but what abut the hood? Is there a safety issue with the hood, or is it purely aesthetic?
#982 of 1443 Re: How much to fix? [fred3]
Jan 15, 2006 (4:13 pm)
I'd say it's cosmetic if these conditions are met:
1. The hood does not block driver's view.
2. The hood is not damaged in such a way that it catches a lot of wind at high speed. If it does, the hood release latch is the only thing that's keeping it from flying off the car. The latch itself may have been damaged by the impact, so you should inspect it very carefully.
A used hood from a junkyard should be available at a fraction of the quoted cost ($1000). You might want to look into that option.
#983 of 1443 1999 Chevrolet Prism Cigarette Lighter issues
Jan 15, 2006 (11:02 pm)
I was using an inverter in the cigarette lighter of my 99 prism . Suddenly, it stopped powering the inverter. Then when I tried a cell phone charger in it, that didn't get any power either. I checked the fuse and it looks to be fine. I was just wondering what else I might be able to do in order to fix the problem.
#985 of 1443 Re: 1999 Chevrolet Prism Cigarette Lighter issues [oolieiv]
Jan 17, 2006 (11:34 pm)
If you are sure that the fuse is ok, the problem is probably the ligher socket itself. Remove the plastic panel around it (it might just pop out or you may need a screw driver) and it should be easy to remove the socket. It is simple enough so you can either try to fix it or buy a new one.
Make sure you disconnect the battery's negative (-) terminal before attempting to remove the part, unless you want to see some sparks!
If you see burnt wires or connections it means you were drawing too much power from the lighter. It will happen again if you plug in a high wattage appliance into the inverter. Remember never to substitute a larger fuse to prevent a blown fuse. Always use the correct amp fuse designed for the part. You would rather have blown fuses than burnt wire somewhere in the circuit, or worse yet the car catching on fire!!!
#988 of 1443 Recommendations for a roof rack for a 96 Prizm
Jan 31, 2006 (1:02 pm)
I would like to equip my "spare" 96 Geo Prizm with a roof rack to turn it into an extra-light-duty "truck" capable of, say, carrying a door or two from a hardware store. Would appreciate answers to the questions:
1. Is it even reasonable to use a roof rack to transport 100 lb or so on such a small car?
2. If it is ok: what brand/model of racks is recommended?
3. How to find what is compatible with my vehicle? I did some googling for fit lists but the results are unconclusive.
#989 of 1443 Re: Recommendations for a roof rack for a 96 Prizm [asafonov]
Feb 01, 2006 (9:13 am)
I don't know if this will be helpful at all, but we transported a freezer on the roof of our 97 prizm with no problems.
#990 of 1443 94 prizm will not start
Feb 04, 2006 (9:55 am)
i came home with the car running perfectly.i tried to get back out ten minutes later and the car would not start.the mechanic told me everything was fine and that a factory anti theft device might have been activated.the hazard lights begin to flash anytime i try to start.