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Car repair is poopy
« on: October 11, 2018, 06:28:02 PM »
My dang Jeep failed emissions testing the other day. Showed two (of four) oxygen sensors being bad. I think: oh...I can do this myself! It doesn't look hard! You know what's hard? Crawling under your car for several hours trying to fish your hands and a socket wrench through impossibly small spaces when it's 85F and 80% humidity in dang October! And, only to find out you didn't fix the problem all the way and the car has to go to the shop after all. Because...really...I have so much free time to be doing that sort of stuff right now.

Looking forward to my next car job which is replacing the brakes and rotors. Compared to the O2 sensors, it seems like a cakewalk.
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Re: Car repair is poopy
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 06:30:32 PM »
I'm about to try my hand at a brake job. Got all my stuff, but haven't had a free half-day on a weekend that was raining since July.

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Re: Car repair is poopy
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2018, 06:34:54 PM »
about the only mechanical repairs I won't do are a/c work and tires ... my least favorite is dashboard work, I don't think there's ever been a comfortable position to work from on anything behind or under the dashboard
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2018, 07:12:44 PM »
Both money and time are pretty scarce for me, much to my unhappiness when my car breaks I just take it to the shop now.

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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2018, 07:16:11 PM »
My college roommate was a mechanic, and even after we moved on from university, he was still enough of a car nut to handle any repairs my car needed. Hell, I bought my current car from his garage.

He finally moved out of state, and while I'm happy for the guy.... I miss being able to pay for car repairs with beer.

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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2018, 08:39:37 PM »
Brian, really 85 degrees and 80% humidity. Pffff. You lived in Texas, címon man.

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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2018, 09:56:54 PM »
Iíve listened to car talk weekly for years and years and years, and still do, and Iím not sure I could even change my oil. Maybe thatís like listening to music and expecting to play guitar well.

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Re: Car repair is poopy
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2018, 10:06:30 PM »
We've had snow here where I live for the last week...

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Re: Car repair is poopy
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2018, 03:11:35 AM »
... You know what's hard? Crawling under your car for several hours trying to fish your hands and a socket wrench through impossibly small spaces when it's 85F and 80% humidity in dang October! And, only to find out you didn't fix the problem all the way and the car has to go to the shop after all. Because...really...I have so much free time to be doing that sort of stuff right now.


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We've had snow here where I live for the last week...

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My college roommate was a mechanic, and even after we moved on from university, he was still enough of a car nut to handle any repairs my car needed. Hell, I bought my current car from his garage.

He finally moved out of state, and while I'm happy for the guy.... I miss being able to pay for car repairs with beer.

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about the only mechanical repairs I won't do are a/c work and tires ... my least favorite is dashboard work, I don't think there's ever been a comfortable position to work from on anything behind or under the dashboard

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Re: Car repair is poopy
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2018, 03:18:39 AM »
Brian, really 85 degrees and 80% humidity. Pffff. You lived in Texas, címon man.

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Oh I know. I've turned into a total wimp since I left Texas!
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2018, 03:58:51 AM »
I was at the medical branch down in Galveston and it seemed like a typical summer day was 99* and 99% humidity. Not to mention being engulfed in a cloud of mosquitoes that actually made it hard to see.

Oh those were the days!

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Re: Car repair is poopy
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2018, 04:32:02 AM »
I've changed the oil in a car only one time on my life.  It was on a Dodge Spirit, and I remember something was making sparks while I was tightening the filter.  It was so completely outside my realm of reasonable expectations that it shattered my confidence, and I never changed my own oil again.

I did, however, replace an oxygen sensor once.  That went ok, but required a specialized socket for my wrench. 

Now, my main issue is time (in addition to my intolerance to high humidity weather).  I don't even have enough time to mow my own lawn these days, so I certainly don't have time to learn new car repair skills. 
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Re: Car repair is poopy
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2018, 07:21:58 AM »
My first job was at the local car repair shop when I was 14. I learned a lot when it came to repairing cars, pumping gas, and smoking cigarettes. I no longer smoke but I still do all I can with out a lift. Iíll agree with whomever said that interior / dash work is the worst. And Iíll also say the suspension work sucks too. Tie rods and lower control arms are no fun in the driveway!

Brakes are a walk in the park. Super easy and as long as you arenít replacing the caliper you donít need to bleed them. Just do yourself a favor and buy ceramic pads. They donít heat up as fast and donít leave any dust.


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Re: Car repair is poopy
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2018, 08:55:54 PM »
I just learned today that my Jeep needs new tires and breaks.. I learned all this when I took my Jeep in to get a screw out of my rear driver side tire.

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Re: Car repair is poopy
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2018, 09:01:02 PM »
Sucky, but if it needs to be done...

I think the last big ticket item on my car, was the bottom being sandblasted for rust and repainted. (Living by the sea does that.) Tyres and brakes have been done in the past...

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