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    Do You Ever Work On Your Vehicle?


    When I was younger and owned cars there were a lot of things that I did myself like replacing mufflers, etc. Nowadays cars are
    designed so that you need a computer and a lot of knowledge to do most things. For those of you " still going under the hood " here are some tips:
    Car Maintenance You Can Still Do Yourself - Eric Peters Autos | Eric Peters Autos
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    Quote Originally Posted by cousinlucky View Post
    When I was younger and owned cars there were a lot of things that I did myself like replacing mufflers, etc. Nowadays cars are
    designed so that you need a computer and a lot of knowledge to do most things. For those of you " still going under the hood " here are some tips:
    Car Maintenance You Can Still Do Yourself - Eric Peters Autos | Eric Peters Autos
    I do all my work myself. Granted, I don't own some top tech 2013 car with all the trimmings, my latest model year is 2005, and things are still pretty basic on it (SRT-4 ACR). I mean yeah, it's computer controlled as far as the ignition/A/F/boost go, but it's not too complex that it can't be worked on.

    I mean what's the alternative to working on it yourself? Take it to some chain store who doesn't give a **** about your car, so it can have the clutch baddered by some minimum wage worker who doesn't know any better, and have a "$10 oil change?" That concept terrifies me, for the amount I pay in oil the concept of getting the oil and the labor for only $10 is frightening.

    Last time I took my SRT-4 somewhere to get the tires put on (the few things I can't do myself, realistically) I developed hot spots in my brand new 700 clutch . Now it shakes about 10x harder on engagement...I need to get an OEM clutch in there...

    But anyways, I digress, do all my own work on my cars and bikes if I can, engine/head/transmission swaps included, boosting, etc., and my next endeveor is getting into standalone EMS's such as AEM and Megasquirt.

    As for the link, I like the way there's only 4 things on there, one of which really should be done by somebody else, the link hasn't scratched the surface of things you can do yourself, though.

    As for charging your AC with R134A, You *CAN* but the correct way is to pull a 30psi vacuum on the system to detect for leaks and get all of the old stuff out, then push in the blend of R134A and oil. There's special machines that take care of all of that - but they cost a ****-ton. So like tires, AC is one of those things I'd rather do right, then half-ass it with a can from autozone with no extra oil in it.

    Though there's lots more even a simple person can do by themselves, brakes for instance, no idea why oil change isn't on there - I think most maintenance most people can do themselves. I understand some people don't want to swap their own engines and the like, but for the majority, I think they're fine. That is of course, if they're motivated to do it themselves, some people just want it done without retard to the cost. The unfortunate side of this is that I see them taken advantage of by mechanics all the time...

    Thanks for sharing the link, though .

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    Not if I can help it. When I was younger I did a little, and hated every minute of it. Now that cars are more constrained on space and use more specialized tools, I would probably hate it even worse.
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    , do all my own work on my cars and bikes if I can, engine/head/transmission swaps included, boosting, etc.,
    Right on Syndacate. Same same/+ 1 here. Though. I bee busy healing from a bruised pelivis from my shop mishap and hitting the concrete floor real hard (thanks to my loving shop cat).
    I should be ok in a week or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MASONTX View Post
    Not if I can help it. When I was younger I did a little, and hated every minute of it. Now that cars are more constrained on space and use more specialized tools, I would probably hate it even worse.
    Couldn't agree more
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    Quote Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
    Right on Syndacate. Same same/+ 1 here. Though. I bee busy healing from a bruised pelivis from my shop mishap and hitting the concrete floor real hard (thanks to my loving shop cat).
    I should be ok in a week or so.

    I found out years ago that no one cares about my gear better than myself. And. I have lot's of gear.
    If I don't know it. I know how to RTFM.
    Yeah, same, I have lots of it and when I was younger I spent too much money on other people (different shops) repeatedly f'ing it up however they cut corners. Stand-up shops are few and far between. People don't realize this because a lot of people think their shop is stand-up while it's really boning them in the ass porno style.

    I think it goes back to the old saying: "If you want something done right, do it yourself!" Though I love everything about motors in every shape and form, so for me it's always a good time - even if I'm absolutely miserable while doing it. I guess the outcome outweighs the shittiness. Now outside of the world of motors, the physics, the EFI tuning, etc., I don't typically care much - like I hate tracing down electrical problems and I can't do body work. I'll do the former if need be but if I need a windshield replaced I'm not touching it. I unfortunately leave some tasks to people better equipped (such as tires). Especially things like body work that you can't really do yourself w/o lots of specialized tools and many years of experience.

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    On scooters, (harley mostly). I make good money on ripping out fuel injection modules and injectors and electronic ignition and converting motors over to points, plugs, and carburettor.

    Cars and Trucks. I only work on my stuff. I keep a 63 Ford F100 300 6cyl, points, carb, mad max looking pickup truck that runs off of propane as a, beater/fetch parts/ftech broke down bikes, that
    costs me next to nothing to run. I have a 2007 4door Nissan Frontier 4.0 V6 that requires special tools to trouble shoot and tune but it has been trouble free with the preventive maint. I pull on it.

    Long Story: My wife has a Chrysler Crossfire. She wanted a car just big enough for her and her purse. I liked it so I picked it out. It is basically a German Mercedes-Benz SLK320 under the Chrysler Logo (80%).

    The ignition key would not unlock the steering column or even turn. Took me a couple of days researching online plus the fixing. In other words a 2 day fix. Online I read folks paid anywhere from $700.00 to $1,500.00
    dollars to do what i did (I fixed it with a file and a hydraulic press and my life long wrenching skill sets). That is a lot of beer money for a little aggravation. Oil Change on that car costs me doing it about $105.00.
    $100.00 for the Mobil 1 oil and 5 bucks for the oil filter. You can imagine what that can cost some one (plus maybe they will cut corners and not use mobil 1 oil).

    If you can't command. Then you gotta obey.

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    Edit: I guess I should mention my second choice car I thought of getting for her. It was a Pontiac Solstice.
    I am happy with my original choice though. The Solstice is a fast car also though that would be fun to own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
    On scooters, (harley mostly). I make good money on ripping out fuel injection modules and injectors and electronic ignition and converting motors over to points, plugs, and carburettor.

    Cars and Trucks. I only work on my stuff. I keep a 63 Ford F100 300 6cyl, points, carb, mad max looking pickup truck that runs off of propane as a, beater/fetch parts/ftech broke down bikes, that
    costs me next to nothing to run. I have a 2007 4door Nissan Frontier 4.0 V6 that requires special tools to trouble shoot and tune but it has been trouble free with the preventive maint. I pull on it.

    Long Story: My wife has a Chrysler Crossfire. She wanted a car just big enough for her and her purse. I liked it so I picked it out. It is basically a German Mercedes-Benz SLK320 under the Chrysler Logo (80%).

    The ignition key would not unlock the steering column or even turn. Took me a couple of days researching online plus the fixing. In other words a 2 day fix. Online I read folks paid anywhere from $700.00 to $1,500.00
    dollars to do what i did (I fixed it with a file and a hydraulic press and my life long wrenching skill sets). That is a lot of beer money for a little aggravation. Oil Change on that car costs me doing it about $105.00.
    $100.00 for the Mobil 1 oil and 5 bucks for the oil filter. You can imagine what that can cost some one (plus maybe they will cut corners and not use mobil 1 oil).

    If you can't command. Then you gotta obey.

    I'd rather command when possible.

    Edit: I guess I should mention my second choice car I thought of getting for her. It was a Pontiac Solstice.
    I am happy with my original choice though. The Solstice is a fast car also though that would be fun to own.
    You should take some of those extra EFI parts you have and convert my '85 CB450. I'm damn sick of dealing with CV carbs, they're too sensitive. Don't have these problems with slide carbs nor EFI...and EFI is a lot less sensitive to a lot of the factors that kill carbs. Not entirely sure why somebody would want carbs over an even primitive EFI system.

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    One of the many jobs I had was taking my company's truck to auto body shops to replace the glass in cars. The door glass was tricky with electric windows and the rear glass was mostly routine but windshields were rough. To do the job right you should create a whole new " bed " ( right down to the metal )
    for the windshield to sit on, otherwise it is going to leak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cousinlucky View Post
    One of the many jobs I had was taking my company's truck to auto body shops to replace the glass in cars. The door glass was tricky with electric windows and the rear glass was mostly routine but windshields were rough. To do the job right you should create a whole new " bed " ( right down to the metal )
    for the windshield to sit on, otherwise it is going to leak.
    Yeah, I'm having that problem with my civic now. It's not leaking, but I was told that the way he was reforming the bed, it may leak in a few years.

    It was rusting at the top, unfortunately .

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