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    Cherub

    Default Any automotive DIY'ers on here?

    Well, it's income tax season, and I just finished doing some repair work on my vehicles. Which lead me to wonder something. How many ADISC'ers on here are auto savvy enough to be DIY'ers (Do It Yourself)?

    Work I just completed:
    GMC Jimmy:
    Replaced upper & lower ball joints on both driver & passenger side
    Replaced both inner and outer tie rods with connecting sleeves for driver and passenger side
    Replaced fuel tank, fuel pump and sending unit
    Replaced cam shaft position sensor

    Grand Prix:
    Replaced passenger rear shock
    Replaced all four break rotors and all pads

    Taurus:
    Replaced driver side front wheel bearing hub

    So, who else in here is mechanically inclined or auto repair savvy? Let's hear some of your experience and knowledge from being under the hood

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    Oi, bringing up painful memories of horrible labor going wrong XD

    I've replaced PS pumps, water pumps on multiple cars.
    Coils and plugs on all our cars
    Inner and outer tie rod ends, upper control arm, lower control arm, rotor, ABS WSS, on the T-Bird, soon needing replacement will be the driver side coil spring

    Got the 2001 E-150 running lean, air leak around the throttle body where it mates to the intake manifold, along with an EGR flow problem, leaking gas, replaced ALL of the brake lines after one rusted completely through and we drove home using the parking brakes

    The '99 Toyota Avalon has a problem as well, running lean on bank one pending is an O2 sensor swap (upstream) to see if the problem moves, replaced three cracked vacuum lines, having problems with the Avalon hunting as well, which may be connected to the lean-run condition, but not sure yet.

    I've done numerous brake jobs (all disc brakes with pads, noting with drums yet (unless you count the shoes used for the parking brake with pads used for regular brakes))

    The list goes on a bit more :P

    Ask The resident Toyota mechanic, not gonna blab his name here but if anyone needs a referral I'll send your name to him :P

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    i had to do some work on my 88 jeep comanche a while back. I had to replace the clutchslave cylender,clutch plate,spark plugs,drive shaft,rear axel,brake pads,throwout bearing,raidator overflow resavoir,alternator,and I rebuilt the starter.
    Talk about a pain in the .

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    teddybear206

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    idk if it counts but seince i cant legally drive yet i hyped up a razor scooter to do 30 , cuz it did 5 before and i added a radio thingy.

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    Cherub

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattfox View Post
    Talk about a pain in the .
    ROFL!!,,,spoken like a true mechanic, LOL.

    When replacing the ball joints, I had to chisel off the rivet heads (original joints from the factory uses rivets). I hit my thumb numerous times and I slipped with my language a few times. That's why your comment made me laugh!

    Wow, a much better response that I thought so far. Keep em' coming folks all stories welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattfox View Post
    i had to do some work on my 88 jeep comanche a while back. I had to replace the clutchslave cylender,clutch plate,spark plugs,drive shaft,rear axel,brake pads,throwout bearing,raidator overflow resavoir,alternator,and I rebuilt the starter.
    Talk about a pain in the .
    That seems like an awful lot of work required for just one car. Did you get it in that condition or did something happen to it?

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    Yep! Last year I rebuilt the engine of a 93 escort only to have a woman run a stop sign in front of me. -_-; but the car still drives and runs ok so.. I'm still driving it. It was already in rough shape but it's been a good gas saver and is cheap to keep insured and running.

    The woman's insurance paid me more than I had in the car after buying it and rebuilding the engine so it's a free car basically.

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    Mr. X and I have been trying to trace a lopey idle and occasional sluggishness in our '78 Continental. Thus far we've mostly done simple stuff (fuel pump, full tune-up, new vacuum lines where we can find them). The thing is that neither of us know enough about carburetors to go after it more earnestly. I wouldn't mind just pulling the old Motorcraft carb and putting on a new Edelbrock, but money's a bit too tight for us to do that right now.

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    Am I the only one that read it as "DUI" and was wondering why he was asking if other people had done that? O_o

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    Quote Originally Posted by xbabyx View Post
    The thing is that neither of us know enough about carburetors to go after it more earnestly.
    bring it to me - i love carbs
    incidentally, and i don't know if it'll be of any use but, have a look at the vacuum advance unit [on the dizzy], too. i've never seen an old, or even old-ish, car that didn't have a punctured diaphragm on that. and if it is punctured, i can tell you how to fix it, instead of you going getting another busted one from the scrappers (yeah, i've got the t-shirt on that one, alright).

    me? well, y'know, this and that. i've had my current vehicle for 8 or 9 years and not had to do too much to it: replace a few parts, service and a bit of welding on an inner wing. for all the time i've had this car, most of my vehicle mending has been on other people's vehicles, as favours or as a part of work (yep, i do wagons, too ). all this is a marked change from how i was on my previous cars. previously, and as i restoring a category D write-off, it'd not be uncommon to find me fettling away, at midnight or later. crap, it was boring once i'd bought the new one.

    anyhow, got loads of tools and it's probably best to say what i use the least: the gastester and the brake-pipe flaring tool. the latter is the least used; i used it once, to do the previous car, and have never used it since. but, i keep meaning to get rid off the gastester as i can tune by nose, which is far simpler and quicker than setting up and calibrating a machine which only confirms what you already knew. so, there you go.

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