CarSPIN Forums

Auto Talk => The Garage => Topic started by: Eye of the Tiger on October 14, 2016, 03:00:10 pm

Title: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 14, 2016, 03:00:10 pm
I put a new (used) transmission in a 4WD Trailblazer today. I think it's a 4L60E or something. The old transmission was just slipping. The new transmission won't engage any gear except for park. LOL. I'll get paid to do it again, but FML these trucks are a PITA to work on. They'd rather gamble on a used transmission and pay me to do it again than pay for a new/rebuilt transmission.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: CaminoRacer on October 14, 2016, 04:03:55 pm
Does it have fluid in it?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 14, 2016, 04:16:57 pm
Does it have fluid in it?

No.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on October 14, 2016, 04:39:59 pm
LOL.  :lol:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 14, 2016, 05:03:32 pm
LOL.  :lol:

Trailblazers are nothing to laugh at. GM spent millions of dollars making this shit.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 15, 2016, 08:43:18 am
Just under 1 hour to remove the Trailblazer transmission the second time. It took damn near 3 hours the first time, between the rust and the fact that it's a Trailblazer.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 15, 2016, 04:43:40 pm
Put in another used transmission. Also bad. LoLlOLOlOLOLooLOLOlOllLOLOoLOLOllerstak es. :(
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on October 15, 2016, 07:06:58 pm
That's really unfortunate. :(
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 15, 2016, 07:18:02 pm
That's really unfortunate. :(

It is unfortunate that I have to do the same work iver, and over again. But, I get paid the same per job, and my efficiency increases with each repetition.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on October 15, 2016, 07:21:24 pm
It is unfortunate that I have to do the same work iver, and over again. But, I get paid the same per job, and my efficiency increases with each repitition.

I suppose. Is this coming out of the customer's pocket?  Are they pissed? lolz
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: MrH on October 15, 2016, 07:25:02 pm
My friend did the same thing with an E46 3 series. I think he went through two engines and 3 or 4 transmissions. He could do a swap in an evening after work no problem.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 15, 2016, 07:35:47 pm
I suppose. Is this coming out of the customer's pocket?  Are they pissed? lolz

Oh, let me explain my job. I work on wholesale cars. No "customers" to deal with. A few car dealers buy cars at auction and dump them on my boss, hoping he can fix them so they can either reauction them for a higher price, or ship them to a network of various dealerships. They want stuff fixed as cheaply as possible, so they will always opt for used engines and transmissions. It's a gamble. Junktards may say it ran before they pulled it, or that they tested it. Fat chance. LOL.

My boss generally gives me all the engine and transmission swaps, while he does everything else. I do other stuff while I'm waiting on parts or whatever. Today I also fixed a skip in a LeSabre's 3800 by replacing a coilpack, and soldered a new oil pressure gauge motor onto the instrument cluster board of a Chebby truck.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on October 15, 2016, 07:37:54 pm
Ahh I gotcha.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Rupert on October 15, 2016, 09:54:44 pm
A The Sword.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 16, 2016, 05:31:44 am
A The Sword.

It's a French car. I don't speak French. Give me a brake.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Rupert on October 16, 2016, 03:07:40 pm
(http://www.chevrolet.com/content/dam/Chevrolet/northamerica/usa/nscwebsite/en/Home/Ownership/Certified%20Service/Brakes/01_images/Certified-Service-Brakes-mm_1-316x323-01.jpg)
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 16, 2016, 03:59:35 pm
Grate, tanks.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: CaminoRacer on October 16, 2016, 04:09:15 pm
(http://www.gratetek.com/mild_steel_grate_pic.jpg)

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/6b/7b/7d/6b7b7db60b27daa991f1a3709c5134c2.jpg)
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Rupert on October 16, 2016, 04:12:31 pm
OK, but after this you have to get your own homonyms.

(http://www.noreast1.com/gr0002.JPG)

(http://www.history.co.uk/sites/default/files/top-tanks-of-all-time.jpg)
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 16, 2016, 05:19:14 pm
Nice grates. Great tanks.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 17, 2016, 09:29:48 pm
Trailblazer runs. This is what happened.
Both transmissions that I installed had destroyed the front pump drive gears. The first one was definitely bad before I put it in. The second one may have destroyed itself when I first cranked the engine after the install.
Chevy builds these things such that the torque converter can fall out just far enough that it will not fully engage the pump, destroying it as soon as the engine is started. Yet, you can still bolt it completely to the engine and flexplate. Stupid design.

In order to solve this, I had to remove the transmission AGAIN, and swap the front pump out of another 4L60E.  PITA
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 18, 2016, 03:32:04 pm
They buy these things in bunches. The next Trailblazer had a nice rattling coming from the timing chain area. Guess what, it needs a timing chain, gears, guides and tensioners.

Removing the front timing cover requires dropping the oil pan. Since it's a 4WD Trailbizzard, the front axle runs through the oil pan. Great fun.

what a mess
(https://s10.postimg.org/59b9lbms7/20161018_165743.jpg)


change your oil once in a while
(https://s21.postimg.org/xlcauifhj/20161018_165756.jpg)

Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: 2o6 on October 18, 2016, 03:49:21 pm
Why are they putting money into that POS? Is this a Buy Here Pay Here lot?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 18, 2016, 03:55:01 pm
Why are they putting money into that POS? Is this a Buy Here Pay Here lot?

This shop serves multiple used car dealerships. They get these things at auction for practically nothing. Many of them are repos. Apparently, Trailblubbers sell for stupid prices at dealerships.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on October 18, 2016, 03:57:58 pm
I loved my TBlaze.  Super smooth, quiet, plenty of juice. 

The girl who bought it lives a few blocks away. Still truckin.  Gets parked outside all the time and she's like 18 so it never gets washed so the tiny rust spots have morphed into normal sized rust spots, but it still moves.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 18, 2016, 03:59:26 pm
I loved my TBlaze.  Super smooth, quiet, plenty of juice. 

The girl who bought it lives a few blocks away. Still truckin.  Gets parked outside all the time and she's like 18 so it never gets washed so the tiny rust spots have morphed into normal sized rust spots, but it still moves.

I thought you had a Monte Carlo and a Bravvy, then a Toyoter. Oh, and Outie.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on October 18, 2016, 04:03:16 pm
I thought you had a Monte Carlo and a Bravvy, then a Toyoter.

Monte, Bravvy, A4, wintered an Exploder, then wintered tBlaze cause Exploder exploded, sold both TBlaze and Audi, bought Yoter. 
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 18, 2016, 04:05:09 pm
Monte, Bravvy, A4, wintered an Exploder, then wintered tBlaze cause Exploder exploded, sold both TBlaze and Audi, bought Yoter.

You should winter a Miata. Put huge snow tires on, lock the rear diff

save Yoter fir summer
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on October 18, 2016, 04:06:49 pm
You should winter a Miata. Put huge snow tires on, lock the rear diff

save Yoter fir summer

Currently trying to save Yoter from its wheel bearings.  Dropped it off Sunday night but haven't heard a word from the shop. 

Makes me wish TRACKER still breathed. But it's basically a pile of broken parts and rust. Brakes are so powerful, it squeezes the fluid right out. 
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on October 18, 2016, 04:07:36 pm
This shop serves multiple used car dealerships. They get these things at auction for practically nothing. Many of them are repos. Apparently, Trailblubbers sell for stupid prices at dealerships.

Free market capitalism!  :ohyeah:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 18, 2016, 04:21:54 pm
Currently trying to save Yoter from its wheel bearings.  Dropped it off Sunday night but haven't heard a word from the shop. 

Makes me wish TRACKER still breathed. But it's basically a pile of broken parts and rust. Brakes are so powerful, it squeezes the fluid right out.

I did a front bearing on that other Trailblazir in about 20 minutes. Why does it take so long?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on October 18, 2016, 04:24:34 pm
I did a front bearing on that other Trailblazir in about 20 minutes. Why does it take so long?

Dunno. Maybe they're backed up. But if that's the case I dunno why they would've had me drop it off Sunday night if they weren't gonna be able to get to it for a couple days.  Not that I was gonna keep driving it anyways...the bearing really was that bad. Crunchety crunch crunch.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 18, 2016, 04:26:01 pm
Dunno. Maybe they're backed up. But if that's the case I dunno why they would've had me drop it off Sunday night if they weren't gonna be able to get to it for a couple days.  Not that I was gonna keep driving it anyways...the bearing really was that bad. Crunchety crunch crunch.

Moast mechanics are lazy liars. Most shops are run by poopbrains.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on October 18, 2016, 04:33:56 pm
Moast mechanics are lazy liars. Most shops are run by poopbrains.

I had good luck with the place last time.  But not so much this time.

As long as it gets done and gets done properly, IDRC.  Half of me wants to take it all apart when I get it back and make sure everything is anti-seized really good and all that shit so I can be the one to do work down the road.  But on the other hand the bearings should last me the rest of its life with me, so idc.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 20, 2016, 09:55:08 pm
I worked on some BMW 328 today. I don't know what people are afraid of. It's basically like working on a Ford, except it actually makes sense.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: 2o6 on October 21, 2016, 08:14:34 am
This shop serves multiple used car dealerships. They get these things at auction for practically nothing. Many of them are repos. Apparently, Trailblubbers sell for stupid prices at dealerships.

With financing, probably.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: AutobahnSHO on October 22, 2016, 08:17:01 am
I worked on some BMW 328 today. I don't know what people are afraid of. It's basically like working on a Ford, except it actually makes sense.

Mechanics at BMW garages know magic, so they have to charge a lot more. So it's really expensive to maintain the car.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Rupert on October 22, 2016, 12:56:20 pm
At least with Porsches, it's the parts more than the labor.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 25, 2016, 07:26:08 pm
Another F-150 5.4L Triton with bad timing chain guides/tensioners.
Looks like it was so bad that the chain wore through the timing cover.
Rather than fix the loose chain, the previous owner used some kind of epoxy goop to cover up the hole. But then another hole appeared!

(https://s10.postimg.org/8yq8t8em1/20161025_160044.jpg)

I love working on this shit.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on October 25, 2016, 07:35:34 pm
Wowza.  You've gotta be pretty desperate to just epoxy a hole like that. 
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 25, 2016, 07:39:01 pm
Wowza.  You've gotta be pretty desperate to just epoxy a hole like that.

A shit ton of oil slings off of that chain. People are good mechanics. :muffin:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on October 25, 2016, 07:39:36 pm
A shit ton of oil slings off of that chain. People are good mechanics. :muffin:

Mexicans r good mechanix. 
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 25, 2016, 07:42:45 pm
Mexicans r good mechanix.

That epoxy is actually one part queso, and one part refried beans. Once heated, it hardens and is impossible to remove from any metal surface.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on October 25, 2016, 07:43:40 pm
That epoxy is actually one part queso, and one part refried beans. Once heated, it hardens and is impossible to remove from any metal surface.

Like a radiator egg!
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 25, 2016, 08:02:57 pm
Like a radiator egg!


I know MacGyver can do the egg, but I prefer a new radiator, or JB Water Weld in a pinch.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 26, 2016, 07:12:17 pm
I spend all day finishing the timing chains on this F-150, then when I go to start it the fucking fuel pump won't run. Piece of crap.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: AutobahnSHO on October 27, 2016, 08:50:51 am
LOL I've changed two Ford fuel pumps. One paid for, on the SHO I did it myself. I can't figure out why Ford still keeps using crappy fuel pumps.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 27, 2016, 09:59:06 am
Fuel pump runs after banging on the tank with a rubber mallet (it's way easier than changing the fuel pump).
But the shit don't have good pressure between injector pulses.
Will try changing the filter.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on October 27, 2016, 10:26:25 am
Fuel pump runs after banging on the tank with a rubber mallet (it's way easier than changing the fuel pump).
But the shit don't have good pressure between injector pulses.
Will try changing the filter.

Does the vehicle have a shitload of miles? Probably needs a pump.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 27, 2016, 10:40:22 am
Does the vehicle have a shitload of miles? Probably needs a pump.

Over 200K.
Pressure hits 70-80 PSI when it primes, then drops to 40-50 when the injectors fire.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Rockraven on October 27, 2016, 11:24:53 am
Fuel pump runs after banging on the tank with a rubber mallet (it's way easier than changing the fuel pump).
But the shit don't have good pressure between injector pulses.
Will try changing the filter.

You need to liquify the internal crud so it clears out. A blowtorch should do the trick.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: CaminoRacer on October 27, 2016, 12:08:24 pm
LOL I've changed two Ford fuel pumps. One paid for, on the SHO I did it myself. I can't figure out why Ford still keeps using crappy fuel pumps.

Running low on gas is terrible for fuel pumps and kills them pretty quickly. I've talked with an aftermarket supplier and he said that if the pump runs dry for a second or two, it'll shorten the pump life by 1/2. If it's dry for 5-6 seconds, it's dead. OEM pumps might be able to handle it a bit better, but that's a big reason for filling up the gas tank when it gets to 1/4. Under that, and sharp corners can slosh the fuel around and away from the pickup.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Soup DeVille on October 27, 2016, 12:52:30 pm
Running low on gas is terrible for fuel pumps and kills them pretty quickly. I've talked with an aftermarket supplier and he said that if the pump runs dry for a second or two, it'll shorten the pump life by 1/2. If it's dry for 5-6 seconds, it's dead. OEM pumps might be able to handle it a bit better, but that's a big reason for filling up the gas tank when it gets to 1/4. Under that, and sharp corners can slosh the fuel around and away from the pickup.

It's ridiculous to me that something that would overheat that quickly is always bathed in a tub of highly flammable liquid.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on October 27, 2016, 01:48:19 pm
Over 200K.
Pressure hits 70-80 PSI when it primes, then drops to 40-50 when the injectors fire.

Normal.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 27, 2016, 03:49:51 pm
Normal.

Junk.
Turns out all the spark plugs got fouled somewhere in between when I first pulled a plug and found it clean and dry, and fixing the fuel pump. If you know about the plugs on these 5.4s, you know they are basically just $20 pieces of shit.
Anyway, I changed the plugs and it runs. But both valve covers are leaking oil. And if you know anything about the valve cover gaskets on these 5.4s, you know they are basically $20 rings of shit.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on October 27, 2016, 05:08:25 pm
Junk.
Turns out all the spark plugs got fouled somewhere in between when I first pulled a plug and found it clean and dry, and fixing the fuel pump. If you know about the plugs on these 5.4s, you know they are basically just $20 pieces of shit.
Anyway, I changed the plugs and it runs. But both valve covers are leaking oil. And if you know anything about the valve cover gaskets on these 5.4s, you know they are basically $20 rings of shit.

Normal.  ;)
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on October 27, 2016, 05:26:33 pm
Wanna hear my sob story for the day? No? Well here it is anyway. A rusty, rode hard and put away wet, hillbilly owned, 16 year old, 135,000 mile Windstar from out of state needs to pass a smog test for California plates. It's a real pile, with a leaking intake manifold, dead oxygen sensor, bad fuel injector...So hillbilly owner takes it to hillbilly/tweaker mechanic- he fucks it all up, gives up and says "take it to the dealer, I can't fix it". Every time I take something apart, I find another surprise.
Well, it's up to $2K on the repairs so far, and I've spent way more time on it than I can flag for the job. It's difficult to know the full extent of the stupidity of some so called "mechanics".
And now, it's all MY fault!  :lockedup: :rage:
Welcome to my life.  ;)
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 27, 2016, 07:29:16 pm
Wanna hear my sob story for the day? No? Well here it is anyway. A rusty, rode hard and put away wet, hillbilly owned, 16 year old, 135,000 mile Windstar from out of state needs to pass a smog test for California plates. It's a real pile, with a leaking intake manifold, dead oxygen sensor, bad fuel injector...So hillbilly owner takes it to hillbilly/tweaker mechanic- he fucks it all up, gives up and says "take it to the dealer, I can't fix it". Every time I take something apart, I find another surprise.
Well, it's up to $2K on the repairs so far, and I've spent way more time on it than I can flag for the job. It's difficult to know the full extent of the stupidity of some so called "mechanics".
And now, it's all MY fault!  :lockedup: :rage:
Welcome to my life.  ;)

Normal :huh:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on October 27, 2016, 08:10:09 pm
Normal :huh:

:lol:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 28, 2016, 12:05:35 pm
Aaaand, after replacing the valve cover gaskets and letting it run to check for leaks, it suddenly lost oil pressure and made some beautiful noises. I dropped the oil pan to find the remnants of the previous timing chain guides, and random chunks of aluminum clogging the oil pickup. This truck is like herpes.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: AutobahnSHO on October 28, 2016, 12:39:12 pm
Normal :huh:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Rupert on October 30, 2016, 11:53:21 am


It's ridiculous to me that something that would overheat that quickly is always bathed in a tub of highly flammable liquid.

The gas is the coolant. 0_0
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 30, 2016, 12:28:35 pm

The gas is the coolant. 0_0

What was wrong with cam actuated mechanical pumps? Nothing, I say.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: CaminoRacer on October 30, 2016, 12:52:17 pm
What was wrong with cam actuated mechanical pumps? Nothing, I say.

Low pressure and potential for vapor-locking, to name a couple  :tounge:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 30, 2016, 07:55:03 pm
Low pressure and potential for vapor-locking, to name a couple  :tounge:

Be patient. The fuel will arrive shortly.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Soup DeVille on October 31, 2016, 06:09:30 am
Low pressure and potential for vapor-locking, to name a couple  :tounge:

Old diesels had mechanical pumps for ages, and they delivered more pressure than any normal electric pump. Vapor locking is the result of dead-headed non return plumbing, nothing to do with how the pump is driven.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Soup DeVille on October 31, 2016, 06:12:59 am

The gas is the coolant. 0_0

Everything about the system makes me cringe; but since cars aren't detonating themselves all over the place, I must be wrong.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: CaminoRacer on October 31, 2016, 06:44:33 am
Old diesels had mechanical pumps for ages, and they delivered more pressure than any normal electric pump. Vapor locking is the result of dead-headed non return plumbing, nothing to do with how the pump is driven.

Well if the pump is connected to the engine there's gonna be a big chunk of non-pressurized line that can vaporize. Unless the gas tank is super close
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Soup DeVille on October 31, 2016, 03:55:45 pm
Well if the pump is connected to the engine there's gonna be a big chunk of non-pressurized line that can vaporize. Unless the gas tank is super close

The diesel pumps probably had enough lift and flow for that not to be a concern.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 31, 2016, 09:43:30 pm
I was working on a Jeep 4.0 that sounded like a diesel. I changed the lifters, which did not fix the problem. Maybe I should check and see if it has a diesel fuel pump.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on November 02, 2016, 01:31:43 pm
Swapping a good motor out of a wrecked G35, and putting it in a G35 with a rod knock. I hate working on Nissans.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: sparkplug on November 07, 2016, 09:42:16 pm
I've heard you mechanics love Dodge Intrepids
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on November 07, 2016, 10:15:33 pm
I've heard you mechanics love Dodge Intrepids

Please, no.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: sparkplug on November 08, 2016, 08:47:31 pm
Please, no.

and mitsubishi's.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on November 09, 2016, 09:31:01 am
Ford week.
Replaced a 4wd Escape transaxle yesturday.
Today is a Grande Markies transmission.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on November 10, 2016, 04:35:23 pm
Ford week continued. Replace transmission in a F-150. The old transmission was engaging multiple gears at once, resulting in quite a difficult time driving it around the yard and into the bay.

Which brings me to a simple question: how can you tell when a transmission is overheated?

(https://s11.postimg.org/tnfb0eafn/20161110_161812.jpg)

Yes, the torque converter turns blue. :lol:

Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: 68_427 on November 10, 2016, 10:04:35 pm
Nick if you get a SVX in please steal the exhaust manifolds off for me.  Those fuckers are impossible to find.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on November 11, 2016, 04:26:15 am
Nick if you get a SVX in please steal the exhaust manifolds off for me.  Those fuckers are impossible to find.

Yeah, sure. These guys aren't going to bid on some old ass Scubaroo. They want to make money money money.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: 68_427 on November 11, 2016, 05:24:32 am
Yeah, sure. These guys aren't going to bid on some old ass Scubaroo. They want to make money money money.

I'll buy one with a blown tranny from you then
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on November 11, 2016, 06:09:30 am
I'll buy one with a blown tranny from you then

I can get the manifolds off a 5.4L Ford. Is that close?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on November 25, 2016, 07:19:28 am
Today is rusty Acura MDX day. What happens when the transmission cooler fails and mixes with engine coolant? Strawberry milkshakes for everybody!
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on November 25, 2016, 02:19:38 pm
It took seven flushes to clean out that MDX cooling system and transmission. Rusty junk.
Now I get to work on an '06 MB S550 with a misfire on #8. Oil fouled.  Came back quickly with a new plug. Worn out junk.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on November 25, 2016, 02:39:06 pm
And now I find out the transmission is stuck in 1st or 2nd gear. It must have someting to do with that P0798.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 09, 2016, 07:04:31 pm
It was a Chevy week. Put a camshaft in a Silverado. Put an engine in a Tahoe. Put an engine in another Silverado. Did some other things, probably to Chevys.

This is what a fucked up camshaft lobe looks like:

(https://s30.postimg.org/gmgrz2sgx/20161202_173824.jpg)

and the corresponding lifter

(https://s17.postimg.org/d90l8u027/20161202_134225.jpg)

The only apparent problem with this engine was a slight misfire at idle - something most people would assume is a bad spark plug. Lucky for me, it wasn't that simple. $Texas.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on December 09, 2016, 07:10:03 pm
Nice.  You enjoying your work?  Seems like you're a can-do-it-all mechanic.  Good skillz.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: FoMoJo on December 09, 2016, 07:24:12 pm
It was a Chevy week. Put a camshaft in a Silverado. Put an engine in a Tahoe. Put an engine in another Silverado. Did some other things, probably to Chevys.

This is what a fucked up camshaft lobe looks like:

(https://s30.postimg.org/gmgrz2sgx/20161202_173824.jpg)

and the corresponding lifter

(https://s17.postimg.org/d90l8u027/20161202_134225.jpg)

The only apparent problem with this engine was a slight misfire at idle - something most people would assume is a bad spark plug. Lucky for me, it wasn't that simple. $Texas.
Pushrods :banghead:.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 09, 2016, 07:24:49 pm
Nice.  You enjoying your work?  Seems like you're a can-do-it-all mechanic.  Good skillz.

This could be the best job I've ever had, in a multifaceted sort of way. I'm just happy at work, and it pays enough. I actually look forward to going go work on Monday. That is unheard of.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 09, 2016, 07:30:31 pm
Oh yeah, so I got this Camry in with an "exhaust leak". So I put it.on the lift, and was presented with this masterpiece of crackhead engineering:

(https://s29.postimg.org/ezhbs1mdj/20161129_144932.jpg)

So, yeah, I had to order an entire cat-back exhaust system. :facepalm:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: MrH on December 09, 2016, 07:34:16 pm
:wtf: :lol:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: CaminoRacer on December 09, 2016, 09:03:47 pm
It was a Chevy week. Put a camshaft in a Silverado. Put an engine in a Tahoe. Put an engine in another Silverado. Did some other things, probably to Chevys.

This is what a fucked up camshaft lobe looks like:



and the corresponding lifter


The only apparent problem with this engine was a slight misfire at idle - something most people would assume is a bad spark plug. Lucky for me, it wasn't that simple. $Texas.

How'd that happen to a roller cam?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Laconian on December 10, 2016, 02:36:55 am
Is that a pipe stuck in a muffler?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 10, 2016, 05:38:16 am
How'd that happen to a roller cam?

I imagine the bearings on the roller get stuck intermittently, and/or the material of the roller was defective. Once it gets a bad spot, it snowballs and just tears shit up. It might also be a lack of oil in a particular spot due to clogged up oil passages. This engine was dirty as hell inside.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 10, 2016, 05:42:21 am
Is that a pipe stuck in a muffler?

That is a random/way-too-small pipe stuck in the outlet of the catalytic converter at a 45-degree angle , painstakingly secured with miles of bailing wire.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: GoCougs on December 10, 2016, 06:48:07 am
Pushrods :banghead:.

This is not relegated to pooprod motors - OHC engines eat cam lobes too - the force of the valve spring on the lifter and the interface of lifter to cam lobe are the same between the two valve train layouts.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: GoCougs on December 10, 2016, 06:52:47 am
How'd that happen to a roller cam?

The retainer (which keeps the lifter roller parallel to the camshaft lobe) probably failed and then the lifter rotated in its bore such that the roller was sliding rather than rolling, which will wipe a lobe in a matter of minutes.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: CaminoRacer on December 10, 2016, 08:45:07 am
The retainer (which keeps the lifter roller parallol to the camshaft lobe) probably failed and then the lifter rotated in its bore such that the roller was sliding rather than rolling, which will wipe a lobe in a matter of minutes.

Lol yeah that'd do it pretty quickly. Although I think the wear would probably be even worse since it sounded like they still drove the truck around for a while.

I think the bad bearing/bad oil circulation is the best guess.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 10, 2016, 08:58:45 am
This is not relegated to pooprod motors - OHC engines eat cam lobes too - the force of the valve spring on the lifter and the interface of lifter to cam lobe are the same between the two valve train layouts.

Yeah, we also had a V6 Accord that ate lobes on two different cams. Valves were out of adjustment, but the main cause appeared to be material failure.

The retainer (which keeps the lifter roller parallol to the camshaft lobe) probably failed and then the lifter rotated in its bore such that the roller was sliding rather than rolling, which will wipe a lobe in a matter of minutes.

Retainer was fine, lifter was oriented correctly.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: SVT_Power on December 12, 2016, 03:03:05 pm
This could be the best job I've ever had, in a multifaceted sort of way. I'm just happy at work, and it pays enough. I actually look forward to going go work on Monday. That is unheard of.

:rockon:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on December 12, 2016, 03:09:13 pm
(https://s29.postimg.org/ezhbs1mdj/20161129_144932.jpg)

Customer says, "Whadaya mean it needs exhaust work, I just had that done, dammit! "  :lol:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 20, 2016, 10:04:36 am
Did a transaxle on a Chebby Uplander yesterday - which entails dropping the subframe - thanks, Chebby. Went fine though.
Got a Jerp Liberty tranny to do today. Only a 2wd. Should be cake.

Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on December 20, 2016, 10:17:39 am
They made 2WD Libraries???
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 20, 2016, 11:10:22 am
They made 2WD Libraries???

Yeah. Pretty lame. There is just a big empty space where the front axle goes.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: AutobahnSHO on December 21, 2016, 06:45:47 am
They made 2WD Libraries???

got to keep them book costs down
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Soup DeVille on December 21, 2016, 07:03:40 am
They made 2WD Libraries???

Rental fleets.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: 2o6 on December 21, 2016, 10:30:55 am
Rental fleets.

Old people. I saw a lot of old ladies in my area that had FOUR CYLINDER 2WD Liberties.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Rupert on December 21, 2016, 03:16:13 pm
They made 2WD XTerras too.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 21, 2016, 05:02:42 pm
I just put a clutch in a 91 Toyota Pickup 4x4, black.
READY TO RACE NEEDLES, NOW.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Soup DeVille on December 22, 2016, 02:06:20 pm
They made 2WD XTerras too.

Now that's just pointless.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on December 22, 2016, 04:50:04 pm
Is a 2WD Libertarian TRAIL RATED?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 22, 2016, 05:02:55 pm
I dunno. I worked on a BMW 325 today. Junk.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 22, 2016, 06:40:23 pm
Also started working on a Camry with some problem. It starts and runs great for about two seconds, then shuts off. Every single timr. Throwing codes for all six ignition coils. Bullshit. I'm guessing ECM problem, because I can't think of anything else.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: CaminoRacer on December 22, 2016, 06:44:11 pm
Timing belt slipped a tooth.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 22, 2016, 06:53:21 pm
Timing belt slipped a tooth.

wat
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: CaminoRacer on December 22, 2016, 07:02:34 pm
Alternator regulator blew and then blew all the coils.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 22, 2016, 07:15:05 pm
Alternator regulator blew and then blew all the coils.

Uh... it runs 100% fine for two seconds before shutting down. It's not the immobilizer, either. I checked that.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: CaminoRacer on December 22, 2016, 07:16:29 pm
It's running so rich for 2 seconds that it temporarily fouls the plugs
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 22, 2016, 07:18:09 pm
It's running so rich for 2 seconds that it temporarily fouls the plugs

Yeah that has to be it.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: FoMoJo on December 22, 2016, 07:18:19 pm
Also started working on a Camry with some problem. It starts and runs great for about two seconds, then shuts off. Every single timr. Throwing codes for all six ignition coils. Bullshit. I'm guessing ECM problem, because I can't think of anything else.
Reflash?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 22, 2016, 07:24:14 pm
Reflash?

I can't do that. Some amount of programming would have to be done to replace the ECM. Toyoter dealer might do it. Still can't exactly diagnose the ECM, itself, without some detailed specs and wiring diagrams.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 28, 2016, 06:18:45 pm
So, the 91 Toyota Pickup (BTTF truck) that I put a clucth in last week ... it had a misfire, but car flipper guy wasn't sure if he wanted to bother fixing it until today. I looked at it and found the misfire on cylinder 6. Good spark, but plug is fouled. Checked compression: zero. So I had to pull the cylinder head, which pretty much took all day today. This engine is from the golden age of fuel injection where everything is controlled by a vacuum line. Most of them were dry rotted, and most of the plastic electrical connectors just crumbled trying to take them apart. What a cluster fuck.


(https://s28.postimg.org/3she178d9/20161228_172123.jpg)

Anyway, the #6 exhaust valve was burned to hell. Why? Because lazy OEMs like Toyota designed exhaust manifolds that dump exhaust from the rest of the engine right in front of cylinder 6. Idiots, but they don't care as long as it lasts through the warranty period. Also, this thing was covered in oil. The valve covers have probably been leaking since 1992.
A new exhaust valve is coming in tomorrow, so I can try to put this crap back together. I asked of I could just put a Weber carb on it, but I guess they thought I was joking.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 28, 2016, 06:26:17 pm
Also started working on a Camry with some problem. It starts and runs great for about two seconds, then shuts off. Every single timr. Throwing codes for all six ignition coils. Bullshit. I'm guessing ECM problem, because I can't think of anything else.

After more diagnosis, and swapping coils over from an Avalon with the same engine, I found out that ONE bad coil can trick the PCM into thinking ALL Of the coils are bad. And for some reason, that causes it to shut the engine down. When I swapped the coils betweem the Camry and Avalon and the problem moved to the Avalon, while the Camry ran fine.  Just stupid programming, Toyota. Is that some kind of scam to sell ignition coils?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: FoMoJo on December 28, 2016, 07:14:48 pm
After more diagnosis, and swapping coils over from an Avalon with the same engine, I found out that ONE bad coil can trick the PCM into thinking ALL Of the coils are bad. And for some reason, that causes it to shut the engine down. When I swapped the coils betweem the Camry and Avalon and the problem moved to the Avalon, while the Camry ran fine.  Just stupid programming, Toyota. Is that some kind of scam to sell ignition coils?
Spaghetti code.  Toyotas are notorious for it.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 29, 2016, 10:25:26 am
Spaghetti code.  Toyotas are notorious for it.

If I am going to get spaghetti, I demand meatballs.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: FoMoJo on December 29, 2016, 10:41:51 am
If I am going to get spaghetti, I demand meatballs.
You might find them behind the wheel.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on December 29, 2016, 01:09:47 pm
It's called RF (radio frequency interference). Sometimes alternators cause it, too.

Edit: Also be advised that relatively intelligent auto technicians don't usually make as much money as dumbass hacks with no sense of ethics. Just sayin cause you don't seem like a stupid person. :muffin:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 29, 2016, 01:56:18 pm
So I could fix it faster if I wear a tin foil hat...?


Edit: I just found out the timing belt tensioner pulley bolt hole is stripped on this 91 Toyota Pickup. That explains why it was so easy to loosen yesterday. I need that foil hat.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 30, 2016, 08:11:15 am
OMGWTFVACUUMLINES

(https://s23.postimg.org/nuldb7y2j/20161230_095555.jpg)

srsly wtf toyota
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on December 30, 2016, 10:57:24 am
That sucks.

;)
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 30, 2016, 12:12:48 pm
That sucks.

;)

Har dee har har.
I have already taken the upper intake back off once because I forgot to hook the cold start injector up to the fuel rail. I am about to take it off again because the PCV line crumbled apart. I replaced most of the rubber lines, but forgot that one.
I also broke two coolant sensors. There is this little coolant sensor block on the back of the lower intake with FOUR different coolant sensors... a regular one, one for the gauge, one with a thermostatic switch for the cold start injector, and one that controls a vacuum circuit. The first two are $10 at any parts store. The last two are the ones I broke. The cold injector switch was $170 for a new one. The vacuum one I just bypassed because I have no idea what it does.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on December 30, 2016, 12:20:08 pm
Is that the kind of shit you tell the bossman "it was already broken, I just missed it the first time around" ?  :lol:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 30, 2016, 01:05:44 pm
Is that the kind of shit you tell the bossman "it was already broken, I just missed it the first time around" ?  :lol:

Dude. I don't get paid by the hour. This is all on me. It usually doesn't take me three days to R&R a cylinder head on anything.  :lockedup:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on December 30, 2016, 01:06:18 pm
win sum, lose sum.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on December 30, 2016, 01:12:45 pm
It's common to charge a bit more to work on older cars. Shit's gonna break. Parts issues.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 30, 2016, 01:21:11 pm
win sum, lose sum.

Just like this truck lost the race to Needles.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 30, 2016, 01:22:05 pm
It's common to charge a bit more to work on older cars. Shit's gonna break. Parts issues.

Yeah, but this is turning into a damn resotation.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 06, 2017, 07:41:14 pm
Shit week at job. Didn't make much money. About the only thing I got done was replacing the transmission in a 3.2 TL. That also involved removing the steering column. Don't ask why.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on January 06, 2017, 08:50:58 pm
Shit week at job. Didn't make much money. About the only thing I got done was replacing the transmission in a 3.2 TL. That also involved removing the steering column. Don't ask why.

Why?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 07, 2017, 01:25:54 am
Why?

Because the steering shaft pulled apart when I dropped the subframe, even though I tied the rack up. Fuck.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: sparkplug on January 10, 2017, 09:48:07 pm
at least it wasn't a dodge intrepid.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 19, 2017, 01:12:23 pm
Goddam ghetto hooptie Lincoln Navivator today. Air bags are flat, so it's a lowrider. Engine had no oil pressure, so I dropped the pan and removed the pickup tube. Everything in the tray is what was stuck in the screen. Huge chunks of orange RTV silicone.

(https://s24.postimg.org/tb6ad3thh/20170119_115225.jpg)

It has oil pressure now.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: FoMoJo on January 19, 2017, 01:17:30 pm
Holy crap!  I thought for a second that that was what you cooked for your supper. :lol:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 19, 2017, 03:22:14 pm
Holy crap!  I thought for a second that that was what you cooked for your supper. :lol:

Close, but no. That is what happens when you use an entire tube of silicone on an oil pan THAT HAS A REUSEABLE RUBBER GASKET. Not only was the oil oan gasket leaking, but the excess silicone dripped into the oil pan and ruined the engine.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: sparkplug on January 19, 2017, 07:01:35 pm
using rtv silicone with a reusable gasket doesn't work. just like using forgetting to remove the rubber ring for the oil filter if it gets stuck on the engine.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 19, 2017, 07:06:06 pm
using rtv silicone with a reusable gasket doesn't work. just like using forgetting to remove the rubber ring for the oil filter if it gets stuck on the engine.

what happened to your cat?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 20, 2017, 08:21:26 am
I found a Ma$e - Feel So Good single CD in a truck. It has the radio and instrumental version.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 23, 2017, 03:06:11 pm
92 F150 5.0, changed fuel pump, and what appear to be the original spark plugs. Junk. It would make a good LAND truck if it wasn't 2wd.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: FoMoJo on January 23, 2017, 03:38:15 pm
92 F150 5.0, changed fuel pump, and what appear to be the original spark plugs. Junk. It would make a good LAND truck if it wasn't 2wd.

How many miles...and what kind of plugs are they?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: SVT_Power on January 23, 2017, 03:41:31 pm
How many miles...and what kind of plugs are they?

The original kind
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 23, 2017, 04:22:57 pm
How many miles...and what kind of plugs are they?

102K, Motorcraft rusty and fouled.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: FoMoJo on January 23, 2017, 05:06:59 pm
102K, Motorcraft rusty and fouled.
Pretty low mileage for a 25 year old truck, and if they are the original plugs, that's...amazing.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 30, 2017, 11:48:19 am
Heater core in a Doge Journey. A damn six year old vehicle should not need a damn heater core.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on January 30, 2017, 12:03:04 pm
FCA got u like FYA
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 30, 2017, 12:20:08 pm
Oh, I guess one of the hose clamps on the heater core was loose, so it was squirting straight into the firewall, with no external leak. If I wasn't so anal about checking things, I would be pulling the dash out right now.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 31, 2017, 06:24:54 am
Oh, I guess it is the heater core. I let it sit overnight with 19 psi on the pressure tester.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 31, 2017, 06:57:47 am
Oh, I guess it still isn't the heater core
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on January 31, 2017, 07:46:34 am
When you turn on the heater, can you smell coolant? Do the windows fog up with the defroster on?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 31, 2017, 08:30:31 am
I fixed it. Another loose clamp. What a piece of shit.

Now I get to r&r an engine in a Hyunday Azeroth.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 01, 2017, 12:47:54 pm
Will I be alive if I try to do ball joints myself?  Seems relatively simple, but of course UP and corrosion.  But I have a torch now.  Should I get fancy ones with grease fittings?

Shop quoted me just shy of $400 to do them (and that might've just been uppers?), but they're only like $16 per, $22-29 for fancy ones.  So I expect it would take me a full day to do myself.

Some research suggests they're a PITA and many people just install new control arm assemblies instead?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Soup DeVille on February 01, 2017, 01:02:58 pm
Original ball joints are often riveted on: and are a huge PITA to remove. Then, the news ones are bolted: which isn't quite as secure.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 01, 2017, 01:09:51 pm
Original ball joints are often riveted on: and are a huge PITA to remove. Then, the news ones are bolted: which isn't quite as secure.

Riveted?  I thought they were press-fit, and so you rent a ball joint press from AutoZone or whateva to squeeze them out and in.

https://youtu.be/E9O_cOB2MTI
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on February 01, 2017, 01:16:03 pm
Some are,  some aren't. Consult your service manual for details.  :muffin:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: CaminoRacer on February 01, 2017, 01:22:15 pm
Often the lowers are pressed in and the uppers are riveted/bolted.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 01, 2017, 01:25:58 pm
A BFH is necessary for either method. PITA, but easy. It ain't rocket surgery.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 01, 2017, 01:34:23 pm
Hmm.  I'll have to take a looksee if they're riveted or not.  It's cold outside.  I can't be bumblefucking around with it for two days.

All the aftermarket ball joints (upper or lower) I'm seeing for my Taco don't have the mounting plate that apparently would be there if the stockers were riveted, they're all the normal-looking kind with castle nuts.  And if my memory serves right from the few times I've been up in there, neither is the rivet kind.  If neither is rivet kind, I would probably feel comfortable doing it meself.  None of the control arm assemblies you can buy seem to use rivet-style either.

Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 01, 2017, 02:03:14 pm
Some are,  some aren't. Consult your service manual for details.  :muffin:

I don't have $515 for a FSM.  Will a Hayne's work.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on February 01, 2017, 03:12:39 pm
I don't have $515 for a FSM.  Will a Hayne's work.

Ya, maybe even the internet/YouTube/a forum. If it was a Ford, i could look it up. What year/model/engine/4wd or 2wd/auto/manual/ P/S or manual. ?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 01, 2017, 03:23:17 pm
Ya, maybe even the internet/YouTube/a forum. If it was a Ford, i could look it up. What year/model/engine/4wd or 2wd/auto/manual/ P/S or manual. ?

I've watched a number of videos. They're what make me think I can do it.  Just fishing for more "you can do its" from real people. :lol:

05 Tacoma 4.0L 4WD automatic with power steering.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on February 01, 2017, 03:47:51 pm
I've watched a number of videos. They're what make me think I can do it.  Just fishing for more "you can do its" from real people. :lol:

05 Tacoma 4.0L 4WD automatic with power steering.

Ok, it shows a puller/pusher called an SST, in the cheezy off brand service manual I have. Maybe rent one at Autozone. Will need an alignment probably.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: CaminoRacer on February 01, 2017, 03:51:04 pm
I'm planning on doing a similar job myself. But I've learned not to project my abilities and/or willingness to DIY onto others.

Why would it need an alignment? As long as shims and the tie rod settings aren't touched it shouldn't change anything. :huh:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: shp4man on February 01, 2017, 03:52:06 pm
I'm planning on doing a similar job myself. But I've learned not to project my abilities and/or willingness to DIY onto others.

Why would it need an alignment? As long as shims and the tie rod settings aren't touched it shouldn't change anything. :huh:

It looks like you have to remove the A-arm.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 01, 2017, 04:22:03 pm
I'm planning to get an alignment done afterwards anyway. When I got the new shocks and stuff on I wanted to have an alignment done afterwards but they said there was too much play in the ball joints so I gotta do that first.

Also, shit, I might as well do the tie rods if I can, too. :mask:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 03, 2017, 08:38:52 pm
You could replace the truck while you're at it.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 03, 2017, 09:06:12 pm
You could replace the truck while you're at it.

I kinda like this process, honestly. I don't mind working on cars at all if I'm capable, and I'm doing more than I ever have before.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 04, 2017, 04:38:25 am
I kinda like this process, honestly. I don't mind working on cars at all if I'm capable, and I'm doing more than I ever have before.

My shop needs a guy to take over the entire detailing operation. You might not like it here, but you could already do it better than anyone else that has run it. The current guy uses plain wax to buff cars and then wonders why they still have scratches.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 04, 2017, 12:05:56 pm
My shop needs a guy to take over the entire detailing operation. You might not like it here, but you could already do it better than anyone else that has run it. The current guy uses plain wax to buff cars and then wonders why they still have scratches.

What's the pay?  Can I live on LAND?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 04, 2017, 12:13:54 pm
What's the pay?  Can I live on LAND?

I think it is something like $125/car for a standard detailing, and you have to lease the bays in the shop. You can buy your own damn land next to mine. There are still a hundred acres left.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 04, 2017, 12:19:13 pm
How much is it to lease the bay?  I could do 1.5-2 cars a day assuming the supply is that large.  Quality.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 05, 2017, 06:20:09 am
How much is it to lease the bay?  I could do 1.5-2 cars a day assuming the supply is that large.  Quality.

I don't know, but the supply seems endless. Probably more like 3 - 5 a day, and the main guy pays a helper to ... help.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 05, 2017, 11:59:02 am
Interesting.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 08, 2017, 04:00:42 pm
One of my favourite engine designs of all time. A 2006 Furd Exploder's 4.0L SOHC V6. What a pile of garbage. Let's take perfectly fine pushrod engine and do a halfassed redesign to make it OHC, even though it will still have only two valves per cylinder. In place of the old camshaft, we can put a dummy/balance shaft with sprockets on each end to drive the new overhead cams, meaning one of the timing chains goes on the back.

In this case, the chains and guides were okay, and I am just replacing a cracked cylinder head.

(https://s29.postimg.org/rrcgl0uk7/20170208_135734.jpg)
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 08, 2017, 04:45:46 pm
Oh, and the sprockets are not keyed to the cams. You just have to line it up and tighten the the bolt without anything slipping out of place.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Laconian on February 08, 2017, 06:17:25 pm
WTF is all that white? Exploder bukkake porn?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 08, 2017, 06:20:47 pm
WTF is all that white? Exploder bukkake porn?

Yes. Someone filled it with block sealer, which clogged the radiator cap so it actually held all the combustiom pressure, even when cooled off.  The only way to relieve the pressure is to remove the cap. And boom, bukkake all over the place. On my head, on my tools, on my radio; just a mess.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 16, 2017, 07:05:08 pm
I have to mention that I recently worked on a Buick Enclave, and I think it is one of the dumbest crossover crap vehicles, ever. First of all, the fuel tank is about seven feet long, and yes, I had to drop it to replace an evap vent. Second, it has this long metal rail hanging under the body on the driver's side to protect the fuel tank from impacts. Okay, I guess you can't even drive over curbs with this thing now. Oh, and if you reach under the body around the B pillar and pull the plug hanging down, you will disconnect the fuel pump. Not hard to do. Oh, and the interior. Wow, plastic wood. So much. Such horrible. And guess what, the font on the instruments is impossible for old people to read. It is tiny tiny. What the hell is this vehicle for?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: 2o6 on February 17, 2017, 03:31:06 pm
I have to mention that I recently worked on a Buick Enclave, and I think it is one of the dumbest crossover crap vehicles, ever. First of all, the fuel tank is about seven feet long, and yes, I had to drop it to replace an evap vent. Second, it has this long metal rail hanging under the body on the driver's side to protect the fuel tank from impacts. Okay, I guess you can't even drive over curbs with this thing now. Oh, and if you reach under the body around the B pillar and pull the plug hanging down, you will disconnect the fuel pump. Not hard to do. Oh, and the interior. Wow, plastic wood. So much. Such horrible. And guess what, the font on the instruments is impossible for old people to read. It is tiny tiny. What the hell is this vehicle for?

The 3rd row seats three real-sized people.


I'm not a fan of these cars, but they're big and sold well because no one could figure out how to make a crossover that seats 7-8 real adults.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: ifcar on February 17, 2017, 04:06:05 pm
The 3rd row seats three real-sized people.


I'm not a fan of these cars, but they're big and sold well because no one could figure out how to make a crossover that seats 7-8 real adults.

The trick was to make it really big.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: JWC on February 19, 2017, 07:08:49 am
I don't have $515 for a FSM.  Will a Hayne's work.


I know this was a post from a couple of weeks ago, but thought I'd add this: Some dealerships, depends on how well you now your service advisor/shop manager/parts manager, will copy pages out of the factory shop manual for customers.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 23, 2017, 08:40:26 pm
This is how you remove a 5.0L V8 from a 2012 Ford F-150 in three steps:

1. Open the hood:
(https://s16.postimg.org/psav2mts5/20170221_085828.jpg)


2. Remove the headlights, horns, a/c condenser, transmission cooler, radiator, impact sensors, hood latch, battery junction box and radiator support:
(https://s1.postimg.org/vx1nhn9un/20170221_100515.jpg)

3. Remove the engine:
(https://s12.postimg.org/b11ntlvml/20170222_081428.jpg)

Did you see that nasty air filter? That is why this needed a new engine. Someone lost the fender liner, exposing the intake to mud, and then let the airfilter get clogged up until the suction caused it to collapse. The intake manifold was caked with mud on the inside. I don't know what kind of people do this.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 23, 2017, 09:20:54 pm
That under-hood mountable light is dope as fuck.  Where can has.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 24, 2017, 12:13:13 pm
That under-hood mountable light is dope as fuck.  Where can has.

It's like $300 from Matco
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 24, 2017, 01:56:14 pm
It's like $300 from Matco

Oh. Well. I found the cheap version. There are even cheaper LED versions but I'd rather have the flood of a T8.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002J8RTF0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_v2jSybYNWTFTA
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 24, 2017, 02:00:08 pm
Oh. Well. I found the cheap version. There are even cheaper LED versions but I'd rather have the flood of a T8.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002J8RTF0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_v2jSybYNWTFTA

That looks exactly the same, except it doesn't say Matco :lol:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: veeman on February 25, 2017, 01:09:55 am
I have to mention that I recently worked on a Buick Enclave, and I think it is one of the dumbest crossover crap vehicles, ever. First of all, the fuel tank is about seven feet long, and yes, I had to drop it to replace an evap vent. Second, it has this long metal rail hanging under the body on the driver's side to protect the fuel tank from impacts. Okay, I guess you can't even drive over curbs with this thing now. Oh, and if you reach under the body around the B pillar and pull the plug hanging down, you will disconnect the fuel pump. Not hard to do. Oh, and the interior. Wow, plastic wood. So much. Such horrible. And guess what, the font on the instruments is impossible for old people to read. It is tiny tiny. What the hell is this vehicle for?

I don't know anything about working on it but as a crossover crap vehicle I really liked it :lol:  Fake wood galore which didn't match the color of the real wood on the steering wheel was annoying but it drove like a Buick should.  Real quiet and real smooth.  Looked much much better than a minivan too in my opinion.  Never got even close to being stuck in the snow and I never scraped any curbs or bottomed out on any speed bumps even with a full load. Great great deal for around $45 grand in my opinion.  And I really liked the shiny chrome wheels. 
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 25, 2017, 01:22:01 am
I've detailed and driven Enclaves.  Seemed like it pegged its target market pretty well.  Faux luxury errywhere, good looks, smooth sailing, etc.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: giant_mtb on February 25, 2017, 01:22:27 am
That looks exactly the same, except it doesn't say Matco :lol:

You got jipped! :lol:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 11, 2019, 12:58:46 pm
This is an intake valve in a direct injection Hyundai engine after ???,??? miles. Them deposits are thicc, bo.

(https://i.postimg.cc/02mGVhF2/IMG-20190111-145423-719.jpg)
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 12, 2019, 08:09:06 pm
Tomorrow I have to replace a damn Allison 1000 on a 4wd Duramax pickup. I had better eat my Wheaties.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 14, 2019, 09:23:20 pm
I was all up in the butt of a 2002 GMC Sierra 4WD, 6.6L Duramax V8 for the last two days. I had to replace the gigantic Allison transmission. It also had a damaged flexplate, so I had to get a good rusty one from a junkyard. Removing the crankshaft bolts required a 6-foot cheater pipe. I didn't have a torque wrench that read to 260 lb-ft, so I had to wing it when installing the new rusty one. The bolts take a 14mm hex key, just in case you need to know.

 I also had to unseize the front driveshaft from the transfer case, and replace a universal joint in the rear driveshaft.

Rusty ass piece of shit diesel truck.

(https://i.postimg.cc/50MxnXzN/IMG-20190214-094805018.jpg)
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 22, 2019, 01:00:42 pm
I hate aftermarket remote starters, and I hate it when the installers just twist wires together and wrap them in 'lectric tape. :rage:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Soup DeVille on February 22, 2019, 01:20:30 pm
I hate aftermarket remote starters, and I hate it when the installers just twist wires together and wrap them in 'lectric tape. :rage:

I've never seen any aftermarket wiring done by an installer that was worth a tinker's dam. I made the mistake of allowing the shop that installed my hitch also wire up the brake controller and it nearly caught my truck on fire.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 22, 2019, 01:53:00 pm
I've never seen any aftermarket wiring done by an installer that was worth a tinker's dam. I made the mistake of allowing the shop that installed my hitch also wire up the brake controller and it nearly caught my truck on fire.

Most of them use those crappy quick splices in an application exposed to all of the shit thrown off the back tires, and being underwater on a boat ramp.

I install these GPS tracking/starter disabling boxes on every car for a used car lot, so I get to see a lot of shit wiring jobs on remote starters, alarms, and GPS trackers installed by previous car dealers. I also get to see lots of fancy woodwork inside of door panels to hold up windows woth broken regulators. It's amazing how much effort people put in to being stupid.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 31, 2019, 02:51:29 pm
Got a 98 Blazer in that needed a fuel pump.
Dropped the tank, removed and disassembled the fuel pump module. Pump fits right in, and even looks just like the old one.
Put it all back together, no start. Check fuel pressure: 20 PSI. Check parts invoice: pump is for an 89 Blazer, not a 98. Fuck.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: FoMoJo on July 31, 2019, 03:10:10 pm
Got a 98 Blazer in that needed a fuel pump.
Dropped the tank, removed and disassembled the fuel pump module. Pump fits right in, and even looks just like the old one.
Put it all back together, no start. Check fuel pressure: 20 PSI. Check parts invoice: pump is for an 89 Blazer, not a 98. Fuck.
Someone at the parts counter may be dyslexic. :huh:
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 31, 2019, 03:54:52 pm
Someone at the parts counter may be dyslexic. :huh:

Yeah, seems like every day.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: HurricaneSteve on August 01, 2019, 02:10:47 pm
I love Ford Blazers.

Got a 98 Blazer in that needed a fuel pump.
Dropped the tank, removed and disassembled the fuel pump module. Pump fits right in, and even looks just like the old one.
Put it all back together, no start. Check fuel pressure: 20 PSI. Check parts invoice: pump is for an 89 Blazer, not a 98. Fuck.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on August 01, 2019, 11:05:51 pm
I love Ford Blazers.


Not as much as I love Mercury Jimmys.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: HurricaneSteve on August 02, 2019, 01:15:30 pm
Syclone Jimmy GT!

Not as much as I love Mercury Jimmys.
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on August 05, 2019, 08:43:59 am
So I'm replacing a cam sensor for a friend on a 4.0 Nissan. My arm hits the plastic fitting on a heater core line and indtantly breaks it. Milkshake. Yeah, it's the transmission cooler.  Bad/good luck?
Title: Re: \alive/mechanic\
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 10, 2019, 09:23:11 am
(https://i.postimg.cc/x85R1YrB/IMG-20191010-102747816.jpg)

Matched-grooved brake pads and rotors provide more surface area for heat dissipation, thereby maintaining higher friction for longer. The multi-directional interlocking adds stability to the system, resulting in a positive change in brake pedal feel and modulation control. They are the fracture-split connecting rods of brakes. Change my mind.

Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on October 10, 2019, 11:27:27 am
(https://i.postimg.cc/x85R1YrB/IMG-20191010-102747816.jpg)

Matched-grooved brake pads and rotors provide more surface area for heat dissipation, thereby maintaining higher friction for longer. The multi-directional interlocking adds stability to the system, resulting in a positive change in brake pedal feel and modulation control. They are the fracture-split connecting rods of brakes. Change my mind.



Are those the FULL metallic pads? Looks like they're pretty hard on the rotors.  :lol:   Customer must be completely deaf.  Or completely stupid. Probably the second one.  ;)
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on October 10, 2019, 12:15:22 pm
Didn't turn the rotors when changing the pads?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 10, 2019, 12:15:55 pm
Are those the FULL metallic pads? Looks like they're pretty hard on the rotors.  :lol:   Customer must be completely deaf.  Or completely stupid. Probably the second one.  ;)

It was a Chrysler 200, so they probably thought it was normal.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 10, 2019, 12:18:56 pm
Didn't turn the rotors when changing the pads?

And drove for another 20,000 miles, I have to assume. The car only had 74K on it.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 12, 2019, 09:37:18 pm
(https://i.postimg.cc/L8TTXWNr/uia-GU9-A-d.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: RomanChariot on October 14, 2019, 09:32:26 am
I had a buddy that had a corroded battery cable on a 4.3L S-10 but was having a hard time with the routing from the battery to the starter so he cut the cable about a foot from the battery and attached a new length of cable using a very large electrical twist nut. I found out about it when he couldn't get his truck to start a couple of years later. We tried eveything to jump start the truck but could't get power to the starter. That's when he remembered the twist nut. He pulled it out and we cleaned it and the wires up from corrosion, put it back on and the truck fired up. As far as I know that twist nut stayed in there until his wife totaled the truck.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on October 14, 2019, 12:54:48 pm
I had a buddy that had a corroded battery cable on a 4.3L S-10 but was having a hard time with the routing from the battery to the starter so he cut the cable about a foot from the battery and attached a new length of cable using a very large electrical twist nut. I found out about it when he couldn't get his truck to start a couple of years later. We tried eveything to jump start the truck but could't get power to the starter. That's when he remembered the twist nut. He pulled it out and we cleaned it and the wires up from corrosion, put it back on and the truck fired up. As far as I know that twist nut stayed in there until his wife totaled the truck.

Well, wire nuts look stupid; but they are designed to make electrical connections. Had he used a wet location nut, or taped it up properly, it likely would have been fine.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 14, 2019, 04:15:19 pm
Wire nuts don't belong anywhere near a vehicle, and I think they suck on any stranded wire. :pee:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on October 14, 2019, 05:52:12 pm
It's common on old car forums to make fun of the stupid, cheap stuff the PO (previous owner) does. Most of the time, it's hidden, and you find out about it during a restoration. It's kind of funny, but I guess not if it's your car.  :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on October 19, 2019, 03:11:58 pm
I got to put a manual transmission in a 2015 Versa, today. PO had torn up reverse. Pretty easy job. Somehow, this thing had 99K on it, and no knocking sounds from the engine.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: MrH on October 20, 2019, 05:30:40 pm
Alright, so weird situation with the girlfriend's car (2012 Ford Focus).

Wouldn't start.  I showed up thinking it was a battery.  Seemed to have enough power, but wasn't even trying to turn over.  Hooked up the jumper cables just in case, but nothing.

Figured it was a starter.  Arranged for a tow truck to take it to the Ford dealer the next day.  Next day, it started right up.  She drove it over there, they said it was a bad transmission module?  Replaced it over warranty for free, and it's been fine since.

I figured if the transmission module was bad, it would start, just not shift into gear or something.  This wouldn't even turn over?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on October 20, 2019, 06:25:09 pm
If the transmission is telling the ecu that its in gear, it won't even try to start.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on October 20, 2019, 07:16:56 pm
Alright, so weird situation with the girlfriend's car (2012 Ford Focus).

Wouldn't start.  I showed up thinking it was a battery.  Seemed to have enough power, but wasn't even trying to turn over.  Hooked up the jumper cables just in case, but nothing.

Figured it was a starter.  Arranged for a tow truck to take it to the Ford dealer the next day.  Next day, it started right up.  She drove it over there, they said it was a bad transmission module?  Replaced it over warranty for free, and it's been fine since.

I figured if the transmission module was bad, it would start, just not shift into gear or something.  This wouldn't even turn over?

Common issue. The early TCMs were junk- high failure rate, so Ford put a super long warranty on them.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: MrH on October 21, 2019, 08:39:23 am
If the transmission is telling the ecu that its in gear, it won't even try to start.

Common issue. The early TCMs were junk- high failure rate, so Ford put a super long warranty on them.

I guess that makes sense.  You would think if the TCM failed or wasn't sending a signal, it would default that the car was in neutral to allow for it to start?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on October 21, 2019, 09:03:57 am
I guess that makes sense.  You would think if the TCM failed or wasn't sending a signal, it would default that the car was in neutral to allow for it to start?

I think its probably a positive safety; the ECU needs an "OK" signal for the engine to start, otherwise in failure mode it might try to start in gear.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on November 26, 2019, 01:29:19 pm
I just spent about 3 hours adjusting the valves on a 3.5 V6 Honda because it had a random misfire. All of them were too tight. I loosened them all to spec, and now it's fucking clickity clackity. Fuck.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on November 26, 2019, 02:16:09 pm
I just spent about 3 hours adjusting the valves on a 3.5 V6 Honda because it had a random misfire. All of them were too tight. I loosened them all to spec, and now it's fucking clickity clackity. Fuck.
Just add some 50 weight oil. :huh:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on November 26, 2019, 02:45:03 pm
Just add some 50 weight oil. :huh:

It has 160K on it. It's worn out. Buy a motor, cheapskates!
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on November 26, 2019, 02:46:32 pm
It has 160K on it. It's worn out. Buy a motor, cheapskates!
Honda engines are supposed to last forever.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on November 26, 2019, 02:48:26 pm
Honda engines are supposed to last forever.

It's a race car. Race car engines are expensive. Nothing requires valve adjustment these days except race cars, Hondas, and motorcycles.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 05, 2019, 04:37:58 pm
Did another valve adjustment on a Honda. '08 CR-V, K24. I generally like working on this engine. I had to remove the intake manifold in order to replace a rusted out coolant pipe, which was stupid, but not difficult at all. Kinda miss my Element.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 05, 2019, 04:45:58 pm
Oh, and then I got this 2012 Mercedes ML350 diesel, and they need me to find an oil leak. Without even looking, I said it is probably the vacuum pump. Yup. Why does every German car leak oil from the vacuum pump? And of course, nobody keeps the stupid rubber seal in stock. The dealer wants to sell the entire pump. Fuck you. RTV to the rescue.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 09, 2019, 12:57:22 pm
Guy buys beat up Doge truck on our used car lot. Brings it in way past the warranty. Crank sensor code, won't start. He had a Doge Guy diagnose it, says it needs a new computer. Has it towed to our shop, demands we put computer in it.
Lol ok.
I look at it, pull each connector on the PCM, and one was full of rusty mud water. Clean it up, slop some silicone grease on it, and it runs perfect, no codes.
Lol. Stop driving through lakes.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on December 09, 2019, 01:42:25 pm
Dirt Every Day had a good episode where they intentionally drove into a pond and then got it running again. Truck was nasty af when they pulled it out.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on December 09, 2019, 06:12:01 pm
I like me some dirt erry day
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 28, 2020, 02:22:21 pm
After doing 104720 oil changes and 7288 brake pads the last two weeks, I finally get some real work. A CTS 3.6 AWD "needs a starter".

Upon further inspextion, the crankshaft only turns so far, and then gets jammed.

Removed the intake manifold and valve covers to find sparkly new timing chains, but the cams don't even try to move with the crankshaft.

Tear it down some more, and remove the front timing cover. Lol. The left idler sprocket's bolt snapped off in the block. What a mess.

Used engine is coming tomorrow.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: RomanChariot on January 28, 2020, 03:38:40 pm
Sounds like somebody went a little He-Man when they were tightening things down.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 29, 2020, 10:31:54 am
I am figuring out that the CTS was not designed to have the engine replaced, ever. I mean, I'm pulling it out the top because I'm using a drive-on lift. It would be easier to drop the whole front subframe, engine, trans, and t-case all out the bottom, as it was probably assembled at the factory.
I'll have it out by the end of the.
.
.
.
week? :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: RomanChariot on January 29, 2020, 11:22:16 am
I am figuring out that the CTS was not designed to have the engine replaced, ever. I mean, I'm pulling it out the top because I'm using a drive-on lift. It would be easier to drop the whole front subframe, engine, trans, and t-case all out the bottom, as it was probably assembled at the factory.
I'll have it out by the end of the.
.
.
.
week? :lol:

I remember years ago doing some work on my sister's Pontiac 6000 diesel. While fixing one issue I noticed that the oil pan gasket was leaking so I thought I would change that for her. Unfortunately, the transmission pan blocked access to some of bolts on the oil pan so step 1 to replace the oil pan gasket was "remove the engine." It leaked oil until the day it died.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on January 29, 2020, 11:54:40 am
I remember years ago doing some work on my sister's Pontiac 6000 diesel. While fixing one issue I noticed that the oil pan gasket was leaking so I thought I would change that for her. Unfortunately, the transmission pan blocked access to some of bolts on the oil pan so step 1 to replace the oil pan gasket was "remove the engine." It leaked oil until the day it died.

Automatic undercarriage corrosion proofing.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 29, 2020, 03:52:46 pm
I got the engine out today, but then realized the replacement engine was a port-injected LY7(?) 3.6 from a base mod CTS, but this CTS has the optional-for-2009 dirext-injection LLT(?) 3.6.

Flippin flapjacks!  :lockedup:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on January 29, 2020, 03:55:45 pm
I got the engine out today, but then realized the replacement engine was a port-injected LY7(?) 3.6 from a base mod CTS, but this CTS has the optional-for-2009 dirext-injection LLT(?) 3.6.

Flippin flapjacks!  :lockedup:
Does it still fit and would they know the difference?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on January 29, 2020, 03:59:29 pm
Does it still fit and would they know the difference?

The ECM programming and fuel injection wiring would be totally different. We are ordering another engine
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 10, 2020, 01:54:22 pm
"Hey, check this Tahoe ... motor's got a tick and the oil pressure is readin low."


(https://i.postimg.cc/85b65DGh/IMG-20200210-120548925.jpg)

And I spent the last three hours scraping sludge out of the oil pan, windage tray, and etc.

Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on February 10, 2020, 02:18:25 pm
"Hey, check this Tahoe ... motor's got a tick and the oil pressure is readin low."


(https://i.postimg.cc/85b65DGh/IMG-20200210-120548925.jpg)

And I spent the last three hours scraping sludge out of the oil pan, windage tray, and etc.



That has the look of death about it.  ;)
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 10, 2020, 04:12:30 pm
That has the look of death about it.  ;)

Cleaning the pan brought the oil pressure back up.
I also replaced 8 clogged up pushrods that had worn almost flat on the tips. That got rid of the tick.
It is now ready to be sold for $13,995, buy here, pay here!
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 21, 2020, 07:21:09 am
How do you know when it's time to change the timing chains on a GM 2.4 Ecotec? Easy! The timing chain life indicator line will appear on the valve cover:

(https://i.postimg.cc/zvxk2VTm/IMG-20200219-132353610.jpg)

and this 2011 Regal only had 93K on it
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on February 21, 2020, 08:05:44 am
LOL.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on February 23, 2020, 07:28:39 am
ha!
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on February 23, 2020, 08:15:46 am
How do you know when it's time to change the timing chains on a GM 2.4 Ecotec? Easy! The timing chain life indicator line will appear on the valve cover:

(https://i.postimg.cc/zvxk2VTm/IMG-20200219-132353610.jpg)

and this 2011 Regal only had 93K on it
I thought Buick was considered the 2nd most reliable brand. :huh:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 25, 2020, 09:20:23 am
I thought Buick was considered the 2nd most reliable brand. :huh:

The 3800 V6 was dead reliable
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on February 25, 2020, 11:14:27 am
The 3800 V6 was dead reliable
I always did like Buick, especially the old Fireball V8.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 25, 2020, 09:06:41 pm
Oh, yeah. That feels good. Don't stop.

https://youtu.be/f0SQ7rBayg8
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Laconian on February 26, 2020, 02:30:58 am
(https://i.imgur.com/B2phMRb.png)
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: MrH on February 26, 2020, 07:24:56 am
Cavitation!
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 27, 2020, 08:39:08 am
Mechanic job is going great. Tons of work, no waiting for parts, and I can tie up 2-3 bays without anyone questioning me. I keep getting thrown huge jobs and small jobs all at once, and it doesn't even bother me. More!
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: MrH on February 27, 2020, 11:43:43 am
LAND is going to turn into Nick's personal amusement park soon.  Ferris wheel, jalopies all over the place.  Tons of dogs.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 27, 2020, 01:15:53 pm
Replacing a tranny in an 18 y/o Avalon ... why bother. Kind of a pain. Brittle plactic everywhere.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 28, 2020, 07:49:48 am
Avalon,
Avalon,
Tranny is in the Avalon.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on February 28, 2020, 08:01:13 am
People are wacky. One of my jobs is a POS 99 Sable, worth maybe $800. Needs about $3K in repairs. I told the guy to donate it or sell it to a junkyard.
Nope.....fix it. Jesus.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on February 28, 2020, 09:58:26 am
People are wacky. One of my jobs is a POS 99 Sable, worth maybe $800. Needs about $3K in repairs. I told the guy to donate it or sell it to a junkyard.
Nope.....fix it. Jesus.

It's not like this is even a nice 03 Avalon. I would call it "cosmetically challenged".

And it badly needs valvecover gaskets.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 02, 2020, 05:28:37 pm
I lost my ass today diagnosing a crank/no start on a stupid Murano. The anti-theft light was on steady, so I assumed it wasn't reading the key. 5 hours later, the other mechanic looks at it, tightens the battery terminals, and starts it right up. Fuck Nissans.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on March 02, 2020, 06:35:50 pm
I lost my ass today diagnosing a crank/no start on a stupid Murano. The anti-theft light was on steady, so I assumed it wasn't reading the key. 5 hours later, the other mechanic looks at it, tightens the battery terminals, and starts it right up. Fuck Nissans.
It's always useful to learn something new. :ohyeah:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 02, 2020, 08:04:45 pm
It's always useful to learn something new. :ohyeah:

I still don't understand.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 03, 2020, 12:52:30 pm
I ordered some 8-inch, knobby casters for my service cart. All-terrain. Oh, a pile of oil-dry? No biggie. Oh, an air hose? No problem. A rusty water pump? Didn't even feel it.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on March 03, 2020, 01:29:39 pm
I still don't understand.

Probably a CAN-bus issue. Slightly lower voltage had some nodes faulting out, tightening the battery posts reduced voltage drop, and they came on line.

New cars are stupid.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 03, 2020, 02:14:43 pm
Probably a CAN-bus issue. Slightly lower voltage had some nodes faulting out, tightening the battery posts reduced voltage drop, and they came on line.

New cars are stupid.

CAN-bus? More like CAN'T-bus! :popcorn:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on March 03, 2020, 06:29:07 pm
If the voltage on networked systems goes below 9 volts, all kinds of crazy shit happens. On a hybrid car, the damn thing will quit running.  We’re talkin tow in here.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 03, 2020, 06:53:19 pm
If the voltage on networked systems goes below 9 volts, all kinds of crazy shit happens. On a hybrid car, the damn thing will quit running.  We’re talkin tow in here.

Yeah, I get that, but the starter cranked normally, and the ECM read 12+ volts via the scanner.

Somehow, I think one cable on the positive battery terminal/series of fuses was just looser than the others.

It's good now. I mean, as far as starting the engine.
I found $1700 of other work that it needs.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 07, 2020, 05:13:53 pm
Some lady brings a truck in to diagnose a coolant leak.
I find two leaks, and fix one in the process.
After she drinks several cups of free coffee, I turn in my list of required repairs, and she refuses to pay for anything because she only wanted an estimate. Bitch, it's $50 just for the diag, and I only get 0.5 flat rate hours for that.
Bitch raises hell and gets out without paying.


Being a mechanic is kind of a shit deal.
But I like doing the work.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on March 07, 2020, 05:20:27 pm
Some lady brings a truck in to diagnose a coolant leak.
I find two leaks, and fix one in the process.
After she drinks several cups of free coffee, I turn in my list of required repairs, and she refuses to pay for anything because she only wanted an estimate. Bitch, it's $50 just for the diag, and I only get 0.5 flat rate hours for that.
Bitch raises hell and gets out without paying.


Being a mechanic is kind of a shit deal.
But I like doing the work.
Are they told up front that they've got to pay for the diagnosis?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 07, 2020, 05:30:44 pm
Are they told up front that they've got to pay for the diagnosis?

Yeah. But apparently this lady was no very good at speak English.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on March 07, 2020, 08:44:37 pm
It's $150 at my job. And if you don't pay, no keys/no car/have a nice day.  :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 08, 2020, 10:19:04 am
It's $150 at my job. And if you don't pay, no keys/no car/have a nice day.  :lol:

Yeah, well, dealership+Califurnia.
$50 is the normal diag rate at any indie shop around these parts.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 08, 2020, 10:39:28 am
I need to get moar tool storage/flat table space. I have my two-box chest and a tool cart.
I just got an open 3-shelf cart, but I am eyeballing this thing at Harbor Freight:

(https://shop.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/5/6/56613_W3.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on March 08, 2020, 12:22:52 pm
No $20,000 Snap On account?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 08, 2020, 12:54:48 pm
No $20,000 Snap On account?

I am not even going on that truck.

I mean, I might buy a ratchet handle someday, because damn that ratcheting action is fine. But no.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 09, 2020, 11:45:09 am
Drilling out a cross-threaded, frozen lug nut on a 3500 diesel. How many labor hours should I charge? I've alreadt spent 2. Plus installing a new stud, and sharpening the drill bits. Fuck.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 10, 2020, 08:44:11 am
Brake inspection on a nice, late model SUV.
Two car seats in the back.
Front pads metal to metal, caliper about to blow out.
Customer declines repairs, "just wanted an estimate"
Fuck.

Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on March 10, 2020, 09:07:29 am
Brake inspection on a nice, late model SUV.
Two car seats in the back.
Front pads metal to metal, caliper about to blow out.
Customer declines repairs, "just wanted an estimate"
Fuck.



Fucking hell.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on March 10, 2020, 10:01:21 am
Well they'll figure it out next time when the estimate is 3x more because they need to replace the rotors and maybe the calipers too.

I've learned that lesson before. I tend to wait way too long to do brakes on my Mazda and always end up needing new rotors.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 10, 2020, 11:00:24 am
Well they'll figure it out next time when the estimate is 3x more because they need to replace the rotors and maybe the calipers too.

I've learned that lesson before. I tend to wait way too long to do brakes on my Mazda and always end up needing new rotors.

They already need rotors.
When the brakes completely fail, they'll need new everything.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on March 10, 2020, 11:37:23 am
Brake inspection on a nice, late model SUV.
Two car seats in the back.
Front pads metal to metal, caliper about to blow out.
Customer declines repairs, "just wanted an estimate"
Fuck.
Did they pay for the estimate?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 10, 2020, 11:42:22 am
Did they pay for the estimate?

I don't think a brake inspection gets the $50 diag fee, since it's just visual.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on March 10, 2020, 12:23:08 pm
Well they'll figure it out next time when the estimate is 3x more because they need to replace the rotors and maybe the calipers too.

I've learned that lesson before. I tend to wait way too long to do brakes on my Mazda and always end up needing new rotors.

I don't care about that; but complete brake failure is another story.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on March 10, 2020, 01:26:04 pm
Many shops charge a fee for brake inspection that will apply to the repair if they buy it. That's because there is some liability involved.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 10, 2020, 01:31:59 pm
Many shops charge a fee for brake inspection that will apply to the repair if they buy it. That's because there is some liability involved.

Half of our business is tires and oil. Visual brake inspections are free with those services. And, the tire/oil guys are paid  hourly, not flat rate. But this was just a brake inspection, and nothing else. I guess this customer just wanted to waste my time.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on March 11, 2020, 05:27:17 pm
My latest job is a Uhaul 2019 Transit 250 van. It was rented with a fake ID and taken down to Mexico where they cut of the catalytic converters (they're worth about $60 in scrap), then proceeded to load it up with illegal immigrants and make a run across the border. Where they were caught.  ;) Damn, some of the shit fucking people do...just makes you want to  :facepalm:

 :lol: :muffin:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 11, 2020, 05:41:08 pm
My latest job is a Uhaul 2019 Transit 250 van. It was rented with a fake ID and taken down to Mexico where they cut of the catalytic converters (they're worth about $60 in scrap), then proceeded to load it up with illegal immigrants and make a run across the border. Where they were caught.  ;) Damn, some of the shit fucking people do...just makes you want to  :facepalm:

 :lol: :muffin:

Niiiice :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on March 12, 2020, 03:56:43 pm
Speaking of cats, Subie has CEL.

Mechanic said run a can of BG44K in the fuel and clear the code and see what happens. THen replace the o2 sensors and run another can and clear the code and see what happens. Then cat time.

Youtubez says put a torch on the o2 sensor to test it.

Model 2005 Car has only 90k miles on it LOL and we put a used motor in it in 2016....   January had to replace coilpack, plugs and wires for misfires. :(    We didn't drive it very long like that- could it have burned out the cat that quickly?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 12, 2020, 04:28:25 pm
Speaking of cats, Subie has CEL.

Mechanic said run a can of BG44K in the fuel and clear the code and see what happens. THen replace the o2 sensors and run another can and clear the code and see what happens. Then cat time.

Youtubez says put a torch on the o2 sensor to test it.

Model 2005 Car has only 90k miles on it LOL and we put a used motor in it in 2016....   January had to replace coilpack, plugs and wires for misfires. :(    We didn't drive it very long like that- could it have burned out the cat that quickly?

What is the code, P0420?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on March 12, 2020, 06:53:30 pm
What is the code, P0420?

yessir
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 12, 2020, 07:43:27 pm
yessir

You probably didn't kill the cats that quickly, but they may be loaded up with hydromacarbonization that has been unable to ... catalyze.

I don't know anything about BG44K, but I have used another additive to clean cats. Mr Gasket's Cataclean. It's about $20-ish at most parts stores. Follow the directions on the bottle. You basically add it to a near-empty tank of gas, and then give it the old "Italian tune up".
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on March 12, 2020, 09:04:04 pm
Older Toyota’s are famous for setting a P0420 on and off. Sometimes they’ll stay good for a while, then it comes back. Subie? don’t know.
Raw fuel and coolant can take down a cat pretty fast.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 19, 2020, 11:41:06 am
Needed a 40+ amp relay for a pair of radiator fans on a Kia. Parts stores are like LOoooL, we no can get. Even the universal ones are only 30 amps.
I say, give me a starter solenoid for an '86 Ford.
Boom, a universal relay good for 200 amps.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on March 19, 2020, 11:42:47 am
Needed a 40+ amp relay for a pair of radiator fans on a Kia. Parts stores are like LOoooL, we no can get. Even the universal ones are only 30 amps.
I say, give me a starter solenoid for an '86 Ford.
Boom, a universal relay good for 200 amps.

You can also use two relays side by side.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 19, 2020, 01:11:43 pm
You can also use two relays side by side.

Ford solenoid was cheaper :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on March 19, 2020, 02:00:56 pm
Ford solenoid was cheaper :lol:
Also better. :praise:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on March 31, 2020, 11:24:38 am
You ever removed the battery tray on a 15 Cherokee? Holy shit, the imbecilic idiot, piss poor excuse for an engineer that designed that garbage should be tied to a telephone pole and shot.  :muffin: ;)
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 31, 2020, 12:47:00 pm
You ever removed the battery tray on a 15 Cherokee? Holy shit, the imbecilic idiot, piss poor excuse for an engineer that designed that garbage should be tied to a telephone pole and shot.  :muffin: ;)

Is that the one with the bolts underneath that you can't even get to, at all?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on March 31, 2020, 01:21:00 pm
Is that the one with the bolts underneath that you can't even get to, at all?

That's it. Big PIA.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on March 31, 2020, 05:55:19 pm
That's it. Big PIA.

Been there. Got the bolts out. Didn't put them back in. :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: RomanChariot on April 01, 2020, 10:03:12 am
I normally change the oil in all of my cars myself and my recent experiences have reinforced that I should stay that course.

Example 1: I recently bought a Honda Pilot. The previous owner last had the oil changed at a local tire store. When it came time for me to change the oil I found that the aluminum oil plug bolt was cross-threaded. Luckily, I was able to get it out without further damage and I replaced the bolt.

Example 2: Last year my Suburban was having some bad misfire issues that I didn't have time to track down and the weather was miserable so I took it to a local shop. They fixed the issues and also replaced the oil at the same time. This week I changed the oil and the oil plug bolt was way over tightened. I almost had to get out a breaker bar to loosen it. I then went to take off the filter and, you guessed it, it was stuck. I can get most filters off by hand. This one is in a bad location so I put an end cap filter wrench on it. It took so much force on the end cap that the filter housing started to deform before it finally broke free.

I understand that oil changes are relegated to the lowest level grunt in the shop and I remember being a teenager and over tightening every bolt, but it sure made 2 oil changes a lot harder than they needed to be.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on April 01, 2020, 10:13:19 am
One time the dealership put the oil filter on my A4 so tight that I resorted to poking through it with a long screwdriver so I could get leverage.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 01, 2020, 11:02:37 am
I just did a crap ton of work to a 4th gen Prelude. It had an H23 and 5-speed. Pretty fun to drive once I was done with it. But damn, I can hardly get in and out of it.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 06, 2020, 07:04:55 pm
Did a bunch of brakes n crap to an Owwwdie A7.  What a pain. Everything takes twice as long as it should, because Deutschland.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on April 06, 2020, 07:08:11 pm
Did a bunch of brakes n crap to an Owwwdie A7.  What a pain. Everything takes twice as long as it should, because Deutschland.

Did you have the external torx sockets required? :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 07, 2020, 06:31:10 pm
Did you have the external torx sockets required? :lol:

I actually do have many torx things.
What I didn't have was a scanner that could retract the rear calipers. So I had to remove the electric motors. And then I didn't have a caliper tool to fit the random 3-notch piston, so I had to use channel locks and a C clamp. It was a fucking 2-hour pain that paid 1 hour of labor. Fuck that.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on April 08, 2020, 09:26:03 pm
I have decided there is some really weird metallurgy going on with Landcruisers.

Every bolt I touch is either perfect, or completely and utterly hopeless when it comes to rust. Sometimes the nuts are rusted completely gone, but the stud or bolt they're attached to looks like it came from the factory yesterday.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on April 09, 2020, 08:44:01 am
I have decided there is some really weird metallurgy going on with Landcruisers.

Every bolt I touch is either perfect, or completely and utterly hopeless when it comes to rust. Sometimes the nuts are rusted completely gone, but the stud or bolt they're attached to looks like it came from the factory yesterday.

The Japanese build vehicles differently than we do. The Miata was built in Hiroshima, you can tell by the type of fasteners they used and the way parts are finished. Even the wiring harnesses are different.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 09, 2020, 02:58:05 pm
I just put a new turbo on a 1.4L Cruze because the oil feed line clogged up with sludge. Change ur oil!
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 09, 2020, 02:59:29 pm
I have decided there is some really weird metallurgy going on with Landcruisers.

Every bolt I touch is either perfect, or completely and utterly hopeless when it comes to rust. Sometimes the nuts are rusted completely gone, but the stud or bolt they're attached to looks like it came from the factory yesterday.

I put new front axles on one, and I was impressed with how it wad built. Of course, it wasn't from the rust belt.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on April 09, 2020, 05:31:15 pm
I put new front axles on one, and I was impressed with how it wad built. Of course, it wasn't from the rust belt.

On a 100 series?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 09, 2020, 05:32:14 pm
On a 100 series?

I want to say 2002-ish. Very well built suspension.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on April 10, 2020, 06:41:01 am
I want to say 2002-ish. Very well built suspension.

Yeah, that's the one. I can see why they have the reputation they do, but the rust thing is weird.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 10, 2020, 01:47:02 pm
So, this happened today

(https://i.postimg.cc/d3XgR6KS/IMG-20200410-154204057-01.jpg)

I was under an F150 with my huge 1/2" ratchet on the belt tensioner. It slipped off and banged me in the head.  : :drool:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on April 11, 2020, 04:46:52 pm
So, this happened today

(https://i.postimg.cc/d3XgR6KS/IMG-20200410-154204057-01.jpg)

I was under an F150 with my huge 1/2" ratchet on the belt tensioner. It slipped off and banged me in the head.  : :drool:


I hate shit like that. Modern cars are so tight, it’s an occupational hazard.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 11, 2020, 05:51:18 pm
I hate shit like that. Modern cars are so tight, it’s an occupational hazard.

I demand hazard pay!
My head is substantially less lumpy today. I think there is no significant brain damage. But yesterday, the goose egg was huge, and I was a bit woozy.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: MrH on April 13, 2020, 09:04:50 am
Look at those luscious locks!
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: RomanChariot on April 13, 2020, 10:11:19 am
That looks painful. Kind of looks like something I would do.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 17, 2020, 05:20:38 pm
I did it. I went on the Snap On truck. I bought tools, and got a free T+shirt!
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on April 17, 2020, 05:25:16 pm
I did it. I went on the Snap On truck. I bought tools, and got a free T+shirt!
Do they sell helmets?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 17, 2020, 05:44:01 pm
Do they sell helmets?

No
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on April 18, 2020, 08:33:55 am
I did it. I went on the Snap On truck. I bought tools, and got a free T+shirt!

Whenever my mechanic friend gets some new Mac or SnapOn swag, he says "yeah, this is a $1,200 t-shirt/hat/bottle opener/whatever."
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 18, 2020, 12:29:33 pm
Whenever my mechanic friend gets some new Mac or SnapOn swag, he says "yeah, this is a $1,200 t-shirt/hat/bottle opener/whatever."

:lol:

I spent about $130. The tool guy sems to think he will get more out of me once I see how sweet Snap On tools are.
I do want a good, long handle 1/4" drive ratchet. Those double pawls are so buttery smooth ...
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 27, 2020, 12:07:17 pm
So someone comes in for an oil change. Not my department, but the oil/tire tech is swamped, and I'm waiting on parts. So I take the oil change.

Customer knocks on the window when I pull his truck in.
Stares at me the whole fucking time.
It's got a skid plate that I have to take off.
And then we didn't have the oil filter in stock.
And it took 7.5 qts, so I had to make two trips to the oil tank on the opposite side of the shop with my 5 liter oil bottle.

Customer gives me service advisor hell because it's been AN HOUR (and he was a walk-in).
Then says that I only have two speeds: slow, and fucking slower.

Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on April 27, 2020, 12:09:10 pm
So someone comes in for an oil change. Not my department, but the oil/tire tech is swamped, and I'm waiting on parts. So I take the oil change.

Customer knocks on the window when I pull his truck in.
Stares at me the whole fucking time.
It's got a skid plate that I have to take off.
And then we didn't have the oil filter in stock.
And it took 7.5 qts, so I had to make two trips to the oil tank on the opposite side of the shop with my 5 liter oil bottle.

Customer gives me service advisor hell because it's been AN HOUR (and he was a walk-in).
Then says that I only have two speeds: slow, and fucking slower.



And goddammit, you left greasy fingerprints on it!!!!   I WANT A FREE OIL CHANGE!!!     :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 27, 2020, 12:11:58 pm
And goddammit, you left greasy fingerprints on it!!!!   I WANT A FREE OIL CHANGE!!!     :lol:

That is exactly what I don't do. I actually clean up after myself, and am just as meticulous with an oil change as anything else. And so I am "slow". Not to mention my bum knee and generally fucked legs.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 27, 2020, 12:15:40 pm
On the flip side, I did a timing belt job for a guy who very OCD, and also liked to watch. But he was so impressed with my work that he slipped me some extra under the table.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on April 27, 2020, 12:20:49 pm
We had some dude in a heavily accessorized F150 Raptor wannabe that mounted some shitty front lower brush guard that made access to the oil filter almost impossible. It took a 3 foot extension, a wobbly and on of those spider leg grabber things to get it off.  :lol:
Did the fucked up service writer DARE try to charge him more labor? Oh, hell, no.  ;)
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on April 27, 2020, 12:22:39 pm
On the flip side, I did a timing belt job for a guy who very OCD, and also liked to watch. But he was so impressed with my work that he slipped me some extra under the table.

I got a tip one time. It was just for recharging an A/C. $20.  :huh:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on April 27, 2020, 01:46:03 pm
On the flip side, I did a timing belt job for a guy who very OCD, and also liked to watch. But he was so impressed with my work that he slipped me some extra under the table.

Isn't it technically illegal for customers to be in the Danger Zone of the shop?  Because safety and liability and stuff?  Or is that just a sign they put over the door to keep nosy people from wandering around in the shop?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on April 27, 2020, 01:50:38 pm
Isn't it technically illegal for customers to be in the Danger Zone of the shop?  Because safety and liability and stuff?  Or is that just a sign they put over the door to keep nosy people from wandering around in the shop?

Nobody's ever stopped me; most mechanics tell me to come over and "look at this" (mostly because something be fucky).

Its mostly an insurance thing. Car falls on me, they say "can'tchu reed?"
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on April 27, 2020, 01:54:33 pm
Makes sense.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on April 27, 2020, 02:08:53 pm
I generally kept an eye on my El Camino the few times it's been in a shop.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on April 27, 2020, 02:11:08 pm
I used to freshly detail my A4 before I took it in for service so that whoever worked on it might take a bit of extra care with it. And I also always insisted they not wash it because it was already clean af and I didn't want some kid with a bucket of dirty wash water and a soiled brush fucking up my perfect black paint. :devil:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 27, 2020, 02:33:23 pm
We had some dude in a heavily accessorized F150 Raptor wannabe that mounted some shitty front lower brush guard that made access to the oil filter almost impossible. It took a 3 foot extension, a wobbly and on of those spider leg grabber things to get it off.  :lol:
Did the fucked up service writer DARE try to charge him more labor? Oh, hell, no.  ;)

Oh, don't even get me started.
Every alignment I get is written up as "standard", but at least half of them should me "Independent Suspension", which costs more and pays more because there are ... get this ... MORE adjustments.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 27, 2020, 02:35:35 pm
I generally kept an eye on my El Camino the few times it's been in a shop.

I usually don't mind if someone wants to come into the shop and talk to me. I fixed some guy's hanging bumper for free today because he asked me nicely. But douchebag McShittruck can fuck himself
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on April 27, 2020, 03:15:45 pm
I had to explain that more shims = more camber to an alignment guy one time. He was a good alignment guy but was getting his geometry confused that day.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 27, 2020, 04:09:45 pm
I had to explain that more shims = more camber to an alignment guy one time. He was a good alignment guy but was getting his geometry confused that day.

I don't do shims on anything unless it's really bad.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on April 27, 2020, 04:26:35 pm
I don't do shims on anything unless it's really bad.

My upper control arms have Max shims to get hella camber and caster
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 27, 2020, 05:49:10 pm
My upper control arms have Max shims to get hella camber and caster

You might need shims on your spindles.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 27, 2020, 06:37:11 pm
I "need" a welding table.
Should I go to a metal store and buy a bunch of metal to weld together, or buy a cheesy galvanized welding table on Amazon?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: RomanChariot on April 28, 2020, 09:36:30 am
I "need" a welding table.
Should I go to a metal store and buy a bunch of metal to weld together, or buy a cheesy galvanized welding table on Amazon?

I thought it was a right of passage that welders make their own welding tables.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 28, 2020, 12:13:58 pm
I thought it was a right of passage that welders make their own welding tables.

I'm not a welder, I'm a mechanic that welds kind of sticks metal together.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: RomanChariot on April 28, 2020, 03:45:42 pm
I'm not a welder, I'm a mechanic that welds kind of sticks metal together.

In that case, feel free to go cheap and easy.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 28, 2020, 04:00:53 pm
In that case, feel free to go cheap and easy.

But I like making stuff. :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: RomanChariot on April 28, 2020, 04:21:40 pm
But I like making stuff. :lol:

Which is often cheaper though not always easier. If C>E then C. If E>C then E. However, FUNNER>C or E unless TIME=0.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on April 28, 2020, 07:23:20 pm
-Get a car in for rough running motor.
-Figure out it just needs a tune-up.
-Plugs/wires/cap/rotor.
-Purrs like a kitten, easy money.
-Take it on a test drive just to make sure.
-Steering is crazy loose, can't drive in a straight line.
-Put it back on the lift, and find the rack and pinion just flopping around, bushings are totally gone, bolts are falling out.
-Spend 3 hours drilling/tapping holes in the frame for new bolts
-Filled bushing holes with epoxy
-Customer basically refused the steering repair, but I refused to let them drive it away like that.
-Let's see how this goes.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 02, 2020, 09:24:49 am
Epoxying a broken transaxle case, because customer doesn't want to pay for a new transaxle.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on May 03, 2020, 06:56:56 am
Epoxying a broken transaxle case, because customer doesn't want to pay for a new transaxle.

What a transphobic idiot.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 04, 2020, 12:03:34 pm
And now I am lengthing the stub end of a shifter by cutting it and welding in more metal. Because shifter is wrong and parts are hard to find.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 04, 2020, 04:50:23 pm
Quick comparo:

'10 WRX STI
vs.
'07 Mazdaspeed3

Did major work to both cars that required brief test drives with WOT and full boost.

WRX: Turbo takes a while to spool up, then it goes fast briefly, and it's time to shift. Boxer noise sounds good at first, but ends up feeling monotone and is never exciting. Is fun, but not as fun as expected. Drives like a ... Subaru. Interior is well trimmed, but ergonomically shitty. Working under the hood is annoying as hell.

Mazdaspeed3: Engine wants to rev and turbo spools fast. Takes off like a bat out of hell without much effort, despite the front tires struggling for traction. Has almost instant power after shifting into the next gear. Typical turbo-four sound track, but in a good way. Drives like a fun, happy puppy. Interior is roomy and comfortable. Working under the hood is no picnic, but I'll take it over the Scoobaroo, any day.


Mazda wins.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on May 09, 2020, 03:49:42 pm
Did I ever tell y'all I successfully changed valve cover gaskets on 03 Odyssey? In the driveway even. It's going to become the kids' car. (middle is 15 now, youngest is a year behind him).

Took me about an hour and a half or so to disassemble intake, different afternoon with good weather and motivation got front cover done. Man it was FILTHY. Took another afternoon to get rear done, and about an hour and a half to put intake etc... back on.

I am super proud of my work there- I don't do mechanical stuff well.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on May 10, 2020, 12:13:39 am
Did I ever tell y'all I successfully changed valve cover gaskets on 03 Odyssey? In the driveway even. It's going to become the kids' car. (middle is 15 now, youngest is a year behind him).

Took me about an hour and a half or so to disassemble intake, different afternoon with good weather and motivation got front cover done. Man it was FILTHY. Took another afternoon to get rear done, and about an hour and a half to put intake etc... back on.

I am super proud of my work there- I don't do mechanical stuff well.

:rockon:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CALL_911 on May 10, 2020, 06:38:28 pm
Did I ever tell y'all I successfully changed valve cover gaskets on 03 Odyssey? In the driveway even. It's going to become the kids' car. (middle is 15 now, youngest is a year behind him).

Took me about an hour and a half or so to disassemble intake, different afternoon with good weather and motivation got front cover done. Man it was FILTHY. Took another afternoon to get rear done, and about an hour and a half to put intake etc... back on.

I am super proud of my work there- I don't do mechanical stuff well.

U sure U wanna give a kid a minivan?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 11, 2020, 11:32:36 am
U sure U wanna give a kid a minivan?

A smrt kid would realize how fast a Honda van is. 240 horeselowrs.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on May 11, 2020, 11:37:53 am
U sure U wanna give a kid a minivan?

https://youtu.be/ToOP9c5VJ-o
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 11, 2020, 12:07:23 pm
https://youtu.be/ToOP9c5VJ-o

Dat back seat folds flat, yo  :winkguy:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on May 11, 2020, 12:46:52 pm
Stabbin' Cabin. Gen X version.  :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 12, 2020, 12:57:21 pm
Here is today's order of operations on a Chebby truck with 300K
 
1. Customer wants me to replace transmission. Done. Good to go.
2. Won't start because battery is dead dead and the cables are junk. Replace batt and cable ends.
3. Fuel line starts leaking. Fix that.
4. Rad hose starts leaking. Fixed.
5. Finally take for test drive. Previously suspected sloppy U-joint is definitely junk. Replaced that.
6. Oh, and the shifter cable fell off on the test drive, and it won't stay on. Replacing that requires taking apart half of the interior. Okay, fine.
7. While trying to snap the new cable on, the cast aluminum shifter mechanism just breaks apart.
8. What's next? Any guesses?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on May 12, 2020, 01:02:33 pm
Here is today's order of operations on a Chebby truck with 300K
 
1. Customer wants me to replace transmission. Done. Good to go.
2. Won't start because battery is dead dead and the cables are junk. Replace batt and cable ends.
3. Fuel line starts leaking. Fix that.
4. Rad hose starts leaking. Fixed.
5. Finally take for test drive. Previously suspected sloppy U-joint is definitely junk. Replaced that.
6. Oh, and the shifter cable fell off on the test drive, and it won't stay on. Replacing that requires taking apart half of the interior. Okay, fine.
7. While trying to snap the new cable on, the cast aluminum shifter mechanism just breaks apart.
8. What's next? Any guesses?

Sounds like the repairs are going to cost more than the truck is workth. :huh:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on May 12, 2020, 01:44:16 pm
Here is today's order of operations on a Chebby truck with 300K
 
1. Customer wants me to replace transmission. Done. Good to go.
2. Won't start because battery is dead dead and the cables are junk. Replace batt and cable ends.
3. Fuel line starts leaking. Fix that.
4. Rad hose starts leaking. Fixed.
5. Finally take for test drive. Previously suspected sloppy U-joint is definitely junk. Replaced that.
6. Oh, and the shifter cable fell off on the test drive, and it won't stay on. Replacing that requires taking apart half of the interior. Okay, fine.
7. While trying to snap the new cable on, the cast aluminum shifter mechanism just breaks apart.
8. What's next? Any guesses?


Ecology Auto Wrecking?   :lol:

But seriously, it never ceases to amaze me how some people insist on trying to keep a dying vehicle going.
It's like giving grandpa a penis enlargement. I mean, what's the point?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on May 13, 2020, 04:54:56 pm
U sure U wanna give a kid a minivan?

Well it's about the money and transportation.
1- We bought the newer minivan this year and thus had extra minivan.
2- Size-wise Impreza would be better learner car but also worth 3-4x as much
3- any kid car will be in ex's driveway more than ours,
4- needed to keep 2x regular cars for us (Miata just can't take family)
5- I didn't want to keep 2x minivans. I'd like different sized/ purpose vehicles if I'm keeping several.

So sure, minivan isn't greatest first car ever but we're only out about $500 or so as ex paid us $500 for it. If it gets smashed up no huge loss, it has 245k miles but still quite dependable for in-town car. Hopefully kids won't be makin' babies for at LEAST 3-5 more years....
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 14, 2020, 08:51:53 am
HOPEFULLY
and you give them a van
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on May 14, 2020, 09:04:03 am
Doesn't matter. That age, kids will do freaky shit in a single cab Ford Ranger. The minivan will just help prevent injuries.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on May 14, 2020, 12:51:39 pm
I have a 15 gallon DeWalt air compressor at the shop. Plenty for zipping off lug nuts and filling tires. But today I am detailing a Harley and am using it to blow water out of all the nooks and crannies...it runs down air pretty quick and is annoying to listen to.

Is connecting, say, a 60-gallon tank to the 15 gallon unit a thing so I can increase my resevoir?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 14, 2020, 01:18:16 pm
I have a 15 gallon DeWalt air compressor at the shop. Plenty for zipping off lug nuts and filling tires. But today I am detailing a Harley and am using it to blow water out of all the nooks and crannies...it runs down air pretty quick and is annoying to listen to.

Is connecting, say, a 60-gallon tank to the 15 gallon unit a thing so I can increase my resevoir?

Yeah, at home have a 10 gallon compresssor with a 5 gallon tank hanging off it :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 14, 2020, 01:20:23 pm
Doesn't matter. That age, kids will do freaky shit in a single cab Ford Ranger. The minivan will just help prevent injuries.

Yeah, Rangers are pretty dangerous. For that matter, so are Samurais. :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on May 14, 2020, 05:28:00 pm
Yeah, at home have a 10 gallon compresssor with a 5 gallon tank hanging off it :lol:

How would I connect them properly? 

DeWart tool takeoff regulator wide open > air hose > big tank > regulator for toolz off of big tank?  Or would the DeWart tank pressure regulator get confused by that.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 14, 2020, 06:22:38 pm
How would I connect them properly? 

DeWart tool takeoff regulator wide open > air hose > big tank > regulator for toolz off of big tank?  Or would the DeWart tank pressure regulator get confused by that.

Just plug it in where you normally plug in your air hose. It will still fill up with air.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on May 14, 2020, 06:34:49 pm
How would I connect them properly? 

DeWart tool takeoff regulator wide open > air hose > big tank > regulator for toolz off of big tank?  Or would the DeWart tank pressure regulator get confused by that.

Just either in-line, with a t-fitting; before or after the regulator is fine. The system will equalize.

But, the compressor could overheat pressurizing both tanks from scratch. Just watch it the first few times.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on May 14, 2020, 06:39:43 pm
Well. Now that I look, standalone air tanks are still pretty expensive. So I'll probably just deal with it. lol
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 14, 2020, 07:00:26 pm
Just either in-line, with a t-fitting; before or after the regulator is fine. The system will equalize.

But, the compressor could overheat pressurizing both tanks from scratch. Just watch it the first few times.

Yeah, a 60- gallon tank on a 15-gallon compressor might be pushing it. Add a cooling system!
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on May 20, 2020, 11:31:57 am
One of my jobs is a 2009 Hybrid Escape. It needs a new High Voltage Traction Battery. Ford acronym HVTB. It's not warranty. Cost for just the part, not including installation labor?        $10.5K.  Holy crap on a cracker.  :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on May 20, 2020, 11:39:44 am
One of my jobs is a 2009 Hybrid Escape. It needs a new High Voltage Traction Battery. Ford acronym HVTB. It's not warranty. Cost for just the part, not including installation labor?        $10.5K.  Holy crap on a cracker.  :lol:

wut.

My Bolt's 60 kwh battery pack is $15k, apparently. But that's way bigger than a little hybrid battery.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 20, 2020, 12:02:36 pm
One of my jobs is a 2009 Hybrid Escape. It needs a new High Voltage Traction Battery. Ford acronym HVTB. It's not warranty. Cost for just the part, not including installation labor?        $10.5K.  Holy crap on a cracker.  :lol:

Short it out and let it burn
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: 2o6 on May 22, 2020, 09:50:05 pm
One of my jobs is a 2009 Hybrid Escape. It needs a new High Voltage Traction Battery. Ford acronym HVTB. It's not warranty. Cost for just the part, not including installation labor?        $10.5K.  Holy crap on a cracker.  :lol:


The Ford system is pretty much the same as the Prius/Highlander setup, but with a Ford motor instead of a Toyota one.


I wonder if the traction battery from a Prius would be interchangeable.


Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 28, 2020, 02:58:33 pm
I did a crap load of stuff to a Genesis V8. Is a nice car. >BMW

Needs more exhaust, though. Way too quiet.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 29, 2020, 11:31:46 am
I hate it when I run around all day doing piddly shit.
Change light bulbs because tire techs can't.
Get ID numbers off this transmission.
Clear this check engine light but it's not a diag.
Diag an airbag light but don't fix it.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 29, 2020, 04:41:01 pm
I done gots to drive a customer's Sonata Hybrid home. Avg 30.9 MPG. Only slightly worse than a 1987 Ford Escort. But it's actually a nice driving car.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 30, 2020, 05:23:39 pm
I NEED MY CAR FIXED TODAY! I JUST DROVE BY AND IT'S STILL IN THE PARKING LOT!

I fixed it and parked it back in the parking lot.
Bitch didn't never even came to pick it up. And I cant even do make words sentences.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on May 30, 2020, 05:27:30 pm
I NEED MY CAR FIXED TODAY! I JUST DROVE BY AND IT'S STILL IN THE PARKING LOT!

I fixed it and parked it back in the parking lot.
Bitch didn't never even came to pick it up. And I cant even do make words sentences.
I hope she apologized and gave you a big tip.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on May 30, 2020, 06:11:25 pm
I hope she apologized and gave you a big tip.

She didn't even come back to pick it up.  :lockedup:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 01, 2020, 04:18:54 pm
I NEED MY CAR FIXED TODAY! I JUST DROVE BY AND IT'S STILL IN THE PARKING LOT!

I fixed it and parked it back in the parking lot.
Bitch didn't never even came to pick it up. And I cant even do make words sentences.

Finally picked it up today. Accused us of putting 3000 miles on it and emptying her gas tank.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on June 01, 2020, 04:24:24 pm
Finally picked it up today. Accused us of putting 3000 miles on it and emptying her gas tank.
What a bitch. :nutty:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on June 01, 2020, 04:30:14 pm
Finally picked it up today. Accused us of putting 3000 miles on it and emptying her gas tank.

What in the fuck??
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on June 01, 2020, 04:40:39 pm
Hopefully she's pissed enough that she never returns for anything else again.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 01, 2020, 04:45:04 pm
Hopefully she's pissed enough that she never returns for anything else again.

I thibk we decided she is banned
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on June 01, 2020, 04:56:08 pm
I thibk we decided she is banned

Good call. Wonder how many other shops she's acted like that with.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: RomanChariot on June 02, 2020, 10:04:41 am
Finally picked it up today. Accused us of putting 3000 miles on it and emptying her gas tank.

She had to leave it overnight otherwise she wouldn't be able to accuse you of driving half-way across the country and back. I imagine she was hoping to get you to wave the cost of repairs and offer her a free tank of gas.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on June 02, 2020, 12:03:52 pm
She had to leave it overnight otherwise she wouldn't be able to accuse you of driving half-way across the country and back. I imagine she was hoping to get you to wave the cost of repairs and offer her a free tank of gas.

Exactly. Obviously she knows its been sitting in the parking lot all that time, so its all bullshit.

Besides, if a shop wanted to use a customer car for an impromptu road trip, I doubt they'd choose her shitewagon.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 02, 2020, 12:10:54 pm
Exactly. Obviously she knows its been sitting in the parking lot all that time, so its all bullshit.

Besides, if a shop wanted to use a customer car for an impromptu road trip, I doubt they'd choose her shitewagon.

Hell no, that thing is full of trash and wet towels. It smells like mold.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on June 02, 2020, 12:21:46 pm
About ten years ago, we had a lady that refused to pick up her 1995 T-bird after we serviced it. She swore it was a different car. When asked why she thought it was different, she said it was smaller than her car.
"Uh, ma'am, all 95 T-birds are uh....the same size..."    :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 02, 2020, 01:59:16 pm
About ten years ago, we had a lady that refused to pick up her 1995 T-bird after we serviced it. She swore it was a different car. When asked why she thought it was different, she said it was smaller than her car.
"Uh, ma'am, all 95 T-birds are uh....the same size..."    :lol:

 :wtf:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on June 02, 2020, 02:08:26 pm
Hell no, that thing is full of trash and wet towels. It smells like mold.

I almost wrote "I bet I can guess what it smells like from here" in my previous post.

Man, entitled bitches have a Type.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on June 02, 2020, 02:09:07 pm
About ten years ago, we had a lady that refused to pick up her 1995 T-bird after we serviced it. She swore it was a different car. When asked why she thought it was different, she said it was smaller than her car.
"Uh, ma'am, all 95 T-birds are uh....the same size..."    :lol:

I mean- what do you do?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 02, 2020, 02:53:54 pm
I almost wrote "I bet I can guess what it smells like from here" in my previous post.

Man, entitled bitches have a Type.

You're not kidding.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 02, 2020, 02:54:37 pm
I mean- what do you do?

Upgrayyed her to a Continental Mk. whatever
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on June 02, 2020, 03:09:43 pm
Upgrayyed her to a Continental Mk. whatever

I mean, I can imagine the conversation.

Are these your keys?

Yes.

Do they work on this car?

Yes, but you changed the ignition. and door locks. and trunk lock. and the glovebox lock.

We did? Is this your registration in the glove box? Is that your VIN? does it match the one stamped on the car?

Yes, but you forged that too.

We did?

Yes.

Why?

Ummmm....
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on June 02, 2020, 03:13:04 pm
And I just realized; he said it was a '95 TBird ten years ago.

How many 1995 Thunderbirds were even on the road in 2010? But somehow they swapped hers for one the exact same color, same year?

But slightly smaller?

Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Laconian on June 02, 2020, 03:17:09 pm
'95 T-birds. Man, my brain cramps thinking about the last time I saw a mid 90's Thunderbird.

I saw a New Edge Mercury Cougar while going for a jog a few days ago. I flipped out. You never see them anymore. Pieces of junk.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on June 03, 2020, 10:15:10 am
'95 T-birds. Man, my brain cramps thinking about the last time I saw a mid 90's Thunderbird.

I see them occasionally here. :lol:  Must be the older money.

Quote
I saw a New Edge Mercury Cougar while going for a jog a few days ago. I flipped out. You never see them anymore. Pieces of junk.

I thought they were a'right looks wise.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on June 03, 2020, 10:35:02 am
The only thing I remember about the New Edge Cougars is that for a short time, young dudes thought they were the shit; and then suddenly, as if overnight, they all disappeared.

They didn't even hang on as beaters driven by chain smoking single mothers wearing cookie monster pajamas like the Grand Ams did: they just vanished
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on June 03, 2020, 10:40:56 am
Haven't seen one in a while. A kid at my high school had one. I didn't think they were terrible, but Cougar was an odd name choice.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on June 03, 2020, 10:43:08 am
Haven't seen one in a while. A kid at my high school had one. I didn't think they were terrible, but Cougar was an odd name choice.

The Cougar name had already been thoroughly abused by then anyways.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on June 03, 2020, 01:25:15 pm
The only thing I remember about the New Edge Cougars is that for a short time, young dudes thought they were the shit; and then suddenly, as if overnight, they all disappeared.

They didn't even hang on as beaters driven by chain smoking single mothers wearing cookie monster pajamas like the Grand Ams did: they just vanished
Pretty much a restyled Euro Mondeo, same as the Contour.  The I4 was a pretty humdrum engine but the 2.5 V6 Duratec was a great little engine original designed by Porsche, not sure why, and blessed by Cosworth.  Nice application of the New Edge design philosophy but a bit out of it's element in NA.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 03, 2020, 03:08:25 pm
Removing the driveshaft from an E46 is stupid
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Laconian on June 03, 2020, 03:19:17 pm
Pretty much a restyled Euro Mondeo, same as the Contour.  The I4 was a pretty humdrum engine but the 2.5 V6 Duratec was a great little engine original designed by Porsche, not sure why, and blessed by Cosworth.  Nice application of the New Edge design philosophy but a bit out of it's element in NA.

The 2.5 Duratec was not exactly Durable from what I recall. SVT Contours lived brilliant but brief existences on Earth because of their engines.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on June 03, 2020, 04:49:15 pm
The 2.5 Duratec was not exactly Durable from what I recall. SVT Contours lived brilliant but brief existences on Earth because of their engines.
Most likely because of their drivers. :huh:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Duratec_V6_engine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Duratec_V6_engine)

Quote
The Ford Duratec V6, also known as the Mondeo V6, is an aluminum DOHC V6 engine with a 60° bank angle introduced in 1993 with the Ford Mondeo. The primary engineering input came from Porsche[1], who was developing a similar V6 before selling the engineering to Ford, and Cosworth, who helped with cylinder head manufacturing.[2] The Jaguar AJ-V6 engine is similar but adds variable valve timing.
.....

The Duratec 2.5L V6 DOHC 24 valve engine had 170 hp (127 kW) at 6,250 rpm and 165 lb⋅ft (224 N⋅m) of torque at 4250 rpm. Used in the third generation Ford Mondeo and last generation Mercury Cougar (1999-2002). The Displacement of the 2.5l VE was decreased from 2.5 to 2.5 L (2,544 to 2,495 cc). Compression ratio in the Cougar however was 9.7:1.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on June 03, 2020, 11:49:40 pm
These side by side people are wild for buying this shit. $350??? 

https://boxousa.com/i-702-57-pc-universal-tool-roll-for-side-by-side-vehicles.html
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 04, 2020, 06:19:10 am
These side by side people are wild for buying this shit. $350??? 

https://boxousa.com/i-702-57-pc-universal-tool-roll-for-side-by-side-vehicles.html

Those had better be SnapOn tools
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on June 04, 2020, 08:48:27 am
Those had better be SnapOn tools

The needle nose pliers have grips that look verrrrry similar in style and color scheme to my Gardner Bender wire stripper/crimper pliers.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on June 04, 2020, 11:41:11 am
The needle nose pliers have grips that look verrrrry similar in style and color scheme to my Gardner Bender wire stripper/crimper pliers.

They look like my Wihas, and the crescent wrench looks like their industrial grade stuff.

Of they're good tools; it might not be far off.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on June 04, 2020, 11:52:38 am
They look like my Wihas, and the crescent wrench looks like their industrial grade stuff.

Of they're good tools; it might not be far off.

Fair enough.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 04, 2020, 01:07:05 pm
I now owe the SnapOn man a few hundred dollars. Toolz
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on June 05, 2020, 08:11:00 am
OK serious question-

I bought my 2" hitch receiver for Odyssey- we're moving this summer and I'll be towing Miata with it. (Uhaul dolly, car weighs ~2500lbs, van can tow 3500)

The van has pre-threaded holes for a hitch. The side above the exhaust was all rusty and couldn't get the bolts in. Couldn't find a tap at stores (12mm x 1.25) so sprayed wd40, used a rifle cleaning brush and cleaned up what I could, and drove the bolt in and brought it back out and cleaned it over and over. Bolt threads were ok and didn't look stretched at all. There are two bolts in the rear then another way up front (vehicle speaking).

I got the hitch in place and used red loctite and got 5 of six bolts in without too much problem, but the passenger side one way up front was being very stubborn and as I was grunting I felt the connect for the threads break and the bolt spins a little freely. It's still above the frame so no chance of it dropping through. There is about 1/4in gap between the block/hitch and the frame.

1- Will it be safe to use it this way? Impossible to remove that bolt without cutting it all out. No way to fix that threaded bolt hole.

2- If it's not totally safe, should I just have someone weld that mounting point? There is a block (goldish color- not aluminum?) then hitch receiver then big washer then bolt.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 05, 2020, 09:32:48 am
OK serious question-

I bought my 2" hitch receiver for Odyssey- we're moving this summer and I'll be towing Miata with it. (Uhaul dolly, car weighs ~2500lbs, van can tow 3500)

The van has pre-threaded holes for a hitch. The side above the exhaust was all rusty and couldn't get the bolts in. Couldn't find a tap at stores (12mm x 1.25) so sprayed wd40, used a rifle cleaning brush and cleaned up what I could, and drove the bolt in and brought it back out and cleaned it over and over. Bolt threads were ok and didn't look stretched at all. There are two bolts in the rear then another way up front (vehicle speaking).

I got the hitch in place and used red loctite and got 5 of six bolts in without too much problem, but the passenger side one way up front was being very stubborn and as I was grunting I felt the connect for the threads break and the bolt spins a little freely. It's still above the frame so no chance of it dropping through. There is about 1/4in gap between the block/hitch and the frame.

1- Will it be safe to use it this way? Impossible to remove that bolt without cutting it all out. No way to fix that threaded bolt hole.

2- If it's not totally safe, should I just have someone weld that mounting point? There is a block (goldish color- not aluminum?) then hitch receiver then big washer then bolt.

The tongue weight is mostly pulling on the rear bolts. The shear shrength of the bolts is probably 100x the forces of towing. I've done more with less.
Honestly, I'd be more worried about the transmission. :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on June 05, 2020, 10:04:36 am
The tongue weight is mostly pulling on the rear bolts. The shear shrength of the bolts is probably 100x the forces of towing. I've done more with less.
Honestly, I'd be more worried about the transmission. :lol:

Thanks, yes we'll be careful with it. It's mostly flat drive all the way there and I know to keep O/D turned off. Biggest issue is that wife likes the van and thinks she should drive it (towing a car) and I should drive subaru. (She's never pulled a trailer before... :mask: )
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 05, 2020, 10:58:59 am
Thanks, yes we'll be careful with it. It's mostly flat drive all the way there and I know to keep O/D turned off. Biggest issue is that wife likes the van and thinks she should drive it (towing a car) and I should drive subaru. (She's never pulled a trailer before... :mask: )

Umm, at least she doesn't have to worry about backing up. That's a no-go with a car dolly. :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on June 05, 2020, 11:16:43 am
Umm, at least she doesn't have to worry about backing up. That's a no-go with a car dolly. :lol:

I don't like how she takes left turns already. She points left immediately then straightens out then has to turn left again and very often comes close to clipping the left curb (instead of a smooth gradual turn, and can't accelerate until after she's done turning because of that 2nd turn).   

I'm scared about this trailer possibility, but have to be nice to her too.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on June 05, 2020, 11:27:59 am
Maybe the first thing she tows in her life shouldn't be an exposed vehicle extending 12' off the back off a minivan...
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on June 05, 2020, 11:43:40 am
Maybe the first thing she tows in her life shouldn't be an exposed vehicle extending 12' off the back off a minivan...

First thing I towed was my El Camino on an open Uhaul car trailer, with a 20' Uhaul truck. Through the Rockies along I-70 in Colorado at night and a bit of snow.

No sweat. (seriously, it wasn't bad at all)
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 05, 2020, 11:55:08 am
I don't like how she takes left turns already. She points left immediately then straightens out then has to turn left again and very often comes close to clipping the left curb (instead of a smooth gradual turn, and can't accelerate until after she's done turning because of that 2nd turn).   

I'm scared about this trailer possibility, but have to be nice to her too.

Rent the dolly a day early and go out for some practice.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on June 05, 2020, 11:58:34 am
I don't like how she takes left turns already. She points left immediately then straightens out then has to turn left again and very often comes close to clipping the left curb (instead of a smooth gradual turn, and can't accelerate until after she's done turning because of that 2nd turn).   

I'm scared about this trailer possibility, but have to be nice to her too.
I can relate to that. :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: giant_mtb on June 05, 2020, 11:58:34 am
First thing I towed was my El Camino on an open Uhaul car trailer, with a 20' Uhaul truck. Through the Rockies along I-70 in Colorado at night and a bit of snow.

No sweat. (seriously, it wasn't bad at all)

Sure, but you are a skilled, aware driver.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on June 05, 2020, 12:00:26 pm
Sure, but you are a skilled, aware driver.

This
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Morris Minor on June 06, 2020, 08:41:33 am
My son pulled a heavy trailer with all his stuff from Groton, CT to San Diego CA., via Atlanta GA. Honda Pilot. He had the hitch fitted. The trailer was two-wheel, enclosed box, with all the weight on the tongue. So headlights pointing at the sky.
I told him to get a transmission cooler fitted.
No it'll be fine dad.
He made it all the way.
But the transmission blew shortly afterwards: following an unanticipated move of his station to Hawaii.
Where it cost a fortune to get replaced.

Don't spoil the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on June 06, 2020, 09:58:28 am
I've never liked the way cars on dollies towed. How much more for an actual trailer?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 06, 2020, 10:10:53 am
I've never liked the way cars on dollies towed. How much more for an actual trailer?

I imagine actual trailer would put the total at or over the 3500# towing capcity.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on June 06, 2020, 10:29:20 am
I imagine actual trailer would put the total at or over the 3500# towing capcity.

That's true.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on June 06, 2020, 11:47:07 am
I imagine actual trailer would put the total at or over the 3500# towing capcity.

Yes, those trailers weigh like 2k lbs themselves. :confused:

I don't like the dollies either but we'll see. Last night we were talking about going down there to look at houses in a week or two. We'd drive two cars, leave one on base or at friend's house, drive one back- leaving only 2 to drive down there when we actually move. I kinda prefer that actually- because as noted, transmissions don't like lots of towing.....

Then the dilemma which car to drive down and leave? Probably Scrappy, as we could pack more stuff during the move into Impreza & Odyssey....  But then I would miss Scrappy for a month or more.  :cry:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 06, 2020, 12:00:58 pm
Yes, those trailers weigh like 2k lbs themselves. :confused:

I don't like the dollies either but we'll see. Last night we were talking about going down there to look at houses in a week or two. We'd drive two cars, leave one on base or at friend's house, drive one back- leaving only 2 to drive down there when we actually move. I kinda prefer that actually- because as noted, transmissions don't like lots of towing.....

Then the dilemma which car to drive down and leave? Probably Scrappy, as we could pack more stuff during the move into Impreza & Odyssey....  But then I would miss Scrappy for a month or more.  :cry:

You can park scrappy at my shop and there will be a turbo kit installed when you pick it up. :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 15, 2020, 12:24:25 pm
I can't get this 72 VW timed for shit. I think the dipstick who rebuilt the engine put the distributor keyway in 180 off.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 16, 2020, 02:10:32 pm
Dual mass flywheels can go to hell.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 19, 2020, 10:16:23 am
Dear people with beige carpeted floor mats,

Go away.

Sincerely,

Your Mechanic
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 24, 2020, 11:12:28 am
Got a Ford 1.6 Eeekoboost towed in, engine won't start.
They just had a new water pump installed.
I look at it, see that the timing belt is loose.
Quote them to replace the timing belt and tensioner.
When I get it apart, I find the intake cam had seized.
Now they want to junk the whole thing.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on June 24, 2020, 12:17:47 pm
Got a Ford 1.6 Eeekoboost towed in, engine won't start.
They just had a new water pump installed.
I look at it, see that the timing belt is loose.
Quote them to replace the timing belt and tensioner.
When I get it apart, I find the intake cam had seized.
Now they want to junk the whole thing.


It's all your fault. What, X-ray eyes not working today?    :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 24, 2020, 02:24:46 pm

It's all your fault. What, X-ray eyes not working today?    :lol:

They were actually polite with me, but they were raging at my service advisor. They were on a road trip and stuck out of town. Not our fault, sorry.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on June 24, 2020, 02:30:40 pm
Got a Ford 1.6 Eeekoboost towed in, engine won't start.
They just had a new water pump installed.
I look at it, see that the timing belt is loose.
Quote them to replace the timing belt and tensioner.
When I get it apart, I find the intake cam had seized.
Now they want to junk the whole thing.
So is it toast or can it be fixed? 
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on June 24, 2020, 03:08:34 pm
So is it toast or can it be fixed? 

Probably not worth it.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on June 24, 2020, 04:03:49 pm
engine swap is cheaper than a new car though isnt' it?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 24, 2020, 05:16:42 pm
engine swap is cheaper than a new car though isnt' it?

Eh, even a with a used engine, the total bill will be near $3K.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on June 25, 2020, 11:19:49 am
Put a new, used transaxle in a Mazdersped3. It doesn't have 2nd. So much fail this week.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on June 26, 2020, 09:03:41 am
Start youtubing how to install the trailer light kit I have for 2012 Odyssey. I have a wire-splicing kit already from previous Odyssey I never installed. (wanted to see where all the clips and fasteners are to pull trim).

Turns out the 2011+ Odysseys have a fuse panel left rear that you can just plug an adapter into for all the lights, install a couple extra fuses, and BINGO!

Ordered.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 01, 2020, 12:07:27 pm
AC machine broke.
Every job today is an AC job.
FML
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on July 01, 2020, 08:35:58 pm
AC machine broke.
Every job today is an AC job.
FML

Can't you just suck like siphoning gas??.....
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 02, 2020, 08:23:56 am
Can't you just suck like siphoning gas??.....

I can do it the old fashioned way. Don't tell the EPA. :lol:
Nah, the big boss showed up later with a brand new machine. :rockon:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on July 02, 2020, 08:00:40 pm
the big boss showed up later with a brand new machine. :rockon:

Niiiice!
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on July 03, 2020, 07:10:53 am
Daughter (14) helped me plug in the cool trailer light harness to Puma. Had to take apart 2 trim panels, plug in a few mini fuses and put 2sided tape to keep the adapter on the trim.

When not in use the wiring harness is just rolled up in the compartment in the back of the van. When towing is needed, just drop it out the liftgate (careful to keep the fire harness flat to not mess up the seal too much).
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 03, 2020, 08:08:54 am
Daughter (14) helped me plug in the cool trailer light harness to Puma. Had to take apart 2 trim panels, plug in a few mini fuses and put 2sided tape to keep the adapter on the trim.

When not in use the wiring harness is just rolled up in the compartment in the back of the van. When towing is needed, just drop it out the liftgate (careful to keep the fire harness flat to not mess up the seal too much).

Puma?

Oh, van. I was thinking Ford Puma. :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 03, 2020, 04:05:21 pm
I've been working on this little side project ...

(https://i.postimg.cc/85xBf8Vy/IMG-20200703-173317348.jpg)

A friend of mine bought as a roller, and paid a supposed VW expert to put a motor in it.
Well, the guy was a hack. It barely ran.

After lots of carb tuning, a new distributor installed correctly, plugs & wires, and a rebuilt muffler, it runs pretty good. It is so strange to drive.

Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on July 03, 2020, 05:10:53 pm
I've been working on this little side project ...

(https://i.postimg.cc/85xBf8Vy/IMG-20200703-173317348.jpg)

A friend of mine bought as a roller, and paid a supposed VW expert to put a motor in it.
Well, the guy was a hack. It barely ran.

After lots of carb tuning, a new distributor installed correctly, plugs & wires, and a rebuilt muffler, it runs pretty good. It is so strange to drive.



Is the cooling fan setup like a Beetle or is it a flat motor?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 03, 2020, 05:11:28 pm
Is the cooling fan setup like a Beetle or is it a flat motor?

It's a pancake, or whatever.

Like this:

(https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/349199.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on July 03, 2020, 05:22:46 pm
It's a pancake, or whatever.

Like this:

(https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/349199.jpg)

Later model. Very nice.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 03, 2020, 05:26:07 pm
Later model. Very nice.

It's for sale.  :winkguy:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Morris Minor on July 06, 2020, 06:20:43 am
I've been working on this little side project ...

A friend of mine bought as a roller, and paid a supposed VW expert to put a motor in it.
Well, the guy was a hack. It barely ran.

After lots of carb tuning, a new distributor installed correctly, plugs & wires, and a rebuilt muffler, it runs pretty good. It is so strange to drive.
Your knees are the occupant safety impact crush zone.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 06, 2020, 08:11:11 am
Your knees are the occupant safety impact crush zone.

Good thing I have fat knees.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: RomanChariot on July 06, 2020, 04:48:56 pm
Had a rough start to a great camping trip over the weekend. 2.5 hours into a 3.5 hour drive the engine on my Suburban suddenly lost power while climbing to an 8300 foot summit. I cooled it off, dropped the camper trailer on the side of the road and limped it into the next town with a loud rod knock. We ended up renting a Uhaul to tow the trailer. That Suburban served us well for 12 years (it's a '99) but now it is off to its final rusting place.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on July 07, 2020, 06:28:36 am
Had a rough start to a great camping trip over the weekend. 2.5 hours into a 3.5 hour drive the engine on my Suburban suddenly lost power while climbing to an 8300 foot summit. I cooled it off, dropped the camper trailer on the side of the road and limped it into the next town with a loud rod knock. We ended up renting a Uhaul to tow the trailer. That Suburban served us well for 12 years (it's a '99) but now it is off to its final rusting place.

Bummer!!
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 08, 2020, 03:03:28 pm
Had a rough start to a great camping trip over the weekend. 2.5 hours into a 3.5 hour drive the engine on my Suburban suddenly lost power while climbing to an 8300 foot summit. I cooled it off, dropped the camper trailer on the side of the road and limped it into the next town with a loud rod knock. We ended up renting a Uhaul to tow the trailer. That Suburban served us well for 12 years (it's a '99) but now it is off to its final rusting place.

Is it a 454? I'll buy it
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: RomanChariot on July 09, 2020, 10:46:54 am
Is it a 454? I'll buy it


Yep, a 454. If you want to tow it 2000 miles I'll make you a good deal on it, if you can pick it up before the salvage yard fixes their tow truck.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 09, 2020, 11:59:55 am
Yep, a 454. If you want to tow it 2000 miles I'll make you a good deal on it, if you can pick it up before the salvage yard fixes their tow truck.

It's so far!  :lockedup:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: RomanChariot on July 09, 2020, 12:02:00 pm
It's so far!  :lockedup:

That's how I felt broken down on the side of the road 2 hours from home trying to figure out how to move a 7000 pound trailer.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 09, 2020, 12:03:34 pm
That's how I felt broken down on the side of the road 2 hours from home trying to figure out how to move a 7000 pound trailer.

 :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on July 09, 2020, 01:13:16 pm
Reminds me of when my El Camino's engine dropped a valve halfway between Green River and Moab. 40 mile tow = $$$ (AAA only covered like 10 miles), then I had to rent a Uhaul and trailer to tow the dumb thing all the way back to Kentucky.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 09, 2020, 02:39:56 pm
Customer asked to balance all the tires because the sturring wheel be shaking.
Tire teks balance them and send it.
Customer brings back, sturrin wheel still be shakin.
I spend at least an hour looking the thing over, test driving, etc.. Then I find the problem. A bulge in one of the front tires. Fucking tire guys.  :rage:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 09, 2020, 07:12:00 pm
I got a $20-off coupon for Northern Tool. Thinking about picking this up.
https://m.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200715244_200715244
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on July 09, 2020, 07:22:50 pm
Can you apply the coupon code multiple times?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on July 09, 2020, 07:33:00 pm
I got a $20-off coupon for Northern Tool. Thinking about picking this up.
https://m.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200715244_200715244
Free shipment too.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 09, 2020, 08:17:48 pm
Can you apply the coupon code multiple times?

No, it says "one time use" in the fine print. :huh:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 09, 2020, 08:19:41 pm
But seriously, I'm getting this one

https://m.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200659137_200659137

$69.99 benchtop drill press, with a $10 off coupon. Can't beat that.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on July 11, 2020, 07:11:47 pm
Customer asked to balance all the tires because the sturring wheel be shaking.
Tire teks balance them and send it.
Customer brings back, sturrin wheel still be shakin.
I spend at least an hour looking the thing over, test driving, etc.. Then I find the problem. A bulge in one of the front tires. Fucking tire guys.  :rage:

I thought I had balances issues but a tire was seriously warped. But the tire guy caught it before doing anything else....
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 12, 2020, 07:22:45 am
I thought I had balances issues but a tire was seriously warped. But the tire guy caught it before doing anything else....

Sometimes my tire guys just get in a hurry.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: AutobahnSHO on July 29, 2020, 01:14:31 pm
Why are wipers so expensive? Mid-grade for 2 turns out to be $44.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 29, 2020, 01:57:41 pm
Why are wipers so expensive? Mid-grade for 2 turns out to be $44.

Wipers are a scam. What happened to the $2 rubber refills? They disappeared from stores. And then wiper prices went up to $15-30 each.

Buy your wipers on Rock Auto, but order several pairs so the shipping is worth it.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on July 29, 2020, 02:07:29 pm
I got a set of Trico Force wipers on Fiesta. Pretty happy. Little airfoils keep the wipers down at high speeds. LOL
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on August 02, 2020, 03:52:08 pm
Lady comes in with a Buick Century. Has already purchased a thermostat and requests that we install it.

Fast forward two months.

Same lady comes in for CEL. Code is for coolant temp below threshold. We find out the thermostat that she bought was a high flow, and cooler temp than factory.

Lady demands that we replace it under warranty.
No, we don't provide any warranty on customer-supplied parts.

But since I can't stand this shit, I just order the correct thetmostat and install it. While I was in there, I noticed the coolant was very low, and the rad hose had a visible hole rotted through it.

Lady flips out, refuses to pay for anything, and demands her car back.

Fuck that bitch. I didn't even top it off with water. Her car was nasty anyway.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on August 03, 2020, 01:36:40 pm
Why don't people answer their phones today!?
I have three cars diagnosed and written up for parts and labor, but I can't do anything.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on August 03, 2020, 01:39:22 pm
I'm just going to keep diag'ing shit. Fuck it.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: FoMoJo on August 03, 2020, 02:20:13 pm
I'm just going to keep diag'ing shit. Fuck it.
Don't you guys have a holiday down there, first Monday of August?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on August 03, 2020, 03:05:16 pm
Don't you guys have a holiday down there, first Monday of August?

I think it's a full moon :huh:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on August 03, 2020, 05:40:30 pm
So I get handed a ticket for a '93 Chevy G20 van today. Customer says just had new front pads and rear shoes put on at another place, but they didn't align the brakes right. Check and adjust. :facepalm:

I do two laps around the building and can't find a Chevy van, or any van. So I go back to the service desk and ask wtf. Oh, it's a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. Thanks. Why does the ticket say 1993 Chevy G20? FFS. Whatever.

I pull the Trailblazer in and look at the brakes. 4-wheel disc, BTW. Everything is new. Even the parking brake works. I drive it around the parking lot. Brakes are perfect. What the fuck am I doing?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on August 03, 2020, 06:40:21 pm
So I get handed a ticket for a '93 Chevy G20 van today. Customer says just had new front pads and rear shoes put on at another place, but they didn't align the brakes right. Check and adjust. :facepalm:

I do two laps around the building and can't find a Chevy van, or any van. So I go back to the service desk and ask wtf. Oh, it's a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. Thanks. Why does the ticket say 1993 Chevy G20? FFS. Whatever.

I pull the Trailblazer in and look at the brakes. 4-wheel disc, BTW. Everything is new. Even the parking brake works. I drive it around the parking lot. Brakes are perfect. What the fuck am I doing?


Ha. You have stupid service writers, too. Those idiots should be replaced with computers.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on August 03, 2020, 08:13:53 pm
Ha. You have stupid service writers, too. Those idiots should be replaced with computers.

To be fair, it was the customer that said they have a 1993 Chevy G20 and needed a brake alignment. But, yeah, service writers ...
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: CaminoRacer on August 04, 2020, 10:12:16 am
To be fair, it was the customer that said they have a 1993 Chevy G20 and needed a brake alignment. But, yeah, service writers ...

Did the customer bring the wrong car? lol
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Soup DeVille on August 04, 2020, 10:54:39 am
Did the customer bring the wrong car? lol

Well, you can't expect them to drive the car with bad brakes, can you?
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on August 04, 2020, 11:39:56 am
Well, you can't expect them to drive the car with bad brakes, can you?

They were new brakes ... just out of alignment. :confused:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on August 07, 2020, 07:42:56 am
Welp, I already broke one car before 9 AM. Changed a damn oil pressure sensor on a fucking Crown Vic and cracked the shitty aluminum oil filter adapter housing. Who the fuck puts NPT threads in a shitty, thin fucking wall, poorly cast piece of shit aluminum? Ferd.
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: shp4man on August 07, 2020, 08:47:34 am
Welp, I already broke one car before 9 AM. Changed a damn oil pressure sensor on a fucking Crown Vic and cracked the shitty aluminum oil filter adapter housing. Who the fuck puts NPT threads in a shitty, thin fucking wall, poorly cast piece of shit aluminum? Ferd.

You aren't supposed to use a half inch drive impact wrench on an oil sender.   :muffin: :lol:
Title: Re: Mechanic Stuff
Post by: Eye of the Tiger on August 07, 2020, 08:59:03 am
You aren't supposed to use a half inch drive impact wrench on an oil sender.   :muffin: :lol:

I didn't. I used an 18" long breaker bar. :evildude: