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View Poll Results: How much mechanical work do you do yourself on your car?
The Whole Thing: I cast the block myself. 17 19.10%
The Majority: Brakes, radiator flushes, tranny service, timing, etc. 25 28.09%
The Minority: Oil change, Air filter, Spark Plugs, etc. 37 41.57%
The Nothing: I don't even air my up my own tires. 10 11.24%
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:32 PM   #11
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i do most of my own work on my Harley-Davidson Street Bob (new air intake, exhaust, ECM computer, tons of misc parts) as well as my 2006 Mustang GT
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:56 PM   #12
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I do as little as possable, because I can make any 1/2 hour job take all day !!!
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:59 PM   #13
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I do nothing on my cars- absolutely nothing. I can get an oil change for $14.95, so it's much easier for me to have a shop do it. I don't even do any minor repairs- I know nothing about cars and it's too late in life to learn now!
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:06 PM   #14
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I've done just about everything on my cars/truck from oil changes to body work to engine swaps. I don't like people I don't know working on my car or truck and I hate paying people too much money to do something that I know I can do myself.

 
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:32 PM   #15
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I've done just about everything on my cars/truck from oil changes to body work to engine swaps. I don't like people I don't know working on my car or truck and I hate paying people too much money to do something that I know I can do myself.

You hit the nail on the head DWWO. I had a mechanic that I trusted, but the last time I went in for something he was no longer there. The whole shop was a bunch of no English speaking gangster mechanics blasting mariachi music. No thanks.

I get a sense of pride out of working on my cars myself. I'm making sure that my car is safe and therefore taking care of my family. Plus I'm being frugal. I spent about 120$ on the water pump, air filter, oil filter, and all of the necessary fluids, and a belt tensioner tool(which was too big for the job...I ended up using a 14mm box wrench and it worked just fine.)

It would have cost easily double that if I took it to a shop. Mechanics out here charge 80$ - 100$ per hour. It may have taken me a little bit longer, but I learned a few things about my car. For example......a few months ago I threw my serpentine belt while in Arizona. My father in law and I spent about two hours trying to get the new one put on. We didn't have the right tool for the job, it was dark, and there is absolutely no hand room in the engine compartment. Well today, with the tire off it literally took me less than a minute to put it back on by myself using nothing but a wrench.

It's a good feeling.....and it is easily topped off with a good beer at the end of the day. I've got a sixer of Oaked Arrogant Bastard waiting for me in the fridge.
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:49 PM   #16
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1958 VW Bug. can and did, everything including engine and transmission rebuild.
Now I let the younger Generation fix them. My son designs and builds custom cars for a living so I let him fix my car now. He started learning from me and now he is teaching me about the new stuff. I can see it in his eyes that he loves showing up "The Old Man". I do too. Makes me proud to see how good he is.
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:54 PM   #17
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I'm a professional mechanic. I'll do the light stuff, but will pay the guys with the right equipment to do anything past a fuel pump or brake job.
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:08 AM   #18
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I built my GTO from nothing. I know and love ponchos.

My 07 Silverado is nice because I have a 8 year warranty and never have to pay for oil changes. So I dont do them
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:17 AM   #19
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I've always been into modifying my vehicles. I'll do just about anything as long as I haves the tools and the time. My 78' Kawasaki has been almost completely torn down and rebuilt, including the motor and paint and body work. I've even upgraded the front and rear end on it with parts from more modern bikes. I love learning new things and I love tearing things apart and making them work like new again. I guess that why all-grain brewing is such a perfect fit for me.
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:52 AM   #20
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I've been regressing. My first four or five cars, I pretty much did all the work myself ... except for the new fuel and brake lines on the bottom of my Olds, but that was casualty of a snowy parking lot, and a well-hidden concrete barrier.

Then I bought my SUV, and got a warranty with it. Now, I won't even change my oil myself.

A good part of why is that I had most of my "good" (read: just good enough to be usable) tools stolen from me by a past roommate. At one time, I had multiple sets of sockets, wrenches in all the necessary sizes, ramps, jack stands, a good jack, two drain pans, etc etc etc.... These days, all I have is a power drill, and some screwdrivers, and I mostly use those to fiddle with my CO2 regulator.

If I still had tools - might be a different story.
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