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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #360 on: November 30, 2019, 03:53:59 PM »
In a previous car, I had a plastic connector for the lines going to heater core go. Sprayed water / anti-freeze everywhere.
Instead of getting a new plastic connector, I got a brass one from the hardware store. Never broke again.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #361 on: December 03, 2019, 02:46:29 PM »
Replaced my wife’s exhaust system.  Pretty easy job overall; the hardest part was removing the old gasket between the cat and the rest of the exhaust.  It had to be chiseled off.

My wife's exhaust got loud again, so my FIL put it up on the lift and discovered that the new gasket between the cat and catback had 'fallen off' (I'm not really sure what that means; I got this second-hand through my wife).  Apparently the one they gave us was not the correct one for her car.  He got the correct one and has now replaced it.  Hopefully that will silence it at last.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #362 on: December 04, 2019, 01:46:46 PM »
As I mentioned earlier, I got my local shop to replace my left front half-axle. Very fair price. Part was $130 (about 40% markup, I think) and 1.3 hrs labor at $99/hr.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #363 on: December 09, 2019, 09:16:29 AM »
My e-brake stuck on yesterday. Got it unstuck, but I think I shall just try to break the habit of using it and into the habit of leaving the car in reverse.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #364 on: December 11, 2019, 08:17:52 PM »
My e-brake stuck on yesterday. Got it unstuck, but I think I shall just try to break the habit of using it and into the habit of leaving the car in reverse.

Use it or lose it. Unused e-brakes will seize up in short order. If there is a problem releasing, fix that. I use it everyday in both my auto and manual cars so I know it works when I need it.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #365 on: December 15, 2019, 12:39:42 PM »
The front wiper transmission on my car failed catastrophically on Friday, and took the wiper motor with it.  Turns out there’s a plastic worm gear in the motor housing, and when the transmission bent and stopped suddenly it broke every tooth off of it. I’ve got an aftermarket transmission on order from Amazon, but the motor is harder to find.  I’m thinking about ordering a used one off eBay.  Again, I’m just trying to get this car to limp through the next six months.

Anyone have any experience ordering used parts off eBay?
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #366 on: December 15, 2019, 12:58:50 PM »
I have bought a number of used car parts off eBay.  Can you show me the listing?

Check how long the seller has been operating, what their general rating is, etc.  Try for high 90s (97+) if at all possible, operating for a few years. If all possible, find a seller that accepts returns. Not always possible.  I have though returned parts to sellers that do not accept returns with a laptop that was DOA.

A lot also depends on price. If you can find a price you can afford to lose, I would risk with a seller that is new or low (but not bad) rating.  Also, if you have the actual part number, can look up based on that because I have gotten some really cheap prices based on that. Sometimes the seller does not know what they have and will let go for pennies on the dollar.

I have bought used from eBay an anti-lock brake module for an escort, exterior mirror for a 1991 mustang convertible, an environmental module for a 2001 mustang, center armrest / divider for a 1999 ranger.  I did need to get some interior items, vent grills and such for the 1991 mustang, and nobody on eBay was willing to sell for a reasonable price. In the end I ended up taking my own self to a junkyard to pull them.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #367 on: December 15, 2019, 01:12:54 PM »
I actually think I’ve found one even cheaper at a local salvage yard. It’s hard to tell, though, because even within years they seem to have changed sometimes.  But they’ve got a variety from various models around the same year, so hopefully one will match.  And they’re reasonably priced.  I’ll have the car with me and can plug it in and test it before I even leave the lot.

It’s a shame I can’t just replace the worm gear.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #368 on: December 15, 2019, 05:05:51 PM »
I just spend three hours trying to replace the door lock actuator but could not get the new one into the mounting bracket.
I have a game plan on how I am going to do it now but I am out of daylight unfortunately. Going to have to try on my next day off.

Drilled out the rivet holding the old one, super glueing a bolt to the inside of the mounting bracket. Really just needs to hold until I get it into position and then tighten down the bolt very gently once in position

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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #369 on: December 16, 2019, 08:22:06 PM »
Won’t be able to get to the salvage yard until Wednesday at the earliest, so as an interim measure I’ve treated my windshield with RainX, which will hopefully be of help if I get caught in any rain during my commute.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #370 on: December 18, 2019, 04:43:51 PM »
RainX worked great on my way to work yesterday.

I’m at the salvage yard as I write picking up a motor and transmission for about $45. Poor kid got sent out in the snow to take it off an ‘09 Jetta.  Think I’ll drop him a tip because I doubt he gets paid enough for that.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #371 on: December 18, 2019, 05:34:34 PM »
In addition to working on my computer, I worked on the old 1991 Mustang. I was able to get the actuator in and I think it was mounted right. Still, it was not working. In the end, I ended up pulling the actuator off completely. While I cannot control the lock from the panel, at least I can lock and unlock the door again.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #372 on: December 18, 2019, 09:29:20 PM »
Installed my wiper motor and transmission. It’s working perfectly.  Got out of the repair for $46.

I’ve never seen anyone so obviously moved by a $5 tip before.  The thought clearly meant far more to him than the money. It was almost uncomfortable.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #373 on: January 03, 2020, 05:21:13 PM »
So the left front half axle I had installed six weeks ago failed catastrophically today.  I’m not yet sure what happened, but the mechanic at the garage I coasted to a stop in front of checked it out briefly and said it was definitely the axle. The lower CV joint seems fine, and it’s still firmly attached to the wheel. I couldn’t see anything higher up. I suspect that the upper CV joint failed

I called the owner of the shop that installed it and he said to have AAA tow it to him and he’ll cover the tow and any repairs.



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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #374 on: January 06, 2020, 07:25:26 PM »
Turns out that the half shaft had come unbolted from the transaxle. No clue how that happened; I’ve replaced the thing myself before and never had any issues. The tech must have forgotten to torque the bolts or something. The owner fixed it and reimbursed my tow.
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