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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #240 on: November 23, 2018, 03:34:16 PM »
I pay more than that for tires because they are relatively low profile and because I get Nokian WR G3’s — H-rated all seasons with a M+S certificate. I can run them with confidence year round and get the handling I expect on dry roads. They run about $570 for four tires mounted and balanced, with a free alignment.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #241 on: December 01, 2018, 06:26:28 PM »
Question with auto parts. . .

What is your breaking point of a part as far as lifetime replacement?

For example, I could go to Autozone and get a coil pack for $60 with limited lifetime.
Online though I could get a pair of coil packs with 1 year for $32.

Something like brakes is a little different because I expect that every few years I will need to replace them.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #242 on: December 02, 2018, 02:48:37 PM »
Is a coil pack something that’s likely ever to need replacement again?  Mine are twelve years old and have never had an issue; I’d be surprised if a replacement failed before my car does.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #243 on: December 02, 2018, 04:09:03 PM »
Is a coil pack something that’s likely ever to need replacement again?  Mine are twelve years old and have never had an issue; I’d be surprised if a replacement failed before my car does.

I think they are a once in a car's lifetime replacement, maybe.

Speaking abut the car that I am talking about, I wrote this up telling a friend. Only first names so I don't see any issues posting it

Last April / May, I bought a 1997 Ford Escort that I thought only had minor problems.  It was suppose to be a backup car. After having thrown some money toward  s getting it repaired, I decided that it was not worth it.

There is a mechanic I trust named Jeff who had a friend who had a 1991 Mustang that he was thinking of selling. It was a convertible that needed to have its convertible top replaced. Selling it for 900 but seemed to run well. As well, Jeff had done most of the major work on it so it was well maintained.

This spring, with my roommates help, I replaced the convertible top. It is almost like working upholstery and took several weeks to get done due to my busy schedule. Had to patch a wire into the alternator but once everything got done, it is a fun car.

For car repairs, minor stuff I can do myself, but do need a mechanic for most major jobs. Jeff has been quite reliable but after I moved, he lives 60 miles way. He is an older guy in him early to mid sixties and is extremely knowledgeable.

S.o I looked for a mechanic closer. I had a guy named Travis recommended to me by a coworker. My regular car, a 2001 Mustang (I like Mustangs)  AC went out in 2016. I went to a shop and they said that my Freon level was fine but the compressor was not kicking on. I trusted them . When I asked Travis about it, found out that the Freon levels were just low. Added Freon and the AC kicked on. They lied and Travis seemed to be trustworthy based on that. I still think he is trustworthy, just less knowledgeable than I first though.

In August, although might have been late July, I was driving down the interstate when a car tried to merge into my car. Did more damage really to his car than it did to mine. I made an insurance claim as much to make sure he did not blame me for the accident than anything else.  His insurance company found him at fault.  They had me take it to a shop and the long and the short is that they found it too expensive to fix. The damage though is basically minor cosmetic and I elected to keep my car.

I decided to keep the car and use the money they payed me to get a light truck. Most of the sellers on Craigslist are a ways away from where I live. I took the 1991 Convertible to look at one being sold 60 miles away from where I live. Got there and the owner was not there. Never called me either. On my way home, the 1991 Mustang suddenly started running rough. It conked out adn I got it towed to Travis's shop. He has a shop in his back yard.

He said that he needed to do a tune up and replace the valve cover gasket. After I had called him, he said that there were problems with the vacuum lines.  That era of ford vehicles relied a lot on vacuum lines and seen something almost similar with a previous vehicle. As such, I can believe that a bad vacuum lines  Still, I would call him once a twice a week and get essentially a run around.

Eventually after 2.5 months, I got the car towed home. I spoke to Jeff, my old mechanic, and he suggested I try a few minor things and let him know how things go. One was to replace fuel filter. Did so and the car would be able to be driven but for the first 1/4 miles had no acceleration. After that it was fine though.

I would drive it once a week to work. Last week I drove it to work Wednesday and it pretty much operated normally. It was cold outside and decided to warm it up for ten minutes. When I got back from my last patrol, it had cut off. Tried to restart it and would not start. It would turn over however. Ended up getting it towed home and called my trusted mechanic an asking him to come up to check on it. I noted that there was anti-freeze on the group when I got it lifted and there was also anti-freeze on the bed of the tow truck. Even though it still turned over, I thought it likely that I destroyed the engine.    Still I wanted Jeff's opinion.

Jeff came up Saturday, yesterday, and started checking things. It is a four cylinder engine but has eight spark plugs. He found out that one of the coil packs was not firing. Still, he pulled the timing belt cover, adjusted the timing, and the car did fire over. The water pump was shot though and had me get a new one. He was really mad that Travis was under the hood and as a mechanic should have noticed the problem with the water pump.  Still, he replaced the pump and the car is not overheating and seems to be running mostly fine.

Now, it only running on  one coil pack and I have one on order online.  I can get a single coil pack locally for $60 or get a pair online for $32.  As long as you do coil packs one wire at a time, there should be no issues. It is guaranteed delivery Friday but hoping to get it Thursday.

Should also add that Travis actually screwed up the vacuum lines and I will need to redo a few myself.

Just wanted to get the whole situation off my chest I guess.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #244 on: December 19, 2018, 05:59:26 PM »
I replaced the Idle Air Control valve on my 2001 Mustang. When I first put it on, the car would sometimes jump a little bit in its idle but now seems to have settled down. The mechanic I usually can trust told me that the computer and idle air need to talk to each other in order to get the settings right.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #245 on: March 12, 2019, 05:40:47 AM »
I just wanted to post this as a suggestion if you ever have to work on a hood release cable.

This weekend I replaced by hood release cable but I was concerned with feeding the new cable back through the firewall. While I have not seen anybody do this on a video, what I did was tie a piece of twine to the old one so that the new one could be pulled through using the twine. Could use string or fishing line as well.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #246 on: March 12, 2019, 05:47:05 AM »
I just wanted to post this as a suggestion if you ever have to work on a hood release cable.

This weekend I replaced by hood release cable but I was concerned with feeding the new cable back through the firewall. While I have not seen anybody do this on a video, what I did was tie a piece of twine to the old one so that the new one could be pulled through using the twine. Could use string or fishing line as well.
Similar to pulling electrical or communications cable through conduit.

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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #247 on: May 18, 2019, 06:41:58 PM »
Started to change the spark plugs in my ford ranger. Got all done except the  2 back ones on the right side. What a pain in the ass. The old plugs were getting bad so hopefully these new ones will help with milage a bit.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #248 on: May 19, 2019, 01:56:25 AM »
The old give the headlights a quick spuce up with toothpaste trick....

Before


After


Could probably use another going over but they look way better now. Put a little wax on after I was done.

Lights have deteriorated a bit again since I did this. Might try a little wax again to see if that helps.

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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #249 on: May 19, 2019, 07:57:44 AM »
Started to change the spark plugs in my ford ranger. Got all done except the  2 back ones on the right side. What a pain in the ass. The old plugs were getting bad so hopefully these new ones will help with milage a bit.

So I had a little time and changed one of the remaining plugs. Had to get a different ratchet. There is just not a nought room to work. So I have just the back plug to do. I have about an inch between the spark plug and the cabin fan motor. I'm not sure if I can get a swivel in there or I might have to pull the fan motor to get to it. That would be a bigger pain in the ass.
After that plug wires.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #250 on: May 19, 2019, 10:01:39 AM »
How old is this Ranger? Were you actually getting misfires?  Spark plugs are almost indestructible these days; my 2006 Rabbit has its original platinum plugs and has never registered a misfire.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #251 on: May 19, 2019, 11:37:10 AM »
They do eventually tend to get gunked up - Probably want to replace spark plugs every three or four years at most
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #252 on: May 19, 2019, 11:40:39 AM »
They do eventually tend to get gunked up - Probably want to replace spark plugs every three or four years at most

Why?
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #253 on: May 19, 2019, 11:48:04 AM »
They do eventually tend to get gunked up - Probably want to replace spark plugs every three or four years at most

Why?

I know that with my 2001 Mustang, and I believe I use a platinum spark plug, that after three or four years I started getting misfires.  The problem was that some of the spark plugs were corroded, gunked up, and otherwise not firing right. Now, I have an aluminum head and you can easily strip out the head if you are not careful. As such, I had my mechanic replace them.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #254 on: May 19, 2019, 12:07:19 PM »
They do eventually tend to get gunked up - Probably want to replace spark plugs every three or four years at most

Why?

I know that with my 2001 Mustang, and I believe I use a platinum spark plug, that after three or four years I started getting misfires.  The problem was that some of the spark plugs were corroded, gunked up, and otherwise not firing right. Now, I have an aluminum head and you can easily strip out the head if you are not careful. As such, I had my mechanic replace them.

But that’s not the question.  The question is why one should replace plugs if one is not getting any misfires.  I’ve got 13 years and 150k miles on my plugs and it has never once registered a misfire.  Fuel economy is unchanged, it idles fine.  Is there any reason to replace plugs in such circumstances? I can’t think of one other than that it’s what the plug manufacturer tells you to do.
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