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View Poll Results: How much work do you perform on your car yourself?
I do everything, screw spending money at the shop
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I do oil changes and brakes, shop for everything else
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I don't like money, so car goes in the shop for everything
13.33%
xtrac1 does all his own work on his DA, what could go wrong?
4.44%
Eventually one of Flav's cars has to rust out while he's driving it, right?
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How many people here don't work on their cars?

 
Old 03-29-2019, 04:29 AM
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Default How many people here don't work on their cars?

Curious to see. I'm sure this goes hand in hand with how much free time people have.

I personally do only brakes myself...I can't justify $1,000 for new pads and rotors at all 4 corners. Everything else I pay the dealer to do.
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Old 03-29-2019, 04:32 AM
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2006 Acura - I will tear it all apart if I have to so I don't pay someone else
2017 CSi - Won't touch it

P.S. Apart from work, I have all the free time in the world
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Old 03-29-2019, 04:32 AM
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I haven't done a single thing outside of changing air filters and wiper blades, ever.

There is a reason you have warranties. And a good mechanic is worth every dollar (yes, time is part of that reason).
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Old 03-29-2019, 04:34 AM
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I worked as a mechanic for a little bit and I couldn't imagine the irreparable damage that one of my former coworkers would do to my virgin car. I take my time to make sure I do everything right and with quality parts.
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Old 03-29-2019, 04:36 AM
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I used to do oil changes and as much maintenance as I could but the cost of purchasing the oil and filter combined with the time spent is not worth it. The older I get, the more I want others to do it for me. It saves me time and allows me to focus on other things.
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Old 03-29-2019, 04:39 AM
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taking the old tacoma in for the clutch was my first time being to a shop. and the new one has a warranty.

i still like working on my cars, but not my daily driver.
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Old 03-29-2019, 04:40 AM
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Depends on scope of project and cost but my first choice is always save money...
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Old 03-29-2019, 04:58 AM
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I do all of the work I can on the car myself. Anything I don't have tools for I will take to my buddies garage so I can use his ****
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Old 03-29-2019, 05:00 AM
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I never do anything but recently my last 3 cars have all been under warranty/new enough to never need anything.

Oil changes at the dealer though. Cheap enough and with the new warranty on my Lexus, in order to maintain the lifetime engine, trans, driveline warranty, they have to change the oil.

When the the time comes, I’ll do brakes on the GX though, that’s no biggie.
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Old 03-29-2019, 05:12 AM
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I do most everything myself - unless it requires the use of a press. I used to do my own wheel bearings, but it's such a hassle that's about the only thing I leave to a mechanic. The time it takes me to go to a shop, leave the car, get a rental, then go back to the shop is usually more time out of my schedule than it would to simply order parts and replace them myself. In some rare cases I will let a shop do the work, but that's very seldom. Just bad experiences - for instance, I was charged $600 for a shop to remove my intake manifold to change my rear bank of spark plugs. I know time is money, but ****, I can take the manifold off in about 20 minutes. Needles to say when the time came to replace the coil packs (which is what I wanted them to do), I did it myself. The last time I was tempted to let a shop do work was in the middle of winter last year and I needed a new radiator. They quoted me at $1200. I was like naw man, I got it. Of course, when I did it myself I realized why they charged that much since I had to remove the whole front bumper - like the metal one behind the bumper cover - headlights, radiator brace, etc to get this thing off. Oh well, it only took 2 or 3 hours and saved $1000.
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Old 03-29-2019, 05:16 AM
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Most of my Hondas are in the 30 year old range so... I am the warranty
I bought a car lift to make life easier..
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Old 03-29-2019, 05:58 AM
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Although I've had my car since 10/2014, it is still under warranty.

So it's the dealer, so far. I know that I don't absolutely, totally have to do it that way, but it's not that big a deal.

There's been a shift in service personnel recently, however. Some kind of turnover that's affected more people than usual, and if my next experience is like last time, then everything could change. :-)
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Old 03-29-2019, 05:59 AM
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I'll admit I'm a pretty useless mechanic, so if I cant get a buddy to do it, I'll take it to a shop.
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The time saved by dropping vehicles off for regular maintenance balances it out vs buying fluids and changing them myself and then disposing of them. It is a pain in the *** to drop it off anywhere other than the hazmat facility and the facility has stupid hours.

Brakes I do myself because the cost is ridiculous at a dealer, and I won't go to a job shop.

Sparkplugs are another easy maintenance that is a rip-off at a shop.

Timing belt/waterpump I'll usually do it myself unless it looks like a bitch.

Suspension work I'll do myself because it seems expensive to take it to a shop/dealer compared to rockauto.

Valve adjustments I'll do myself.
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Old 03-29-2019, 06:38 AM
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Everything because I couldn't afford it otherwise.
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Old 03-29-2019, 06:43 AM
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I used to do all of my own work but as kids came the free time to do this left.

I'll still do basic repairs and stuff if it's something easy but I'm not touching my wife's car, that's what service plans and warranties are for.

I work on my zero turn/lawn equipment, that's about it.
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I do everything myself unless itís internal engine components. For all my daily driven vehicles Iíve never had full engine failure so I handle everything but my race car I do everything but build the motor. For me I have people that build race motors everyday that have all the proper tools and knowledge so I have them do it.
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:00 AM
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I'm about to do some work. Dealer wanted $1100 to replace the A/C condenser.
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:15 AM
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For small jobs like changing brakes or the oil, I'll do it myself but for something big, I prefer to just take my cars to the local independent VW/Audi shop.

I had to change to the thermostat last weekend since it was leaking, I did NOT enjoy working on cars like I used to it.
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by K.F14 View Post
For small jobs like changing brakes or the oil, I'll do it myself but for something big, I prefer to just take my cars to the local independent VW/Audi shop.

I had to change to the thermostat last weekend since it was leaking, I did NOT enjoy working on cars like I used to it.
because VAG
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I do everything myself on the fun cars, daily's go to the dealer for basic maintenance, etc.
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Hah, I wish. I go into the garage and try to work on something id have a 1 and 3 yr old who think they're professional mechanics already grabbing all my tools and placing them anywhere they think it helps. They get upset if they even see me go in the garage without them.
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I would like to start changing my own brake pads and rotors to save a few bucks.


On that note after installing the new pads is it necessary to open the bleeder valve or unscrew the lid to the brake fluid reservoir before collapsing the caliber piston ?
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:23 AM
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because VAG
Nope, I just don't like working on cars anymore regardless of the manufacturer.
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:24 AM
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On that note after installing the new pads is it necessary to open the bleeder valve or unscrew the lid to the brake fluid reservoir before collapsing the caliber piston ?
Yes always open the reservoir cap.
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