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Are you a self mechanic?
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26 / M / Bored on the fun...
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Posted 6/25/08
Hey just wanted to check how many ppl here work on their own car and how much of it they do themselves.
Personally I like doing small things as long as I have help
but services and other things I leave to the pros, I'm to unexperienced to do those I'd probably fuck up my car *haha I'm 2 left handed LOL
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26 / M / California
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Posted 6/25/08
I did auto body for about two years and got one ASE cert. (not master tech but just in non-frame. working on the other ones this september.)

I also do some suspension and brake work, and installed a few intakes but nothing major under-the-hood just yet. I have other friends who do the performance stuff for me. (tried learning ins and outs of engine work, but nowadays you need an electricians' cert just to adjust air/fuel ratios)
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25 / M / Oklahoma
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Posted 6/25/08
I was in auto service for 2 years. Not qualified for certification yet. I do all my work on my car unless I lack the tools to do so.
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24 / M / Chicago
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Posted 6/25/08
Nope..... I don't have confidence in myself and my 60K car.
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Posted 6/26/08 , edited 6/26/08
naw naw

i can do bolt ons & wheels as long as tools provided

i have no tools or tools w/ random nuts keys and adaptors missing

tune ups n that shit hella nah

dont wanna mess a timing belt

aside from that, i can take it all apart and put it back together HAHA im sure everyone can tho
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Posted 6/26/08
Suspension/brakes/bolt on mods I do myself. Basic usual tools, socket set/spanner set/screw drivers, pliers, jack/stands, etc.

engine/gearbox/diff oil i do myself, brake pads and fluid, the usual. Can't fabricate or install complex things like cams
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37 / M / Pinoy in Italy
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Posted 6/26/08
Depends if your just gonna change tires, but the complicated stuff I guess I'll leave it to the shop, but as long as I can do it myself, then why not.
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22 / F / Nebraska
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Posted 6/26/08
At home I usually just do the simple tune ups and brakes.
School and work, I get into more advance diagnostics for drivability concerns. I'm also certified to do A/C repairs.
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23 / M / Canada
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Posted 6/26/08
Hmm... brakes, tires, suspension, oils/fluids, interior work, rewiring lights, radiators, timing belts, and some other simple things... waiting for another engine rebuild though.

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Posted 6/26/08
i have my pops garage where i do all ma work... dont trust other ppl with ma cars, and i take pride on doing my own cars, cause i can say i did that and didnt have to pay anyone.. and i know whats going on with ma cars better than any one else
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25 / M / Utah USA
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Posted 6/27/08
lol this is goin to be a long list. suspension, brakes, plumbing (fuel lines, coolant lines, brake lines, power steering lines), engine overhaul, tranmissions, radiators, ectrical, steering, A/C, wheel balancing, tire repair or replacement, alignments, minor body work. i haven't done much performance yet. I'm working on getting ASE certified then move on from there.
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23 / M / SF Bay Area, CA (...
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Posted 6/27/08
When I do get my car, most of the crap I'll do will be done by myself. Major stuff like engine rebuilding, I'll just leave that to a pro. I don't trust Jiffy Lube or any other franchised car repair place. Why pay $75 for something you can do with only $30??? I personally take pride in my work as well, but I know that my limits aren't very high.....
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26 / M / Philadelphia
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Posted 6/27/08 , edited 6/27/08
I do my own work. I cant have a car and say I built it like most people do when we all know they bring it to a garage and have someone else do it. A true car enthusiast will work on his own motor while all the others are just posers or wanna-be's.

Its actually very easy to build an engine and once you tear into one you will see why. Transmissions are cake also. Again you just have to tear into it once to understand how everything works. Hell if I didnt know how to do anything I woundnt be able to pay the bills.
Posted 6/27/08 , edited 6/27/08

lasthope05 wrote:

I do my own work. I cant have a car and say I built it like most people do when we all know they bring it to a garage and have someone else do it. A true car enthusiast will work on his own motor while all the others are just posers or wanna-be's.

Its actually very easy to build an engine and once you tear into one you will see why. Transmissions are cake also. Again you just have to tear into it once to understand how everything works. Hell if I didnt know how to do anything I woundnt be able to pay the bills.


we have the same point, why pay ppl when we can do it our selfs!
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Posted 6/28/08
I wouldn't generalize what quantifies a car enthusiast as they comes in all shape and sizes, which you shouldn't pigeon hole it down to whether or not a person is capable of breaking down, dissecting and comprehending what they are looking at as the epitome of such term. Some people are not mechanically inclined but I wouldn't say that it makes them less of an enthusiast becomes their 'enthusiasm' for a particular vehicle could be boundless.

If a person has the money to pay someone else do the work, which will likely have better end results, I wouldn't knock them for it. If a person understands something doesn't make them an expert.
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