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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Know Your Limitations

It is written (somewhere) we should all know our limitations. Mine is auto mechanics. Place just about any firearm at my feet and I'll run it for you. Ask me to repair your car - not gonna happen.

Sure, I can change the oil and handle most of the basics but when it comes to the complicated stuff, like brake jobs, well it's best to leave it to the experts.

Several months back I happened upon a Youtube channel and found this fine young man. Here's a sample.

Eric works clean. He has a system and his videos are clear and simple enough for the average back yard mechanic to follow along, even a dummy such as myself.

Do yourself a favor - before you attempt that next brake job on your twenty year old Chevy run over and visit Eric, he'll probably save your life.

Stephen 

16 comments:

  1. Just this morning replaced the multi function switch (turn signal) on one son's Contour. New part $81 plus tax. Minimum of one hour shop time $90.
    Pulled a switch at Pull a Part. Twenty minutes and $8 and change. Put used part in the Contour in fifteen minutes. Not a great mechanic but my rates are hard to beat. If you can read, a $30 Chilton Repair Manual will soon pay for itself.

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    1. I hear you, Bro. I own several Chilton manuals. Thanks.

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  2. "A man's got to know his limitations." -- Dirty Harry

    Welcome back, buddy.

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    1. Thank you, Matt. I feel like a rookie...

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  3. I always find dealing with old tractors and implements it's the special ethnic engineering addon stuff that makes me scratch my head. That being said though I am now just starting to mess with my diesel and that's a new experience for me. I may be in way over my head there.

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    1. I'm always in over my head...wish I had a car lift. Thanks, PP.

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  4. Been bangin' away on cars for over 45 years now, and I still appreciate seeing a young guy like Eric making it easy for folks who don't have a ton of experience.

    Thanks for the links, they're very entertaining.

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    1. Thanks, Jim. I really enjoy his stuff...

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  5. Great advice Sir as always.

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  6. Hey, I was over at Six Bear's and saw you were on line . I'm glad to see yo back, don't know how much I have missed but I will certainly catch up on your posts.

    I just haul my vehicles to a local mechanic. I've used up all my brain cells, no room for more skills anymore.

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    1. Hi, Harry...yes, it's been a while since I've written...and you haven't missed much.
      Our son is a tech for Acura and when things get rough for me I just yell at him to fix the problem. Thanks, my friend.

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  7. We have a Dodge one ton diesel at work that started having transmission problems. A trip to a transmission shop yielded four hundred in costs, a new module, and a transmission that still wouldn't work right.

    A young man at work had extreme confidence with a mechanic in a nearby city. After his examination, and bad news, two computers were replaced at a price tag of over four thousand. He knew this in a matter of minutes, since he knew the machine, the electronic wizardry, and how to troubleshoot a machine that once was easily repaired. The computers now control the entire show, and the replacements aren't inexpensive.

    We've had no problems with the truck in the two years since the repair. The culprit for the computer damage was exposure from sulfur in an industrial facility.

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  8. I tried to get my dad to let me take auto mechanics in high school and was told in no uncertain terms that it was NOT for girls. LOL!

    I'll be encouraging my granddaughter to GO FOR IT! :)

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    1. Even today, my dear friend, it isn't too late to take a few course on auto care.

      Thanks, Sweet Lady.

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