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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 17 Oct 21 6.45am Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

I'm pleased with myself this weekend. Managed to change the front brake pads on my 18 year old Corsa, just before they started grinding the discs.
The help I had was, my driveway, a dry Saturday, a borrowed trolley jack from my neighbour and a clip posted by some scouser on Youtube.
All done in around 2 hours.
The fact it was an old car meant i didn't have to cope with electronic gubbins, or having to purchase 'special tools'.

It boosted my confidence a bit, because after watching Wheeler-Dealers and their mechanics get a cushy dry workshop, a complete toobox, a ramp, welding and cleaning stuff, as well as another pair of hands when needed and subbing-out tricky stuff.

The scouser on youtube showed how to use your car wheel as an axle stand, and utilised two sturdy screwdrivers for compressing the brake pistons in the callipers. Really useful tips, which i can use in the future.

Anyone else done similar work on their car, and what are reasonable limitations to doing jobs yourself ?

** incidentally, after finishing installing the brake pads, I took the car for a test drive,..on my own. Safety first.

 


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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 17 Oct 21 6.49am Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

and this is a photo of the action in progress

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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 17 Oct 21 6.50am Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

And the brake pads for comparison. New one at the front. Knackered one at the back. So very lucky not to have scored the brake discs

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 17 Oct 21 8.32am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Did the Scouser show you how to break into cars as well

 


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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 17 Oct 21 8.47am Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

Originally posted by Badger11

Did the Scouser show you how to break into cars as well

There is a video he does about replacing your car stereo with a new one, all you need is a rusty screwdriver and a brick

 


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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 17 Oct 21 8.53am Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

And just to add, that Ed China from Wheeler-dealers was everso, "you can hire a car ramp for 100 a day",..or you can do this and that.

When doing work to my brakes, I had to make sure I had all the stuff I could possibly need before I started. Once you start dismantling brakes,..there's no "just nipping out for a can of WD40", unless you happen to have another car.

That where wheeler-dealers gives people the false impression it's so easy "just to do things with a spanner". The scouser (here he is) gives you a massive dose of realism about doing jobs
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View PalazioVecchio's Profile PalazioVecchio Flag south pole 17 Oct 21 1.27pm Send a Private Message to PalazioVecchio Add PalazioVecchio as a friend


surgery & car maintenance are best left to the experts

 


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View steeleye20's Profile steeleye20 Flag Croydon 17 Oct 21 1.44pm Send a Private Message to steeleye20 Add steeleye20 as a friend

I used to enjoy keeping the latest 'wheels' up to scratch.

A routine plug and points brake pads oil change levels tyres etc. and a wash/wax to finish off part of being a car owner imo.

Anything more at the next large service.

And these days a lot of it is non-user servicable, an expensive box of tricks.

Modern cars are full of unnecessary s***e imho.

 

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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 17 Oct 21 2.09pm Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

Steeleye, you have similar experiences to me.
A regular oil and filter change is the major ingredient to engine longevity.
The number of variants of oil these days is ridiculous,...for diesel, diesel turbo, high performance petrol, etc, etc. It just gives the retailer a chance to hike the price.
Special tools to remove oil filters and even sump plugs, make it an expensive job for the home mechanic. And having spark plugs of strange sizes and difficult locations also adds to the tool expenditure.

I can see why motorists generally go no further than changing the windscreen wiper blades, or topping up the washer bottle.

I recently had a water pump replaced at my local garage, which necessitated an oil and coolant change. What got me changing my own brake pads was the 30 charge for anti-freeze coolant and the 50 for oil,...for which they charged me for a whole cannister, rather than just the amount I needed. Did I get the leftover oil left in my boot ? No, the robbing b'stard mechanics probably had enough to use on another car, and charged them another 50 too.

MOT on wednesday. Let's see what other problems they find.

Things that they might/will flag are:
discoloured off-side headlight lens
intermittent mis-fire from cylinder No.1 (might cause emissions failure)
wheel arch trim slightly loose on N/S
possible blow from exhaust (still under K?wik Fit guarantee from May this year)---possibly linked to engine mis-fire

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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 17 Oct 21 9.15pm Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

I am ashamed to say that I had my last car for nearly three years and didn't even lift the bonnet up.

My latest car also has a virgin bonnet

 

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View YT's Profile YT Flag Oxford 18 Oct 21 6.48am Send a Private Message to YT Add YT as a friend

Originally posted by Forest Hillbilly

I'm pleased with myself this weekend. Managed to change the front brake pads on my 18 year old Corsa, just before they started grinding the discs.
The help I had was, my driveway, a dry Saturday, a borrowed trolley jack from my neighbour and a clip posted by some scouser on Youtube.
All done in around 2 hours.
The fact it was an old car meant i didn't have to cope with electronic gubbins, or having to purchase 'special tools'.

It boosted my confidence a bit, because after watching Wheeler-Dealers and their mechanics get a cushy dry workshop, a complete toobox, a ramp, welding and cleaning stuff, as well as another pair of hands when needed and subbing-out tricky stuff.

The scouser on youtube showed how to use your car wheel as an axle stand, and utilised two sturdy screwdrivers for compressing the brake pistons in the callipers. Really useful tips, which i can use in the future.

Anyone else done similar work on their car, and what are reasonable limitations to doing jobs yourself ?

** incidentally, after finishing installing the brake pads, I took the car for a test drive,..on my own. Safety first.

Funny that. Normally a Scouser would replace your car wheels with bricks as "axle stands".

 


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