Said with feeling ... Spouse, through his tears, kept trying to say that
he'd been there too, especially the tiny spring in the eye ...
I liked the make your own tool hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
I did make my own tool one day, having attempted to follow the Haynes manual
advice "borrow a (Mini) suspension compressor from your local BMC dealer".
Off I went to ask (well I was young and naieve).
"F*ck off" said the dealer.
"Ah, I get the picture", I thought, somewhat crestfallen. Some hours later I
had manufactured something that just about did the job.
The other one I "liked" was the Paddy Hopkirk story in the Haynes Mini
manual (of the time) foreword. "We had a wheel bearing collapse on a rally,
leaving the inner race stuck on the stub axle. We improvised and whacked it
simultaneously on either side with hammers until it shattered". Ha bloody
ha. I had the same problem so I thought "I'll try that". All I got was a
razor sharp shard of metal embedded in my cheek. Several whacks later (now
wearing a fencing mask), I gave up and adopted the techniques described in
the original post:
Warm: Heat till read hot
Pry off: insert great big screwdriver with hammer repeatedly.
(anti-spam is as easy as 1-2-3 - not)
What is it with some dealers? I remember trying to get a spare brake disc
screw from a local dealer who proceeded to tell me that it'd take 3 days to
order in "and they're only available in packs of 10". Fat lot of good that
was. I'm sure they would have had one in the workshop if they'd been
changing my brake discs rather than me doing it myself.
That's why you should avoid dealers like the plague. Tight gits.
I have two local garages that have been great with me. I have bought the
odd bulb or length of brake pipe from them and one lent me their book full
of timing belt specs (they are like rocking horse shit to get hold of) and
the other even lent me a compression guage so I could test the engine after
the cambelt fit.
Great guys and now I don't even ask them the price. Maybe they are just
hustling for later ;-)
The dealer did add (after f*ck off) that he wasn't lending out expensive
tools to people as he wouldn't get them back (I'm not sure he used those
exact words). He eventually explained how I could make the tool and
(somewhat grudgingly) found a nut that matched the thread on the end of it
for me to take away.
Another main dealer locally was a real hoot. I went in for a Mini exhaust
valve (naturally the car was in bits all over the road, I was covered in oil
etc.). "We used *it* yesterday" they said, we can get you one for tomorrow.
Grrr, gnash. I went to the local motorist centre, who had a cardboard box
full. They also charged me 5p for a washer (fair enough), then proceeded to
fill out a three part receipt and add 1/2p VAT (it was some years ago). I
couldn't help feeling their finances would have been better if they had just
asked me to put 5p in the charity box.
heh...Very good. Having no knowledge of how cars work and having a
girlfriend with equal knowledge and a broken Skoda with no cash we
embarked on changing the Clutch and Spiggot baring following the step
by step guide in the Haynes manual....went very well I must say ! I
especially liked the bit after we'd removed the engine & clutch etc
which said "reassemble in reverse".
They did however miss one item out that caught us by surprise.....when
we removed the engine, the back of the car rose up about 4 feet on the
suspension much to our amusement and gasps of "how the F*ck are we
gonna get that back down again to get the engine back in"
This had all my office chums asking what I was reading...
Tiny spring " springs " to mind..Excuse the pun... Isn't it amazing at
the sub conscious reaction the human body has to things flying towards
it...Prying away with a screwdriver, PING...Before I can physically
react,my clever little brain recognises the noise, has shut my eyes,
screwed up my face and thrown a hand up in defence.
Great methinks until I realise the spring has bounced off me and I
cant see where it's gone ( as my eyes are closed )...Doubly great in
"reactive" karate chop was undertaken with a hand that was holding
onto a nice plastic box....that used to be full of little gears and
nice springs.. :(..Better let the wife know the clock aint gonna work
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