Last time I took a car to a dealer for service, it was to replace motors
for power window. $200+. Mebbe just one window. As a "service", they
looked under the hood and found over $900 in needed repairs, which
included new carb. I didn't know at the time that the same dealer had
already replaced the carb on the same car. I said no thanks. I then
proceeded to my usual mechanic and we tried to find something wrong with
the carb. I made up a story that my husband thought he smelled gas and
thought the carb might be bad. That was '94. Still driving the same
car, same carb, different good mechanic (I relocated). I just did a
little cosmetic work on Miss Regal (Bondo and stainless steel wool), and
she looks as good as I do :o) Runs great.
You can buy OBDII readers from harbor freight. They also reset the
More than that, you need to peruse the FSM, be mechanically minded, have
tools, and learn about the peculiarities of your particular vehicle.
As to the hose repair/replacement, you don't need a computer code to tell
you a hose is faulty, you determine that by using your eyes and fingers.
The only special tools required are hose assembly/dissasembly tools
available at your local auto parts store. You can also jerry rig hose
connectors using transmission fluid hose and a couple of hose clamps.
Jack up your car and look around. Touch things, and make sure you
understand what each component does. When you find one which is new to you,
look it up in the manual. Repeat until you "know" your car.
It help tremendously if you can find a forum online with discussions about
your particular vehicle (or at least a similar vehicle with similar
systems). Extra bonus points if there is a community of enthusiasts for
Is it worth your time to do this? To be honest, it's not to a lot of guys.
If it is, know that if a man built it, another man, you, can figure it out
and fix it.
on 6/26/2009 10:25 PM (ET) firstname.lastname@example.org wrote the following:
In the old days, I was of the mindset that if some worker put something
together, I could take it apart and put it back together. It became a
little harder when things started being manufactured in Japan, since
those Japanese women had such small hands. :-)
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