Discussion in 'Wackbag Home Improvement & Car Repair' started by maz, Jan 20, 2012.
I think it was a Cooper gs4 Touring maybe, wife got it replaced today, so its gone.
Window regulator shit the bed in my truck again, this is number 3
Those Mopar regulators are dog shit.
I've probably done 50 over the years
Just had to replace my battery. Only have 11K miles on the car, but because Florida.
Batteries don't last down here because of the heat. It sucks.
I changed my first flat today, not my own though, and wanted to share the story.
So I'm hanging out around a parking garage waiting for my gal to show up. I saw a guy earlier trying to change a flat and shortly after heard someone yell a bit of profanity loudly. I wondered back over to see if he could use a hand. Turns out the wheel was stuck on the car. After some failed attempts to bang it with a hammer and whatnot I told him to wonder on over to a near by gas station to grab some release agent. That didn't work quickly enough. After a bit of Googling I convinced him to thread the nuts on loosely and backup/pull forward a few times to get the wheel to separate. After the second or third attempt I hear a pop and we were able to get the wheel off easily.
Now the entire time, this guy was super grumpy. No jokes, no chitchat, nothing. And the entire time he's jacking the car up midway between the front and rear wheels. To me, that's not right, but I, like a dummy, assumed his read the owners manual because fuck if I know where the manufacture's recommended lift point for a Toyota Yaris is. So, between the poor jack placement, and the light weight nature of this car, we dropped it off the jack 5-6 times (and apparently he did the same a few times before I showed up). After this happens several times, and me not saying anything because the guy is pissed off (yeah, could've just walked away, but I would've regretted not seeing things through) I go to my car, get my jack (not a lot better, but just better enough), show him the diagrams on my jack, and proceed to lift it just behind the wheel. Shortly after the spare is on and everyone is on their way.
So now I have some good experience (laugh at the dumb city nerd) for when it inevitably happens to me.
One question though.... is it better to tighten the lugs while the car is still up, or on the ground? I was always told (well, just once) that you tighten while on the jack, but you finish the tightening once it's been dropped.
Whoo double post.
You broke your cherry
Get them as tight as you can with the wheel off the ground
then drop the car and torque them down tighter with the
weight of the car on it .
You've never changed a tire? Between two genius' you managed to drop the car off the jack 5-6 times? Did you ever meet your dad? Enough questions, I'd torque the lug nuts with the car on the jack and either the parking brake set or someone pressing the brake pedal. A grown man that can't change a fucking tire baffles me and makes me sad. The FIRST thing I've done when I get a new truck home is look at the owners manual, the jack and the spare to make sure when I need to use them it's not my first rodeo on the side of the road somewhere. You actually had to google it, that's pathetic.
Goddam check engine light is on. I fucking hate that general bullshit. Should I just pop the hood and stare at it a couple minutes or pay a mechanic too hook it up to a computer and tell me it's a loose gas cap for $100?
Go buy one of these. Definitely worth having one now, IMO...
Or go to a place like Autozone where they will pull codes for free.
Just remember, codes only tell you the condition that set the code.
The fix could be any one of several problems.
Just because it sets a TPS or MAF code doesn't
mean that sensor is bad. There's millions spent
every year on people guessing on what's wrong.
The only thing I had to google was how to get a stuck wheel off in a pinch. The rest was me not getting into an argument with the guy, nothing got dropped once I put the jack where I wanted it.
As for my dad, I know way more about cars than he does.
I'll do it for $99
Your gas cap is loose
I'll be awaiting the check
The car part stores will pull your codes for free.
If you have a popular enough make/model vehicle there may be a forum out there for it. That's where you'll find the best resource to translate the generic codes into an actual fix.
I thought about getting one. Is that the same as those Bluetooth ones? Just fancier?
Simpler to use than the Bluetooth ones, getting apps to connect can be a pain sometimes and you've gotta trust your app, but you've gotta make sure you get one that can receive software updates.
Not sure. I have an older one from. Harbor Freight. Not familiar with the Bluetooth ones. Probably a good idea especially if they are cheaper.
Don't use it much anymore since I have newer cars that are dealer serviced since they are CPO with extended warranties plus I don't know any trustworthy shops down here.
I had the Honda throw a code and I checked it. It was something stupid so just let it go for a few weeks until I could take it in. I didn't clear codes so dealer could pull them and figure out what the problem was.
I can't change the oil myself with 0W20 synthetic for the price I pay at the dealer, so I don't bother doing much myself anymore. I did replace my battery last week, though.
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I gotta figure out my sons 98 explorer, it acts like the transfer case is stuck, it won't roll. In D it will move about 6", put it in reverse it will move about 6". In neutral it won't roll. If you give it gas it will bog down like its pulling, it just won't move.
Could be a transmission. I had one go bad on me where it
locked the trans in drive. I could stop and put it in park but
in reverse it locked up and in neutral it went forward.
Stacking firewood today and I notice a little drip spot under my truck...something is leaking...
Went to Advanced Auto and had them pull the code. They punched it into the computer and said it's the gas cap. They asked if I had mine. I do and it never clicks. I ended up buying a new one. It is still on.
You have to clear it, or go through a few drive cycles for it to clear
Oh, thank you. I'll see how it goes then.