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5 Reasons Fixing Your Own Car Will Change Your Life

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Good video Scotty shows how to track down a overheating problem without just throwing parts at it.
Videos like this are Gold for do it yourself peeps!


 

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He does wave his arms around a lot now that you mention it, but old Scotty's saved me so much money over the past few years he gets a pass!.


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He answered a comment about that the other day.

"Scotty, why do you wave your arm around like you're having a seizure?"

"Because it's more interesting than (then he went all limp and monotone) talking like this."
 

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I think satisfaction would be the greatest reason for fixing your own vehicle. Knowing one has the capability's to fix anything is a comfort cause having to depend on others just plain sucks.
Yessir, it also puts you more "in touch" with the nuances while driving IME.
 

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The guys informative but hard to watch, I mean, is he Italian with all the arm movements or a recovering crack user...or both? He cannot sit still. JMO.
I think he has ADD type personality and he's very passionate. He also amps up his presentation for WW broadcast. My favorites are when he's sitting at his desk and answering questions cause he doesn't talk so loud and is more subdued. The pictures he adds are priceless. He's got a great sense of humor,

 

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Yessir, it also puts you more "in touch" with the nuances while driving IME.
Yep. I trust the gauges because I personally put the radiator, thermostat, water pump, serp belt, hoses, oil pressure sensor, fuel pump assembly and alternator on the damn thing!


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Well folks I installed my fuel injectors and fecked it up!
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Heh, these things happen. I got it all put back together and it would not run, hell it wouldn't even spark. So I went to my friend Tim's shop and asked him to bail me out.
He was happy to do it old Tim's a good mechanic and he tells me how to fix a lot of things myself. When I was installing the new spider I snagged one of the injector tubes on the bracket and that shorted the entire thing out. I have no clue how I did it, buuuuut I am not a professional and I did it.

Now the good thing is I got the part on Amazon so I sent it back for a full refund, and I had already thoroughly cleaned everything inside and outside of the intake and throttle body assembly so Tim charged me minimum labor. And I got new injectors which I needed. The truck runs better than it has in years. When things like fuel injectors slowly go bad over a long time you really don't notice the shitty idle and diminishing power.

You can see in picture #2 the clean metal streaks running down into the intake. That is from injectors # 3 and 5 leaking fuel. There was a clean streak near #2 also. The spider I took out was crispy and stiff and the poppits were barely holding in the ports.

The old girl is running like new now and I should see a good bump in gas mileage.

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Well folks I installed my fuel injectors and fecked it up! View attachment 127378

Heh, these things happen. I got it all put back together and it would not run, hell it wouldn't even spark... When I was installing the new spider I snagged one of the injector tubes on the bracket and that shorted the entire thing out. I have no clue how I did it, buuuuut I am not a professional and I did it... Now the good thing is I got the part on Amazon so I sent it back for a full refund...
You make a pretty good case against some poor sap thinking they can eke out a living selling anything on Amazon.
 

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You make a pretty good case against some poor sap thinking they can eke out a living selling anything on Amazon.
Part was sold and shipped by Amazon or I wouldn't have bought it there. Amazon doesn't care why you are returning something you got 30 days no questions asked. I told them in the return reason I installed it and it didn't work. Had it been a small seller I wouldn't have bought it.


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Best reason I came up with today is you get to spend time with your child making something broke, whole again. Lad and I pulled a motor out of my old[wore out] truck cause it has a clutch that will fit in a '83 we want to get running again as it is solid yet.
Irons I bought a Milwaukee cordless impact wrench 2767-20 that is unfreaking believably strong. Also bought a drill/driver 2606-20 and a 2656-20 1/4" hex impact driver cause they came with 2 battery's and charger for the same price as getting just 2 battery's and charger with the bigger impact wrench. Where the [L] were these frickin toys when I was 20. The lad said when I die he gets them and he ain't asking anyone. LOL
Hadda chuckle when the wife came home and saw an engine hanging off the engine lift and the look on her face when she came over and there was still an engine in the truck. She missed the removal and couldn't figure out where one engine came from.
 

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just as a fyi, tried to go back to milwaukee from jap stuff a couple of months ago

1/2 cordless drill driver,

running in 3" screws to a double layer floor. After about 300 sq ft, the head came off in my hand.
total junk. Been sitting in the purse it came with since, and me stewing about what to do with the damn thing.
Don't want a replacement as it will just be the same cheap stuff.

still remember the days when I would only buy milwaukee to keep it amerikan. Their stuff is now cheap asian, and it shows.

JMO only for sure, but my tools get worked.
 

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Best reason I came up with today is you get to spend time with your child making something broke, whole again. Lad and I pulled a motor out of my old[wore out] truck cause it has a clutch that will fit in a '83 we want to get running again as it is solid yet.
Irons I bought a Milwaukee cordless impact wrench 2767-20 that is unfreaking believably strong. Also bought a drill/driver 2606-20 and a 2656-20 1/4" hex impact driver cause they came with 2 battery's and charger for the same price as getting just 2 battery's and charger with the bigger impact wrench. Where the [L] were these frickin toys when I was 20. The lad said when I die he gets them and he ain't asking anyone. LOL
Hadda chuckle when the wife came home and saw an engine hanging off the engine lift and the look on her face when she came over and there was still an engine in the truck. She missed the removal and couldn't figure out where one engine came from.
Those little impact drivers are a trip, ain't they? I just have the Black+Decker stuff and still it's light years ahead of the old drill drivers.
I strained the shit out of my right arm tendons driving screws with an old 14.4 drill driver fixing a roof. The little 20v impact driver zings them in like nothing and it's small enough to use under the hood and other places on the truck.


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Those little impact drivers are a trip, ain't they? I just have the Black+Decker stuff and still it's light years ahead of the old drill drivers.
I strained the shit out of my right arm tendons driving screws with an old 14.4 drill driver fixing a roof. The little 20v impact driver zings them in like nothing and it's small enough to use under the hood and other places on the truck.


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Yeah it's great but now I gotta go buy more attachments.
 

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just as a fyi, tried to go back to milwaukee from jap stuff a couple of months ago

1/2 cordless drill driver,

running in 3" screws to a double layer floor. After about 300 sq ft, the head came off in my hand.
total junk. Been sitting in the purse it came with since, and me stewing about what to do with the damn thing.
Don't want a replacement as it will just be the same cheap stuff.

still remember the days when I would only buy milwaukee to keep it amerikan. Their stuff is now cheap asian, and it shows.

JMO only for sure, but my tools get worked.
Milwaukee has severed me well. I still have 2 each 1/2 inch drills that are so old that I updated the batteries to Lithium. I have put an entire roof on my home & garage, about 5,000 sq ft plus siding all around & day to day project. They are now just starting to show signs of wear. My Milwaukee battery powered sawzall is still working well, but all of them were built here.
 

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Guys, I been assembling a barn for my son, he is helping, letting him do most of the grunt work. He has a Porter Cable drill driver, both of mine are DeWalt. He was complaining about the batteries not lasting so good. I've never had an issue with the newer li-ion 20v batteries on mine going bad. However, we were talking about where in the world our drivers were made. Mine says right on them, "Made in the USA with global materials" That says to me the whole drill driver could be made in China or somewhere and only assembled in the USA.
 

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A week, a friggin week to get a gasket set for the ol' 300 6. It's like they want me to quit but I got's more patience than them.
 

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My wife's 2002 Sunfire is on it's last leg at 220,000 miles (never did the water pump fingers crossed)...
Anyway, my youngest son says "Mom, got new cars & we'd like to give you our old one for a Christmas present"
a 2006 Mazda Tribute (Ford Escape almost) 170,000 miles.
Evidently they don't have safety inspection in the people's republic of Illinois!
Anyway project #1 is a front caliper.
What the hell, there is no copper washer for the brake hose! Just pipe thread & pray.
I had to spin the cast iron caliper unto the hose fitting, to thread it in.
It was that or disconnect the brake hose upstream & I didn't want to risk that thing twisting & creating more work.
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Christallfuckinmighty..........
 

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My wife's 2002 Sunfire is on it's last leg at 220,000 miles (never did the water pump fingers crossed)...
Anyway, my youngest son says "Mom, got new cars & we'd like to give you our old one for a Christmas present"
a 2006 Mazda Tribute (Ford Escape almost) 170,000 miles.
Evidently they don't have safety inspection in the people's republic of Illinois!
Anyway project #1 is a front caliper.
What the hell, there is no copper washer for the brake hose! Just pipe thread & pray.
I had to spin the cast iron caliper unto the hose fitting, to thread it in.
It was that or disconnect the brake hose upstream & I didn't want to risk that thing twisting & creating more work. View attachment 128720
Christallfuckinmighty..........
It's called a labor of love...you know; where you want to stay alive.
 

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The Scotty Kilmer channel just passed Top Gear as the most watched car channel on YouTube for the month of April 2019. Thanks to all you guys for the years of support and for making an individual creator have more views than a major media corporation.

 

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So the other day I was working around the house and had plans to drive into town to pay my phone bill and run a few errands. Not leaving myself much spare time I had gone out and started the truck to let it warm up a bit while I filled the slowly leaking tire with a screw in it picked up from a jobsite.

While I was going around and checking tire pressure as the compressor filled up I could smell gas. I didn't think too much of it until I smelled it even stronger a few minutes later. I then glanced down under the door where the fuel filter lives and lo and behold it was leaking like a siv! THe truck was fine when I parked it now gas is pouring out! The car is still down and I started panicking...no parts, phone about to be shut off if I didn't make the payment etc. I shut off the truck and started pacing around trying to relax and think my way through. Fortunately I had some fuel line hose and clamps in the workshop and managed to quickly gather what I needed and got the thing buttoned up with just enough time to make my deadline and "save the day".

WHat was so stressful was that the last time I made the repair, I had to cut the fuel line and slice on the rubber line to fit a non OEM filter and it leaked on and off till I got some gas resistant sealant on the connection, which of course I was out of at this time. What I realized after this recent fix was that one of the hose clamps had bottomed out. I was able to replace it with the next size up this time and get a good bite on it without needing the sealant.

So all in all, the knowledge and confidence of having repaired the issue before, coupled with having a few things in stock turned a potential tow and schedule fark up into a great sense of accomplishment and more confidence.
 

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The Scotty Kilmer channel just passed Top Gear as the most watched car channel on YouTube for the month of April 2019. Thanks to all you guys for the years of support and for making an individual creator have more views than a major media corporation.

I love Scotty, but he has an ego problem. I recently saw a parody video someone did of him and Scotty came and commented all butthurt. It was there that I lerarned he was also trolling Chris-Fix who's channel is MORE THAN TWICE AS POPULAR as Scotty's and he's just a young dude.

Anyway, when I saw this post and it's claims I had to mention the Chris Fix's YT car channel is far more watched than Scotty's and give props where they are due. Here's a recent vid of his. He currently has just under 5 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS. More than double that of Scotty's subs.


 

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Here's the parody vid and comment war.

 

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Wifes car needed new cv joints, son was coming down and said he would change them for me since my back is out, Firestone wanted around 700 each , parts cost me 130 each and it took him around 11/2 hours to do each side, dealers are really raping the consumer now.
 

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Firestone wanted around 700 each
I'd never go to a tire or muffler shop for anything but tires & exhaust.
Their business model is to get you in with advertizing, then upsell.

Here's the parody vid and comment war.
Parody is spot on.
Scotty should have given the guy a thumbs up & moved on, instead of making a thing about it.

A lot of these "how to repair your car" youtube guys, start out showing you how to fix cars they are working on, & that is a good thing.
Then they become "monitized" & they start making videos about making videos.
A good example is eric the car guy.

My favorite is the South Main fella.
It's usually an actual customer car repair, & he's not afraid to show you his mistakes as he troubleshoots.
 

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Sometimes you gotta just laugh and carry on. I was working on weeding a row of peas and my young lad was changing oil in my old van. All of a sudden he swore and walked around the shop smoking my old smoker on his way by. I asked what's up and he replied that he couldn't figure out why the oil wasn't showing on the dipstick as he poured it in until he remembered the plug he hadn't replaced. Hard to give someone shit for something you've done yourself.LOL
 

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If my summer hadn't gone right to shit we would have been done by now. The plan was for me to do the majority of the unskilled labor while Scott did the bodywork. I did do a lot but I would have liked to have been there every day it was getting worked on. For example when I get her home I still have to wire brush, paint and seal the bottom of the cab. But the painting is done now and it's just a matter of putting her all back together and fixing any other boo boo's that come up.

Jessica's looking good for her 20'th year!

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If my summer hadn't gone right to shit we would have been done by now. The plan was for me to do the majority of the unskilled labor while Scott did the bodywork. I did do a lot but I would have liked to have been there every day it was getting worked on. For example when I get her home I still have to wire brush, paint and seal the bottom of the cab. But the painting is done now and it's just a matter of putting her all back together and fixing any other boo boo's that come up.

Jessica's looking good for her 20'th year!

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Looks great man. Good show.
 

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Another reason for fixing your own is, so you can drag a fella home who's driving a 24 years newer GMC.:belly laugh:
 

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I've done almost all my own vehicle repairs since I was 16. When I hit 60 six years ago I asked the wife I could stop being THE mechanic, but just take it to a GREAT mechanic. She said yes.

So NOW, I just plan and work with my mechanic to fix things that need to be done. I'm done lying on a concrete floor.

thx to my wife.
 

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I've done almost all my own vehicle repairs since I was 16. When I hit 60 six years ago I asked the wife I could stop being THE mechanic, but just take it to a GREAT mechanic. She said yes.

So NOW, I just plan and work with my mechanic to fix things that need to be done. I'm done lying on a concrete floor.

thx to my wife.
Smarter not harder! Finding ba trustworthy mechanic is worth a lot of gold
 

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Damn, thats a first class facelift sir. Spray can job on that bumper or pro applied?

What'd you pick up the new headlights for? eBay?
Scott is doing a couple last minute touch ups and repairing a tiny but annoying leak on the transfer case otherwise she's done! I will pick it up Monday before I go to work. The frame, wheelwells, bumpers, grille and wheel flares are this pebbly textured but smooth and shiny bedliner stuff Scott had worked with in the past. They used it to seal truck frames after beadblasting them. Not too expensive but incredibly tough. The headlights are Spec-D Tuning euro crystal black from Amazon.
They were around $70.

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Done, back on the job and she's turning heads again just like when I drove it off the lot brand new in August of 1999.
More elbow grease than money to get to this point and worth every busted knuckle and $$ spent!

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Suspect the character is behind the wheel.

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Wait! What's up the the cowl hood? Didja throw a supercharger in that thing or it just for the tough look?