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#4563733 - 11/04/17 09:53 AM What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you?
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5775
Loc: Michigan
Not
I do simple stuff
Average
I do complicated stuff
I am a professional!

I would say I am about average.
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#4563740 - 11/04/17 10:00 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 35845
Loc: Great Lakes
I do very simple stuff only. Every time I attempt more complex stuff, I end up breaking more than I end up fixing.
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#4563741 - 11/04/17 10:03 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6142
Loc: USA
I do simple stuff, trying to get to average

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#4563744 - 11/04/17 10:07 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
beanoil Offline


Registered: 10/17/04
Posts: 2951
Loc: Midwest, Illinois
I'm average. Alternators, fluid changes (obviously!) did a drivers half shaft on a Villager, clutch on a Ford Probe. Radiators, bypass filters, brakes.
I did turn plugs and O2 sensors on the lovely spouses T&C over to a pro. They had the equipment to test coil on plugs, and remove all the intake stuff to get to the rear bank to correct a misfire and catalyst efficiency codes.
I'll try a lot, I figure it's broke, I cant make it worse. And I've seen some of the guys that work on stuff, I'm as smart.
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#4563746 - 11/04/17 10:10 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
BigCahuna Offline


Registered: 09/29/09
Posts: 2140
Loc: Deep in the heart of Jersey
I do belts, bulbs, oil & filters, brakes, rotors, batteries,exhaust stuff, and anything else that doesn't require special tools. Loosen up what tight, and tighten up what loose.,,,

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#4563750 - 11/04/17 10:18 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 7139
Loc: Marshfield , MA
On my 528es, I did everything but a Trans R+R that my wife insisted I have done "professionally" The guy messed up the Drive shaft and the shift cable.
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#4563751 - 11/04/17 10:21 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1862
Loc: Chicago, IL
I think we're all well above average compared to an average home DIYer. Probably closer to Average to just below average compared to a mechanic.

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#4563754 - 11/04/17 10:26 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: beanoil]
MolaKule Offline


Registered: 06/05/02
Posts: 19042
Loc: Iowegia - USA
Originally Posted By: beanoil
I'm average. Alternators, fluid changes (obviously!) did a drivers half shaft on a Villager, clutch on a Ford Probe. Radiators, bypass filters, brakes.
I did turn plugs and O2 sensors on the lovely spouses T&C over to a pro. They had the equipment to test coil on plugs, and remove all the intake stuff to get to the rear bank to correct a misfire and catalyst efficiency codes.
I'll try a lot, I figure it's broke, I cant make it worse. And I've seen some of the guys that work on stuff, I'm as smart.


Same here - Average.

I used to do engine and transmission rebuilds but now I have professional partners who help me with testing, teardowns, and rebuilds.

Just don't have the time for a lot of gearhead/handson.

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#4563765 - 11/04/17 10:35 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
mclasser Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2226
Loc: The Northeast
I'd say I'm in-between simple stuff and average.

Like Dirty Harry said, "A man's got to know his limitations." More involved repairs get sent out to my indy.
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#4563767 - 11/04/17 10:38 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5775
Loc: Michigan
I would attempt more if I had a garage and more tools. Working outside sometimes sucks!

Also Thank God for YouTube videos that have good tips.
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#4563771 - 11/04/17 10:40 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
Leo99 Offline


Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 3039
Loc: NJ
I will all that I'm comfortable with and have time for. Didn't have time to deal with a rear brake shoe caliper on the Rav. I don't have experience with drum brakes and it needed to get fixed immediately.

Also, took the Rav4 to a professional for a fuel pump. I started the job but was scared I'd burn my house down and for the $100 in labor, didn't want the risk.

Another thing I consider is how difficult it will be to put it all back together if I can't do the job after I've started. Years ago, I changed out the intake manifold and carb on my Buick but couldn't get the timing set. Started to change the clutch on a Merkur but abandoned the project and junked the car.

Guy I worked with replaced the engine on his little econobox out in his driveway over the weekend and then took it to the local garage for a tune up.
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#4563772 - 11/04/17 10:40 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
danez_yoda Offline


Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 462
Loc: texas
average is relative. Average for a DIYer but DIYers are not average. I'm shocked that I work at an engineering firm with MEs and EEs and very few actually know how to diagnose common problems in their own car.

This what I'll do myself with only my 13 gal air compressor, HF impact wrench, $70 floor jack / stands and traditional hand tools and a bench mounted vice. The only extras are special tools like canister oil filter wrenches, etc. Oh and my LFH, MFH and BFH to apply a little southern persuasion. smile


Radiator/transmission/PS/brake fluid/motor oil changes.
Change my own disk and drum brake pads and rotors/drum.
Radiator hoses
Serpentine belt
Tire rotations
Drive line U-joint changes
Spark plugs
Air filter
Shocks/struts/coliovers
Valve cover gaskets
battery and Alternator change
Dash lights


This is what I'll have professionally done
tire mounting
wheel alignments
Deep invasive engine work (head gaskets, timing belts/chain. internal water pump, camshaft seals, transmission rebuild, etc

Anything more involved than that the car goes to the dump. smile


Average for BITOG?

Processional for the average american. smile

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#4563773 - 11/04/17 10:41 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
Killer223 Offline


Registered: 05/07/15
Posts: 389
Loc: AZ
I'm above the below and below the upper, I'm stuck in the middle where money gets tight.
Really though, I was once a design/functionality engineer, ME, so I can figure things out, but i'm to the point now, I would rather pay someone to fix it.
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#4563774 - 11/04/17 10:42 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
old1 Offline


Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 999
Loc: Columbus Nebraska
On cars, up till the 80's I was a professional mechanic with my own shop, and many loyal customers and very good word of mouth advertising. Once the cars got started getting more computerized I got lost, and since my OPE business had gotten large, I switched to it. I am still a pro OPE mechanic, but recently retired. For cars, All I can do now is fluids etc. Of course my classics, I can work on those.
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#4563778 - 11/04/17 10:43 AM Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 07/21/02
Posts: 4111
Loc: KY
Average; I've swapped camshafts and intake manifold on small block chevys, I've replaced brakes, head gaskets, radiators, hoses, belts, alternators, shocks, and anti-roll bars on cars ranging from a Datsun SPL-311, BMW 2002, BMW Bavaria, T-Bird Turbo Coupe and Mazdaspeed3. I've also rebuilt SU, Holley, and Quadrajet carburetors.
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2014 M235i
1999 Wrangler Sahara
1995 318ti Club Sport

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