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What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? #4563733
11/04/17 08:53 AM
11/04/17 08:53 AM
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Michigan
ZZman Offline OP
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Not
I do simple stuff
Average
I do complicated stuff
I am a professional!

I would say I am about average.


2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Motul 7100 10w-40 and K&N
Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563740
11/04/17 09:00 AM
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Great Lakes
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I do very simple stuff only. Every time I attempt more complex stuff, I end up breaking more than I end up fixing.


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (PUP 0W-40 SRT)
Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563741
11/04/17 09:03 AM
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USA
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USA
I do simple stuff, trying to get to average

Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563744
11/04/17 09:07 AM
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Midwest, Illinois
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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.


beanoil: Tough under heat, real dirty afterwards.
Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563746
11/04/17 09:10 AM
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Deep in the heart of Jersey
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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.,,,

Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563750
11/04/17 09:18 AM
11/04/17 09:18 AM
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Marshfield , MA
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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.


'16 Camry LE STP synth 0w20 and STP filter. the Fridge

1994 Ranger ,the Rat, 5w30 dino, STP filter

'16 Camry SE, Valvoline HM 0w20 and OEM filter
Thick oil is better grin2
Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563751
11/04/17 09:21 AM
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Chicago, IL
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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.

Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: beanoil] #4563754
11/04/17 09:26 AM
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Iowegia - USA
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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.


Scars remind us of where we have been, but do not have to dictate where we are going.
Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563765
11/04/17 09:35 AM
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The Northeast
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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.


2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 6K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 57K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 212K

Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563767
11/04/17 09:38 AM
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Michigan
ZZman Offline OP
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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.


2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Motul 7100 10w-40 and K&N
Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563771
11/04/17 09:40 AM
11/04/17 09:40 AM
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NJ
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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.


Without data you're just another person with an opinion. W. E. Deming

2003 Corolla 250,000 miles (RIP)
2004 Corolla 125,000 miles
2004 Rav4 370,000 miles
2015 Camry 70,000 miles
Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563772
11/04/17 09:40 AM
11/04/17 09:40 AM
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texas
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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

Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563773
11/04/17 09:41 AM
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AZ
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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.


08 6.7 cummins G56
04 5.9 cummins
11 ranger 4.0
16 KTM 250 XC
Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563774
11/04/17 09:42 AM
11/04/17 09:42 AM
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Columbus Nebraska
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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.


2017 Nissan Frontier 4.0 5w30
1965 Mustang 200 c/4 10w30 QS defy
1964 Ford Ranchero 302 c/4 15/40 Delo
1929 ford model A No filters, and 15/40 oil
Re: What kind of Mechanic/DIY person are you? [Re: ZZman] #4563778
11/04/17 09:43 AM
11/04/17 09:43 AM
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KY
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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.


Mine:
2014 M235i
2009 Cooper Clubman
1999 Wrangler Sahara
1995 318ti Club Sport

Wife's:
2015 X1 xDrive28i


Son's
2009 328i

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