cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Old habits die hard.

Community Veteran
Posts: 7,923
Thanks: 600
Fixes: 8
Registered: 02-08-2007

Old habits die hard.

Just before the current cold spell set in I changed the Oil & Oil filter on my car. Not an easy job at my age as 9 screws need to be undone to remove a cover to access the underside of the engine and then removing a filter which was not easy to get at.
This is a job I have always done but later I got to thinking that taking my car into one of these quick fit places and waiting with it (to make sure they actually changed the filter) would probably cost me no more than a few pounds above the amount I had to pay for a filter & oil.
Have you ever done something out of habit where it would have been much easier to get someone else to do it for a few pounds more ? Or to expand the question further have you ever done something and wished you had got someone else in to do it ?
5 REPLIES
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 25,784
Thanks: 1,133
Fixes: 47
Registered: 14-04-2007

Re: Old habits die hard.

With regards to the last line of your post the list would be quite lengthy and boring however I'm very bad at paying someone to do something I can do myself or am prepared to have a go at.
Car servicing is one of them which I have always done as on top of the charges....I don't quite trust them to do a satisfactory job.
Customer and Forum Moderator.
Product of the Tyrell Corporation
nadger
Rising Star
Posts: 4,498
Thanks: 46
Registered: 13-04-2007

Re: Old habits die hard.

I gave up servicing the car myself when I reached 65 but fortunately have a local chap that I've known for years and trust - should he need to change any parts the old ones are there for one to see.
Last MOT, in March, he collected car and returned it after test - £50 cash, including test, as no work was needed.
Community Veteran
Posts: 13,923
Thanks: 515
Fixes: 7
Registered: 01-08-2007

Re: Old habits die hard.

Yes I've definitely fallen into a trap here...
Car stuck out the back... 2.5 years ago went in for a cambelt change. They couldn't complete it saying the engine needs lifting etc... took it to as many other mechies as I could find and all of them turned it away - including the specialists.
Invested a lot of money in tools and parts... and lifted it myself. Only to find the part that the original garage claimed to be defective wasn't. Done the job, had 2 torque wrench failures (resulting in some threads being stripped out of the engine - redrilling and helicoil installation cost me another £200 or so) and got the lump back in to find it now won't start. No-one can find whats wrong with it, there is spark down to the distributor but not out of it (indication of dizzy not being timed - but there is no advance or retard on this model) so its basically stuffed. All because a garage couldn't be bothered to comlete the job and be truthful. If I'd got a receipt I would of sued their company to kingdom come. What makes it worse is I only rebuilt it in February following a crash.. now its totally dead.
I hate car work but its a rare model and no-one knows anything about them.. hence I have to do everything myself to ensure it gets done correctly otherwise it comes back with too much oil in it, and stupid things like that. I hate car work but I love this model of car.
I need a new signature... i'm bored of the old one!
Midnight_Caller
Rising Star
Posts: 4,143
Thanks: 7
Fixes: 1
Registered: 15-04-2007

Re: Old habits die hard.

@okrzynska, Get a second hand lump from a scrap yard, and put that in.
Community Veteran
Posts: 13,923
Thanks: 515
Fixes: 7
Registered: 01-08-2007

Re: Old habits die hard.

i would but I can't actually find one...
The onyl scrap yard round here to have one recently sent theirs to the crusher. I was a bit miffed actually because he'd told me I couldn't have the engine for less than £250... yet scraps going at what.. £130 per ton.. so he took a loss. That engine had a fubar sump too... but I could of dealt with that. They do have another... the owner of the yard has one himself. He got it as an insurance write off years ago (flood damage). They dried it out, had the belt done (but couldn't tell me where to save me the hassle) and then drove it for 6.5 years. He recently bought a new Merc but keeps this other car for its reliability and first time starting as a backup. Battered looking old thing it is but its only got 50k on the clock! I'd have the lump out of that in a flash but he's refusing to break it... and thats saying something about its reliability if a scrap yard won't break it when its so battered..
I do have a spare engine from another identical model I broke earlier in the year but its not in a runnable condition unfortunately and after also having tinkered with the timing on that I'm reluctant to go through the hassle of making it runnable, installing it, plumbing it all in only to find it also won't start ... catch 22. Until I can find the root cause of why the current engine won't start its a bit of a sticky wicket.
I found one other for £300.. but its got no gearbox on it or accessories. I've never done a gearbox change and after having so many variables with the current engine not starting, fitting a gearbox plus other bits and then doing another timing belt just really isn't something I'm interested in. Plus these lumps are literally huge. It's actually bigger than a 3L transit engine I've been told and yet its only 2.5 but the cost of moving it and then getting it off a lorry worries me.
So.. the car will have to sit there until the warmer months. What really winds me up though is that I spent good money on it, bought all the tools needed.... to do a proper job... and this is my reward... a dead engine with possible valve damage. Very annoying.. especially since everything else on the car works flawlessly..
I need a new signature... i'm bored of the old one!