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Old 01-05-2019, 05:54 PM   #61
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I hate those things. Whenever possible I cut the end off the hose and put it back on with a regular hose clamp.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:46 PM   #62
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Weird... you'd think they'd all be the same since they are all built on the same platform. Then again GM loves to pull weird shit like that.
We have a 2005 Yukon Denali. There seems to be multiple parts/numbers for whatever exists. The four doors each has a specific reflector rather than using one for all four and just flipping it. Plus their plastic is brittle so these can break just pushing them in, need more flexible "tang".


Last year the factory radiator plastic end exploded, understand, 200K miles on it. A few months later the plastic quick-disconnect at the firewall broke on the road, don't know why GM couldn't just use a regular heater hose and a regular hose clamp there. Anyway, at least those two "experiences" did not cause engine damage, something caused an engine warning/shut-off.


I've never done spark plugs on that, but I did replace the AC compressor a couple of years ago. Fortunately, that was designed with a separate small belt different than the big serpentine belt, I liked that.


Water pump on that Denali wasn't too bad except when I took the leaky water pump in to CarQuest, guy brought one out that matched perfectly, $119. I "joked" that GM seemed to have multiple parts, and he said that Denali had different water pump, different part number, and brought that out too, same price. All three looked identical, couldn't see ANY difference in the Denali part. Anyway, that WP went out maybe 60K later while I was in a small town on a Friday and CarQuest 25 miles away could not get one for a few days, bought a new WP from O'Reilly and installed that, later took bad WP to CarQuest for free replacement, turned that in at O'Reilly for refund. So I think my lifetime warranty on that is still through CarQuest.


I think all vehicles have some stuff that's easy, some stuff difficult. And all have their strong points and weak points.
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Old 02-17-2019, 04:01 AM   #63
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Well, it looks like I'm going to be presented with the opportunity to replace the timing belt and water pump in a vw beetle soon. It looks pretty cramped in there but it also looks like a lot more room opens up once you remove the motor mount. At least it's the basic 2.0 engine and not the turbocharged engine they cram in there. I haven't worked on VWs much outside of a couple of brake jobs and a few other small repairs so this should be somewhat of a learning experience.
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Worst vehicle I have ever worked on? 2002 Mazda Millenia. You can't even change out a parking lamp without removing the entire front clip.

My oldest had a Mazda CX-7; inner fender needed to come off to replace the halogen headlight bulb. Worst part was some really weird wire clip that held that bulb in place in the headlight assembly, would've been tons easier had this been engineered for one of the "twist in clockwise" type bulbs.
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The shitty vehicle thread is back from the dead baby! Same car, different problem. This one isn't the worst to work on but it's certainly among the most pointless...a 2002 VW new beetle. I actually did the timing belt and water pump in it about 4 months ago. The owner hit a bump really hard and it threw the engine about 12 teeth out of time. I've never seen that happen before but it did. Pulling the head wasn't actually as hard as I thought it was going to be, save for needing a special socket for the head bolts. All 4 intake valves are bent. The head is nuked but I think the bottom end will live to die another day. There are noticeable imprints in the pistons where the valves hit but no holes in them. In a perfect world we'd get another engine for it but that entails dropping the subframe out from the bottom of the car with everything on it. Reman heads are actually pretty cheap for these, so I think we're just going to put another head on it and call it a day. Realistically if this car lives a couple more years that'll be good enough. It's got a bunch of other problems already, none of which are worth doing anything about. I don't work on German cars much so it's been a learning experience.

LOL and no, I don't think it's related to the timing belt job I did a few months ago (just re-read my post above). That was the first thing I thought about, in which case I owe the owner a complimentaty repair. I followed the installation and belt tension instructions by the book and they put several thousand miles on it before this happened. Still, I will probably do this repair at cost since I feel bad for the owner and that's a shitty thing to have happen to your vehicle. When I pulled the timing cover the belt was still tight and the tensioner adjustment was still spot-on. After this I think it's time to retire from doing big repairs for awhile.
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Oh!! Did I mention a 2010 Ford F150 Triton V-8. Changing the spark plugs is a pain in the ASS. Not because they are hard to get to. The fact is they use spark plugs that are roughly the size of a grown mans pinky finger. You have to heat the engine to temperature. Remove and replace two. Then repeat heat the engine and do it again until done. The butt puckering oh shit moments hoping you dont break the fucking thing while removing. They are notorious for breaking if not done correctly.
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2009 Silverado what a gas hog.
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