Ist oil change DONE!!

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by houndman, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. houndman

    houndman Guest

    Thanks Guys !!

    It wasn't as bad as I've read it could be, since the filter came off
    fairly easy, with a bottom cup tool, but things I read on the forum,
    Helped a Lot, especially for a mentally and physically dinged up guy
    like me, coming from an 86' Chevy. I was worried I might get stuck or
    screw something up and have to get it towed to a garage, which really
    would have dented my ego, and I thought about getting it done, But I
    LOVE a challenge, even though it takes me forever to get things don
    now, and I pay a heavy price with fatigue and pain, and usually my
    butt is dragging the ground, long before I get all done, clean
    everything and put it away, but I feel I conquered another Everest.

    Oil pain bolt was pretty tough, and the gasket was stuck from the
    paint, which I read here, or may have forgot it, and it was hard
    reading the pointer on my torque wrench in the position I was in. It
    helped a lot that the filter was high, and the drain plug was low the
    way people have to park around here, on a narrow 2 lane street with 2
    wheels on the pavement. Having to use the jack for the first time to
    lift the body higher, to see where the filter had to go, because I
    couldn't feel it with the tool and extension. I didn't appreciate the
    oil pouring down the tools and my hands , and had to find the location
    to put the jack, and it wasn't where I thought it should be in the
    manual, and I'm gona have to mark the ridges with white paint to make
    it easier.

    houndman, Jun 20, 2008
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  2. houndman

    suburboturbo Guest

    I know well the feeling of starting a job and fearing that my physical
    limitations may prevent me from finishing it and having to have
    someone else complete it (for wasted time and big $$$ besides the ego
    bruising). Glad to hear you followed it through. Some people tighten
    those damn drain plugs as if they were holding up the whole car. Good
    idea to mark the jack position for future reference. Best of luck
    with future jobs.
    suburboturbo, Jun 21, 2008
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  3. houndman

    houndman Guest

    thanks for the reply.

    Guess you mean the marks for locating the jack on the rocker.
    Thought you meant for height when oil changing.

    I have a buddy who used to be an aircraft inspector and he uses the
    term " Aircrafty" when things are done to reduce or avoid mistakes or
    failures, like the right and left hand lug nuts that Chrys used to
    have different on each side of the car, so the lugs would tighten from
    the direction of tire rotation if loose. He questioned why the drain
    plugs would be so tight, and make sure of the threads. the R&L's on C
    cars used to make my dad buggy. Didn't help putting low miles on an
    old car made the lugs hard to get off or installed with an impact

    I need to mark my pointer gauge on my torq wrench since the angle
    made it hard to see.

    Hearing that even the dealer can tighten things too tight made me
    not want to go there, even though I wasn't getting to change it. It
    will be easy from now on.

    houndman, Jun 22, 2008
  4. Hi,

    A former neighbor, retired mechanic, had a different term. He called it
    "dungeoneering" when engineers were so isolated from the real world they
    spent the company's R&D money solving non-existent problems. I've often
    wondered why the left hand wheels on Fords, Chevies and most other makes
    didn't fall off by the millions...

    Rick Courtright, Jun 22, 2008
  5. houndman

    houndman Guest

    don't know, but only time I had loose lugs they got looser as I drove.
    They were acorn type that the threads were protected from the weather,
    so maybe easier to rotate not being dirty or corroded.
    houndman, Jun 22, 2008
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