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Old 10-09-2016, 08:43 PM   #1
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I deleted my original post about not understanding why most folks don't work on their own equipment.

I was frustrated when I posted it and didn't mean to offend anybody.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:54 PM   #2
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Some people do not have the interest in learning, or the basic mechanical ability to make them comfortable working on machines. I developed an interest when I bought my first car. A 1955 Ford with a blown engine. Cost me 20 bucks. I read the "Motor" manual front to back a few times, then dug in. I made a bunch of mistakes like every beginner, but eventually became a competent DIY mechanic.

This start led me into a 45 year career in automotive. The last 20 years I owned a small 3 man shop, and I was very glad that some people choose not to do it themselves.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:56 PM   #3
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You are absolutely right I work for a vw repair business. I know what you are saying.I do everything myself. Only when special tools are needed that I don't have I pay somebody with the tools . But I take the parts off and the it to them.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:58 PM   #4
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No shop classes in high schools anymore; everyone's looking to "go to college" now, and unless you're going to be an engineer, who needs shop? So most kids aren't exposed to fixing stuff or using tools anymore. They don't build stuff anymore, either. It's all computer games now. Sad state of affairs.

Add to that, more and more stuff on cars need special tools or computers to repair and/or diagnose.
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:00 PM   #5
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Tony, thanks for stepping up.
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I paid Toyota dealer to press off rear wheel bearing off of the axle on my tacoma. I took them the axle assembly. The first tech didn't know how to do it. The second tech I knew it took him a half hour and cost me 54 dollars
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And some of us are OLD (laughing here) and not electricians or mechanics, or even so inclined.
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I agree. I work with a lot of engineers who don't even know how to change the oil in the car. It blows my mind.
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Old 10-10-2016, 02:11 PM   #9
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My inclination for doing the work myself is directly proportional to the amount of hind end pain involved and the urgency of the need.

I would just as soon pay someone to do work than do it myself.

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Old 10-10-2016, 02:12 PM   #10
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I worked with a guy some years ago and believe it or not, didn't even own a screw driver or know what to do with it. I'm just glad he doesn't try working on his vehicles.
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