Re: My first DIY job, success
You're in big trouble now. A success in your first endeavor will only
encourage you to try more difficult undertakings. This will inevitably
lead to relatively minor problems becoming major (expensive) projects.
You'll have to buy special tools and repair manuals. Make friends with
the guy at your local parts store. Get some good hand cleaner. Learn
how to deal with broken bolts and skinned knuckles. Figure out what
you're going to do with all the money you save by doing it yourself.
Know when to ask for professional help.
Congratulations, and God help you!
> A very big "thank you" to everyone here for answering all of my newbie
> questions for the last few weeks. Last night, I went out into the
> garage and nervously got to working on the Explorer.
> I changed the drive belt. The old one was in really bad shape, cracks
> everywhere. It was a bugger yanking on that tensioner pully with my
> left hand and trying to wrench the new belt onto another pully at the
> same time.
> Air filter, easy.
> Drained the coolent, easy.
> Replaced my bum thermostat. That housing was really in there. I
> scraped the skin off my hand trying to get it out from under that pipy
> looking thing on top because I was too nervous to try to take that
> complicated thing off (see, newbie, don't even know what it is, looks
> like a carborator?). I finally got the stat out and replaced it with a
> Stant and a new O-ring.
> Backflushed the heater core. This went pretty smoothly except that I
> ended up spraying water all over the place on accident. No rust or
> sediment in either the heater core or the radiator.
> Refilled everything, put everything back together, and the truck runs!
> (At least I was surprised) Not only that, the temp is nice and steady
> now and the transmission problems I thought I was having went away!
> Thanks again to everyone here for your help.