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#995489 - 08/27/17 03:10 AM Re: Why - the thread of bad engineering ... [Re: tallman]
Bud Offline
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Originally Posted By: tallman
Bud,
people would flinch when given a quote for oil changes on the early version.
Like 1.5 hours.
tongue


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#995534 - 08/27/17 10:59 PM Re: Why - the thread of bad engineering ... [Re: Rider1200RT]
Joe Frickin' Friday Offline

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Originally Posted By: Rider1200RT
How about inaccessible oil filters, spark plugs and air filters??


I seem to recall that the V6 version of the Pontiac Fiero required that the seats be removed in order to change the spark plugs on the forward cylinder bank.

My dad used to own an '84 Corvette, on which you had to remove a frame brace to swap out the battery. As I remember, to change the rearmost spark plug on one side, you had to come from below the car with a ratched fitted with a couple of extensions and a U-joint.

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#995577 - 08/28/17 01:36 PM Re: Why - the thread of bad engineering ... [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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In the 70's and 80's I was a auto tech and I can't tell you all the
hard to repair cars I worked on.
German anything was always a test of skill. Audi alternator..
step one, remove radiator. Oh and the rebuilt alt. was defective so I got to do that twice. cry
When fuel pumps were placed in the gas tanks on Gm's you had to drop
the complete rear suspension then drop the tank. And of course the tank
was always full. 3 hr job.
Toyota put a removable door behind rear seats, time 15 minutes. clap
I bought every universal swivel and locking extension Snap-On made just
to change spark plugs on all the cars I worked on.
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#995586 - 08/28/17 03:00 PM Re: Why - the thread of bad engineering ... [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
Originally Posted By: Rider1200RT
How about inaccessible oil filters, spark plugs and air filters??


I seem to recall that the V6 version of the Pontiac Fiero required that the seats be removed in order to change the spark plugs on the forward cylinder bank.


You should have seen what you had to do with a V-8 stuffed into one of those things! jaw facepalm dance

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#995636 - 08/29/17 11:46 AM Re: Why - the thread of bad engineering ... [Re: Sonor]
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Anyone remember the Plymouths (or maybe it was Chryslers or Dodges) that had left-hand thread lug nuts on one side of the car and right-handed on the other? I was a grease monkey (definitely not a mechanic) at a gas station in the 70's, i snapped off 3 studs trying to change a tire for a customer when the station owner informed me to use right-loosey on that side of the car.
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#995660 - 08/29/17 01:18 PM Re: Why - the thread of bad engineering ... [Re: elkroeger]
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Originally Posted By: elkroeger
Originally Posted By: Dave McReynolds
...There is a button on my steering wheel which is not explained in the manual, and nobody I have asked at the dealer know what it is supposed to do. I have pushed it a few times in different circumstances, but it has never done anything....


Somewhere in Florida, somebody's garage door is going up and down for some unknown reason...


With a pic of the button and the make/model I'm sure we can figure this out!
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#995661 - 08/29/17 01:18 PM Re: Why - the thread of bad engineering ... [Re: Oldironken]
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Discovered the reverse thread on the side of the highway. Lug nut would not come off. Eventually tried a 'what the hell' reverse and it worked. Never forget that afternoon.
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#995680 - 08/29/17 03:49 PM Re: Why - the thread of bad engineering ... [Re: Charles Elms]
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Originally Posted By: Charles Elms
Discovered the reverse thread on the side of the highway. Lug nut would not come off. Eventually tried a 'what the hell' reverse and it worked. Never forget that afternoon.


I had a string of cars (5 total) in High School. 3 of them were Mopar's. I specifically remember the reverse thread. smile lol.... Yeah, at the age of 16 you already feel like there is a lot to learn, then, you can't even get the wheel off the car! dopeslap rofl facepalm

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#995688 - 08/29/17 05:37 PM Re: Why - the thread of bad engineering ... [Re: Lone_RT_rider]
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Had those on my '69 Valiant. I appreciated Plymouth's foresight in putting my monogram on the end of the wheel stud, but it did not take long to realize the true meaning of that "L".
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#995693 - 08/29/17 07:14 PM Re: Why - the thread of bad engineering ... [Re: szurszewski]
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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
Originally Posted By: elkroeger
Originally Posted By: Dave McReynolds
...There is a button on my steering wheel which is not explained in the manual, and nobody I have asked at the dealer know what it is supposed to do. I have pushed it a few times in different circumstances, but it has never done anything....


Somewhere in Florida, somebody's garage door is going up and down for some unknown reason...


With a pic of the button and the make/model I'm sure we can figure this out!


US Govt "confiscated" the electromagnetic spectrum 400-430 Mhz (trunk radio systems) and began using 380-398 Mhz for radio comms, residential areas near/in range of the AF bases experienced garage door fails (opening homes to widespread theft) 300's is where those garage door remotes function.


Edited by Twinsig (08/29/17 07:15 PM)
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