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Old 07-19-2003, 12:01 PM
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If I can pull a transmission on a V8

Change the clutch, and all the hydraulics or linkages associated with it. In 3 hours or less. Why did it just take me 3 hours to change the starter on my 95 S-10 4cyl? They are making these things too damn complicated. The underneath of that S10 has more support braces in it than Dolly Parton's bra. The sad thing is that back in the early 80's I was an ASE certified Mechanic.

I can start a 900 HP big block with a starter that's held onto the block with 2 bolts, how come on the newer S-10's they run 4 bolts?

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Old 07-19-2003, 06:16 PM
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Try replacing ANYTHING on a sideways (front wheel drive) motor. The factories want to put the owner repair and small repair shops out of business. Just another reason I won't own anything newer than 1970.
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We are about to replace the head gasket, and maybe the head on a Mitsubishi Eclipse 2000 cc 1992. The darn thing blew the top radiator hose on the freeway and lost all its water and now the head gasket leaks?? I think it may have been leaking for the previous owner as we found aluminum dust in the water inlet. Should be interesting As I don't really want to work on the thing but it is my sons main ride and he needs it for work.


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Old 07-20-2003, 06:12 AM
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Sometimes I think that with less maintenance required on newer vehicles, they want it to be as time consuming as possible, need to keep the service dept out of the red. Try changing the waterpump on a Quad 4 engine, it is driven by the cam chain and you have to deal with the cam cover, tensioner etc., talk about a ********* way to build an engine. Of course GM did the same with the Vega, the water pump was the belt tensioner on them.
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Old 07-20-2003, 10:57 AM
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The water pump on my SHO was a real charm. The rear O2 sensor was a beaut also, took me an hour and two sets of hands to reconnect the harness to the sensor...lovely.

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