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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #90 on: December 10, 2016, 06:10:21 PM »
freeze plug on the engine block.  They have to remove the transmission to get to it.
What car is it?
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: December 12, 2016, 12:32:54 PM »

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: December 12, 2016, 12:34:18 PM »
Maybe try BARS stop leak?..

I tried one of these stop leaks but it did not work not sure which one I used

do you recommend a certain one?  It appears my leak is on the big side

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #93 on: February 05, 2017, 01:17:54 PM »
I have a 2009 Sienna, color is gold. Front bumper got banged in on the corner.  A repair shop said $600 for a new after market bumper with installation. 

Is hard to buy a used bumper and do it myself? Is it worth it?

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #94 on: February 05, 2017, 05:30:31 PM »
I have a 2009 Sienna, color is gold. Front bumper got banged in on the corner.  A repair shop said $600 for a new after market bumper with installation. 

Is hard to buy a used bumper and do it myself? Is it worth it?

Thanks
not hard to replace a bumper cover if your handy.
The hard job is a quality paint job. From your post it sounds like its just dented. I'd personally prefer to leave a matching dented bumper cover in place rather than replace it with an black one

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #95 on: February 05, 2017, 06:08:56 PM »
I have a 2009 Sienna, color is gold. Front bumper got banged in on the corner.  A repair shop said $600 for a new after market bumper with installation. 

Is hard to buy a used bumper and do it myself? Is it worth it?

Thanks



With a heat gun you can often pop the dent out.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #96 on: February 05, 2017, 07:49:56 PM »
With a heat gun you can often pop the dent out.
#hair dryer

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: February 05, 2017, 08:07:21 PM »
#hair dryer
Not as good but sometimes works too
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: February 05, 2017, 08:20:31 PM »
Not as good but sometimes works too
OK. But heat guns only work if you have one.

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #99 on: February 05, 2017, 08:36:17 PM »
My car needs to new tires. I'm not looking to spend much since it's an old car and could breakdown tomorrow (Impala '06), wondering if it makes more sense to buy used tires to replace existing ones or get cheap new tires?

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #100 on: February 06, 2017, 07:41:02 AM »
My car needs to new tires. I'm not looking to spend much since it's an old car and could breakdown tomorrow (Impala '06), wondering if it makes more sense to buy used tires to replace existing ones or get cheap new tires?
When making your decision factor in how important tires are to the car. What would you do if it were your brakes?  ;)
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #101 on: February 06, 2017, 07:50:46 AM »
When making your decision factor in how important tires are to the car. What would you do if it were your brakes?  ;)
except that brakes are half the price of tires of which 75 % is labor costs- good brake pads can be had for $30 , vs. tires of which 75% of the cost is equipment. ( Which is quite weird since replacing tires is significantly more labor intensive than changing tires, IME)
That's why (among other reasons) there's no market for used brakes while there is a string market for used tires.

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #102 on: February 06, 2017, 07:55:40 AM »
except that brakes are half the price of tires of which 75 % is labor costs- good brake pads can be had for $30 , vs. tires of which 75% of the cost is equipment. ( Which is quite weird since replacing tires is significantly more labor intensive than changing tires, IME)
That's why (among other reasons) there's no market for used brakes while there is a string market for used tires.
Not sure where you are getting your figures from. If you are going to pad slap you completely missed the point I was making which is safety not cost.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #103 on: February 06, 2017, 09:10:05 AM »
When making your decision factor in how important tires are to the car. What would you do if it were your brakes?  ;)
I buy the cheapest brakes and rotors available on eBay.
I can't imagine the average mechanic shop uses anything more high end anyway..

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #104 on: February 06, 2017, 12:22:39 PM »
We just purchased a new Toyota Sienna.
When I was leasing, I did minimum repairs, cheapest oil changes...

Now that is ours I want to maintain it well. What maintenance are necessary and where am I being ripped off?
Things that come to mind

Oil changes - How often is it really needed? Is it necessary to get non-synthetic oil? Do I relly need to get new filters each time and wash/flush the oil tank?

Brakes, Rotors  - How often?

Tires -

What else is needed?