One Of The Many Reasons Why I Quit Working On Cars For A Living Many Years Ago

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You see that fucking reservoir behind the front wheel?

Now you see what it takes to get to that sonofabitch too.
Dirty fucking bastards.
There is shit like that all over these newer cars and it started a long time ago.
I quit working on cars for a living back in 1999 and they were nightmares then, I can only imagine the bullshit you have to go through to get to components these days. Take half the damn car apart to get to one bolt hidden behind six different things.
To this day I still have special tools I had to buy to work on those fucking Fords and every damn one of them is obsolete now.

16 thoughts on “One Of The Many Reasons Why I Quit Working On Cars For A Living Many Years Ago

  1. You may have hit on hidden corporate fuckery. Manufacture and sell a specialty tool to get to those hidden parts, then discontinue or modify the vehicle’s design to force the user to buy another tool. Makes you wonder if the car companies hold stock in tool manufacturing and vice a versa.

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  2. I am with you on that buddy! I think it is PURPOSEFULLY done to discourage owners doing there own repairs. Have an Olds van and a Ford Edge both with trans-mounted V6s. On both you have to undo half of the top of the engine including the electronic ignition and the van loosen the motor mounts and pull the engine forward to get at the back 3 plugs for a fricken tune-up!
    Boy do I miss the days of my teenage youth, working on a 60’s Chevy Impala with a straight 6. I could practically get in there and close the hood while doing a tuneup!

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    • Boy do I miss the days of my teenage youth, working on a 60’s Chevy Impala with a straight 6. I could practically get in there and close the hood while doing a tuneup! This. Even in the early 80s, I had a Dodge pickup that I could literally sit under the hood in the engine compartment to change plugs.

      I went through about 8 years with a Toyota where I couldn’t get to half of the engine, and went back to a good-sized SUV where I can get to things.

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      • I have had several old Ford pickups over the years and a couple of them had straight sixes in them.
        I am so skinny I could stand between the inner fender and the engine and work on them. Not only that, the top of the fenders were wide enough that you could set a tool box and a half rack of beer on them.
        My wife has a 2004 Ford focus with the twin cam engine in it.
        It took me four hours to change the water pump in it, you could see the four little bolts holding it in if you looked just right between the frame and the engine.
        You have to take the motor mount out and drop the engine half way to the ground to get to the bolts and get the motherfucker out from the bottom.
        They put two different water pumps in them and two different serpentine belts. Same engine, depending on build date. The water pump they could figure out by the VIN number. The belt went by the A/C clutch diameter and you couldn’t see it to measure it until the engine was dropped out.I still had to take the first one back and get the other one and of course, I was outside and it rained off and on all day that day.

        I don’t know how people can afford to pay $100 an hour for a dealer to work on their car but Ford actually came out and said in the mid 90’s that they did in fact, design some of their shit to make it so that people couldn’t work on their own cars because they wanted them to have to bring them in to the dealerships to get fixed.
        My family constantly gives me a ration of shit for driving a 34 year old car.
        My question is, who is the stupid one here?
        I sure as shit get where I want to go and that’s what cars are for in the first place.
        I don’t need video game players and fancy computerized bullshit to do it either.

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        • Talking of driving old cars or cars with „old“ technology:
          There’s one really big Toyota distribution center in Gibraltar where NGO‘s who do business in developing countries can buy their offroaders, ambulances and similar vehicles. They’ve got one thing in common: they’re all built with technology that’s not newer than 30 years – which translates to sturdy, reliable and easy to maintain and repair. One of these NGO‘s buying there has a parking lot not far from where I live. I always get watery eyes seeing these brand new beauties and knowing what’s underneath their hoods!
          I did some research about these Toyotas and was speechless when I saw their price tags: for example one of these beautiful off-roaders, a nine-seater, is 24.000 Euros before VAT!
          Hallelujah! I‘ll get me one!
          But no chance. I couldn’t get such a car registered in the whole EU because of EU emissions regulations.
          Fuck.

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  3. Took my Ford in when the battery went bad under warranty, it sets halfway under the firewall. took the mechanic two hours to replace it. I couldn’t believe how many parts had to be removed to get it out. It’s out of warranty now, hope to hell the battery lasts until I get a different ride, otherwise I’ll have to fight it!!

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  4. Changed the headlamp assemblies on my 4runner. I swear the designer said “We’ll start with the headlamps and build the car around them”.

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    • Had the same BS with my wife’s 2005 Hyundai Elantra a few years back. Driver’s side headlight burned out. No sweat, I’ll pick up a new one on the way home from work and be done in a couple minutes. HA! Had to remove some kind of shroud assembly. Then unclamp the battery and lift it out. Still barely enough space to get my hand down in there. And the holder couldn’t be one of the easy, twist off kind. Oh no, it had these bastardly, thin metal clips on it. Came off easily enough, but just try to get them snapped back in. A job that would have taken less than five minutes back in the old days took me the better part of an hour and I ended up with untold scrapes, nicks and cuts on my hands. When I related this to my mechanic he just laughed and said “Welcome to modern auto engineering.”………….

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  5. I took my F250 in to get the timing belt changed at 100k mile. There was another truck being worked on with the entire cab hoisted into the air. The mechanic said that it was easier to lift the cab to get at transmission than to pull everything out of the way from above.

    Remember when you could sit on the fender with your feet inside the engine compartment to change the spark plugs?

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  6. Gen 1 dodge Cummins w/VE pump 4wd. Have 7 of them. Three run. Set for the balance of my life. Not any of them purty or fast, but they purr, easy to work on, reliably get 20mpg and of the running ones paid less than 3 grand apiece w/ the non runners@ a grand a whack. Some one is always trying to buy one. Git sum…….soapweed

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  7. 1975 Chevy Vega. Best car ever to work on. Designed for a rotary combustion engine but had a 215 (or so) CID inline 6. Enough room for you, your mother, brother and the 82nd Airborne at the same time to work on that engine. Of course you could only get the oil filter out from the bottom when you turned the front wheels about 1/3 turn to the right. Got rid of it when I got to 50 mpg (oil).

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  8. I’m completely unsurprised to see that pic is a Mercedes. A relative has an ’89 s class. I had to take the dash to pieces to change the effing fan.

    The newer ones are worse, which is why they can be had for a dime on the dollar compared when they were new.

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