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It’s Wrenching Wednesday! How Are You Prepping Your Car For Summer?

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Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
2 days ago

Summer here sucks.

All I’m doing is scheming on how to get out.

67 Oldsmobile
67 Oldsmobile
13 days ago

I pulled the engine from my Oldsmobile to replace the crank and rod bearings along with the oil pump and some other crap while I was in there. While doing that I found that one of the crank bearing journals are screwed. Replaced all the bearings and shit and hoped the crank would hold,but still fucking bearing noises. I guess the summer preparations are not necessary anymore.
Oh,almost forgot, I also have to replace all fluids and filters in our Tahoe and replace a mirror and door-stop springs.

Last edited 13 days ago by 67 Oldsmobile
Jonus Grumby
Jonus Grumby
15 days ago

I’ve reached a point with the explorer (98, currently at 87k) where I either need to cut the suspension out and put a set of Dana 44s. Or stop where I am and just enjoy what I have.

Freelivin1327
Freelivin1327
15 days ago

Most all fluids are fresh so basically nothing besides oil change and fixing the A/C- it still works, it just takes a while to cool down for some reason (Last year I had a shop “recharge” it and they put that dye in it and said bring it back if it doesn’t cool so they can see if there’s a leak. It’s been working fine all winter in TX (sometimes it’s needed!) So I think it’s just during the summer when it’s a hundred fucking degrees every day and miserable, it just takes a while to cool down- doesn’t help that they’re shorter trips too. So it may need something & maybe not. If it gets too damn hot even w/ the windows open then I’ll fix it. It’s the 1st car I’ve ever had that had A/C that actually worked after having about 8 shitboxes over about 20 years w/ A/C that didn’t work. I didn’t even care to fix it since I would do lawn care all day and was already hot, plus it was a straight shot on the highway 20 min home w/ windows open. If I fixed it, it would have probably been what the whole car was worth!
Recently, Mark had a Showdown and said: “Seller says it just needs a “recharge”…yeah, sure it does”
That made me laugh out loud

Crimedog
Crimedog
15 days ago

Just added ARB Solis 32 Intensity aux lights (one spot, one flood) to the toy (2012 Pathfinder). They are good for lighting up a campsite, seeing wildlife offroad before they become a hood ornament, and signaling Mars.

Next up, a GMRS install with speaker instead of having to deal with handhelds flopping about the cabin.

CTSVmkeLS6
CTSVmkeLS6
16 days ago

I’ve been getting my 97 PLYMOUTH Neon back on the road. Been in the back of the garage for 8 years. All fluids, brakes, turbo lines, fresh injectors, and remove the dead mouse from the trunk. 63k forgettable time capsule, but it’s mint.

Ford Friday
Ford Friday
16 days ago

My BMW still needs an A/C compressor and has recently become the primary daily due to my 342,000 mile Subaru developing a severe oil leak from probably the head gaskets. It also needs every fluid changed.

My F250 needs shocks and hub lockers, which are easy but just really expensive.

Lastly, I’m probably selling my $200 Crown Victoria and buying something somewhat reasonable to replace the Subaru as my daily driver.

The Subaru will be back and better than ever, but probably not this summer.

Drive By Commenter
Drive By Commenter
16 days ago

Cruze needs a charging system issue hunted down. RAV4 needs a new 7 way trailer socket thingy installed after the old one left the running light pin in the trailer connector. Camper needs the wheel bearings repacked and some trim pieces replaced along with a full exterior detail.

Bill Garcia
Bill Garcia
16 days ago

I have to:
(1) put up the carport I use for shade in the summer
(2) swap the full doors for my half doors – I drive a Wrangler
(3) install my new flooring and new seat covers to complete my baby-proofing of the inside
(4) tire rotation and change oil (and remember to put in my new handy “ölablassventil” aka easy-oil-change-forever thingy
(5) clean up and install the used pair of KC lights I picked up for $25 on FB
(6) get a wire-to-synthetic rope swap kit for the winch I bought, and install that on the Jeep, then got take a class to learn how to use it!

Now, if it only stopped being nasty wet, windy and cold here I could get started!

Last edited 16 days ago by Bill Garcia
Col Lingus
Col Lingus
16 days ago

Swapping out the winter air in my tires for that sweet smelling summer air.

Chronometric
Chronometric
16 days ago

I’m rebuilding the cylinder head of my BMW, replacing the oil pump on my Fiat, and installing larger carb jets in my Corvair. And oil changes for the Tundra and the Miata.

Idiotking
Idiotking
16 days ago

I have to put a knock sensor in the ’06 CR-V, but other than that it just got four new tires and rear brakes done, so it’s good.
I tightened up the exhaust manifold bolts on the Scout and made the leak go away, but she needs a good spring freshening when it stops raining around here—oil change, new oil in the diffs, a good lube job, and some carb adjustment. And then I’ll take the hardtop off.

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
16 days ago

Once I’ve got the motor in, aiming to pull the hardtop and slap the new spats on the Roadster.

Barry Allen
Barry Allen
16 days ago

The YJ might be finally getting out of the shop after blowing the transmission by driving in a straight line in 2WD Hi at barely highway speeds (curse the AX5 and everyone involved). To my great sadness, the folks selling an AX15 conversion kit never came through, even after waiting several months, so we’re installing another piece of junk AX5.

ClutchAbuse
ClutchAbuse
16 days ago

The 2000 XJ is getting a new front drive shaft and new tires. Maybe some new shocks too. I suspect the front pads may need replacing and if I end up doing them it’s getting new brake fluid. I’m also taking the time to go over every bolt in the suspension and steering.

The Kia K5 just got new tires and now has a slight vibration over 80mph. I have to go back to the shop that put them on have them recheck their work.

The WL Trailhawk needs a trip to the dealership to diagnose creaking in the front as well as an oil change (free) and to take care of a few recalls before I start towing the camping trailer again.

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