Friday, April 15, 2005

I Think I See Your Problem Here, Keep Your Hands Off That 2

So my day off was rather interesting. Gotta remember to have quarters on me when I take a bus to AutoZone. Anyhow, I picked up the new plug wires that I would need. Replacing the first plug went alright. I also discovered that the same hold that the socket has on a plug upon removal, it also has a negative effect when putting in a plug and it usually takes the socket in with it. So I had to ease in the plug. Second one wouldn't come out. I tried pushing in more to get the socket on better. No luck. I moved on to the next one and it went alright. I went back to the second plug and tried again. Instead of grabbing, it was squishy. My next door neighbor came home and I stole a moment from him. I've seen him tearing engines and transmissions apart. He noticed something that I didn't. The little rubber boot on the end of the spark plug wire came off and was stuck in there and I had no way to get to it. So I put everything back together and drove to Checker Auto Parts. They were also stunned and right before I left they remembered that they sell a oil gasket pick. That did the trick. I removed the airhose and took care of the front two plugs. And then I see that I don't have enough room to reach the last plug with a 10 inch extension. I drove to Lowes and picked up a 6 inch extension which also proved fruitless. I was able to jam it in only so far but not luck (and removal was a pain in the ass.) So, I called it a night. The plugs were in pretty bad condition and I know I need to get the other one out. I have picked up a universal joint for the socket extension and plan to use it shortly. But, the car is running much much better. But, I do know why people are paid for this job: they have the right tools and they take a lot less time to do it without breaking wires.

6 comments:

Teri said...

You know I always feel like a moron when I go take the car for an oil change because the people ask me all kinds of questions that they feel I should know. They are arrogant and have even chuckled at me when I said I didn't know.. but that is their job, not mine and I reassure myself in the knowledge that they don't know half the things I know.. Ok I am rambling and I haven't even made a point...

Moose said...

You're having fun aren't you?

An80sNut said...

At first, I would have said that I'd never do it again but... I think I'll be changing my own plugs from now on. Now I just have to move up to oil changes. Ter, people that know what they are doing tend to like to make you feel like a moron. It lets you remember that your car is in better hands than your own. That is unless they are going to play with a few things on the car that they shouldn't which would bring you right back to them to spend more money needlessly.

Vavoom said...

Oh man, your post reminded me of the time I had to fix my wife's father's car in front of a Walmart. I was adamant to fix it myself. Ended up buying a crap load of parts and tools. I should have pushed the damn car to Walmart's automotive center. I was just too ambitious.

Jenn said...

It's worse when you're a girl. They try acting crazy with me. But my ex is a pro at cars and I learned the basics. Don't tell me I need a new air filter, asshole! That's a K&N, it just needs to be cleaned thankyouverymuch. I like the, "Oh, yes, you're right" response.

LoraLoo said...

I'm just glad I married a mechanic. Of course we all can't do that...so, if you find a good one, keep him. If they're smart they know that treating you like an idiot is just going to send you somewhere else the next time you need work done.