IF thier was ever a backyard mechanic, it’s me. I kept lots of piece of shit cars running when I was younger. The car I have to work on was actually my first new car. So now the water pump has gone out and is leeking severlly. Should be simple right (I have changed several water pumps in the past). WRONG
The mechanical part is just the start. Lets assume that after tearing the entire front the engine off, I get it back together and get the timing belt on right, right? WRONG!!! You cannot install it right and aparentlly the alagnment marks don’t mean shit becaues of the adjustable cam!!! The more I look at doing this job, the more scared I get. I have changed a timing belt before. That was easy compared to this!!! So I spend god knows how many hours researching online an now know the exact part number for the puller to rent from autozone to get the crank dampener off easy (with some mild torch heat), but I also know that I will probably break the very expensive cam cogg wheel and cannot find what puller to use?
So enough of that. I’ll let you know how it goes and maybe post pics!!!
Lets hear your horror stories about fixing your car. What what the worst job you have done. It should have been simple but it wasn’t? I knew it was going to be hell but now have a new idea of what hell is??? And what the worst car and the worst repair (that you have done yourself)??? I havent done it yet but I’m voting for a dodge neon water pump (well see how it goes). I have worked on lots of cars for basic stuff ( I would rater rebuild the head on an old v8 than this shit, it’s much easier!!!).
Whats your worst horror story?