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  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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Did my first tune up.
« on: June 18, 2015, 09:19:20 AM »
    Last September I inherited my Grandfathers 1993 Geo Metro convertible. Since then I've been teaching myself the womanly art of auto mechanics and care. Yesterday I changed out the distributor cap, rotor, spark plugs and wires. I felt like a badassed mechanic! It took me less time than an oil change, and it fired right up due to my carefull attention to put plugs where they belonged on the cap.
     Change your own oil! Not because it's cheaper, but because it is a "gateway" repair. I was hooked since my first oil change. Now that I know that I can easily do something that seems so complicated, I'm eyeballing the other stuff in the engine that looks wonky, I want to replace and tinker with everything!
     Being able to bike to work really takes the fear out of messing something up and having to take time to fix the car.


  • Stubble
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Re: Did my first tune up.
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2015, 03:16:30 PM »

I loved tinkering with my old car, although I did not do oil changes (not allowed in our apt complex at the time). I didn't do much, but it felt great to know a thing or two and do some small part replacement stuff. I saved like 80% of the cost on silly things like replacing light bulbs, too.


  • Bristles
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Re: Did my first tune up.
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2015, 05:41:47 PM »
Way to go!

It all starts with DIY oil changes.  Then tuneups.  Then brake jobs.  Then engine accessory replacement.  Addicting, isn't it?