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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
mother-in-law had a 1985 Oldsmobile
Firenza sedan that needed new brake
pads. I offered to put them on for
her to save her some money and to
better my relationship with her. I
took the car to my house where my
old garage had two sliding barn door
type doors. I closed the doors to
work on the car as it was a chilly
day. After I got the brake pads on
I wanted to move the car forward in
the garage a little bit. Luckily I
had backed the car into the garage
because, when I put it in drive to
pull up, I realized it had no brakes!
I had forgot to
pump the brake pedal before starting
the car to get the pads close to the
rotors! The car went into my heavy
garage door, lifted it up over the
hood, over the roof, across the trunk.
I was completely outside the garage
before it stopped. Calling my mother-in-law
to tell her what happened was one
of the hardest things I ever had to
do. I had a friend with an auto body
shop who buffed out many of the scratches,
but some remained. A chance to impress
my mother-in-law was gone!
She never asked
me to help with her car again and
I am too embarrassed to offer again.
At least now I always remember to
pump the brake pedal as soon as I’m
finished installing new brake pads
on my own vehicles. I learned a simple
lesson the hard way.
Scott in Pennsylvania
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first V6 engine powering a passenger
car in N. America was the...?
A. 171 cid (2.8L)
in the 1974 Mustang II and Mercury
B. 198 cid (3.2L) in the 1962 Buick
Skylark and Buick Special.
C. 235 cid (3.8L) in the 1960 El Camino.
A Worthwhile Investment
weekend I changed the fuel filter
on my wife’s ’93 Ford
Tempo. It was a Motorcraft filter
that had been on the car for slightly
more than 30,000 miles. With the old
fuel filter in my hand, I wondered,
“How does this filter look inside?
Is it full of dirt? Is it just an
Tearing open a used
gasoline fuel filter is dangerous
and not something to try at home.
But I am a highly trained engineer
and if things went awry then I would
at least have a story for the Repair
Mistakes and Blunders section of the
newsletter. I let the filter dry out
for a couple of days and then unsuccessfully
tackled it with advanced tools including
a can opener, a vice and several types
their filter cases out of “300-series
stainless steel.” “Connector
and support washers are brazed for
enhanced durability and strength.”
That is great news if you want a filter
that keeps its shape under pressure
and does not corrode, but it sure
made it hard to get inside.
An improvised “flame
test” using a votive candle
and distance determined a spark might
not ignite the filter. Wearing protective
clothing and face mask, I gingerly
sawed the filter open using a hack
saw with a fresh blade.
The filter case did
indeed have filter material inside.
As you can see from the before and
after 30,000 miles photos, the filter
did collect foreign particles. The
ring of mangled filter material and
splinters of shiny stainless steel
resulted from my rough disassembly,
but there is a also a layer of black
grime coating all the filter pleats.
The dirty white rag patch in the photo
was rubbed along the fold of one filter
My wife drives the
Tempo nearly every day and fills it
up with gas at reputable gas stations
once a week. The gas stations have
filters on their pumps. Somehow stuff
still made it to the car’s fuel
filter. My do-it-yourself lab is not
advanced enough to analyze the black
grime. I am guessing it is tiny bits
of hose, gaskets, plastic, metal etc.
from the fuel system and a variety
of dirt. Think of how many times that
the gas station pump nozzle is shoved
into the fuel tank filler tube over
30,000 miles. A couple of foreign
particles probably slip in with every
Those foreign particles do not have
to be big to clog up a modern fuel
injector. The Motorcraft filter removed
90% of particles 20 microns or larger.
A grain of sand is around 200 microns.
A typical human hair is about 90 microns
wide. All very small, but a fuel injector
nozzle orifice might only be 100 microns.
I will think about stray 90 micron
eyebrow hairs the next time I pump
I luckily did
not suffer any injury from my research
and now feel comfortable that a new
$8 fuel filter was a worthwhile investment
in the Tempo. This time I installed
a Fram filter, which I probably will
not be cutting open after 30,000 miles.
RockAuto has fuel filters with transparent
cases to fit my old 4-barrel carburetor
equipped Chrysler. I might install
one of those in case I ever again
get the urge to see fuel filter grime.
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originally fitted with a 1500cc engine
and a three speed gearbox. It now
has a 4.6L V8 and 5 speed gearbox
from a 2000 Ford Mustang. It also
has a narrowed 8 inch Ford rear axle
and 15 inch Torque Thrust wheels.
Stopping is taken care of by front
and rear disc brakes sourced from
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