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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
all do things in life that we
regret...this is my story.
My son owned a
1988 BMW 325 convertible which he
loved. Over the years
I taught him how to maintain a car
and do his own servicing. I was
proud to see him changing his oil,
tuning the motor, and fixing
things as needed.
One day he
asked me to investigate a problem
with the car while he was on vacation.
He told me the engine was missing
speeds. It sounded simple and it
probably was, but stupid me came
to rescue, not bringing along
my common sense.
I started with
the spark plug wires, then moved
on to the
fuel filters, then the fuel injectors,
and finally the spark plugs.
I took out the #1 plug, it looked
good so I figured
that since I had the plug out I would
check the timing. So I wanted to
get the #1 piston to top dead center
so I put a screwdriver in the spark
plug hole and told my friend to just
the engine until the piston was
at its top. Needless to say the piston
came up, breaking the hardened screwdriver,
the broken piece falling into the
my only response at that
Well I had to get
piece of the screwdriver out of
the cylinder so I ripped down the
and took off the cylinder head hoping
to have avoided a major problem.
piston...it collapsed into the engine
block...the connecting rod was broken!
Knowing how much
this car, I went to my friends
garage and explained what I did.
His first response was "WHAT
ARE YOU? STUPID?" Luckily we
found a used engine
and put it in before my son came home. It all went well and he did not find out
about the incident until a week afterwards.
I'm happy to say it's now something
we laugh about. But at my expense
of $2,000 for the replacement engine.
John in New York
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Better Replacement Parts
The original equipment
(OE) hazard switch fails causing
both the emergency lights and turn
signals to stop working. This problem
occurs on late model GM cars including
the Chevrolet Malibu, Monte Carlo,
and Impala; Oldsmobile Achieva, Alero,
and Cutlass; and Pontiac Grand Am.
The OE GM hazard switches do not
go bad from being used too much.
Temperature changes cause the solder
joints in the OE switch to crack
The good news
is Dorman and for some applications,
Airtex have built
replacement hazard switches. Dorman’s
hazard switches are part of their “OE
Solutions” parts line. Dorman
engineers watch for parts like the
GM hazard switches that were not
done right the first time and they
come up with solutions that are better
than the OE parts. Dorman not only
builds complex parts. Did the knob
pull off the window crank handle
on your ’94 Toyota? Wondering
if you will have to go to the dealer
to replace the OE throw-away spindle
lock nuts on your ‘80s Mazda?
Car owners are often relieved to
find Dorman makes these and many
other relatively simple but hard
to find parts.
for OE mistakes with a microscope.
But if the OE part
fails a lot then typically lots of
manufacturers will flock to build
better replacement parts. I often
use the RockAuto.com catalog to help
diagnose my cars’ problems.
My wife’s ’93 Ford Tempo
was recently idling too fast. There
were no error codes stored on the
engine computer, but idle air control
valves (IAC) were in bold font in
the RockAuto catalog, an indication
that lots of Ford owners have needed
a new IAC. Several manufacturers
(ACDelco, Airtex, SMP and Motorcraft)
build replacement IACs. A new IAC
by Standard Motor Products fixed
in the RockAuto.com catalog can
help identify OE parts. What
is that rod with ball joints on the
ends making the clunking sounds on
my ‘92 Dodge van? Oh, there
the “drag link” is listed
under Steering. Moog, Mevotech, Kelsey-Hayes,
and Raybestos (Spicer) all make replacements
so there must be many other Dodge
vans with bad OE drag links.
Those GM car
owners will not be happy when the
hazard switch they
never used spontaneously breaks,
but they, like the rest of us, will
be happy to find Dorman, Moog, SMP,
Airtex and RockAuto’s other “aftermarket” manufacturers
have solutions for our vehicles’ OE
|Tom's 1988 Pontiac Mera
is my 1988
Pontiac Mera with only 28K miles.
As most will agree, this is not
car". The Mera was only
available as a new car through Pontiac
Concepts of Capac, Michigan converted
a total of 247 Fieros, 88
in 1987, and 159 in 1988.
The build code for my Mera (#8044)
indicates that this is the 44th
in 1988, and the 132nd built all
a number of items from RockAuto for
all my cars, including
brake pads and shock absorbers
Tom in Hawaii
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