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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
my early 20's I worked at an Oldsmobile
dealership as a line mechanic when
one day I got an assignment to work
a classic Ford Mustang. The owner
had completely restored his "baby",
but the car was running horribly.
After a few minutes troubleshooting,
I figured out that the fuel level
float was way out of adjustment.
On this particular
the adjustment procedure involved
removing a threaded plug on a weep
hole, loosening a lock nut on the
adjustment screw, and turning the
adjustment screw until the fuel level
is right at the level of the bottom
of the weep hole while the car is
running. In this case, the fuel level
much higher than the weep hole, so
fuel was leaking out onto the intake
manifold. No problem, it would only
take me a few seconds and the excess
fuel would stop flowing.
You can guess which
way this was going, and sure enough,
had wandered out of the waiting area
and was standing next to me. Well,
it was taking much longer than expected
to lower the level and the fuel filled
up the intake manifold, dripped down
on the hot header and then suddenly,
WHOOSH, the engine was on fire
with me leaning
over it! I jumped back and luckily
a fire extinguisher was close by,
and just as if I had practiced this
move often, I smoothly grabbed the
extinguisher and had the fire out
within a couple seconds.
Meanwhile (as one would imagine)
the customer stood with bulging eyes,
and a shocked look on his face just
as if he had been punched in the
had put out the fire and luckily
killed the engine
when it became starved of air. So
I calmly turned the ignition off,
washed the accumulated fuel off the
manifold. I now knew the
direction I needed to turn the adjustment
so I turned the screw far enough
to make sure that the fuel level
would be below the weep hole. The
was a few wires with slightly bubbled
insulation. The customer was ecstatic
that his pride and joy was running
smoothly and none the worse for wear.
As for me, once the customer was
gone, I then took the opportunity
to collapse into a chair and shake
like a leaf.
Steve from Texas
Skip the Potions
was a slimy fog on my Ford’s
windshield and a faint coolant odor.
The heater core, that little mini-radiator
that warms the interior, was leaking.
Did I quickly find the correct new
heater core in the RockAuto.com
buy it, and pop it in my car? No,
I thought about how cold it was in
the garage. I reasoned that the heater
core leak must be very small since
I had just noticed it. I looked in
my Haynes repair manual and found
the Crown Victoria is one of those
unlucky models with the heater core
buried behind the dash.
I decided to first try one of those
stop-leak type products for sale
at auto parts chains and variety
stores. Wouldn’t it be nice
if the heater core leak could be
fixed by just popping the hood and
dumping some chemical into the radiator?
The store I visited had numerous
choices ranging from $1.27 to over
$10. Paying $10 for a chance to stop
a leak in a $33 heater core seemed
like a bad bet. So I bought a familiar
brand with a middle of the pack size
and price. The label exuberantly
promised to seal radiators, heater
cores, engine blocks, etc.
The instructions said pour the bottle
in the radiator and run the engine
and heater for thirty minutes. Why
waste thirty minutes of gas? I poured
the murky liquid in and headed out
on a planned six-hour round trip.
My wife, brother, and some of our
kids were in the car. For the first
thirty minutes my brother and I optimistically
imagined seeing a reduction in the
windshield fogging. After an hour
our optimism began to wane and my
wife began to speculate on how breathing
a mist of ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
could impact the health of the children.
So the next five hours we drove with
no heat in the car. It got a little
chilly in there.
To pass the time, my brother and
I reminisced about the times over
the past quarter century when we
used cooling system sealers, metal
crack repairers, compression restorers,
gasket rejuvenators, and other automotive
potions. None of them had ever worked.
The “familiar brand” I
had just purchased had also not worked
when I poured it directly into a
different car’s heater core
inlet years ago.
All the labels promising quick,
cheap, painless fixes are hard to
pass up. If the goo does not work
then it must have been because my
cars’ leaks were a little too
big or a little too small. There
must be somebody out there driving
around a ’68 Chevy with the
radiator, heater core, piston rings,
oil pan gasket and exhaust manifold
all happily fixed with $3 bottles
of miracle chemicals? Hopefully,
the memory of this January’s
ice-cold drive will prevent me from
having these same delusions again
in the future. Any leak big enough
to notice is already a bad leak.
Next time I pledge to do the repair
the right way and skip the potions.
Ford Fairmont Futura
had owned a 1978 Mercury Z-7 Zephyr
for 18 years that I loved, but sold
it on a whim, and nearly cried when
I awoke the next morning. After searching
for two years I found this one
online. It is
Fairmont Futura that had
been parked in the previous owner's
garage for years. The Fairmont only
had 39k on it and was totally original.
has a 200 cubic inch six cylinder
engine, power steering, and power
Bob in Oregon
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