Hey Oppos. Missed you all.
Let the Oppo live long and prosper!
Most of you are probably wrapping it up for the year and heading out to spend time with friends and/or loved ones.
Hopefully I caught you all in time.
I wish you all a very happy New Year! May we see this coming year end of pandemic, end of war, and plentiful supply of car parts and 10mm sockets!
At this point, your engine should not use engine mounts or be bolted down. Instead, it should just be sitting inside a drawer inside engine bay. Anytime you need access to engine, you just open drawer.
This is ridiculous... you know that, right? Some people out there don't even know where their air filter is... you tore into that engine like it was a bag of M&Ms.
Dealership wanted to charge 600-700 to replace sway bar links.
How hard could it be to replace a gizmo held by two nuts?
Jacked the car up. Took the wheel off. Put the socket on a nut and broke it loose. It's coming so easy. It's coming really easy.. .oh wait... the bolt is spinning in place and not moving anywhere.
Got a hold of vise grips. Put it on the other side and zipped it right off. Piece of cake. Put new unit on. No problem.
Other side was not so easy. Vise grips had gotten damaged so they were slipping and sliding.
Removed other nut and disconnected one end from sway bar. Hoping I can put a bit of pressure by hand enough for it to not slip and remove the nut. NOPE.
Put the wheel back on and went to find a nut splitter. As I was pulling away, I hit a bump. Hoped nothing was wrong, kept driving. Didn't hear any noises from disconnected sway bar. No problem I thought.
Got it back in the air. Applied the nut splitter and started cranking on it. I noticed a whole lot of grease all over the place. Thought maybe it came out from sway bar link... but this was a LOT.
Further inspection... Sway bar hit the CV boot and broke it.
Got the Sway bar links installed but now car is getting rebooted. cost.... 600-700 dollars.
Took the transmission pan off the GX 470. Every. Single. Bolt is rusted to absolute nothing. Gonna try to get some new bolts today. Check valve bolt. Maybe even a drain bolt.
This is probably gonna bite me in the ass - they claim the fluid is for the life of vehicle and to never ever replace fluid... fuck em tho. i'm doing it.
@partypooper2012 Imagine this situation -
But cantilever area is 2 inches off the ground instead of what ever that is - 10 feet?
The cantilever area is capped off with a single piece of plywood and its sagging from moisture and wet ground being up close and personal with it.
Joists arent sagging. Plywood under the joists got deformed from moisture.
Space between plywood and dirt is about 3 inches. That makes it difficult for me to get under that space and secure things. Thus i need to dig.
Stupidest design in a house. Ground floor of a ranch has cantilever area.
Long story short, plywood keeping outside air from entering the house had sagged and now i need to figure out what to do with it.
I could... dig a bunch. Pour a footing. Put in cinder blocks or bricks and block it off that way. Concern is concrete touching wood.
Other option is to put up another piece of plywood under. Secure it somehow and hope this one hangs on for dear life better than last one.
Any other ideas? Bulldozing is not option.