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20 Min Job, Yeah Right!

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by pjgtech, May 28, 2020.

  1. pjgtech

    pjgtech Summit witty here......

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    What an afternoon of grief, bloody cars, Aaaarrggghhh.... :facepalm:
    ...and breathe.... :)
    Ok, so wife smashed her driver side door mirror few weeks ago, electric and heated, long story short she had an argument with a Merc and lost.

    So new door mirror needed, Ford want about £300 so I gets one off the net £70, sorted.
    Finish work at 4(ish) today and decided to fit said door mirror, thats when my troubles started...
    I had watched a few YouTube clips on how to swap the mirror over, easy peasy, 20 min job apparently.
    So I undue the various screws to get the door card off, won't budge, even broke one of my trim levers! Spent 30 minutes, but I just could not get the b****r off.
    TBH, I was getting to the point where I was a bit frightened of damaging it, as I was using a fair bit of force?

    I have a local friendly garage, (about two mins away) so I fly round there in the car, luckily he was still there, I explained about the unco-operative door card, he offered to have a quick look, got a massive screwdriver, gave it one large yank and off it came, Yah! :thumb: He would not even take a drink, wot a diamond geeza, I'll be back to use his services again....

    Obviously I had not been using as much force as I thought?

    So I drive back home, undue all the cable connections, get the door card hanging off, so I can now get to the connection for the mirror electrics, undue that too, take old mirror off (one bolt) and offer up the new mirror, but hold on, wait a minute, the new mirror does not have the thread for the bolt to the door. I know I think, I'll take the threaded bar off the old one, erm, nope, the old one is a larger thread, so will not fit the new mirror, and the new mirror female thread is too small to drill out!

    So, off I pop to the shed to try to find some threaded bar that fits the new mirror. Eventually, I find and old window bolt that fits, so I carefully measure the old stud and cut down the bolt thread and use it as a new stud for the new mirror (also had to find a nut that fit it too).
    Back to the car and Yah! the new mirror fits, great.

    I also have to thread the new cable from the new mirror through two holes in the drivers door, to connect it to the power connector. Why the holes are so small I do not know, surely they could be bigger? so I now spend another 15 mins just trying to catch hold of the dangling cable inside the door, with my sausage fingers, not easy, and then to thread it through the little hole, I tried pliers, long nose pliers, a bent bit of coat hanger, various screwdrivers, and eventually I get the damn thing thru the hole, success!!! :D

    Reconnected everything, refixed door card, refixed door handle, re screwed door card onto door, etc, then the moment of truth, did it work, turned the key, yes, power and a working mirror...... :D 20 minute job, yeah right, took me two and half bloody hours! :facepalm:
     
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    Meal Dot Posting Addict

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    Funny, I used to work in a local garage or two at the end of my working days. Just the sort of crep we had to deal with all the time (and worse). Experience is everything in this scenario. :)
     
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    pjgtech Summit witty here......

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    Yep, I'm an ex plumber, so I'm no stranger to fittings and fitments that refuse to fit / work, but it was worth it in the end, went from this: :facepalm:
    Fiest car mirror May 20202.jpg
    To this: :thumb:
    Fiest car mirror May 20203.jpg
    :) :) :)
    Paints not a 100% match, but its close enough for the wife's car... :thumb:
     
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    That hurts Barely Active

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    SWMBO is guaranteed to complain about the lack of colour match :D:facepalm:
     
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    stefan I am the passenger

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    as long as she is happy you have done good
     
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    mikeyhall1 Amazing Poster

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    Nicely done mate, she most certainly owes you!

    I hope you’ve told the good lady every 5 minutes since that you’re her hero.

    Doesn’t work for me... but it might work for you ;)
     
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    Next time your good lady smashes it you’ll get it done in 20 minutes no problem. You’re an expert now you’ve done it once.
     
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    Pistol p Busy Member

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    I do this type of thing for a living.
    "It'll only take you five minutes," actually means 1.5 hrs. With the correct tools.
    Trust me, nothing is easy anymore. If it was then we'd all be doing it.
     
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    pjgtech Summit witty here......

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    Yep, cars just seem to get needlessly more complicated! :facepalm:

    I'm usually quite happy to "have a go" at most things technical, or mechanical, as I say I'm an ex plumber, (or as I used to describe myself, a "water relocation engineer"), so I'm no stranger to spanners, screwdrivers, hammers, etc.
    But, once a job like this is done, its satisfying to know you have done it yourself. :)

    However, the one thing I am nervous about fettling, or fiddling with is my guns! I've had the stocks off and had a look, but then I quickly put them back together again.....one day I'll take the plunge with guns....just not yet.... :D
     
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    You and me both, that was one of the reasons I got a CP1 for lockdown, the other being I’d no air for my PCPs!:facepalm: There’s a sticky on Air Pistols showing how easy it is to strip and fettle and 3 or 4 hex keys are all you need for this particular gun. Give it a go and chase that demon away.
     
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    20 minute job AFTER you have stripped half the interior out to get at the bolts lol
     
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    the dog Petrol engines do NOT like diesel

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    Anyone remember the good old days? When you could lift the bonnet and run around your engine, there was that much room. Ford starter motor sticking? Just smack it with a hammer. I got stopped by the police once and had a hammer in the footwell of my mk4 Cortina. He just laughed. He knew what it was for. Nowadays you have to break your arm in four places just to change a headlight bulb.
     
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    Yep the joy of old cars? Manual says remove four bolts, spanners wont budge them socket set rounds the head off, aha flat drive socket set, SNAP the nut shears the bolt off. Three to go! How the hell do i get the snapped bolt out. 8 hours later job done:mad:
     
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    C220w205 May Contain Nuts.

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    Don't get me started on headlamp bulbs, I tried for an hour to change one on an Insignia that I had, it was one with all singing and dancing headlamps (self leveling/cornering), finished up at the local Vauxhall dealer, took the technician 10 minutes and most of that was waiting for an available mechanic!
     
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    oedbachgen Top Poster

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    Its high tech cars:shrug:
     
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    Well done on fixing the mirror.

    Thing is how much of this added complication on newer cars is worth it in the long run?

    I do think it's just complexity for the sake of it so the car becomes a pain and we buy a new one sooner.
     
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    pjgtech Summit witty here......

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    Lol, yes, I used to do this with my old mk2 Escort, whack the starter motor with a hammer, or put it in 2nd gear and rock the car back and forth, ahhh, the good ole days.... :thumb:

    Then there was my old mini, had a webber carb, which always flooded got dirty, so had to keep taking the jet out clean out, put it back in, away you go...

    Don't get me started on my old Ford Fiesta XR2, or as we used to call it, "old smokey", cos the engine was tw*tted! :)

    My brother used to take starter motors off, take em apart, clean them up, put new brushes in, and put em back to together, fixed and working again, imagine that, actually fixing stuff and re-using it rather than just throwing it away and buying a new one! :facepalm:
     
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    Did the same myself pjgtech
     
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    My wife's 93 MX5 driver side mirror fell off last year.
    Rust
    Took me under 5 minutes to fit a new one as its not heated or electric.

    Nice low tech that lasted 26 years.
     
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    Nxt time it will be a quicker job :D
     
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