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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 18th June 2007
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The only bummer is as cars get ever more complex, access gets harder and harder, diagnostics equipment gets ever more a necessity and special tools become the norm, both of which make your eyes water at the cost .... (note to self .... business oppertunity in diags and special tool hire for the DIY market )

Otherwise .... enjoy it (skinned knuckles and dirty fingernails .... most attractive ... ,) and if you dont know ask.... dont bodge it .... safety must always come first ... not just yours but other road users and pedistrians as well.

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Originally Posted by Truckbusuk View Post
access gets harder and harder
That's so true. I changed the oil today and hardly could move around the oil filter clamp. Otherwise, simple service of oil change, brakes servicing, even diagnostics can be easily done, following advice and instructions, and taking safety precautions, of course.
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Hi i like you started to do it myself many years back as to save money, many of my cars have never been brand new,well none to be honest but yes you do have to start somewhere,it will take you many years to build up you tools and still then there will be a job you will go to do and you will not have that tool and will have to go out and buy that tool but that for me is great i love my tool box,the way i look at it if your beat and or cant even do the job i have always had a local independent garage and if iam beat i use them for the major jobs and even though you are only doing the simple jobs once you have your tools well gathered up you will start to save a pound or two,as lag say there is night classes you could do to learn the basics i was Lucky as i loved to rally and had a good service crew and i also worked as a car breaker to learnt as i went along and being a bit of a petrol head help too,but as many have already said safety first and if in doubt get it checked out all the very best Donald.
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anything is possible-believe in yourself, cars are here to test us!

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"When the reason for the law ceases, the law itself ceases."
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Unless I was more legit (working in a stealership for instance) I'd be less inclinded to service a car myself if it was less that 5 years old, but over that and buyers will understand less than 100% service history if you've at least got some receipts to back up the major parts...
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