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Offline thundley4

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Re: refrigerator help
« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2014, 06:00:44 PM »
Believe me, this refrigerator now knows all of the same words that I know.

I know less about vehicular repairs than appliance repairs if that is possible. I believe the last auto repair I attempted was replacing the alternator on an '89 Grand Prix. It went out on a Sunday so no repair shops were open, and I needed the car on Monday. I knew where the alternator was located so I thought "how hard could it be?" I got someone to go by the parts store and get a new alternator. Then the fun began.

There wasn't enough room to use a wrench so I used a ratchet. The problem was that there wasn't enough room for the ratchet. It was sort of turn, click, turn, click. It took forever to get it off and put the new one on.

About 3 or 4 months later the new alternator went out. I had a friend who I happened to be doing some work for at the time who owned an starter and alternator shop with his dad. I asked how much he'd charge to replace the alternator for me. He said about $15. I told him he had to be crazy because it took me forever to change it the last time. He shook his head and asked, "did you just take the alternator off and put the new one on?" When I told him yes he said, "Well, that was your problem. They put those bolts so you can't get to them, but you can get to the bolts on the bracket that actually holds the alternator. You take the whole shooting match off and THEN unbolt the alternator."

I guess he felt sorry for my ignorance because he didn't even charge me the $15.

I have to jack up the front right side of our Saturn, take off the wheel and remove part of the wheel well cover just to change the oil filter.

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Re: refrigerator help
« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2014, 06:13:03 PM »
I have to jack up the front right side of our Saturn, take off the wheel and remove part of the wheel well cover just to change the oil filter.

Dad claims that getting to the battery on mom's Monte Carlo is a job. I think some of that stuff is purposely built that way take make it more likely someone will take it to the dealership's service department.
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Re: refrigerator help
« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2014, 06:15:49 PM »
I have to jack up the front right side of our Saturn, take off the wheel and remove part of the wheel well cover just to change the oil filter.
I had to jack up the front of a 1999 DODGE Intrepid, remove tire and part of inner fender liner to replace the battery.
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Re: refrigerator help
« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2014, 06:56:55 PM »
Dad claims that getting to the battery on mom's Monte Carlo is a job. I think some of that stuff is purposely built that way take make it more likely someone will take it to the dealership's service department.

IIRC, several years ago car makers tried suing the Auto Service Association for violating copyright laws regarding onboard computer programs or something. They wanted only certified dealers and repair affiliates to be able to fix cars.