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  1. #66
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    Doesn’t anyone else see the irony here?

    How many times have posters been blasted for asking DIY questions, being told they are not certified/qualified to work on their heating/cooling system and it’s dangerous but it’s ok to YouTube how to fix a vehicle that travels at high rates of speed?

    This may be inherently MORE dangerous, at least to others beside the poster. Just sayin.

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    Since we are not talking about steering or braking, I feel pretty comfortable giving some help as a guy who held four ASE Master certs. That, and HVAC is a mechanical field with parallel skillsets.
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    I would give advice to just about anyone about anything, it's their own risk and i'll say as much.

    Difference is that HERE it's specifically restricted and we aren't allowed.

    Doesn't say anything about automotive.

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    I have never blasted anyone for asking DIY questions and in fact on one occasion a thread I was helping someone with an issue got deemed to be a DIY thread and was moved to AOP and closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billydoughnuts View Post
    Doesn’t anyone else see the irony here?

    How many times have posters been blasted for asking DIY questions, being told they are not certified/qualified to work on their heating/cooling system and it’s dangerous but it’s ok to YouTube how to fix a vehicle that travels at high rates of speed?

    This may be inherently MORE dangerous, at least to others beside the poster. Just sayin.
    I don't know why the rules are in place the way they are, but they are what they are. But think of it this way. Whats the worse that can happen if people mess up their car? Crash and burn? Thats small beans when compared to someone going without some cold air in the heat of the summer. Some of these South Texas summers can be brutal.

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    The truck talk is among ourselves in the industry. We know that most of us are capable of performing diagnostic testing without undue risk.

    DIY HVAC by strangers whom we do not know here creates a potential issue that the site operators are correct to avoid.
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  7. #72
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    This HVAC/R website is owned and operated by a private company which has chosen not to allow it's members to provide DIY HVAC/R information to non-professionals as a means of avoiding being held liable for harm that non-professionals may cause themselves by using information garnered from this website.

    This is not Youtube - they make their own rules.

    I understand your point - but I wanted to clarify the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billydoughnuts View Post
    Doesn’t anyone else see the irony here?

    How many times have posters been blasted for asking DIY questions, being told they are not certified/qualified to work on their heating/cooling system and it’s dangerous but it’s ok to YouTube how to fix a vehicle that travels at high rates of speed?

    This may be inherently MORE dangerous, at least to others beside the poster. Just sayin.
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    With the help of YT
    I put the rack and pinion in my town and country
    Did the alignment with a string too

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    What are theses scanner things you speak of? The only venicles I really ever did a lot of work on are my 86 nissan pickups. The Haynes manual I have covers both the 720 and kingcap.

    The kingcab started running terrible one day, would idle and run slow fine, but getting up to speed or accelerating would just die out. I saw a loose distributor wire under hood and reconnected, had laid against the exhaust header so thought that when still ran bad, maybe a short had damaged something.

    took to mechanic, older guy with clean shop (another story there) and son. had the book on seat in p/u. picked back up and they recommend replace wire set, had put an old wire in place of damaged one. still ran bad.

    when replaced set found two cables reversed. has dual plugs and above 2000 rpm one side drops out, which happened to be the set that wasn't reversed. above that point only had 2 cylinders firing. I only noticed because the wires were out of order on the cap, ( ie 1 1 2 2 3 4 3 4)so checked book.

    still not sure how two got switched.

    also replaced head gasket on one, pulled transmission and had it rebuilt. replaced the timing chain and tensioner on the other.

    when I get annoyed about accessing or getting parts off, I just tell myself, "its no a bmw, its not a bmw..." a car my brother in law bought and did a repair on diy because what the mechanic quoted
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    This one doesn't look that bad. Kinda crazy all the stuff it will allow you to do on a newer car.

    http://www.x431tool.com/wholesale/la...RoC6ZUQAvD_BwE

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    I had that same pickup and it had that same 8-wire distributor cap on a 4 cylinder engine. I had it for 300K miles and never knew that spark plugs cut out - I thought that both of the plugs in each cylinder fired in quick succession or something. It literally never missed a beat the whole time I had it so I never worked on it.

    I gave it to a homeless guy to help him get back on his feet: had him start a few little business, etc. He had said it was impossible - I said: This is America - let me show you how it's done. <g>

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    Quote Originally Posted by billygoat22 View Post
    What are theses scanner things you speak of? The only venicles I really ever did a lot of work on are my 86 nissan pickups. The Haynes manual I have covers both the 720 and kingcap.

    The kingcab started running terrible one day, would idle and run slow fine, but getting up to speed or accelerating would just die out. I saw a loose distributor wire under hood and reconnected, had laid against the exhaust header so thought that when still ran bad, maybe a short had damaged something.

    took to mechanic, older guy with clean shop (another story there) and son. had the book on seat in p/u. picked back up and they recommend replace wire set, had put an old wire in place of damaged one. still ran bad.

    when replaced set found two cables reversed. has dual plugs and above 2000 rpm one side drops out, which happened to be the set that wasn't reversed. above that point only had 2 cylinders firing. I only noticed because the wires were out of order on the cap, ( ie 1 1 2 2 3 4 3 4)so checked book.

    still not sure how two got switched.

    also replaced head gasket on one, pulled transmission and had it rebuilt. replaced the timing chain and tensioner on the other.

    when I get annoyed about accessing or getting parts off, I just tell myself, "its no a bmw, its not a bmw..." a car my brother in law bought and did a repair on diy because what the mechanic quoted
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    I like looking at Harley's - but I don't like riding them. I've heard that the insane cement-mixer grade vibration has been subdued on the new ones but I've never ridden one of the newer HD's - so who knows. I have been next to them at lights and the engine is vibrating so much that it looks a little blurry. <g>. My only remaining bike is a Triumph Bonneville - which is quiet and Silky smooth. <g>

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    . . . . . I don't personally like Harleys that much, I can appreciate them when people take care of them but not my preference . . . .
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    This thread was not started to encourage DIY or to advise how to DIY. It was started simply to share experiences with getting our vehicles fixed.
    No man can be both ignorant and free.
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