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View Poll Results: Regarding your vehicle, are you a DIY repair person?

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  • I do all repairs myself

    58 25.78%
  • I do most of the repairs myself

    89 39.56%
  • I do the basics (brakes, belts hoses)

    50 22.22%
  • I have the hubby do it

    2 0.89%
  • I have the wife do it

    1 0.44%
  • I don't do any (vehicle in warranty period)

    19 8.44%
  • I won't, I don't trust myself

    2 0.89%
  • I have too much dispoable income to be bothered

    2 0.89%
  • I don't drive a vehicle, I just come here to read the posts

    0 0%
  • Other (?)

    2 0.89%
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    TrailLeadr's Avatar
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    Jun 2005
    Coventry, Rhode Island

    Default Are you a DIY repairman/woman?

    How many of our members do the work themselves, when their vehicle is in need of repair?
    Rhode Island

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    I try to do most of the work myself. Diagnostics in particular I like to do myself. Some of the big things (engine/transmission/etc. overhaul) I prefer to farm out.
    '98 K1500 Suburban LS 5.7 L 4L60E NV246 ARB
    '92 Ford Explorer XLT 4x4 4.0 L A4LD BW13-54 Trac-loc rear
    "My toys were the greasy cogs and springs and pistons that lay around all over the place, and these, I can promise you, were far more fun to play with than most of the plastic rubbish children are given nowadays." Danny in Roald Dahl's Danny The Champion of the World

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    I do what I can with help from my son. That's why I sent him to UTI Auto Tech school. He likes VW's but helps ol' dad out on my Chevy's.
    Jeff Ashland, KY
    2004 Silverado work truck
    4.3 2WD

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    Jr. Apprentice dangerous dave's Avatar
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    i am 99% do it my self..the only thing i farm out is machine work and doing the overhead adjustment on my semi. the latter because the guy who i have do it can get it done in an hour for a ben franklin while if i was to do it i would have half a day screwing it up then still have to call him. the price for the same job at kenworth is around $320. money well spent on my part. i do everything else my self. with labor rates in excess of $100 an hour for big trucks and shop rates for cars etc around $70 i could buy the tools and do it my self and still come out ahead.
    i think you take more pride in your ride when you are the one maintaining it as well as you tend to keep a closer eye on what is happenning with it rather than wait till you get tired of funny noise and take it in to get checked. you get in there and figure it out sooner.

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    I try to do as much of the work on my vehicles as I can. I might take it into a shop if I'm so busy that I don't have the time to do it. I am currently restoring my bike, a 1980 Yamaha Maxim. This cold weather has got me held up on the paint work. It has just been to cold to spray any paint. I haven't got around to buying a heater for my garage yet.
    2000 Chevy Silverado LS Ext. Cab 5.3 2wd.
    -ChromeIntakes CAI
    -Single Inlet/Duel Outlet Flowmaster 2.25" Pass. Side Exit
    -20% Tint on Front Doors
    1997 Suzuki TL1000S
    2002 Kawasaki ZX9R F1
    1997 Honda CBR600F3
    1982 Yamaha XJ650RJ SECA

    Plumbers and Pipefitters Kansas L.U. 441
    5th. Yr. Apprentice

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    I do all my own work except for tranny rebuilds, also work at a shop so have hoists when i need them

    2003 Z71 Silverado LS
    Access roll up cover
    Bed Rails
    Billet Grill insert
    Bed Rug
    CB with PA system
    Waiting to be installed
    Two 8in RF HX2 punch( would have 12s but they got stolen)

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    Same as several here, do most, or almost all my repairs myself. Tires and some computer/electronics I hire out to a shop. After working shops all my life then retiring, it's hard to take ole Silv and let someone else handle her. Something to be said about doing a repair job or regular maintenance myself and the satisfaction I feel when I'm finished and she running, nicely, and looking great
    2004 Silverado-4.3/AT/AC Work Edition-Clean Neat & Simple

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    I do basic because of time (or lack there of) and down time. With just a touch of laziness.


    2007 Ford E250(Work van) (Ya, Ya, shut up!)
    1996 GMC Sierra SLE 1500 5.7L/4L60E

  9. #9


    i do most of it on my own. but since i am only 18 and dont have alot of knowledge i get help on things i cant figure out right away like why certain things wont work on the truck and when i need welding done
    1987 GMC Sierra Classic 5.7TBI

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    I like this. It sucks when your work vehicle is down. No car no work.

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