Are you a DIY repairman/woman?

Discussion in 'POLLing place' started by TrailLeadr, Oct 22, 2007.

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Regarding your vehicle, are you a DIY repair person?

  1. I do all repairs myself

    58 vote(s)
    25.8%
  2. I do most of the repairs myself

    89 vote(s)
    39.6%
  3. I do the basics (brakes, belts hoses)

    50 vote(s)
    22.2%
  4. I have the hubby do it

    2 vote(s)
    0.9%
  5. I have the wife do it

    1 vote(s)
    0.4%
  6. I don't do any (vehicle in warranty period)

    19 vote(s)
    8.4%
  7. I won't, I don't trust myself

    2 vote(s)
    0.9%
  8. I have too much dispoable income to be bothered

    2 vote(s)
    0.9%
  9. I don't drive a vehicle, I just come here to read the posts

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Other (?)

    2 vote(s)
    0.9%
  1. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr New Member

    How many of our members do the work themselves, when their vehicle is in need of repair?
  2. MrShorty

    MrShorty Moderator

    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.
  3. Cableguy

    Cableguy New Member

    I do basic because of time (or lack there of) and down time. With just a touch of laziness.
  4. MD4x4 Fireman

    MD4x4 Fireman New Member

    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
  5. skivhere

    skivhere New Member

    I am a cheap bastard...so of course, I do everything I can!!
  6. GM_Guy

    GM_Guy New Member

    I do all my own repairs, except for transmission overhauls
  7. Duranged Mike

    Duranged Mike New Member

    Same here, I do most everything myself.
  8. Skarch

    Skarch New Member

    Currently, b/c of the magically computerized VW's, I just do the basics on my cars, but with the addition of the 'burb and the availability of a spare car, I will start doing more myself b/c I can aford to have one of the cars down for a week or so. Plus American Steel is so easy compared to the German gadgetmobile.
  9. NHSilverado

    NHSilverado Former Member

    Obviously the dealer does the warranty work. Once upon a time I did everything else. These days I have the dealer do it all pretty much. I have a great relationship with this dealer and their labor rates are no worse than any other mechanic's rates in the area( I do NOT use OEM parts from them however = WAY too expensive ). With my bad back I just am not up to wrenching like I used to be. Pretty much I only putz around with a few accessories installs and the like these days.
  10. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Moderator

    I do about 85% of my own work. As I get busier and busier at work this percentage is changing.
    I almost wish for the days when I had no money and lots of time to tinker with my cars. Two cars have been sitting in the yard for two weeks now needing oil changes that I dont have the time to do and refuse to pay a mechanic to do a job that simple.
  11. PepboysASETech

    PepboysASETech New Member

    Being an ASE Cert. Tech i kinda have to do all my own work. And all the auto related work for family members and friends, lol. Beer makes for good payment you know, lol.
  12. bobbo

    bobbo New Member

    I do all the work myself. The wifes Jeep has an extended warranty so I get paid to work on it. :)
  13. spirentc

    spirentc New Member

    I fix everything myself unless its internal engine/transmission parts. I enjoy the challenge and am very happy when its fixed and running great. There are some things that i have done and wont do again!
  14. KD7ONE

    KD7ONE New Member

    Speaking of "do-it-yourselfers", sometimes i ask my wife to do something for me and she tells me to do it myself. :shocked:
  15. BlueLT1500

    BlueLT1500 New Member

    I am deffinatly a do it yourself kinda guy...being a mechanic in the army i do have the know how and also the time (when not deployed of course) and i really do get the enjoyment out of make it work again :glasses:
  16. Holy Smoke

    Holy Smoke New Member

    I try to do all the work myself (ok 85%) . When it's my wife's car, I make her pay me........she's a good cook.
  17. 84fiero123

    84fiero123 New Member

    I do everything myself except trany problems. That I bring to an old trusted friend who used to work for a trany repair shop. Problem is he won’t touch the newer electronically controlled tranies.
  18. Duramax04

    Duramax04 New Member

    I probably try to do more than i should. I`m old school and have a hard time with these modern computerized and ate up with sensors vehicles.Need to purchase a code reader i guess any idea which one would be the best without spending a fortune?
  19. Davek

    Davek New Member

    I always used to attempt everything myself, but I find as I get older I have less tolerance for being stupid. So, if its somthing that's going to be a bit of a stretch for me to figure out, rather than doing something dumb, I'll pay someone to do it correctly the first time.

    Dave
  20. zippy

    zippy New Member

    That's exactly what I was gonna say. Except, I'm a cheap old, dust-farting, bastard...

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