Repair Frustrations : What was your must frustrating repair?

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by Big_Mike, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Big_Mike

    Big_Mike New Member

    Anyone who has worked on a vehicle has most likely run into some frustration. Whether a bolt has been cross threaded, the head rounded off of a fastener, have to do a hand stand to get to something, dealing with rust related problems, or some other kind of inconvenience (and there are plenty of them :( ).

    So my question fellow members is... What is the most frustrating repair(s) you have made?
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  2. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    V8 swap on my colorado,...............NUFF SAID LOL!!!

    Besides the engine swap most of mine have been rust related, lots of snapped off bolts inside the frame rattling around lol!!
  3. McClintoc

    McClintoc Super Moderator

    Nothing major for me in terms of something being broken. My only complaint is trying to remove/reinstall the spark plugs all the way back by the firewall. I've changed out the plugs twice on my truck and those rear plugs are no fun at all.
  4. Big_Mike

    Big_Mike New Member

    Ever changed the spark plugs on a late 90's or early 2000 model Camaro or Firebird? I found that rather awkward to do. Especially the ones near the fire wall/transmission tunnel.
  5. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member

    I think that the most frustrating repair I have done lately is u-joints on my 2003 yukon xl. I had a friend help me and he bent one of the ears on my driveshaft while I was in the house grabbing some beer. $300 later and a new drive shaft I learned my lesson when it comes to people "helping".(never leave tools with in sight and walk away!) Another one I am currently dealing with is the Power steering pump on my 05 xl. I ordered one from amazon, put it in, it ran for 30 seconds and popped. Then, it started whining like crazy and filled my power steering system and brake hydro booster with metal shavings. (New gear box and hydro boost installed a month before). I called amazon and they shipped me a replacement. I flushed the system with 3 gallons of fluid and put that one in, it lasted about 4 months and now makes a high pitched whine when slightly turning the wheel right while moving. Drives me nuts. So, again I have a replacement on the way. I just never figured that I would be putting on 3 power steering pumps in 4 months. You have to pull the alternator bracket to change it. Not a big deal, just annoying. Oh, and they have all been AC delco pumps.
  6. McClintoc

    McClintoc Super Moderator

    In your case Pikey, it sounds more like AC Delco pumps are to be avoided, however, since you bought them from Amazon I have to say: I purchased my muffler through Amazon and it turned out to be the wrong size. I put all my truck info into Amazon and it told me what parts fit and what ones didn't. I tried to measure my exhaust pipes prior to ordering but never could get a good measure. Amazon insisted a 3" muffler fit and a 2.5" muffler did not. I ordered the 3" and when I went to match it up to my existing tubing, my stock tubing was 2.5". In the end it was nothing an adapter couldn't fix but I'm starting to wonder if Amazon isn't the best place to order auto parts from.
  7. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member

    I got the part number from directly from GM. I search amazon and found it for $10 less than I could get it thru GM with an employee discount with no core charge and free 2 day shipping using prime. Gm only sells the pump as a reman also.
  8. dsfloyd

    dsfloyd New Member

    There have been plenty of pain in the arse jobs, some of which were 3 bolts to remove the part, but you couldnt get to a bolt. One that sticks out though is the tank vent solenoid on a 99 camaro. Part of the problem was the custom exhaust in the way for dropping the tank. But tried for a couple hours just to get the solenoid to release from the clip on the tank. Gave up and left it overnight, came out next morning and 10 minutes later it was out:grrrrrr:. yes the plugs on those cars are rediculously stupid to get by the firewall.
  9. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    Agreed on the 4th gen f-body's, anytime we do anything like that on my firebird we just lift the body of the car up and drop the cradle. 6 bolts and bam on the floor, done it several times. I would never attempt a tune up with the engine in the car, you guys are brave!!
  10. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Replacing the passenger side blend door actuator in a 99-06 (and 07 classic) Silvy or Sierra. You have to disassemble the darn dash and dig deep into it ... and then work in a tiny space while flexing certain things in the dash... to remove 2 tiny bolts, get the actuator out, put a new one in, and replace said tiny bolts. 4-5 hours of labor to replace a part that, if located better, would take 5 mins to replace.

    I have small hands, which helped me on this job, and I cursed a lot. I can't imagine someone with big 'ol monkey hands trying to do this. It's made worse in my truck by sound deadening material that has to be removed in order to disassemble the dash.
  11. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

    worst thing ive done on a gm was a fuel filter on my old saturn. 3 hours of swearing later i had it replaced. non gm stuff? old farm equipment! 30 year old rusted parts that you cant torch or break because good luck finding new parts (or new old parts)

    Alex
  12. grampy

    grampy New Member

    Any thing under the hood of any dorf pickup made in the last 20+ years. Farm equipment was mentioned, don't mind most of that but there's one exception - working on any combine - will raise your blood presure for sure. The word "frustration" just doesn't cover that. Any tool, part or whatever dropped while working on one will drop deep into the bowels of the monster and must be retrieved at great expense of time and labor or else it will "foul" some other critical and expensive part. Of course this only happens during wheat harvest when the temp. is at or near 100.
    One who knows
  13. Big_Mike

    Big_Mike New Member

    I believe about everyone has sworn while making repairs to a vehicle. I know I have. LOL. Least you got it done. It's a good feeling of accomplishment when you finally finish something that is a struggle.

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    I can only imagine.

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    Aggravating how repairs are like that! Struggle with it and then put it down and go back to it later and get the first try. However, I personally find it frustrating when someone else walks up and does what you have been trying to do for the past lengthy amount of time on their first attempt. Grr...

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    But I don't believe a mechanic on flat rate pay would have time to do that... Then again I don't know the time paid for the job. However, just figured I'd bring that up. Least you can get to the engine easier doing that...

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