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Today was an costly day automotive wise. 1st my Ford Exploder that my son will use for work and college next year is fixed. It has a brand new fuel pump and a new fuel filter. Cost including labor = $880.

Then there was the Jeep. One of the things the previous owner did was remove the OEM muffler and put a non-restrictive FlowMaster muffler on it. They also removed the resonator. I didn't like the sound butI thought I would get used to it. I don't mind a little louder exhaust note but it has to be pleasing to the ear. At certain RPMs this sounded like a 4 cylinder engine with one of those garbage can mufflers. The guy at the muffler shop said the easiest way to fix it was to leave the MasterFlow muffler on and add an MagnaFlow OEM style muffler where the OEM muffler should be and put a tail pipe on. The Jeep is quiet not with no highway drone and I like it. Cost = $269.

So I shot my wad for today and I was going to buy you each a beer. Sorry but now I can only afford to buy one single lite beer between all you with a bunch of straws.
 

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Apology accepted if you throw in the peanuts. :mrgreen:
 

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Today was an costly day automotive wise. 1st my Ford Exploder that my son will use for work and college next year is fixed. It has a brand new fuel pump and a new fuel filter. Cost including labor = $880.

Then there was the Jeep. One of the things the previous owner did was remove the OEM muffler and put a non-restrictive FlowMaster muffler on it. They also removed the resonator. I didn't like the sound butI thought I would get used to it. I don't mind a little louder exhaust note but it has to be pleasing to the ear. At certain RPMs this sounded like a 4 cylinder engine with one of those garbage can mufflers. The guy at the muffler shop said the easiest way to fix it was to leave the MasterFlow muffler on and add an MagnaFlow OEM style muffler where the OEM muffler should be and put a tail pipe on. The Jeep is quiet not with no highway drone and I like it. Cost = $269.

So I shot my wad for today and I was going to buy you each a beer. Sorry but now I can only afford to buy one single lite beer between all you with a bunch of straws.
I feel your pain. Here's what's in store for me over the next few days:

2005 Accord
Transmission fluid change
Serpentine belt change
Spark plug change
New front pads/rotors at some point in the near future.
Rotate tires

2010 pathfinder
Pads and rotors for all four wheels
Parking brake shoes/pads in the rear

This is after putting 4 new tires on the pathfinder two weeks ago, changing the oil in both cars, new air filters and new cabin filters for both vehicles.

And oh yeah...emission tests for both vehicles two weeks ago.
 

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I feel your pain. Here's what's in store for me over the next few days:

2005 Accord
Transmission fluid change
Serpentine belt change
Spark plug change
New front pads/rotors at some point in the near future.
Rotate tires

2010 pathfinder
Pads and rotors for all four wheels
Parking brake shoes/pads in the rear

This is after putting 4 new tires on the pathfinder two weeks ago, changing the oil in both cars, new air filters and new cabin filters for both vehicles.

And oh yeah...emission tests for both vehicles two weeks ago.
Your doing this all yourself right?

Save you lots of cash...all easy stuff to do. :)
 

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Your doing this all yourself right?

Save you lots of cash...all easy stuff to do. :)
People always say that and yet somehow I always screw it up and end up taking it to the shop anyway.

I guess it's like how I always tell people doing basic computer programming is a piece of cake and they can use it automate or streamline their everyday tasks/workflow and they look at me like I'm a crazy person.
 

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People always say that and yet somehow I always screw it up and end up taking it to the shop anyway.

I guess it's like how I always tell people doing basic computer programming is a piece of cake and they can use it automate or streamline their everyday tasks/workflow and they look at me like I'm a crazy person.
It's pretty hard to screw up doing brakes, and if your just replacing rotors and pads\shoes, it's pie...long as you don't open the line your golden.

But i know what your saying...some of the bigger more difficult jobs i thought would be easy ended up in multiple trips to the auto part store.

As for programming, i got in to that many many years ago...but it didn't stick, had too many things going at the same time and had to drop that.
Always always build my own PC though.
 

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Your doing this all yourself right?

Save you lots of cash...all easy stuff to do. :)
Sometimes I get amazed at the things that people can screw up though. I've seen too many vehicles towed in after the owner/ neighbor/ cousin/ whoever got finished doing what should have been an easy maintenance repair.

(I don't mean to imply that is the case here. Just pointing out that what seems easy to some can be overwhelming to others. I try not to gauge to the comfort level or ability of others who I don't really know)
 

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Normally I do my own stuff, the problem with the fuel pump was it was intermittent and there were other things it could have been.

When it did die it had to be towed. My year of Explorer used 2 different pumps and my truck was built during the split so it could have had either pump so I couldn't buy one until after I got mine out. I also don't have a lift and the tank was full of gas. To be honest I did feel like messing with that job.
 

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Sometimes I get amazed at the things that people can screw up though. I've seen too many vehicles towed in after the owner/ neighbor/ cousin/ whoever got finished doing what should have been an easy maintenance repair.

(I don't mean to imply that is the case here. Just pointing out that what seems easy to some can be overwhelming to others. I try not to gauge to the comfort level or ability of others who I don't really know)
You have a point, i guess i should have said, if you have some knowledge of say....doing the brakes, it should be pie.

Normally I do my own stuff, the problem with the fuel pump was it was intermittent and there were other things it could have been.

When it did die it had to be towed. My year of Explorer used 2 different pumps and my truck was built during the split so it could have had either pump so I couldn't buy one until after I got mine out. I also don't have a lift and the tank was full of gas. To be honest I did feel like messing with that job.
I don't blame you on the fuel pump deal....i dropped a tank in my driveway once, an 86 Thunderbird....maybe 89....i wouldn't want to do it again. ug.
 

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You have a point, i guess i should have said, if you have some knowledge of say....doing the brakes, it should be pie.

I don't blame you on the fuel pump deal....i dropped a tank in my driveway once, an 86 Thunderbird....maybe 89....i wouldn't want to do it again. ug.
I had the fuel pump in my 1991 mustang gt(same car as a tbird) go out on the side of I4 coming back from tampa
Had to change it in the side if the road. That sucked at least I got the car to the rest area
 

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Today was an costly day automotive wise. 1st my Ford Exploder that my son will use for work and college next year is fixed. It has a brand new fuel pump and a new fuel filter. Cost including labor = $880.

Then there was the Jeep. One of the things the previous owner did was remove the OEM muffler and put a non-restrictive FlowMaster muffler on it. They also removed the resonator. I didn't like the sound butI thought I would get used to it. I don't mind a little louder exhaust note but it has to be pleasing to the ear. At certain RPMs this sounded like a 4 cylinder engine with one of those garbage can mufflers. The guy at the muffler shop said the easiest way to fix it was to leave the MasterFlow muffler on and add an MagnaFlow OEM style muffler where the OEM muffler should be and put a tail pipe on. The Jeep is quiet not with no highway drone and I like it. Cost = $269.

So I shot my wad for today and I was going to buy you each a beer. Sorry but now I can only afford to buy one single lite beer between all you with a bunch of straws.
Ive never liked the sound of magnaflow. Personal taste though
 

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I had the fuel pump in my 1991 mustang gt(same car as a tbird) go out on the side of I4 coming back from tampa
Had to change it in the side if the road. That sucked at least I got the car to the rest area
The pain in the as* to change it yourself was better than the pain in the wallet having it done though right...lol

That would suck having to do it roadside.....sheesh
 

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Well I guess it's a MasterFlow / MagnaFlow hybrid now. It's only a tick loader than stock. Not a bad sound.
 

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Your doing this all yourself right?

Save you lots of cash...all easy stuff to do. :)
I am indeed with the exception of the tires. Got tired of paying others to do the regular maintenance crap. I will admit that while they had the car on the rack replacing the tires I had them change the oil.

Heck, doing the brakes myself alone will save me about $500-800

Serpentine belt change at a shop...$150-200. Doing it myself, $20 for the belt and $10 for a new 14mm wrench.

In the long run its gonna save me a ton. Right now, seeing that I am having to buy jacks, jack stands, wrenches, drain pans, funnels, etc, etc...the savings are not as high as they will be when these things come up again.

My accord has 150K miles on it and my goal is for that car to be my daughter's car when she turns 16 in just over 3 yrs. Great little car and plus its a manual so I don't have to worry about too many of her friends driving it and the chances of it getting stolen are reduced as well.

I'll know for sure tomorrow when I pull the plugs and examine things closer, but I am pretty sure the valve cover gasket on my accord is leaking so I may also be replacing that. Hate to replace plugs if theyre just gonna get fouled up by an oil leak. That job is probably the most tedious thing I'll plan on doing (other than parking brake shoes/pads). It is all actually simple work, just time consuming and looks hard if you've never done it before.
 
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