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Gettin Greasy (1/38)
 3/2/07 4:57pm
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OK girls....Who actually works on their Vette? 
 
I don't have a clue about how to work on any car, but would like to learn.  A local club, Mt Hood Corvettes, has periodic "Tech Days" where people bring their Vettes for various projects.  I'm thinkin this would be a great place to learn (provided they accept our membership application).  Anyone got any other ideas????
 
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Gettin Greasy (2/38)
 3/2/07 5:02pm
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I think the girls could learn just like a lot of us guys do. Just go in, take it apart and then take way too long putting it back together again...LOL

Gettin Greasy (3/38)
 3/2/07 5:07pm
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Yeah John, but I'm afraid to start...I want my Vette to work...
 
(By the way...I just hit post 100!)
 
 
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Gettin Greasy (4/38)
 3/2/07 5:40pm
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Yes, I'd like to learn more about my car too. Love to fix something but I'm not about to take anything apart unless I know exactly how to put it back. I'm chickin! My car club is going to have a tech day soon and work on my car. So I'll learn a little too. Would be nice if there were an on line car repair course to take. I also read a repair book which shows me the names of the parts, which is helpful.  
 
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Gettin Greasy (5/38)
 3/2/07 5:43pm
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Sorry for stepping into the ladies section but I though I would make a comment. Tech sessions are great if you can make it to them. But spend some time reading up on what your going to work on before you start. Surf the net for articles, ask lots of questions and take lots of pictures as you go. The projects always take longer than expected so the pictures will help you remember when its time to put it back together. Start with the easy stuff first. It helps build confidence. My daughter is 16 and driving. So part of the requirement for being able to drive is learning to take care of her car. Any work or maintenance required, she has to be right there with me. She now knows how to change the oil and anti-freeze. This weekend she will learn how to change wiper blades and clean the battery posts.
Just don't be afraid to ask questions here. All of us are more than happy to helpWink
Gettin Greasy (6/38)
 3/3/07 4:52pm
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Sorry for stepping into the ladies lounge, but I can't resist helping (hopefully) by giving my 2 cents.
 
Everybody should properly use a jack and change a tire BEFORE they have to.
Pop the hood and see where the brake fluid goes. Don't confuse it with the windshield washer fluid!!
Check the oil level and transmission fluid level.
Find out where to add them when low.
Make sure you have the right stuff.
Just learning some of the basics is a good start.


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Gettin Greasy (7/38)
 3/3/07 5:44pm
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I think the girls could learn just like a lot of us guys do. Just go in, take it apart and then take way too long putting it back together again...LOL

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Ya I tried this method with changing out my steering wheel, thats why it won't telescope anymore and I now have two very tiny screws left over after I reassembled it Shocked
 
All I can say is becarful what you do mess with, and maybe have a friend (with some mechanical ability) with you the first time you do decide to do a project Thumbs%20Up
 
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Gettin Greasy (8/38)
 3/3/07 6:04pm
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them 2 tiny screws are what lolock the tele set up, just did mine easy and i'm femaleBig%20smile Joanne2007-03-03 15:05:30

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 3/3/07 6:42pm
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Well, I'm a female too and I know how to change my tire (had a blow out one day on the freeway).  I had a little trouble opening up the spare tire holder cuz I never did it before and I even figured out the jack (the original one) and it took me awhile, but I got it going.  I got it on a good stable part under the car so the car wouldn't fall off the jack while I was tuggin on the lug nuts to loosen them up and take em off.  I could have called AAA, but I didn't. Wink
 
I know where the oil goes and the dip stick, plugs, etc.  I want to know more, but there's nobody to show me.  This sounds bad, but I take the Assembly Manual to the bathroom and while I'm sittin' there, I read it and study where certain parts go, the names of the parts and the part numbers.  I can concentrate better in there. Big%20smile  I don't have all the tools I need and man would I LOVE A LIFT...........that would be so SWEET!!!! Thumbs%20Up
 
I took apart the console and the instrument bezel to check on a problem.  Fixed the problem and got it all back together by myself!!!  I felt GREAT!!! Big%20smile
 
I wish there was someone close to where I live so I could learn from them and help also.  I want GREASY HANDS!!!


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Gettin Greasy (10/38)
 3/4/07 10:43am
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Ladies,  when it comes to putting it back together again, a digital camera is your best friend.  When I'm tackling something Im not totally familiar with, I take LOTS of digital photos so I will know how it goes back together... they have saved me on several occasions.
Gettin Greasy (11/38)
 3/4/07 12:54pm
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I'm with Dave & Chip here.
 
A good picture is worth.... a good picture!
 
Starting with the maintenance section is the right way to go.  Just take the service manual and go through the first 2 chapters (I think it's the first two) and execute a complete maintance routine (even if not entirely needed; you won't know if you need new spark plugs until you remove them...).  All the fluids, a few visual verifications, greasing if you feel like it...
 
This way, you will get 3 things done:
-the car will be properly maintained, therefore HappY!
-it will get you to know the major components (their location and stuff)
-it will make you start building or upgrading your toolbox
 
And as a bonus, the greatest satisfaction of all; having it done yourself!  The ride you take after having completed something yourself is WAY more fun!
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 3/4/07 1:41pm
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Hi ladies.
i ran across a book  a few years back called "auto repair for dummies". it was written by a lady, Deanna Sclar.  i'm sure you can still find it at about any bookstore.
but it is great for anyone wanting to know the basics about car repair.  it's easy to understand and she details certain basic things from flushing your radiator to checking wheel bearings.    i read it and it's the kind of book that gives you confidence to go out there and try it.
 


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 3/4/07 9:53pm
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.........Thanks, guys!  I need help and advice I can get, that's why it's so great to be part of this forum.......you all ROCK!! Star

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Gettin Greasy (14/38)
 3/5/07 12:39am
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I think it's so great that 1) there ARE female members of this forum in the first place (!)...and 2) that these particular posters are actively interested in working on their cars.

You go, girls! There really IS a lot of satisfaction to be found in fixing them up yourself. I was reminded of that all over again today, when I worked on mine.

And let's face it--these cars of ours are just plain sexy. From the shape to the sound, C3's ooze appeal. So there's a lot to be said for getting 'hands on' with them!

OK. Better stop at that thought...
Gettin Greasy (15/38)
 3/5/07 12:07pm
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"Auto Repair for dummies" sounds like a good book. I'll check it out. I have the"Haynes Auto Repair" for C3's. Has good pictures showing you names of parts. I know where all the liquids are like oil, etc. One day I'd like to change a hose or something.
 
Yes, SFVette our cars are sexy. I love the curves on the fenders it is what sets C3's apart from the rest.
 
 
 


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Gettin Greasy (16/38)
 3/6/07 12:03am
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I'll have to check out "Auto Repair for Dummies".  Definitely fits me!  I'm ashamed to admit I've never even changed a tire...called AAA, though!  Unhappy


Gettin Greasy (17/38)
 3/6/07 11:32am
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Like Glenn mentioned above when my daughter began to drive she had to learn how to change a flat tire, check the oil (and add if needed), check the tire pressure occasionally, and record fuel fill-ups (to track when oil changes needed to be done).  The one thing she hasn't learned to do yet is drive a manual transmission just in case she was caught in an emergency and the only vehicle available didn't have an automatic in it.
 
Good additions to have in the "garage library" are both the Chilton's and Haynes repair manuals.  They do overlap quite a bit but they also differ some in the topics they cover.  (Exclamation  fyi - if you haven't noticed the C3VR "tech forums" are broken out like the table of contents of those two manuals.  So if you have a question you don't see an answer for in one of the manuals post it in the corresponding forum.)
 
Another excellent reference to have is the Assembly Instruction Manual (AIM) for your car.  They are available from most of the major parts outlets (including our supporting sponsors) and also on eBay.  As some have noted they show in good detail how your car is put together.
 
There is still A LOT I have to learn about "The Toys" in the garage but with the proper reference materials and the wealth of knowledge available from the collective brain trust here at C3VR I'm confident I can tackle most anything on them.
 
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Gettin Greasy (18/38)
 3/9/07 12:36pm
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YOU !GO! GIRLS!!!!!

Here is a great online source you can spend days at picking up on the basics of how cars work and what makes them tick;

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/

Scrounge around in there long enough and you can get a bunch of the basics in simple-to-understand terminology.

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 3/11/07 2:02pm
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Sorry to lurk in the ladies lounge.  But, if you want to get greasy, just ask.  I think most guys would love to teach their S/Os mechanical stuff.  My stepson, at 14,  has changed tires, greased bearings, changed and gapped plugs, replaced a starter and a water pump.

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Gettin Greasy (20/38)
 3/11/07 10:12pm
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Some times a dealer ship or garage association will sponsor repair clinics for anyone wanting to get started.  You may want to ask a few clubs, shops, and dealers in the area if anyone is presenting a clinic, or series of clinics.   Once in a while a parks and recreation dept will do a few night clinic.   I taught a couple of these a few years ago.
 
Failing those, stop at your local club and as to observe, help, and get help on various projects, then your projects.
 
Of course failing all of that just come over this summer, put the car in the yard, meet my wife and daughter, and spend the evenings (not raining) digging in.  That also gives me another member's car picture in my driveway. Big%20smile
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Gettin Greasy (21/38)
 3/18/07 1:13am
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Ok.  This is a really small step, BUT, I checked the brake fluid and actually added some (it was low!)  Didn't get greasy, but my fingers were a little dirty!




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 3/18/07 11:31am
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Gotta start somewhere!
Be careful when dealing with Brake fluid. If you happen to drip some on the paint, it will damage it. Always use some type of rag/paper towel to handle the master cylinder cover/lid, and wash you hands when you're done.

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Gettin Greasy (23/38)
 3/18/07 2:27pm
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Thanks for letting me know, Joel.  I did use paper towels mainly because I had just washed the car and didn't want to get it dirty!  But, now I know brake fluid will do more than just get the car dirty.  Are there any other fluids that I need to be extra careful with?  
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 3/18/07 2:41pm
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[QUOTE=kkfinch]WinkAre there any other fluids that I need to be extra careful with?   [/QUOTE]

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 3/18/07 3:50pm
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Bird sh*t's real bad for the finish also, gasoline too...

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 3/18/07 10:57pm
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Brake fluid is the most damaging liquid you'll have around the car, except possibly carb cleaner, or fuel additives. Just be careful of anything getting on the paint. Always use a fender cover, or even an old, soft towel. This will protect the paint on/around the fenders while you're working on it.

there ain't much you can do about what "Davette" said, except keep it in the garage!

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 3/18/07 11:04pm
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[QUOTE=Autom8r]Bird sh*t's real bad for the finish also, gasoline too...

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Too FUNNY - "Davette" (love that name, Dave)Rolling%20On%20The%20Floor%20LaughingRolling%20On%20The%20Floor%20Laughing
 
Karen, if a bird poops on your car, wipe it clean ASAP, same goes for gas, break fluid, tranny fluid, and etc.  If something weird gets on your paint, just clean it ASAP. Wink
 
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 3/18/07 11:36pm
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i think it's great you ladies want to work on your vettes. lot of women out there say they do and when it gets down to it they disappear. funny, i have a brother-in-law that way. anyway, i learned a lot about working on cars from my father. he was a master back yard mechanic along with my brothers and a different brother-in-law than the mentioned before. one thing my father taught me was not be afraid to try and fix something. his thought was if you took something apart that was broke--1. you learned more about it and in the process it could be something easy to fix. 2. even if you didn't fix it no big problem as you had to buy one anyway.  it has always been easier for me to learn something by actually doing it than someone doing it and then telling me about it. i would tell you ladies to go to the tech days for a head start but don't be afraid to try things. just my thoughts.

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 3/19/07 11:05am
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I had a bad and dumb experience with plain old motor oil on acrylic enamel on the hood of my '59 Biscayne. I wiped up a puddle of oil and laid the shop rag on the hood and forgot about it for 2 months. When I removed the shop rag there was a cloth pattern in the paint. Luckily the paint was real thick and I was able to work the pattern out with a buffer and 3M "Finesse It" compound in about an hour.

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 4/3/07 10:33pm
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[QUOTE=Hmel '74]Hi ladies.
i ran across a book  a few years back called "auto repair for dummies". it was written by a lady, Deanna Sclar.  i'm sure you can still find it at about any bookstore.
but it is great for anyone wanting to know the basics about car repair.  it's easy to understand and she details certain basic things from flushing your radiator to checking wheel bearings.    i read it and it's the kind of book that gives you confidence to go out there and try it.
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I took your advice, Jeff, and bought this book.  It looks great!!!  Thanks for the recommendation!  Thumbs%20Up

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Gettin Greasy (31/38)
 4/4/07 7:34am
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hey that's cool!  i'm glad you picked it up.

it definitely gave me some good basic info.

now go get dirty!!


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 1/19/08 1:36pm
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   I'll give you all credit for even thinking about doing something to your car. I've noticed from the posts that the only real issues are not knowing what to do and fear of trying. We didn't climb Mt Everest in one day. Start small. Don't ever be afraid to try something because you don't know about it. We learn and gain experience from making mistakes. My dad always told me that if your not making mistakes and learning from them, you are doing nothing.
    As far as manuals go, I use them daily in my job. Even though I have the information in my head, I still refer to them. They are a great source of information. Keep in mind that most of them are written with a mindset that you have some ability - if you have none, they can intimidate you. Ask questions. Follow the procedures - makes it somewhat easier and the procedures are important. When you remove something, lay it out in the order you remove it, left to right. When you put it back together, start from the right and work to the left. Parts left over are pocket parts (kidding-mechanics joke).
    If you don't want to get dirty, wear latex gloves. They are cheap, protect your hands and keep them from getting dirty. You may have to change them a lot because of damage. They are great for keeping fluids off you hands. If been "wrenching" for over 50 years and I wear them all the time. When you are done with your job you just throw them away and waha clean hands. If tried mechanics gloves and they don't work for me.
    I hope this will help you somewhat and encourage you to try different things to do. Try to remember that we don't make mistakes - we create learning experiences. Good luck and have fun with it.
 
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 1/19/08 6:43pm
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I have 24 ASE certifications and have been doing this for 35 years.   And I use manuals.   If you don't read, you won't fix.
 
I think it's great that you are digging in.  AND if you want to avoid some of the grease, there is always latex gloves.
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 1/20/08 3:19pm
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Ken...

I hope it isn't red yet!

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 1/9/14 6:56pm
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yes I do. Have a 1992 that need a few things nothing major. Redid the motors on headlight this winter and have passenger door apart now needs a few little things also redoing the weatherstripping on the unit.  Just purchased a 1975 sitting in the shop at home and going to start on that this spring after the snow melts and it warms up a bit. first thing is the interior, then the motor. there are many courses that you can take on line and if its one particular job i'm sure you could get all the help you need right here on the forum.
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Re: Gettin Greasy (36/38)
 1/14/14 7:19pm
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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.


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Yep, Cindy you are correct.  All the help you need is here on this forum.  Man, I have not been on here much anymore, been to busy redoing my own vette.  Just got her painted 4 months ago.  Best thing to do is just start going after the part that's messed up.  Don't fix it if it isn't broke.  Take pictures as you take it apart, get a cup for nuts and bolts. It's not really that hard, it's just fear of the unknown. Actually it is a great challenge to get over a fear of car repair.  I will not tackle a motor or transmission.  Special tools are need for that and the engine and tranny are too heavy for me to lift anyway!LOL

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 5/1/14 8:52am
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Haven't been on this part of the forum lately but its nice to have this section.  so plans have changed I got an awesome free standing tool box for xmas and my tools are growing last addition was a torque wrench (my kids think its crazy when getting tools is exciting)  I now have decided that I am going to remove the body off my 75 redo all the suspension and update it and buff and paint the frame to get rid of all the surface rust.  Had a little better look at it last time I was home and see a fuel line is leaking so also gonna buy a flaring tool and a bender and replace all the steel lines.  I can't wait to get started this is gonna take some time I have budgeted on 5 years, good thing I have another one to drive.

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 5/1/14 8:38pm
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