Do you still do sh*t like this?
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
January 1, 2018 8:08pm CST
When I was young, I changed my own oil, changed my own spark plugs, changed my own tires, and thought I was one "earthy" guy. But somewhere along the way, I decided it was OK to let others change my oil, change my spark plugs, and replace my tires. Today, I replaced a burnt out headlight in my Nissan Xterra. It was a minor pain in the ass, but I got it done. I actually watched a few YouTube videos before I did it, and focused in on the one that explained it best. Do you still do repairs around the house and car? Or do you let "others" do it?
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• United States
I stopped doing all that myself years ago. I used to even swap engines and transmissions myself, but started letting a mechanic do it these days. However, I did break down and do plugs/wires/distributor cap on Creeper Van a few months ago...$50 total invested for parts.
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
@TheHorse Baked goods. Or painting. I used to paint as a profession like apartments and stuff. I guess that would be speciality. But food related is probably a little more so. You're a fairly decent recipe maker upper as well. :D
• East Tawas, Michigan
Jay takes care of some auto maintenance, but has a shop that takes care of major issues. As a single lady, I use to check the oil and did a couple piddly repairs. My Dad was a mechanic, so he helped keep my car in good running condition.
@TheHorse that makes me recall what a mechanic told me years ago. When he told a doctor owner he needed to top up radiator water that had gone almost dry, the reply was he never knew the car needed anything other than fuel, least of all water! siva
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
My husband does most of the repairs around the house (things that he doesn't know how to do tend to sit for a maddeningly long time). He works on the geriatric Nissan pickup (it's older than our oldest child) and the oldest child's Nissan Sentra, but most basic maintenance gets done by someone else (he did his own oil changes until fairly recently, but it's no longer economically beneficial to do it himself).
• Walnut Creek, California
I've driven Toyota and Nissan trucks most of my driving life. My pattern sounds similar to your hubby's. At a certain point it was just easier and more cost/time-effective to pay $29 or $39 to have someone change my oil while I graded papers or something...
• United States
Oh, I used to do it. We had car service bays on the base, and I’d take my car there and change the oil. My headlight burned out in Georgia and I stopped, got a light and an Allen wrench, and changed it in the parking lot (that seemed safe, given my car had Hawaii plates on it at the time). Nowadays I’m lucky if I know where the hood release latch is.....