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Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 10, 2005, 3:07 PM

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Admin - webmasters, Just saw the addition of the code thing - Great!

I just thought of a great new spot that would be Info for folks by techs in the trade. I would either add it to "Car Care" or name a new area "Tricks of the Trade" or something like that. If I had time I could write a book on that as I work alone and need tricks to help frequently.

Example: Save your old spark plugs. They can be great plugs for open fuel lines when changing a fuel filter. They also are great if you use a sealer on a gasket to hold it in place like a water pump to keep the holes free of sealer.

Example II: Bungee cords: Great when working alone to hold a serpentine belt in place during installation (make sure hood is secured open) - and they can really help prevent damage to a brake caliper removed for service not letting the flex hose take the brunt of the weight and never was recommended to let that happen.

Example III: Use Florist's wire or Copper Lashing wire to hold that vertical Thermostat in position for installation and pull the wire out when all is secured.

I love old cars and have them for decades before they rust out and lot of tricks for repairs for cars as they age that are cool. I love things like the neoprene "brush in cap" electrical tape, the hobby shop write on T-shirt stuff for vinyl repairs and on and on.

Be well,


Mar 10, 2005, 4:33 PM

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Those are some great ideas... I would have never thought of using an old spark plug to stop a fuel line when changing it.. I normally would keep a few of the older spark plugs aroung in casse the any of the new ones went faulty on me.

I'll add the new section ASAP.


Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 10, 2005, 8:03 PM

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The cool thing about an old spark plug is that they usually graduate in size and can plug most common fuel hoses. If dealing with a bare line, a piece of correct hose can be added on to it for a reverse seal. I use this trick all the time with fuel filters, but will suggest to most folks that they get it replaced at a real shop and pay the small price. A whole gas tank can empty if you are not prepared as you may know.

Like everything happening here, time will tell,


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