Since seem to have been having a couple weeks of hell lately, I decided to shut things down early Friday afternoon and head for home to relax a little. Oh how things change 🙂 Got home and hung the microwave in the kitchen (we installed a new backsplash), sanded some drywall, mudded some drywall, then got a call about a CEL in the gray Mazda 3. No big deal, drop it off at the house. Pulled down the codes and …

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Didn’t get a chance to snap many pictures of this job and we needed every extra hand possible. We had to replace the worn upper control arm bushings the other day in this jag. Normally you would remove the control arm from the car to replace the bushings, but the ball joint laughed at our removal tool as it shattered it in two, so we improvised and did it on the car. While we were in there, we replaced the …

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Had a couple of Mazda 3’s in this week for daily driver service. The first one stopped for new brake pads all the way around, and this one for new rear wheel bearings/hubs. I had changed the pads on this 3 awhile back and noticed the bearings were very crunchy in the rear, so it was time to get them replaced. Since they are special order hubs, we had to leave them be at the brake change, and come back …

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While it isn’t a German auto, we never turn down the opportunity to keep people’s daily drivers in tip top shape. This little Civic came in to catch up on some past due services and to replace the lower control arm bushings (compliance bushings) on the front suspension. The front control arms essentially connect the bottom of the wheel hub to the subframe or chassis. There is a rubber bushing in the front and a rubber bushing in the rear …

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The 2nd weekly gem in the shop last week. A timing belt/waterpump/spark plug job for a friend’s kid hauler. With 100k miles on the rig, it was time to get the timing belt done. While in there, it is smart to throw in a waterpump as well, and replace the spark plugs since they were due with the mileage. We also found a leaking radiator, so had to tackle that as well. While I was across the shop cussing at …

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Things keep rolling long here at the shop. I have been backing up on my blogging, so will try and catch up by the weekend. Not only have I been neglecting the blogging, but I have been neglecting MiniMoo. For those that don’t know MiniMoo (and i’m too lazy to find an actual picture of him), he is the toy hauler 2500HD that has been featured a time or two on the blog before. The 1-3 settings on the interior …

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Karl is always stuck with blogging duty so I thought I’d try and help out a little.     This is what we had when we closed the doors Saturday so I figured I’d come in Sunday and knock a little stuff out. Doc Quinn’s 2001 Grand Cherokee daily driver dropped the passenger window.  Typical failure for these is the cable in the power regulator detaching at the attatchment point for the window lift.  So off with the door panel. …

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Back to work

After finishing up our last track event of the year, it is back to work full blast. We were on thin ice with a wheel bearing this last weekend in the Yokahama car, so I decided to get that knocked out before we put it away for the winter. After isolating the side, it was off to work. Removing the rear bearings takes an expensive special tool, and in this case due to the long studs, I had to pull …

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Yesterday Wes tackled a quick job by installing an alternator in this Celica. Another daily driver done. No problem is too big or small for RennsportKC 🙂

Arghhh, 2nd go around here.  Not sure why most post came up blank the first time.  We have to keep those daily drivers on the road too!  Not everyone uses their Porsche on a daily basis, but rather needs a kid, dog, and toy hauler too!  This 2003 Inifniti FX45 was making some odd noises from the front of the engine, so it was time to get it looked at.  Turned out to be something as simple as the drive …

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