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I got the BlueTruck back from the shop... the new shocks have been installed, but DrWrench discovered another issue with the suspension, it seems that a connector on the rear sway bar had disconnected, a further explanation for its rough ride lately. The thing here is that this is the third noticeable issue of this sort that has gone undiagnosed by the local dealer where they perform my scheduled maintenance. Prior to missing the sway bar (which is hanging literally an inch from the shock they discovered was leaking), they also failed to notice any brake wear through several tire rotations and such until the brakes were irreparable and needed replacing, and they also missed a broken hose through at least one oil change that involved inspecting the hoses and belts. Strike three and they are out... I guess I can only blame myself for this, though, as there are certainly enough folks out there who will testify that the car dealer is probably not the place to go for repairs and maintenance. I guess I now qualify as one of them. Yeesh.

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122. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 27, 2004, 01:33 WarPig
Now I just need to get a hang of MIG welding so I can replace a couple body panels...)

Here's a quick tip on that (in case you don't already know this): if you're buying a little MIG machine for yourself, don't go for the cheap ones that can only use the flux core wire - in other words, they don't need the bottled gas. Believe me, it's worth the extra trouble and $$ to rent a small bottle of gas. That flux core wire is crap.

Also, and this is very important, if you get a little 120 volt machine, do not use more than one short extension cord on that sucker. If possible, plug it directly into the wall.

Oh, and get a good helmet, seeing what you're doing is helpful. And are you trying to choke that thing? Relax those forarms and hands... that's it, see how easy that is? I almost forgot, make sure your welding hat is really high and pointy, when you wear it to the bank you want those cute tellers to wonder if your real name is Beldar. One last thing, and this is important, when you finish a weld and the metal is glowing orange, IT DOES NOT TASTE LIKE ORANGES!! DO NOT LICK THE ORANGE METAL!!!! I CAN NOT STRESS THIS STRONGLY ENOUGH!!! DO NOT LICK THE ORANGE METAL!!!!

Other than that - practice, practice, practice.

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