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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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130. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 27, 2004, 09:21 WarPig
 
damn videos make it look so easy!

I wouldn't sweat it too much, MIG welding is relatively easy. With a little practice and the right heat settings you'll be able to fill 1/4" gaps with that baby. And as far as the flux core wire goes, I've never used it myself and am just spouting off from bad word of mouth.

Seriously though, here are a couple things I tell new welders that go beyond basic puddle control:

1. Make sure you're in a position to finish the weld (not just start the weld) without getting all bound up. Before you pull the trigger, move the gun to the end of your intended weld path just to see if you can do it without straining.

2. Get your head up close so you can really see what you're doing.

3. Relax your grip, arms, and shoulders.

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