This morning, I got up and pondered. My starter had been acting up (Seizing) and it's been YEARS since I have done any sort of work on it. I had called around and found a very good price for it and like the nut I am, bought it.
So, there it sat in my trunk for a 24 hours. Sitting there, demanding I use it or return it (I had 60 days for this)
The previous day I stopped at the Battery X-change for advice to see if it REALLY was this problem. After 2 min I was told "Yes this is the problem" (I gave the worker $2 for the solid advice, all I had cash wise) they also quoted me $145 for the part and repair.
Because I HATE looking like a dolt, I passed as the starter already was in the trunk and I would feel REALLY stupid for having them do it while I was "Sort of" positive I could...Couldn't I??
So, after 2 cigs (I'll quit one day I hope) I finally had the bright idea of looking at the starter..2 freaking bolts is all (This is an older car) and I said "Well, if that's all it is, then let's do it!"
So I got my tools (Limited set) and began work. Disconnect battery (How shocking) and then started removing the starter. Ahhhh, so easy it was. Then some more coffee (Yes smokes too) I then took off the wires and moved them to the new one and had it all set for reinstallation.
Oh hells bells, then I remembered just what a PITA this was. After an hour of trying get the bolts restarted, I went back for more coffee, smokes and a rest and think time. I then realized my problem was not in doing it, but HOW to do it. I then looked about and found a sort of pin-punch which was the thick type (Thank you land lord!) and so, I inserted it to one said and soon both bolts were secure.
I then put everything back and cranked the starter. VROOOM!!! went the car and the job was done and I had a smile on my face.
Sure it took me 5 hours from start to finish (I did this on a sloped diverway parking brake was on, I was safe) but could reach everything, I need a jack later..Oh found out I had no spare tire either...$$$ later also) but the main thing was I was nervous and a bit scared about if I really could remember all I had done from years past with this and could I do it again? I proved I could.
But it was the stupid little voice in my head who tried to stop me. Yes, I COULD have had them fix it and still had money for food. But the little voice would have won a battle I really needed to win. I'll need more wins as I go along now and this was a good starting point.
That damn little voice lost today.
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