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    It's official: I no longer like working on cars

    ...And I'm not even talking about my Stealth, although I guess this is where this is headed. My gf's car is a Hyundai Tiburon, still with the factory warranty. However, to actually be approved for warranty work in case something happens, you have to have documentation that all oil changes/maintenance have been performed according to the service specs. And so, for that reason, we take her car in for oil changes and what not as they provide a receipt for work and the date and mileage.

    We take the car into NTB for an alignment, tire rotation, and oil change. Of course, they also look over the car and point out things that also need to be done ($$$) like rear brake pads, which I was already aware of. They quote us $260 for pads and labor. I never had any intention of paying those prices, as pads cost $20 and changing them SHOULD be an easy job. Well, Murphy's Law...

    Both calipers are seized. I actually broke a 6" C clamp trying to compress the piston back into the caliper. I can only imagine how much NTB would have charged at this point, since they had no idea both calipers were shot. Anyway, long story short, the car now has new rear pads and non sticking calipers, and my back is killing me from working under the car. Also had to mop up a small lake of oil from the car, as NTB didn't bother to tighten the drain plug, and it was just barely threaded in. If I hadn't caught it, it's not the sort of thing my gf would probably even notice until it was too late and her engine seized.

    So after all the work and cleanup was done, I started thinking whether it was worth it to save a couple hundred dollars by doing the work myself, and to be honest... I'm not sure. I find that I dislike doing maintenance and such on cars these days, even performance upgrades. I have a 300M output shaft that's been sitting for 3 years now, and a billet TC that I haven't bothered to install either. Same goes with the fixed headlights that I didn't get around to painting and installing permanently either, and several other parts gathering dust.

    Maybe I'm in a funk or something, but the thought of working on cars these days is just completely unappealing to me. I don't know if I'm ever going to like it again either, and that doesn't bode well for owning a 20+ year old modded car.

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    Everything no matter how enjoyable at one time get OLD and I do mean OLD ... take a LONG break from it and maybe the passion for it may return..
    3s Less Forever hate to say it...not going to get sucked in again..

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronmanVR4 View Post
    Everything no matter how enjoyable at one time get OLD and I do mean OLD ... take a LONG break from it and maybe the passion for it may return..
    That's just it... I haven't really worked on cars at all for the past 4 years, as we only had a 1 car garage. Now we have a 3, and I just don't feel that passion for it at all, even though I assumed it would come back (hell, that's why we got a house with a 3 car garage!)

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    Uh... On a Tiburon, the rear caliper pistons have to be screwed back into place, takes a special tool.
    They won't just compress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhallaz View Post
    Uh... On a Tiburon, the rear caliper pistons have to be screwed back into place, takes a special tool.
    They won't just compress.
    That's true... if you don't bleed the brakes. If you bleed the brakes and then use a clamp, as you compress them it turns the piston as it pushes it back in. Didn't want to go buy the tool, easier to just bleed the brakes.

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    Just like he said, sometimes there are aspects that make you want to pull your hair out...I'm sure we have all been there. At least you don't have to touch those brakes for a little bit? After you sit on it for a little you'll NEED to get back into it.
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    Maintenance or repairing something that broke isn’t really ever fun. It seems you have just lost interest in the 3s. It happens to me like after I did all this work, AWD conversion, total rebuild ect. I basically went through the whole car. Then a LMI turbo blew, I kind of expected it so not a big deal but I still wasn’t all that excided on changing turbos even though they were new 19tHL from IPS. Then my VSS popped off the guides (another problem that was caused by a so called pro). Now it really took some will power to get motivated to repair those because I had lost some passion for the car. If it wasn’t for BRG and NG coming up I probably wouldn’t have it done right now.

    I think if you get excided about the car again then the urges to work on it will return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by green-lantern View Post
    Maintenance or repairing something that broke isn’t really ever fun. It seems you have just lost interest in the 3s. It happens to me like after I did all this work, AWD conversion, total rebuild ect. I basically went through the whole car. Then a LMI turbo blew, I kind of expected it so not a big deal but I still wasn’t all that excided on changing turbos even though they were new 19tHL from IPS. Then my VSS popped off the guides (another problem that was caused by a so called pro). Now it really took some will power to get motivated to repair those because I had lost some passion for the car. If it wasn’t for BRG and NG coming up I probably wouldn’t have it done right now.

    I think if you get excided about the car again then the urges to work on it will return.

    Jebus! I'd be broke off too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UTRacerX9 View Post
    That's true... if you don't bleed the brakes. If you bleed the brakes and then use a clamp, as you compress them it turns the piston as it pushes it back in. Didn't want to go buy the tool, easier to just bleed the brakes.
    I've had a couple Mazda's that had similar setups. Had nothing to do with fluid pressure, it was the way the emergency brake mechanically tensioned. On the Mazda's, there was no possibility of forcing the caliper back into place even without any pressure being built in the lines. Bleeding the brakes made no difference.

    I suspect the Tiburon rears are the same way, and that it's the emergency brake system that prevented compression.

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