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When do I know to go to a mechanic or do the work myself?

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#1 jc0481



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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:53

Hello all,

I own a 2008 Mazda Tribute. I want to replace the PCV Valve on my vehicle. The bad news is the PCV Valve sits right underneath the intake manifold. I have never done this before and I don't have all the tools. I just own a 125-piece tool set from Home Depot. But I can buy the factory service manual from Ebay. It's the same exact manual the Mazda Mechanics use at the dealership. It costs $110 and $14 S & H.

I'm trying to save money and really want to do it myself. But I do know it will take longer than getting a qualified mechanic and it will cost more money. By the way the mechanic is a acquaintance of mine. Worked for many car places and has experience. He will be doing this as a side job. So it will be cheaper than the shop rate.

But I really want to know. What should I do?

#2 Cute James

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:57

Perhaps you can offer to help your mechanic acquaintance carry out some of the work at a slightly reduced fee?
You'll gain experience/knowledge for the future, and may even save a dollars.

#3 1941



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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:58

I stopped working on cars back in the 1980's. To change the spark plugs on my Acura , the motor has to be lifted. If you can get at it easily do it, if not see a mechanic.