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  • in reply to: Trunk lift support general question #838123
    Mark PrabuckiMark
    Participant

      Just a quick show of what it looked like in the trunk and the spring clip area

      in reply to: Trunk lift support general question #838122
      Mark PrabuckiMark
      Participant

        I replaced both shocks and the trunk is beautiful now, just like new. It’s amazing that those little buggers
        can hold up a heavy weight like that.

        The shocks themselves are quite expensive but it was worth it in the end. $35 a piece

        The one thing I found that was hard to gleen from many of the video’s I watched was that my shocks used
        a “spring” type clip. It was not as easy as shown to loosen them and it took some practice. Once I found out
        then it was easy.

        You basically just need to get a small screwdriver or a hook type tool. You get that spring to move just enough
        but you have to pull the shock at the same time.. there are two “V” shape angles .. like pinchers that hook onto the
        ball that it’s set into.. so once you move the spring it will come out… There is no need to remove the entire spring ..
        I removed it for the first two.. not knowing ..but figured it out for the back two (mostly no choice due to being set so
        far back).

        Should take about 10 minutes to swap and all you need is a small pocket flat blade screwdriver as long as you
        can afford to pay for the shocks.

        I’m posting the pictures in that area of the site.

        in reply to: Trunk lift support general question #837139
        Mark PrabuckiMark
        Participant

          Thank you Fopeano, that’s great feedback. just wanted to make sure.

          My wife and I have had our heads hit multiple times by that trunk so I’ll give it a shot.
          I have one other repair I’m doing to the power window so I’m going to take pictures of both
          and post it into the repair forum on EricTheCarGuy so maybe it’ll help someone else down the
          road.

          Thanks for the quick feedback!

          in reply to: 2007 Toy Matrix – Front Brakes Replaced (ty ETCG) #536962
          Mark PrabuckiMark
          Participant

            Wow, great tip. Ok that’s a good one for me to check out.

            I usually read up, watch Eric’s video’s and google search during the week
            and this is my weekend project.

            I’ll Do the rear brake check next weekend and save the fluid change for the
            following.

            Thanks richiepearce and everyone.

            in reply to: 2007 Toy Matrix – Front Brakes Replaced (ty ETCG) #533551
            Mark PrabuckiMark
            Participant

              Wow, great tip. Ok that’s a good one for me to check out.

              I usually read up, watch Eric’s video’s and google search during the week
              and this is my weekend project.

              I’ll Do the rear brake check next weekend and save the fluid change for the
              following.

              Thanks richiepearce and everyone.

              in reply to: 2007 Toy Matrix – Front Brakes Replaced (ty ETCG) #536957
              Mark PrabuckiMark
              Participant

                That’s what I feel on my brakes.. it doesn’t go close to the floor at all.
                It’s like a softer touch.

                I’d compare it to almost pressure you have to apply before you get a firm stop.

                I took a look around the matrix today and the rear brakes are drum brakes and
                on my wife’s car (a passat) all four have pads. So on the passat it takes
                a small amount of pressure to get a firm stop. On the matrix it takes abit more
                pedal to get it to a hard stop.

                When the pads were worn the pedal would go down further than it does now.
                Based on items I’m reading the drum brakes do not get used much so they should be
                fine I suspect. I’ve had that car about 6 years, I could try to see if there’s
                any air at all in the lines but I don’t know if it’s worth it.

                in reply to: 2007 Toy Matrix – Front Brakes Replaced (ty ETCG) #533543
                Mark PrabuckiMark
                Participant

                  That’s what I feel on my brakes.. it doesn’t go close to the floor at all.
                  It’s like a softer touch.

                  I’d compare it to almost pressure you have to apply before you get a firm stop.

                  I took a look around the matrix today and the rear brakes are drum brakes and
                  on my wife’s car (a passat) all four have pads. So on the passat it takes
                  a small amount of pressure to get a firm stop. On the matrix it takes abit more
                  pedal to get it to a hard stop.

                  When the pads were worn the pedal would go down further than it does now.
                  Based on items I’m reading the drum brakes do not get used much so they should be
                  fine I suspect. I’ve had that car about 6 years, I could try to see if there’s
                  any air at all in the lines but I don’t know if it’s worth it.

                  in reply to: 2007 Toy Matrix – Front Brakes Replaced (ty ETCG) #536854
                  Mark PrabuckiMark
                  Participant

                    Appreciate the good words. This experience and the group here help us alot in
                    more ways than saving money and having a safer car, but making us more confident
                    with our automobiles.

                    in reply to: 2007 Toy Matrix – Front Brakes Replaced (ty ETCG) #533405
                    Mark PrabuckiMark
                    Participant

                      Appreciate the good words. This experience and the group here help us alot in
                      more ways than saving money and having a safer car, but making us more confident
                      with our automobiles.

                      in reply to: 2007 Toy Matrix – Front Brakes Replaced (ty ETCG) #536853
                      Mark PrabuckiMark
                      Participant

                        After I got your message, I kind of sat back and thought, you’re right!
                        My wife and I took it for a test drive. She drove first, and I drove next.
                        We were out for a drive in her car and we both drove so we had something to
                        kind of think about to compare it with.

                        I guess both of us think it’s slightly better. I feel it stops better however
                        it would be good if the pedal we abit firmer. I almost thought I should check
                        to see if there was any air in the lines? Any thoughts are welcome. I guess
                        we’re happy with it but if there’s something more we can do to tighten it up, let
                        me know.

                        -Mark

                        in reply to: 2007 Toy Matrix – Front Brakes Replaced (ty ETCG) #533403
                        Mark PrabuckiMark
                        Participant

                          After I got your message, I kind of sat back and thought, you’re right!
                          My wife and I took it for a test drive. She drove first, and I drove next.
                          We were out for a drive in her car and we both drove so we had something to
                          kind of think about to compare it with.

                          I guess both of us think it’s slightly better. I feel it stops better however
                          it would be good if the pedal we abit firmer. I almost thought I should check
                          to see if there was any air in the lines? Any thoughts are welcome. I guess
                          we’re happy with it but if there’s something more we can do to tighten it up, let
                          me know.

                          -Mark

                          in reply to: fuel pump 1999 Mercury Mystique #475025
                          Mark PrabuckiMark
                          Participant

                            Yes the new pump works like a champ no issues.

                            As one person mentioned, on the one picture it was probably just condensation
                            out of the tail pipe connection .. so just an exhaust leak there that could
                            be tightened up.

                            I learned quite quite abit and the wife is proud that I took this on and got
                            it working and saved the family’s budget. I did lots of research and went to
                            the library, online and of course here for advice and information.

                            Next time I have a problem I’ll be more confident on solving it myself – but
                            as always with research and information before I dive in.

                            The biggest thing with the fuel pump I think was the question of whether to drop
                            the tank of not.. I got lucky on this one where it pulled out the top, that’s
                            pretty rare I think.. but hey I’ll take it 🙂

                            Thanks again guys

                            in reply to: fuel pump 1999 Mercury Mystique #475349
                            Mark PrabuckiMark
                            Participant

                              Yes the new pump works like a champ no issues.

                              As one person mentioned, on the one picture it was probably just condensation
                              out of the tail pipe connection .. so just an exhaust leak there that could
                              be tightened up.

                              I learned quite quite abit and the wife is proud that I took this on and got
                              it working and saved the family’s budget. I did lots of research and went to
                              the library, online and of course here for advice and information.

                              Next time I have a problem I’ll be more confident on solving it myself – but
                              as always with research and information before I dive in.

                              The biggest thing with the fuel pump I think was the question of whether to drop
                              the tank of not.. I got lucky on this one where it pulled out the top, that’s
                              pretty rare I think.. but hey I’ll take it 🙂

                              Thanks again guys

                              in reply to: fuel pump 1999 Mercury Mystique #474702
                              Mark PrabuckiMark
                              Participant

                                images 16-17 of the project

                                in reply to: fuel pump 1999 Mercury Mystique #474931
                                Mark PrabuckiMark
                                Participant

                                  images 16-17 of the project

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