OT: Buyer Beware

Godfrey DiGiorgi godfreydigiorgi at me.com
Mon Apr 15 12:01:30 EDT 2019

Ach! I used to love working on engines. But I have no place to do it any more. Never got tired of it, and still find it a fun endeavor (if sometimes a lot of work) when I get the chance. 

But my rule of thumb has always been "buy the best parts you can." Cheap stuff is almost always not worth the discount, with rare exception.  

"The older I get, the faster I was."

Godfrey DiGiorgi - godfreydigiorgi at me.com - 408.431.4601 cell
> On Apr 15, 2019, at 7:38 AM, John <jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com> wrote:
> I've done it with older cars ... before I got older myself. 8^)
>> On 4/14/2019 09:19:42, Bulent Celasun wrote:
>> I would have never thought about doing such a work myself (at age 60).
>> This probably shows that my thinking part aged a lot earlier than
>> your muscles and joints.
>> Bulent
>> Alan C <cole at lantic.net>, 14 Nis 2019 Paz, 16:03 tarihinde şunu yazdı:
>>> My younger daughter had the misfortune of cam belt failure on her 1995
>>> Hyundai Accent 1.5 csi. The car has been in the family since new & has
>>> been a reliable, economic runner. The cam belt had been replaced at
>>> 100000 & 200000km as recommended but this one failed after only another
>>> 75000km. The first 2 replacement cam belts were genuine Hyundai but the
>>> third an after market substitute. Strangely enough, I still have the cam
>>> belt I removed at 200000km & it looks perfectly OK!  After stripping it
>>> was found that, luckily, the only damage was bent exhaust valve heads on
>>> cylinders 1 & 3. (This is an interference engine design). On account of
>>> the age of the car I didn't want to spend too much on repairs so I
>>> shopped around for the cheapest set of exhaust valves & a head set.
>>> First problem - the valve stem oil seals were a loose fit (totally
>>> useless) so I had to buy better ones. Second problem: the exhaust valves
>>> were such poor quality that 3 of the stems bent when I was installing
>>> them in the head using a valve spring compressor. I only noticed the
>>> problem after I had re-installed the head & was busy fitting the cam &
>>> rockers, 3 of which didn't line up with the valve stems. Back to square
>>> one. I will need to buy another good quality set of exhaust valves. I
>>> will also buy a top quality head gasket - I don't trust anything cheap
>>> any more. I have successfully done many engine overhauls over the years
>>> & must say I enjoy this sort of thing but this time, at the age of 75, I
>>> find I am suffering all sorts of aches & pains I have never had before,
>>> so this will definitely be the last!
>>> Thanks for listening. I feel much better now.
>>> Alan C

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