I just ordered a new OEM one on eBay and I am just wondering if anyone here attempted to replace theirs on their own. Just looked through 14 pages of search results but it seems that no one talked about the cable replacement. Is it easy to do? What can I expect if I do it myself. To save $$ I try to do the work myself so if it can be done please give me some help. Thanks.
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I won't be very impressed if you end up at the mechanic,...
Thanks. I think the cable goes inside the fender right?
So if I don't have to remove the fender I think I can do this myself without my mechanic.
The only issue I can see for you is some kind of age related problem. Some thing could be rusted or seized then you strip a nut bolt or screw.
After seeing that your from NJ (snow and salt I figure) and there are a bunch of smaller bolts you have to remove,... try to get some PB-Blaster on them,... try to get to the end of the thread where it rusts then swells then binds when removed then snaps. If a bolt seems like it's getting tighter as you remove it, thread it back in and spray it again.
If the heads of any bolts look rusted keep in mind that all nuts and bolts on this car are 10 mm, 12 mm, 14 mm, 17, 19, and 21 for stock wheel lugs.
The only exception I found was a 14 mm bolt that had rusted so bad that it lost material and a 13 mm fit. (and some nuts and bolts inside the blower motor, but that doesn't count.)
I've had 20 minute jobs take all day.
Very easy job to do and extremely self explanatory...once you get in there and realize where the old cable routes...
That is one area on my car that still looks brand new,... but sometimes, you have to do stuff like this,...
That's a chunk of rubber I jammed into the motor mount. It made a noticeable difference. Most productive twenty minutes I've spent on my car (next to the Colgate on my headlights)
Why not just get a new mount???
I'm saving up my time effort and money for bigger things like when my ass falls through the floorboards,.. Almost every P5 around here is a rusty piece of crap,... Her glory days are over around here, it's kinda sad,... That was a quick and easy fix,.. no more engine flop.