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Which do you use?

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Bare Hands
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85%
 
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When working on a car...

Post by ccb_v2 » Mon May 19, 2008 1:29 pm

... do you wear any kind of gloves or use your bare hands?

I used to just use my bare hands... then tried latex loves to keep the grease and oil off, but they rip too easy... finally got a pair of Mechanix gloves and they work great...
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Re: When working on a car...

Post by DuffMan » Mon May 19, 2008 3:07 pm

Bare hands, makes you look like more manly.
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Re: When working on a car...

Post by S. Thompson » Mon May 19, 2008 8:29 pm

Bare hands... why would I wear gloves if I wasn't working with hazardous materials?

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Re: When working on a car...

Post by Code-Red » Tue May 20, 2008 6:39 am

Bare hands....I don't like the loss of dexterity when wearing gloves.
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Re: When working on a car...

Post by Covar » Tue May 20, 2008 7:44 am

Bare Hands. never even thought to wear gloves.
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Re: When working on a car...

Post by that_guy » Tue May 20, 2008 11:58 pm

Hands. I will actually be doing my plugs and wires and putting in a FWI on my 04 GP GT tomorrow.
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Re: When working on a car...

Post by mrandyk » Wed May 21, 2008 1:01 am

It doesnt make a lot of sense to use gloves.
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Re: When working on a car...

Post by |darc| » Wed May 21, 2008 1:12 am

I only use gloves if there's a danger to my hands. Otherwise you lost a lot of dexterity because you're too lazy to wash your hands later.
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Re: When working on a car...

Post by AgentGreen » Wed May 21, 2008 1:04 pm

Bare hands. I don't do much of my own car maintenance, just various fluid changes for the most part so I can't see the need to get gloves.
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Post by I.M. Weasel » Wed May 21, 2008 2:06 pm

If i can get the right tool to the right nut/bolt ,then i wear gloves. end up using about 2 pairs a fix(because they rip). If Im having trouble getting to what i need to fix, ill use bare hands. (see: asian cars that require double jointed fingers to reach half of the parts.)
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Re: When working on a car...

Post by MulletMan13 » Wed May 21, 2008 5:05 pm

I never understood this whole "working on a car" thing. I knew a bunch of people in high school (Fast the the Furious-lovers) that would always brag about how they work on their car all the time... when I can't help but think that everything mechanically has either become too easy (bolt on turbos for example) or too difficult to mess around with (messing with computers and carefully programmed electrical timings) that I don't understand what people mean anymore.

Cars are becoming so reliable that you hardly ever need to replace parts yourself-- and when you do, the damn engineers made the parts so difficult to get to that going to a mechanic is almost always a necessity.

So whenever I hear people with newer cars talking about working on their cars, I just imagine them under the car with a mat on the ground loosening and tightening bolts. Now if you had a car from the 1960s or before, I can completely accept what you're saying, but modern cars.... ?
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Re: When working on a car...

Post by AgentGreen » Wed May 21, 2008 9:43 pm

Well there ARE people who've grown up around mechanical tinkering their whole lives and they know about a lot of stuff. But there are also people who think changing a fan belt or a muffler or the oil or something makes them a mechanic.
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Re: When working on a car...

Post by Jeeba Jabba » Wed May 21, 2008 10:46 pm

Too awkward wearing gloves.
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Re: When working on a car...

Post by Code-Red » Fri May 23, 2008 7:09 am

MulletMan13 wrote:I never understood this whole "working on a car" thing. I knew a bunch of people in high school (Fast the the Furious-lovers) that would always brag about how they work on their car all the time... when I can't help but think that everything mechanically has either become too easy (bolt on turbos for example) or too difficult to mess around with (messing with computers and carefully programmed electrical timings) that I don't understand what people mean anymore.
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On the other hand, here is a '67 Camaro SS with a 350 V8 (possibly the original engine, minus valve covers and air filter):

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I'd rather work on an older car any day of the week. By the way, not meaning to be a smart ass or anything, but turbochargers are hardly "easy" bolt-ons. There is a lot of planning, knowledge, money, and (especially) parts needed in order to have a properly turbocharged car.
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