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Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

I am a (blank) Mechanic

Poll ended at Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:46 pm

O Rivers - I can't even pump my own gas (with apologies to NJ residents)
1
1%
1 River or Beginner - I can perform monthly checks of dipstick, coolant level, PS level
1
1%
2 Rivers - Basic - I can do an oil change, Change a tire, wiper blade, fuse, relay, lights
5
6%
3 Rivers - Mechanic I can do a full brake job, driveshaft, PCV, fuel pump
45
57%
4 Rivers - Advanced - Top end of motor, bottom end of motor, drivetrain - can often find better ways to do things than 'the book'
25
32%
5 Rivers - Expert - You know who you are. The few, the proud - mike, jimmy....and less than 10 others..and not me.
2
3%
 
Total votes: 79

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by mecheng » Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:36 am

Some of the basic things, like changing oil cooler lines should rate as 3, but on Volvo's I would rate them as 4 because there is little to no room for anything. What an awful job, just finished.


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by paredown » Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:23 pm

I put myself at 3, but in reality I'm probably a 2.5.

My father was a great mechanic, and I was the 'gopher'--so I have good reflexes and a general understanding of how stuff works. But I don't have his seemingly infinite reservoirs of patience, and I have proved many times that I have a tendency to think things through to about the 90% level and fly at it--and sometimes pay for my impatience.

The contributors here have saved my bacon many times--and have encouraged me to 'boldly go' where at least I have not gone before, so a big thanks to everyone here.


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by scot850 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:47 pm

It depends on the age of the Volvo. After over 40 years wrenching on them I was at one point a 5 on the 120/140/240 ranges, and even stripped and rebuilt a 760 Turbo motor. I'll have a go at most things, but my limitations is the correct tools and facilities to do the work.

On the P80's (850-S/V70) I will tackle most things but this is where tools and facilities become the issue. Do I spend a fortune on tools I may use once every 10 years or just pay someone else to do it.

Overall, maybe a 4 on the scale?

Neil.


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2000 V70 SE NA - New project and test bed - Sold

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:00 am

It's an automatic 5 for figuring out how to replace the crank pulley correctly


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by cuhfs » Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:23 am

C70 Engine top end and replaced a C70 transmission and a V70 clutch once... along with the #3 items listed... so perhaps a 3 or a lightweight 4. Thinking that the test should really be like a road rally... time - speed - distance - and accuracy. Took over a month to do the top end and a long time for the transmission too - so minus points. As with a road rally - good equipment and a co-pilot would be a great help. Never had to re-do job.
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by tryingbe » Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:40 am

abscate wrote:
tryingbe wrote:I've know a lot, and there are a lot more I don't know.

So, abstention for me.
Here's one of the 5s.... :D
Nope. Just someone who can takes things apart and put it back by memory, still use the book for torque specs though. I also happen to be not afraid of the computer side of things.

I am currently working on adjusting the mpg gauge in the M4.3 ECU coding since I've change to blue injectors and my mpg gauge is way off. Will post what I found when I have it all complete.


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by matthew1 » Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:59 am

Warning: I took a statistics class decades ago in college. :shock:

Problem

Why no low-skill 0 or 1 votes? Are we really all universally middle-technical here?

Theory

The bell curve is accurate generally (the shape checks out), but there are problems with the edge distribution of votes.
  • all the Level 2 and 3 votes -- it's people most likely to vote*
  • low Level votes are people who take their cars to the dealer and Jiffy Lube
  • high level votes are low because hey, we're modest, we drive Volvos ;-)
* this site draws people like us -- users who are likely to go out on the Web and search for how to DIY


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by dosbricks » Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:44 am

j-dawg wrote: I have never messed a job up so badly that I broke something critical or had to do the job again, but the cost is that I work extremely slowly. It takes me days to do work that would take most people hours. I obsess and fret, checking everything repeatedly....
I can completely relate to this. As I've aged it takes me twice as long as it used to to do a brake job. But still proud to associate with the champions on MVS who have walked me through a few tight spots!
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Sun Aug 07, 2016 1:43 pm

I'm taking longer to DIY stuff because I take my Dremel to everything in a job and bring it back up shiny metal, lubricate and restore to Stockholm/Brissels condition.

No shop will do this for you


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by 98v70dad » Sun Aug 07, 2016 3:54 pm

I'm definitely more than a 3 and less than a 4. There's a lot of territory between 3 and 4.



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