I have been a shade tree mechanic for many years, but always resisted owning
"newer" vehicles because I was told, only a shop equipped with $100'sK can
work on the new sophisticated systems. All my cars, trucks, and experience
(more than forty years, now) has been on more "vintage" vehicles with rear
wheel drive and pretty simple access to all systems. In fact the "newest"
vehicle I have maintained was a 1981 model!
Now, I was given a 1994 Buick Century Wagon with a Six Cylinder engine, 178K
miles, and loads of interesting problems like rough idle, malfunctioning
seats, windows, antenna, and ????? For now, it desperately needs a tune-up
and will eventually need a complete overhaul. This thing has a front wheel
drive with transaxle engine mounted side to side instead of front to back
and I have never worked on anything like it.
Although I have the original shop manual, like most it presumes some things
are too obvious to mention. Unfortunately, they are not always that obvious
So, short of hoisting the engine, <Big Grin>, is there is some trick to
getting to the spark plugs located on the side of the engine near the
firewall? I can't even see them, let alone replace them!
In general, do "modern" vehicles (especially transaxle vehicles) require the
removal of lots of other parts and/or sub-assemblies to work on things that
would ordinarily be easy and have direct access in standard RWD's? Or are
you supposed to work from under the car? Or Both?
I'm sure there will many more questions in the near future, so thanks for
any suggestions you can provide.