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June 2002 Do It Yourself Auto Repair - Cheap Tricks

Posted in How To on June 1, 2002
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Four Wheeler pays $35 for every tip used. Tips must be original and unpublished. Send your idea along with a simple drawing or snapshot, your name, address, and Social Security number to Four Wheeler Cheap Tricks, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515, or go to the Four Wheeler Web site at and e-mail us your tip. Payment is upon publication. Published submissions become the exclusive property of Four Wheeler. Unused material cannot be returned.

Christmas Card Cheap Trick
Herb Haugo sent us a nice Christmas card with his 'Trick written on it, so how could we turn it down? See what it takes to get into Cheap Tricks-and how long it takes? Herb resides in Everett, Washington. He found the need to vacuum small objects (presumably pine needles, being from Washington, the land of tight trees) from hard-to-reach places on his rig. Herb simply grabbed his long neck tranny-fluid funnel and slipped it over the end of his Shop-Vac hose. The vacuum's suction held the funnel in place and allowed Herb to reach into all those previously inaccessible nooks and crannies in his rig. Thanks, Herb, for the trick and the Christmas card.

Number One In A Series
Mike Hamor of Auburn, Washington, is a guy you'll be hearing more from. That's because Mike sent us damn near a book of Cheap Tricks to ponder. Several of them we feel are suitable for passing along in future columns, so keep and eye out for 'em. The first one is just too clever to pass up. Mike was on a run where a 2000 TJ experienced a broken rear axle at the splines in the diff. Being a C-clip design, the axleshaft and wheel/tire assembly wanted to walk out of the housing. 'Wheeling in Washington, there are plenty of large tree limbs lying around. The guys lashed a large limb from the Jeep's nerf bar, across the wayward tire/axle, and tied the other end to the Jeep's rear bumper. Not only did the tire's sidewall get really clean, but the corralled assembly couldn't escape from the axlehousing. The crippled TJ was able to limp to a trailer under its own power. Pretty clever, Mike. We'll see ya next time.

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