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Happy New Years ladies and gents. This has Probably been asked a thousand times but anyone have any practical tips on actually getting deep in the engine bay to work? Trying to lean over and contort myself isn’t the prettiest nor the most effective. I was really tempted to climb into the “trunk” but reason prevailed..,
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Do NOT climb in trunk.....if you check the total weight limit in the trunk is something like 35# not including the tire repair kit and funnel kit that come with the car. Sounds like a chance of real expensive damage if you overload it.

You are right that you need to be careful when leaning over the fenders to work on the car...that paint is soft and you don't want to scratch it. Use some towels or some moving blankets (Harbor Freight are good and cheap for this). Using regular fender covers with magnets to hold them in place is out since no metal.

If you are doing major engine work it would be smarter to pull off the body panels to gain access and prevent accidental damage and scratches.

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Do NOT climb in trunk.....if you check the total weight limit in the trunk is something like 35# not including the tire repair kit and funnel kit that come with the car. Sounds like a chance of real expensive damage if you overload it.

You are right that you need to be careful when leaning over the fenders to work on the car...that paint is soft and you don't want to scratch it. Use some towels or some moving blankets (Harbor Freight are good and cheap for this). Using regular fender covers with magnets to hold them in place is out since no metal.

If you are doing major engine work it would be smarter to pull off the body panels to gain access and prevent accidental damage and scratches.
i want to change the hose at the back, the pad along the bottom of the window has kind of come loose and needs to be secured a little better and I’d like to get in and generally clean.
Is there a DIY for removing a panel or two?
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We had to get above the engine bay to loosen the V clamp on the catalytic converter. We used one of those rubberized garage Fender mats. Whatever you choose to use you don't want it to slide around otherwise that's where you risk scratching the paint
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The reason why you’re not supposed to stand in the trunk is because the trunk bin lays across a relatively small width crossbeam. Under the crossbeam is a textile heat repellent panel that wouldnt support any weight by itself. This is the best pic i had from when i removed the trunk bin. You can see the black crossbeam.

Now with that being said, when removing my intake hose off the turbo nipple, i stood IN the trunk bin with my feet closer to outer lateral edges of the trunk bin over where the cross beam laid. I leaned over the engine (with the engine cover REMOVED FIRST) to work on that hose. I weigh 180lbs and it held fine, the trunk bin is pretty stiff molded plastic.

Im not recommending it or supporting that approach but im just saying ive stood in my trunk several times without event.

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The reason why you’re not supposed to stand in the trunk is because the trunk bin lays across a relatively small width crossbeam. Under the crossbeam is a textile heat repellent panel that wouldnt support any weight by itself. This is the best pic i had from when i removed the trunk bin. You can see the black crossbeam.

Now with that being said, when removing my intake hose off the turbo nipple, i stood IN the trunk bin with my feet closer to outer lateral edges of the trunk bin over where the cross beam laid. I leaned over the engine (with the engine cover REMOVED FIRST) to work on that hose. I weigh 180lbs and it held fine, the trunk bin is pretty stiff molded plastic.

Im not recommending it or supporting that approach but im just saying ive stood in my trunk several times without event.

Interesting. The photo explains it quite well.
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Like i said, the trunk bucket is pretty stiff molded plastic.


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