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Hey guys, I just wanted to know how easy or difficult it will be to do a few of these things on my car (I have a 1996 Escort LX 4DR Hatch 1.9L)

I need new brake clips (right front), a new rear brake cylinder, Tie Rod (rear), drums (I can get them machined), and then the clamp before the exhaust. I was lookin into sellin this car to my friend, and that's what it's gonna need for the safety. (this car will get rid of half of my debt, although I no longer wanna sell it, but I am in a nearly must situation, as otherwise, I'm lookin at 30 months to pay off my debt at the rate that I'm goin!!!)
 

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It all depends how mechanically inclined you are.If you have friends that work on cars they could help you out.I am not that mechanically inclined and I did my tie rods and front brakes myself and other various items myself.
 

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Well, with the instructions from my manual, I'm good at working with on my car. For someone that's never done this type of stuff before, how long do you think this will take, as long as all goes well??
 

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Not to be pessimistic but front end, and brake pieces are a pain. Although if you know what your doing,or atleast have some ability one day job by the sound of it..... Just be careful
 

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brake clips? i am assuming your talking about the little c clips that hold the line to the body right where the line goes from soft to hard... these are easy.

drum brakes are generally easy once you have done them and since you are not touching the other side you should be just fine... just jack the back of the car up and use the other side as a referance to put your side back together. for this you need at least... let see there is a tool you can get specially designed for this that you can get or just use screw drivers and locking pliers.

tie rods are not too bad

and yes you can machine the drums (if there is enough left)

im not sure what clamp before the exhaust your talking about.
 

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I'm all in favour of Do-It-Yourself. It would be good for you to do all these things on your own - none is too bad and doing all of them will build your confidence. The parts for what you've listed might run you $100 Cdn and give yourself a day just to be safe. Bring it over to my place and we'll take care of things in an afternoon.

1. Brake clip is easy but getting the old rusted one off will be a minor pain. Not sure why you need that replaced to safety it - it's just a retainer and should last the lifetime of the car even/especially if it's rusted on. Not even sure where to get a replacement. Make sure you soak it in penetrating oil before removal. You may end of breaking it when you remove it.
2. Our cars don't have rear tie-rods. Tie-rods are part of the steering system and I've never seen any vehicle with rear wheel steering (althought I know they exist). Normally, the FRONT outer tie-rod ends get worn and sloppy and need replacement. This is easy to do, but you really should get a front-end alignment done afterward, because you may have affected the toe.
3. Rear drum wheel cylinder is easy to replace. Again you're working with rusted clips and you have to bleed the brakes after. You'll need a buddy to bleed 'em properly. Everyone should learn how to do their own brakes.
4. No shop will machine stock Escort drums. They're cheaper to replace. Just buy new ones.
5. Exhaust clamps are simple to replace - you just have to get the car up in the air a bit.

Good luck.
 
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