Coffee Brake: What Is Your Carytponite

Judging from the comments, it appears that most of the regulars on DT do some (or most) of their own maintenance.  If you are anything like me, the appeal is a combination of being frugal, enjoying mechanical tasks, and being a control freak (why would you trust someone else with your brakes?).  However, each of us has our own limit on what we will touch under the hood — what is your car kryptonite?

For me, the end of my DIY repairs starts and ends with vehicular air conditioning systems.  I’ll rebuild an engine, replace a clutch in a muddy ditch (although I won’t touch another Subaru STi clutch after doing one, heck I’d take a month in a North Korean re-education camp before another STi gearbox R&R), but I won’t touch a malfunctioning AC system.  It might be because I lack a proper tool set (find some options here on Amazon, I think the FJC KIT4 AC Starter Kit at $101.96 with free Amazon Prime shipping looks like a great deal).  Maybe someday I’ll muster up the courage to tackle a leaky R134 fitting, but today I’ll call a guy.

Where do you start outsourcing your automotive repair?