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A Mechanic's Life - Tales From Under the Hood

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,446

    @Stever@Edmunds said:

    My previous best as I recall was 8 years. This guy has me beat. On an OEM battery to boot.

    I'll have to check my records. I think I'm on my 2nd 100 month Motorcraft battery. The last one made it pretty close. The car sits from at least October to May and I try to start it at least once during that time period.

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931

    Now that we're in Michigan, the rust will win before the new battery dies I'm afraid. Drove it an hour out of town and back tonight, and it did fine. All the electrical gremlins are gone and that rear door opens just fine.

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637

    Yes but will mechanics consent to look like dorks? :) I could see this working in a limited way, but replacing technicians---I don't think so. Right now it looks like an R&R tool.

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931

    Seems like half the stuff "fixed" now (i.e., replaced) could only be repaired with a soldering gun and high powered glasses.

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,015

    I found a great local guy who can work on the Mazda. Factory trained and he charges either the shop rate or actual time spent- whichever is shorter. He also prefers that I obtain the parts(!) I had him R&R the front sway bar bushings and it was a quick and painless procedure.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637

    This fellow working out of home?

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,015

    Yes, but he has a lift and is possibly more obsessive-compulsive than me...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,893

    oh boy. I feel bad for people like that only because they are so naive. I hope he at least knows the folks he does work for very very well and has at least some glimmer of trust that they won't sue him into oblivion the moment something fails that causes inconvenience or an incident.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637

    It's risky not having the protection of a corporation or errors and omissions insurance.

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,348

    Yep, the "old days" are gone now. If that guy changes a water pump and the transmission fails the next week, it HAD to be caused by something he did.

    Too bad....

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,015
    edited April 3

    He really only does work for members of the local Mazda Club; that's how I was referred to him. As a consequence he doesn't take on all that much work and his customers aren't the typical strokes whose automotive knowledge amounts to less than zero.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

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