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  • Re: A Mechanic's Life - Tales From Under the Hood

    Well let's just say it---those people tweaking their diesel trucks to much higher HP really don't care about emissions.
    Yes, so people should understand in such cases it is typically the the EPA driving these types of law, not any practical legal reason, copyright protection, etc.

    Also, regarding disabling safety devices - this is a free society, isn't it? This isn't Russia? Is this Russia?, I don't think disabling safety devices is a "right". This is the old helmet law argument. However, I'd be okay with letting folks disable safety devices if they signed a waiver giving away all rights to medical care at public expense or public subsidy. That way their "rights" and my "rights" are balanced out.

    Regarding circumventing emissions laws, I don't think I could compromise because I have to breathe the air they pollute, so even if we charged them a pollution tax, it would create more harm than good. I might accept a heavy pollution tax as an interim solution, however, if the polluter were transitioning to a cleaner vehicle.

    Naturally for the mechanic, any tampering with safety or pollution devices is financial suicide, so that's out of the question for them.
  • Re: Turbo Maintenance

    No, not on modern turbos. The only time I would suggest a cool down period is after a very hard pull and a fast shut down----like in a drag race, or when you've been flying down the highway at 90 mph and suddenly get pulled over by the cops, or exit right into a gas station, or when you've been pulling a trailer to the top of a mountain and then pull into the rest stop at the top-----In those somewhat extreme cases, you don't want to shut the engine off immediately.

    But for normal driving, you don't have to do anything.
  • Re: A Mechanic's Life - Tales From Under the Hood

    If I were a technician, I'd never rely on the customer's diagnosis. I mean, I would treat it with respect but I'd have to verify the problem, unless the issue was so patently obvious that a test would be ridiculous, e.g.," I backed into the garage and broke my tail light lens, please replace it." or "my glove box lock is broken".

    RE: Fixing 2016 cars in the future: As bad as it looks now, Doc, it's going to be 10X worse soon enough. Not only are engines reaching, dare we say, MAXIMUM levels of practical complexity, but overlaying that is all this info-tainment junk and "driver assist" technology, which is both a benefit and a curse.

    Who is going to fix 10 year old obsolete collision avoidance radar? I'll tell you who---- a few very VERY expensive specialists who have a shop a long way from your house.

    On top of those challenges, we are facing the somewhat ludicrous scenario of an engine or transmission failure totaling a perfectly otherwise good, clean, 5 or 6 year old used car that was bought for $30K or $40K.

    I fear the trip to the junkyard is getting shorter and shorter.

  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    Admit it, you want to do this;
    Ah, the amusements of the bored upper middle class.
  • Re: A Mechanic's Life - Tales From Under the Hood

    I think that a lot of people still don't get their head around the reality that an automobile is an extremely hostile environment for electronics.

    As for farmers hacking their tractor codes, that sounds like something out of WIRED magazine, where futurists all get together to guess wrong about the next 20 years.
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