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Vehicle(s) I currently own
2005 SS Silverado
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    Trying to follow this thread is like trying to play pinball with 6 different steel balls going at one time.
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    I haven't gone under a car to change the oil in at least 25 years. And doubt I ever will again.

    at this point, I think I am down to wiper blades, air filter, and cabin filter. And some light bulbs.
    If it makes you feel any better, even being a mechanic, I don't change the oil in my SS, nor momma's car.
    When I figured out my time, disposing of the waste oil and the cost of the oil and filter, it costs me an extra $5 to have the local oil change place do it.

    So for the cost of $5, I have someone else do it and handle the clean up and I get to sit and play free old school video games and drink free coffee or soda.
  • Re: A Mechanic's Life - Tales From Under the Hood

    Part of the reason for that is that the average standard of living for technicians is too low.
    This is where heavy equipment/truck techs and automotive differ.
    The pay scale for heavy is considerably more than automotive.

    The usual entry level wage for an apprentice technician who has graduated form a tech school is less than what that same person could make at McDonalds.
    Again, this is where automotive and HD differ.
    And pay scales for HD can be more for an apprentice who has an associate in diesel technology.

    As for trade schools, I don't put a lot credence in them.
    They need to spend more time on the basics, teaching techs how everything works, so they will better understand why it isn't working. Most trade schools lack that.

    Ten years from now if he works and studies hard he could be a decent journeyman, it will take another ten after that for him to become the master technician everyone is always looking for. But even then the learning never stops, for a technician there is no finish line to the need to learn something new.
    No question about it. The learning NEVER stops. And technology moving as fast as it is, you have to keep up or get left behind.
    I tell young techs that if you are good at what you do, you can go anywhere and make good wages.
    It is the techs who think they deserve a good wage, because how long they've been doing it, without proving themselves, that I don't think they will make it.

    Ditto, that is one thing we do have, we could get a job anywhere in a heartbeat but what good is a job when what today's techs really need is a career?
    In the last 30 years, I've worked at 2 places.
    The first one, I was 23 and with in a couple years, handled the heavy truck repairs and a few years after that, became lead, then went to heavy equipment and by the time I was 30, was lead.
    Second job, I handle 150+ pieces of equipment and vehicles as a field tech.
    20+ years on this one and I still am happy with it.

    I've worked marine (fishing vessels), automotive (sorry, but hated flat rate) and heavy.
    I prefer heavy, but still have light fleet I'm responsible for, so I have to keep up.
    The young guys coming into the industry first need to learn the basics, then they need to learn humility.
    Once they have learned both, they can be great at what they do.
    I tell people, if I knew everything, I wouldn't be a mechanic and the day I know everything, I better retire, because I will be too arrogant to work with anyone.

    Wow, that was long winded. LOL!
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    Pretty rare car nowadays. Early Vegas can be fairly attractive (especially the wagon), too bad about the other issues.

    They were actually pretty sporty looking. I had a 72 Vega wagon and it was fun.
    4 big guys (ok, 3 big guys, one skinny tall guy) piled into this little station wagon with Foreigner blaring from the terrible speakers we salvaged from an old Pontiac Belvedere.
    The 4 cylinder eventually had engine problems and it was pulled to install the V-8.
    It was the first of several I did. I found out all about trying to fit headers around everything and bought a kit to install the V-8. So many modifications and so much work.
    The one thing that was my downfall was being too young and thinking the body/subframe would be able to handle the power of the V-8, without tying the subframe. It did not.

  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    I don't want to hear about winter coming. The end of the month starts the monsoon season here and we aren't likely to see sunny weather again until May.
    Well, that's just an awful thought. :'(

    You know it's awful when they make it a point to tell you on the weather report in early spring that we had 165 straight days of measurable precipitation.