I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:16 pm

Because of the wet floor? I need to find a good way to clean that up.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby Yoshi » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:25 pm

I have this image in my head of your car smelling like a gym sock.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:24 pm

lol, not quite. Just smells like maple syrup with a hint of gasoline.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby M20_fever » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:30 pm

Does it smell like burnt coolant or fresh coolant? Has your level gone down at all since the replacement?
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:40 pm

It just smells like the coolant that soaked into the carpet from the leaky heater core. The coolant was all brand new. It looks like there's a drain at the bottom of the box the heater core sits in that runs through a hose that's going through the metal. I'm assuming that's why it looked like coolant was pouring out of my tranny, cuz it was all pouring down around it from that drain. The rug is wet from whatever leaked out the side instead of going through the drain hole. It's actually not even that bad in the car. The floor got just wet enough that the weight of my big ass feets left damp marks in the floor mat.

I haven't checked the level yet, but the low coolant light hasn't come on at all since I replaced the core, and the temp is staying right where it should. I'll probably check it before I leave work today.

The clutch slippage issue seems to not have changed at all, for the better or for the worse. So either the damage is already done, or the coolant leaking all over the tranny had nothing to do with it. I wish I still had access to a lift. I would love to get it up in the air, swap out that clutch slave, do the brakes, and degrease the whole bottom. Well I guess I can still go to our old building on the weekend, but there's no tools there anymore.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby M20_fever » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:49 pm

new building doesn't have a lift? Seems like a downgrade...
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:48 pm

Well we went from a 6 bay mechanic shop that did towing on the side to being just a towing company. The boss is thinking about getting a single lift installed somewhere in the building, but it's not priority.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby M20_fever » Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:43 pm

Towing made more money than service, or the business split?
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:23 am

Towing got really busy, especially after Sandy when we were one of the few tow companies in the area that didn't close. We ran for a week without power when all the other companies just stayed at home. Service kept getting slower and slower, so when the last mechanic quit it didn't make sense to hire another. It doesn't even make sense to run a repair shop anymore unless you specialize in 1 brand and get your hands on the "dealer only" computers and tools.

Anyway, I just got back from Albany. Been on the road 16 hours today, so I'm going home.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby Yoshi » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:27 am

Can you expand on the 1 brand thing? I don't work at a shop so I always wondered how that worked. Does that mean in the country as a whole, unless you're big and can afford the dealer only tools, you're fucked and at best have to pick to specialize in one car company? Man that sounds shitty.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:04 pm

Like only Toyota, or only Mercedes, or only Subaru, etc. Most new cars are being designed to need specialized (physical and computer based) tools and training to do even the most basic work. When I got my Hunter alignment certification they told us we wouldn't be able to do alignments on any new Mercedes because after the physical alignment is done (that also requires different tools than any other car) you MUST hook up the $100,000 dealer only computer to it to reset the steering wheel position or it could cause the car to steer you into an accident.

Dealerships charge $250 to do a simple oil change on an Audi A8. After doing an oil change on one I completely understand why they charge so much. It's the most difficult oil change I've ever seen. You pretty much have to be in the top of the engine bay AND under the car at the same time, and you have to bend the engine heat shield back and forth a few times. After so many bends the shield is gonna break, and the engine needs to come out to replace it. What independent shop is gonna take the risk of being the one to break that shield and tell the customer their oil change is suddenly going to be $2000 so they can replace it? Maybe if you specialized in Audi your staff would be better trained on that specific issue.

Some of the more advanced scanners will do a lot of the "dealer only" functions, but every time they update, the car manufacturers update as well so your scanner won't work anymore. They don't want anyone else besides them to work on their cars. Cars are pretty much designed to last until the warranty expires. Then they already know what things fail, so assuming nobody else worked on the car they already know what needs to be fixed so they can resell the car to last a couple more years until it's too broken to be fixed without costing more than replacing.

It would cost WAY too much to train your whole staff to be able to work on every new car that comes out, so that's why it makes most sense to either specialize in only 1 brand of car, or get into another business. Your opinion may vary.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby M20_fever » Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:52 pm

Not to mention the liability of servicing these new cars with self braking, accident avoidance, self parking systems, etc...It's sad but true, most "general service" shops won't touch anything "new". Hell, even the VW dealer wouldn't quote doing the timing chain on my old Passat because they knew the labor would be more than the book value of the car. At that time the car was only 13 years old, and considered obsolete by the manufacturer.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby Yoshi » Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:01 pm

I work in IT and I hear a lot of people griping about new things and having to learn stuff. I vowed to myself never to be like that because that's how you become a 50 year old guy who is typing with two fingers and calling his kids to figure out why the emails isn't working.

Same thing with cars. I feel like a lot of people complained heavily when carbs went out in favor of EFI. I felt like the CAN system and other bits have made car enthusiasts scared to work on their cars. The problem now is that you have to go to a dealer otherwise your accident avoidance system won't know what's straight on the steering wheel and throws you into a bus full of infants.

Now I'm torn. I suppose there is no mandate (yet) that your stability control system works to pass state inspection. Although if that were to become standard, I'm hopeful that there would be a law passed to make them serviceable outside of the dealer in the same way OBD2 unified things.

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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby M20_fever » Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:42 pm

Modern enthusiasts need to be a hybrid of mechanics and IT techs, which is what scares a lot of people away from newer builds. To further that, it's on;y a matter of time before a modified "driver assisted" vehicle makes a bad decision and kills someone. The manufacturer is going to claim the system was tampered with and wash their hands of it, and the person who hacked it to "mod" something is going to get hung out to dry. It's already started, the OEs have been trying to push legislation for a few years that would make it illegal to tamper with the ECU or any supported systems in the vehicle.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby Yoshi » Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:45 pm

The day it becomes illegal to mod my car is the day I become an outlaw. If only there was an equivalent of the 2nd amendment but for modding cars.
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