Justrolledintotheshop

Literally just rolled into the shop - Reliant Robin front end failure

Literally just rolled into the shop - Reliant Robin front end failure

Thats just its natural position

Clarkson induced failure?

No, it held on with one side, but it did tip over

Did the front fall off?

Man had towed his daughter's Malibu in, we tried to save him the $ of unneeded repairs but he insisted

Man had towed his daughter's Malibu in, we tried to save him the $ of unneeded repairs but he insisted

So I attempt to get the info we need to diagnose the problem before we just throw a fuel pump into a car that may not need one. He gets frustrated while I'm asking the usual questions: did it make any strange sounds, any smoke or steam? The check engine light come on?

He says over and over it's the fuel pump and to just take his word, get the new one put in. So finally I say ok I'll call you in an hour with numbers and for approval to swap it out.

Then I got out to the car and the first thing I look at is the gas gauge, it is on empty. Of course the car won't start. So I grab a gas can and dump aboutn 2 gallons in and try it again. She fired right up and purred like a kitten.

I called the man to tell him the great news and he looses it. Screaming about how the car was not out of gas and demanding that he speak to my boss because I am clearly an idiot.

After a short time my boss hangs up the phone and says "we'll be replacing the fuel pump in the "malibooboo" so call the parts in and I'll pull the car around,"

So yeah we replaced a perfectly good fuel pump. We charged the man for the removal and install of it and the two gallons of gas. He smugly left saying " knew it was the fuel pump" to me while thanking my boss for his quick action.

We tried to save him hundreds of dollars but he was not having it so we gave him what he wanted... Poor guy just couldn't admit to running out of gas!

You can't fix stupid, but you can charge handsomely for it.

Long time ago, one of my wheels was making a thumping noise. Expert mechanic that I was, I KNEW it was a bad wheel bearing or CV joint. I take it to the shop, the guy says, "It's probably your tire." Now, I was a grown man who had been around the block a few times, (19 years old) so I asserted myself and insisted that it wasn't just a tire. He wasn't impressed and just repeated that it was the tire. He said that they'd be glad to change the bearing or a CV joint, but it wasn't necessary and wouldn't solve the problem. Well, I realized that I was at the wrong place and this dimwit had no idea what he was talking about, so I left. The next day, the tire was flat. I put on the spare and...there was no thumping. I felt like the stupidest ass in town.

You can't fix stupid

My dad once told me. "Tell them the symptoms but not any specific part because you'll find they'll replace that part no matter what.".

I forgot his advice once when taking a car in for warranty work because a speaker was bad. They replaced the one I mentioned. Not that actual broken one. It was a BMW, the only cars I ever have to take in for warranty work are BMW's.

I've done stupid shit like that before, so next time I went in I apologized for being a know it all prick.

Received in the Mail Today - 25 years ASE

Received in the Mail Today - 25 years ASE

I kept something active the whole time. Right now I am only A1-8 And G1, but was L1-2 in the 90s

Did you ever let any of the certs expire and still get this or did you renew when needed?

My condolences to you brother.

Ahh am from the canadia and our licenses are different I have my 310T (truck and coach) while auto is 310S then theres 310J and four twenty something for heavy and blah blah same shit different pile thanks for the info though!!

One of these is not like the rest. Damn Ford and the 5.4

One of these is not like the rest. Damn Ford and the 5.4

2 valve underdesigned head spits plugs out.

3 valve way over engineered and dubious plug and head design ensures that those plugs ain't coming out. It's a fascinating irony.

Well, looks like you tried to pre-treat it to make them come out right. Guess that wasn't quite enough.

I had a Ford master tech tell me once apon a time to use an air impact on its lowest setting and they will always come right out, the engine needs to be warm and you don't need to preheat the plugs. I've never had an issue since I switched to this method.

Boom Boom sticks made by dumb dumbs and break easy.

What's better than one boob?

What's better than one boob?

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I'm surprised this wasn't posted by gallowboob.

Reddit never ceases to amaze me

Probably gonna get made fun of by other techs but hey she's mine

Probably gonna get made fun of by other techs but hey she's mine

Tell em to fuck off, it's not cheap taking their mothers out to dinner every week.

It’s just a place to store you’re tools. The box doesn’t make you money, the tools do.

“You’re not a real mechanic until you buy Snap-On” can go blow itself.

That’s purty.

You then ask him how much does he owe to the truck.

Blown head gasket and they filled it with water in the winter.

Blown head gasket and they filled it with water in the winter.

First I was like, "okay, open it up so we can see, then."

Then I was like, "woah."

Its a motorcicle.

They're core plugs, not freeze plugs. Those holes are there so the foundry can remove the sand cores (pieces of molded sand that are used to create the space for the water jacket in the block) from the raw casting.

If those plugs pop out due to freezing, most likely the block is cracked somewhere too.

Ya, that took me a sec, I was wondering "is that a hole in the oilpa... Oh holy cow, that's the oil!"

C/S car will not start unless it's jumped and then it runs fine

C/S car will not start unless it's jumped and then it runs fine

Alternators good.

I'd love to see the customers face when you tell them they left the plastic cover on the battery terminals and put the clamp over that. They must feel horribly stupid ... i mean how can you put a new battery in and then when it won't start (or even give the slightest sign if life) not even bother to have a second look at it and just jump start it to roll into the shop.

Edit: On the other hand ...you'd have to be kinda stupid to start with when you are putting a clamp over a plastic cover and wrenching it tight without having even the slightest sign that you're doing something wrong.

Few rectifiers are perfect. About a million Reddit years ago (20 years in real time) I worked in large DC powerplants in the telecommunications industry. We would take Commercial AC (or AC from the engine alternators in the case of commercial power failure) and pump it through very large (think 400 A) and very expensive rectifiers to convert the power to -48DC. Despite their cost and very large capacitors the produced DC was still very noisy; looking at it with an oscilloscope resembled a desert sunset with mesas in the middle. Now switching equipment (especially electronic types) prefer their DC stirred, not shaken. To combat this the dirty DC was then fed into very large batteries; each cell was the size of a bar fridge and the battery would typically have 23 or 24 cells each. The batteries are extremely good filters, providing steady voltage output while accepting pretty shitty input.

If the battery is out of the circuit (not grounding it is one way to do that), then there is nothing to smooth out the alternators ripple. The alternator has a rectifier to convert from AC to DC, but there's no capacitor to even the pulses out, so it's more like pulsed DC instead of steady DC. This varying voltage not good for the electronics and computers on board, so a battery, acting like a giant reservoir, is necessary.

You're supposed to change the oil?

It's a thing of beauty really. Recycling used motor oil into plastic, right there in the oil pan.

I have a friend that has gone 30k miles without an oil change. Claimed I was just trying to sell stuff. And that she didn’t need one because her car is in eco mode when she lets it idle for hours while smoking. I hope this happens to her.

Oil is just a conspiracy from the oil company to sell more oil

Or burn a lot because the rings are so worn down from not being lubricated. I would imagine it would reach an equilibrium once it's finally burning enough that he's forced to keep adding it fast enough.

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