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Re: unbelieveable

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09-12-2017 17:08:34

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l remember hearing about a fellow who got annoyed by a squeaking cooling fan belt and decided a good greasing would help with the noise, he was later seen with the hood up in a cloud of steam.
Being a mechanic myself for over 30 years, I wonder how these others think , but at the same time I realize that everyone is not born for the trade and I do understand and feel bad for the people who are not inclined to understand how mechanical things work. Funny stories are ok.

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09-13-2017 17:29:10

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to David G, 09-12-2017 17:08:34  
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Did not that work,

to prevent rust?

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Steve in VA

09-13-2017 10:33:37

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to Anguspg, 09-12-2017 17:08:34  
A buddy was rebuilding a Land Rover S-II with his young son's help. Well, one day the son took it upon himself to clean up the drum breaks. Once clean, he decided it was critical to avoid rust so he applied a layer of grease to the inside of the drums and the shoes as well.

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09-13-2017 10:23:14

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to Jon f mn, 09-12-2017 17:08:34  
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I ordered a new pickup many years ago as it was a new model and they didn't have what I wanted in stock yet. When it came in we went over to the storage lot and it had a big deep scratch across the entire hood. They swapped hoods with another of the same color they also got in as I said I wasn't buying a repaired and repainted truck. They didn't give me any problems but I bet someone caught heck for leaving it in the lot that way and not reporting it.

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09-13-2017 06:15:42

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to Anguspg, 09-12-2017 17:08:34  
I bought a used Buick at a dealership awhile back- got them to knock about a grand off the price because the power seats and radio didn't work, and they didn't want to fix them. They figured it was one of the computers and would cost about 700 bucks. I bought it, took it to my mechanic, and he called me 10 minutes later and said its fixed- it was a fuse.

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09-12-2017 20:58:12

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to Anguspg, 09-12-2017 17:08:34  
Know of a dealership that took a trade-in on a new car. Deal was made paperwork signed and in order. The next day dealership called the buyer, "we need you to make a claim on your insurance for this cracked windshield". Buyer said I do not own that car, you do, you make the claim on your insurance. I've heard stories of wheels/tires being changed before the new buyer picked up the car, even the battery. I never have felt comfortable dealing for a new or used car at a dealership. Maybe I'm just paranoid. gobble

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09-13-2017 05:29:51

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to tomturkey, 09-12-2017 20:58:12  
There used to be a dealership locally that would rob parts off of new cars in inventory. The way they did it was this: if they needed an alternator, they'd swap the bad alternator for one off of an identical new car. Then turn the bad alternator in on warranty when it was found to be defective on the new car.

They're no longer in business, but that wasn't the reason.

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Pete in MD

09-12-2017 19:22:06

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to Anguspg, 09-12-2017 17:08:34  
There's no shortage of stupid.

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09-12-2017 17:45:24

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to Anguspg, 09-12-2017 17:08:34  
Lot of stupid stuff going on in Florida now . One guy was up a tree with a chainsaw and it kicked back and cut his neck -- he bled to death before they could get him down out of the tree.
A lot of people in Florida have no survival skills at all -- especially ones that lived there all there life

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09-12-2017 17:39:25

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to Anguspg, 09-12-2017 17:08:34  
Ya gotta feel sorry for some of those folks. You wonder what the auto repair shops are doing to them.

I'm serious. I spent ten years as a claims adjuster working vehicle service contracts. Considering what the repair shops tried to pull on us, knowing we were professionals, you had to wonder what they were doing to an uninformed public. I could write a book, and maybe I will.

One Dodge dealer wanted $3900 to replace the engine in a B100 van when the only problem was a failed injector. A Chevy dealer almost got away with putting a $500 salvage yard engine in a pickup after I'd approved $2700, plus labor, for a new Goodwrench engine.

The one I loved was a Dodge dealer in Colorado called with a transmission failure in an Intrepid. I pulled up the contract and the history showed that, by coincidence, I myself had approved $1600 plus labor four months prior for a Chrysler reman trans with a 36 month/36,000 mile warranty. When I brought this to the callers attention, he said, "Oh, no. Four months ago we just installed a 90 day used trans".

I told him I could document that four months ago I personally had approved a Chrysler reman trans with a 36/36 warranty on the same car. He said, "It looks like we have a problem".

I told him, "No, you have a problem. If you installed a 90 day used trans after I'd approved, and paid for, a Chrysler reman trans with a 36/36 warranty, it's your problem, not mine".

Another time, a Ford dealer called with an engine failure on a pickup several thousand miles before the contract expired on miles. For some reason, I forget why, I suspected they'd drained the oil and ran the engine till it seized, thinking they'd get a new engine just before the contract expired. Uh, they didn't check the date on the contract. It had already expired on time.

If some of those shops had worked as hard at being honest as they did at being crooked, they'd have been making more money. I think half the scam artists in the automotive business were located on Long Island, NY. When you took a call with a 631 area code, you were automatically on guard.

Like I said, I could write a book. The large, franchised dealers were the worst. Some small, two man shops were so honest, you almost didn't know how to deal with them.


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Donald Lehman

09-13-2017 15:14:07

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to Goose, 09-12-2017 17:39:25  
Did you have a lot of problems with Virginia? Especially the Manassas/Culpepper area? My daughter and SIL seem to have one devil of a time finding a mechanic in that area that isn't a con artist.

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Duner Wi

09-13-2017 09:45:43

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to Goose, 09-12-2017 17:39:25  
Goose , most interesting, thank you for taking the time to write.

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Stephen Newell

09-12-2017 17:36:05

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to Anguspg, 09-12-2017 17:08:34  
Nothing funny about stupid. It's getting more and more common these days.

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09-12-2017 17:44:52

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to Stephen Newell, 09-12-2017 17:36:05  
Like the saying goes, you can't fix stupid. Stan

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09-12-2017 20:33:19

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 Re: unbelieveable in reply to 37Chief, 09-12-2017 17:44:52  
this happened in my neighborhood ,.the 30 yr old son decided to buy a combine and farm 100 acres or more of soybeans, i am thinkin , "Thats Good , He will be able to store his crop in the nice 5000 bu bin in back of their barn ,that i was not able to rent because of the raping price his dad was asking , and we could not agree "//// although he was raised on a farm , he has a low intelligence factor ,, his dad is even worse,, i was there when they got the combine home safely , everyone all smiles with flashing lites ,.the dad exclaiming," we got to help the next generation get started farming ' . i think that was a wise statement ,.but it certainly is not what he is doing ,.as i walked around the back of the barn , i could not believe my EYES ,I was ASTONISHED to see THe grain bin LAYING FLAT ON THE GROUND,. the DUMDAD pulled it over with his tractor a week ago... NOW THAT IS STUPID !!!!!

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