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Ginch
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:29 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I've never had work done by the famous chain mentioned in this video, but I suspect they're only the tip of a vast iceberg.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I never use those places either, but always suspected that. I once needed front disc brake pads while visiting another state. I took it to a national chain and explained that I could do it, but didn't have the tools. I asked the manager to just replace the pads, nothing else. He came back with a $400.00 estimate, telling me that both front calipers were shot, and the back cylinders were leaking. By this time, they had all 4 wheels off. I told him again, that I know how to do this stuff, and that my car did not need all the repairs he was talking about. He lowered it to $350.00. I told him to put the wheels back on. I drove to the nearest auto parts store, bought brake pads, new rotors, and the tools to perform the repairs for less than $100.00. I did it in the hotel parking lot in about 1 hour. Needless to say, I will never step foot in that chain again.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:08 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

You have brake pads on Harley? Shocked In thought you guys just put a foot down?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:19 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I used to have my suspicions about some of the big chains over here in the UK.
I now use a local garage, family firm, he's a bit slower but so far trustworthy.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:24 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

A friend of mine took his Karmen Ghia to a Jiffy Lube and returned when the oil light would not go out. It was missing the oil screen and all the bolts that hold it on. Little VW did not seize.

My flight instructor suffered a engine seizure on his HD. With only 900 miles on it he was a little concerned. Not to worry, happens on dry sump engines, get on with it he was told by HD national.

No one touches my brakes but me. OEM equivalent pads with a lifetime guarantee are about $23 US. All modern cars are one bolt swing away caliper designs. I use a c-clamp to push in the caliper, dope the pads with anti squeak and then change out the fluid when I am done. I once needed an assistant but have invested $0.65 US in aquarium tubing so that I can do it all myself. I allow 20 minutes per wheel but bought a service jack to speed things up. I also use a 1/2 inch ratchet to remove wheel lugs.

I never machine rotors. When they mic too small, I just replace them. The last set were under a hundred hand delivered by the local parts house.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:35 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I always bring one of my knowledge guys friends with me any time work needs to be done on my car. With few exceptions, the counter clerk or mechanic will speak directly to my friend and act like I'm not there even though I initiated the interaction. Actually, I don't mind that much since I wouldn't know if the flux capacitor and dilithium chamber needed servicing or not. Now I have to worry about whether the work gets done or not. Evil or Very Mad

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