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meauxjeaux2
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watson
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ArRazElle


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I always knew there was a reason for their reputation.


Kiss my arse bitch. I've never ripped off anybody. Matter fact,I've done without trying to help people out.

Gotta love how it's so damn easy to just consider all mechanics crooks because of a few dumb arse rednecks.






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meauxjeaux2
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watson
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Mechanics are easier to find than front-end men.

Good front-end guys are real, real tough to find.

Some of these knuckleheads don't know what a radial pull is and will try to work around it.



Are you talking about tire pull?
I am ASE certified master tech with specialty in Front end and Suspension.
Most of the time,if a tire rotation does not fix a slight drift (which is often to the right) then a 1/2 degree increase in caster on the right front wheel will counteract and fix that pull to the right.

I will never cross the front two wheels to try to fix a pull.That's the cheap way out.






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Tchefuncte Tiger
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Sounds like some shite Gerry Lane Chevrolet would do. I took my '98 Chevy truck there twice for minor warranty work and, lo-and-behold, major part/engine failure happened shortly thereafter.





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meauxjeaux2
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I took my car in yesterday b/c my check engine light was on. I have an OBDII scanner and gave them the code and description of what the code is. The guy said that he still needs to charge me $115 so that they can use their diagnostic scanner because it gives them more readings and information so that they can pinpoint the problem. I did my research on the code ahead of time, and the code P0303 could have been caused by a few different things, so I took him for his word. I should have asked to see his code reader and what more info they get than what mine tells me, but I didn't think of that until later.

Was he bullshiteting me?


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Sounds like it. $115 to read a code??? That's insane. Autozone does it for free. What kind of vehicle?



I thought you were better than this. You know that a scan tool is way more that a code reader.The mechanic needs to look at pin outs,and sensor data to confirm what the code is pointing to.


For those who really don't know.
There's scan tools that just so happen to also read codes. $6500




And there's code readers. $150







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meauxjeaux2
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I only get alignments and programming done a t a mechanic. Everything else I did myself. Youtube taught me how to rebuild transmissions.

Some things YOU HAVE to have a shop for. Or at least a press and machine equipment. Like I hone cylinder, and will do intake mods with a rasp. But every time I do headwork, or need to mate two surfaces of different allows I got a small machine shop in Harahan I like to use.

wanna see you extract broken spark plugs from an 07 F150 5.4l






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mommas boy
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holding grudges eh? warranty work on a 98. that's been a while.





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mommas boy
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meauxjeaux2


need a job?






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BTHog
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Are you talking about tire pull?
I am ASE certified master tech with specialty in Front end and Suspension.
Most of the time,if a tire rotation does not fix a slight drift (which is often to the right) then a 1/2 degree increase in caster on the right front wheel will counteract and fix that pull to the right.


I was wondering the same. I think he's talking about actually pulling the frame, which as we both know has NOTHING to do with front end work.

And I WILL cross the front tires to demonstrate to a customer why their vehicle is pulling, but that is not a repair, obviously.







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meauxjeaux2
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need a job?

No thanks,Put the wrenches down professionally about 7 years ago. Still have all my tools at a friends shop and drop in from time to time to stay fresh.






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BTHog
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wanna see you extract broken spark plugs from an 07 F150 5.4l


yep, got that god damned tool myself. Bought it online for $50 if you don't have one of your own.

Pisses me off when people gripe about about a $600 tune up on those things (and we charge an extra $50 per broken spark plug) we've done about 50 tune ups on those and broke 3 plugs . Just gotta be careful and most of the time no problems.






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Napoleon
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wanna see you extract broken spark plugs from an 07 F150 5.4l


dude, there is a lot I'm sure I cannot do. But I have a willingness to learn and have always been good teaching myself mechanical stuff.

Case in point, last summer I had never worked on any persons appliance. I decided that I could, and just started a company. I trained myself on peoples appliances, on the job. And would not charge a dime if I couldn't fix it.

Then I get in with some large property owners, a few months later I'm in with some warranty companies. The next thing I know, I'm doing GE and Sub-Zero factory work as well.
All by just being awesome at written test. (My HVAC license was open book, so that is my weakest field)

Of course to the customers I have 6+ years experience, but truth be told, I just decided to do this, after being told how little the work load was to the amount of pay.

I am the same way with cars. I just take things apart and can remember how they go.

I just learn on the fly, for the truck in question, I'm sure Youtube would help me.

Though I really really hate installing hellicoils in a cylinder head, So i have a ton of tools for spark plugs as to not have issues getting them out.







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mommas boy
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just asking, hard to find and keep certified guys these days. most are shade tree mechanics trying to learn and work on the job.





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Napoleon
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do you add on an extra $50 if you break the plugs?


There is a neighborhood messican who has been doing all the local mechanic work. He is very cheap. Offered to do all three of my U-joints on my truck for $75.

But I elected to do them myself because I have a press that I never ever get to use.

The whole time I was wishing I had just paid him. But the job was done, and the truck isn't making any noises any more.

Actually Meaux Jeaux diagnosed it for me based on the sound I described as we have the same tr4uck.

I think I owe MJ2 at least a case of beer at this point







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meauxjeaux2
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yep, got that god damned tool myself. Bought it online for $50 if you don't have one of your own.

I have it. NAPA sells the best kit.



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Pisses me off when people gripe about about a $600 tune up on those things
I would be too.That's on the high side.I know stealerships charge more but for a small mechanic shop to charge that much is

Last one I did took me 3 1/2-4 hours and I broke 6 of the plugs.


BTW-How bout ole Champion charging $30 per fricking spark plug just because they are the only ones selling 1 piece plugs.






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meauxjeaux2
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Napoleon

You have the same mindset I do. I won't pay anyone to do shite.I'll do anything and frick it up twice just to learn enough about it to be proficient about it.

Nothing wrong with that.

BTW-Glad you found that bad u-joint.






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Mr. Hangover
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Napoleon



go see my comment towards you in the 'turning the corner' thread






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BTHog
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$600 for that truck including air filter, fuel filter, spark plugs, and wires plus labor is a fair price.

yes we charge $50 per broken plug Napolean, but in that vehicle it is not a helicoil repair if the plug breaks, that isn't the issue. There is a special tooll for extracting the plug if the end breaks.

MJ personally I use only Motorcraft plugs on a Ford product, just my preference. $15 each.

And don't forget you need a 9/16" spark plug socket.









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meauxjeaux2
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$600 for that truck including air filter, fuel filter, spark plugs, and wires plus labor is a fair price.



ummm



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MJ personally I use only Motorcraft plugs on a Ford product, just my preference. $15 each.
so you put 2 piece plugs back in the motor?






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BTHog
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re: Camaro owner catches mechanics at dealership abusing his car


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ummm


excuse me , actually meant the boots, they aren't actually wires. just call them that.


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so you put 2 piece plugs back in the motor?


Part number SP-459 is to my knowledge a one piece plug.







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ThatsAFactJack
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re: Camaro owner catches mechanics at dealership abusing his car


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BTHog


How do you suggest going about finding a good trustworthy mechanic? I'm in Lafayette, LA and now for a fact the jackasses at Firestone can not be trusted. MFer's wanted to change the air filter and do a transmission flush on a car that was 4 months old. I would assume a local mechanic is more trustworthy then a chain but how do you find a good one?

TIA






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