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Old 06-20-2010, 08:46 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Last time I took my car in to a Jiffy lube the moron on the other end of the wrench WAY overtightened the drain plug to the point I couldn't remove it with a pipe wrench! i then took it to a Jiffy lube, told the manager the problem, and managed to get the plug off with a special socket meant to basically destroy the head of the bolt, but remove it nonetheless.

I'm hoping to be hired by a Jiffy Lube type place in the next week, so we'll have someone who knows a crankshaft from a camshaft in the oil and lube business!

On the bit about garages trying to upsell their customers, I've a story for that one. My babysitter has a POS Dodge van that is a headache to work on, but since I resurrected it from the grace so to speak she always takes it to me for a cheap service. She once decided to take her van to the Dodge dealership to fix the electric windoes that didn't always want to roll up and down. Thing about it was, if you held your tongue right, they would both work, but if the didn't work, they were both inoperable. Some guy at the dealership wanted $400 to change out both the motors for the windows (she said adios at that point.) Thing about it is, what were the chances of both motors going out at once, and intermittently at that, and simultaneously? Someone there needed a class in critical thought for certain!
RIP Maxima 1997-2012

Originally Posted by jamesqf View Post
I think you missed the point I was trying to make, which is that it's not rational to do either speed or fuel economy mods for economic reasons. You do it as a form of recreation, for the fun and for the challenge.

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