[DML] Re: collapsible steering column
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[DML] Re: collapsible steering column

I would argue that properly repairing the steering column is about as
dangerous as rebuilding a steering rack (which all of the Delorean
venders do). The point is that a part, any part, properly repaired can
be as good (or maybe even better) than a new part. Just because DMCH
has an abundance of parts should not mean that some parts are too
dangerous to repair. I would agree that a new part is usually better
but in this case I cannot see that replacing the column would be any
better than repairing the old one. The new part has the same chance of
failure as the origional part did. In any case some parts ARE more
important than others. A failure in the steering could cause a loss of
control with disasterous consequences. Another reason only
professionals with experience should work on these systems. They could
use their judgement as to what can and cannot be done safely. I stand
by my opinion that the column was never meant to fail in this manner
so it is either a design defect or a manufacturing defect. The
inventoried parts will fail the same way, they are not any better so
why NOT fix the failed part? I understand that Liability has a whole
different meaning for a vendor, it is not quite the same thing as an
owner to repair his own car in any manner he chooses. I wonder how you
would argue this if DMCH didn't have any columns in stock. I hate
seeing precious inventory used up unnecessarily. If it is that
critical a part maybe there should be some kind of exchange program
with a credit for the cores?
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Chris Shepherd <chrisau79@...> wrote:
> James,
>   Take a good look at the part in question. It is not designed to
collapse where the X's cross, it is designed to collapse between the
crosses. The fact that it is broken where it is indicates a design
flaw. It should never break period. How would you like to have those
ends jammed into your leg, or worse, in the event of an accident. I
would have it welded and have all the other points where the crosses
are formed strengthened at the same time.
>   Chris
> 06301
> Find me on Google Earth
> 45°43'03.24"N 123°53'45.81"W
> James Espey <james@...> wrote:
>           --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "David Teitelbaum"
<jtrealty@> wrote:
> (SNIP)
> > properly weld and paint. Liability is a whole other issue. If
> > liability is that big a problem how can anyone repair anything.
> > Besides, I never had anyone come back complaining about their
> > parachute not opening (if you know what I mean)!
> There's a distinct difference between repairing someone's alternator
> and repairing a part of the car designed and built to perform in a
> certain manner in an accident. And while the skydiver may not complain
> about their parachute opening, I am sure that one of their heirs
> might, in the form of an attorney knocking on your door.
> At the end of the day, I have to wonder why someone would cheap out on
> a safety related part?
> James
> >
> >

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