[DML] Re: clutch
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[DML] Re: clutch



20 years ago this wasn't that unusual a car in most respects. 

I don't think that overall mechanics are "worse" but you don't see any 
educated in the past 20 years with experience on this FI system in 
particular. 

Like anyone else doing a job, when they work on similar cars day after 
day they are fine, one Honda is pretty much like the next after a 
while. Documentation and training are up to date and in the guys' 
hands. 

In a normal shop, when a DeLorean comes in that's not in the "labor 
rate book" they mechanic goes on the clock. They can't beat the clock, 
and if they take all day finding the plug that fell halfway out of the 
ECU they have to charge the customer 8 hours labor. If you don't bring 
them a manual they don't have one. The customer isn't happy, the tech 
isn't happy, and his boss isn't happy. This is why so many shops will 
just plain turn you away - the service writer just knows that it will 
come out bad with ill feelings on both sides. They are also scared to 
death that they will break some non-replaceable part unrelated to the 
orignal complaint. 

Overall though, it's bad to generalize. I'm sure there are many shops 
out there with a tech or two with some experience or a higher than 
average ability to non-destructively troubleshoot and solve problems. 
That's why you see forums like this where people are asking for 
references. 

Dave S

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Wilson Hitchings" <canon20dfan@...> 
wrote:
>
> If the general opinion is that quality mechanics are on the decline, 
> I'm curious why that is. Repair places have had a profit motive since 
> day one, but many of you are saying a good mechanic is harder to find 
> now than it was, say, 20 years ago. Why?
>



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