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#4508 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [stickguy]
Sep 26, 2013 (2:01 pm)
American Prospector is so obviously scripted, I only watched 15 minutes.
#4509 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [qbrozen]
Sep 26, 2013 (1:31 pm)
Most of the techs I know don't watch any of those shows. None of them represent what we really deal with day in and day out. We wouldn't be able to put up with most of the antics they portrait. In the end they only manage to put out yet more false perceptions that we have to overcome.
#4511 of 4850 Re: Want to travel? Be an Audi tech? [thecardoc3]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 26, 2013 (2:27 pm)
In that part of the world, you'd probably have to know how to maintain the body armor and anti-carjacking flame throwers along the running boards.
#4512 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [stickguy]
Sep 26, 2013 (4:57 pm)
Oh, I meant to include prospector. Definitely in the hate column. How the hell did that guy make a career out of buying and selling junk. Oh, hey, they did that show already. It was Sanford and Son! Only now it lacks the intentional comedy.
#4513 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [isellhondas]
Sep 26, 2013 (5:53 pm)
I guess then it will be cheaper to work on, anyway. Tiny wire wheels with a million spokes sound better, especially if they are gold.
I am kind of surprised an old MB hasn't been messed up on one of those shows yet.
#4514 of 4850 The caller has a van that failed its emissions test
Sep 27, 2013 (7:19 pm)
Typical call, the owner has a van that he does all his own work on and it failed the emissions test. Being a 95 it gets the TSI which is a two speed idle test in Western Pa. My first thought was it's a van, yuck. I've never liked working on them and the older I get and the harder it is to move around it just gets more unpleasant. The guy was fun to talk to however and he wasn't really too interested in repairing it right now as much as he wants to do just enough that it qualifies for a waiver sticker. To get a waiver in Pa the owner only has to spend up to $150 attempting to repair the car. Only certified repair technicians can authorize a waiver so he was told to call us. When diagnostics and repairs are done by a shop the whole bill can be applied towards the waiver fee. If the owner does the work himself only the parts that were used qualify and he has to provide the receipts for the parts, have two failed emissions tests and then the technician has to confirm that the work was done and follow the rest of the routine to authorize the waiver. The customer had only put on about $70 in parts so he didn't qualify for the waiver yet, but they could be applied towards it and if we do the diagnostics that would get him to where he needs to be. He joked about just getting a bill to put him over the limit but I have my policy on that and if he has to spend a dime we make sure that he gets some value out of the expense and we really work towards making an improvement in the vehicles performance. (I won't throw parts for the sake of throwing parts). The last thing we agreed on was since this is a (conversion) van and the engine cover needs to be removed, he would pull the passengers front seat and have the engine cover fully exposed so that I would not have to spend any time doing that. He set his appointment for this morning (Friday).
This morning he called to let us know that he couldn't keep his appointment today. His son went into sudden cardiac arrest last night and he has been in the hospital with him all night and he had to head back there. The worst part was when he said that it doesn't look good for his son. Meanwhile he was apologizing for not being able to make it in and was worried that it would be an issue for us. All I could do was offer our sympathies and let him know we would add his son to our prayers and re-assured him that his family was more important and taking care of his van can wait. We will be there for him when he is ready, and for him to not worry about us because I have plenty of work to keep me busy. Just thinking about what he was going through put a dark cloud on the whole day.
#4515 of 4850 Re: Want to travel? Be an Audi tech? [thecardoc3]
Sep 28, 2013 (9:35 pm)
This link really did strange things to my browser. Opened a half screen of something and seemed to lock the cursor on this window. Could not get to much of anything else. I cntl+alt+del and started Task Manager and stopped the application.
I have run one virus/malware scanner and nothing was found, but just thought I would note the problem I had.
#4516 of 4850 Re: Want to travel? Be an Audi tech? [bolivar]
Sep 29, 2013 (5:07 am)
That's strange. Linked in is a professional networking site and the link still works just fine. Well anyway the only thing you missed is they want an experienced Audi tech and the rate of pay you can expect for moving to South Africa is 18,000-20,000 Rand a month.
#4517 of 4850 Re: Want to travel? Be an Audi tech? [thecardoc3]
Sep 29, 2013 (7:37 am)
It worked for me too.
FWIW, ZAR 20K is worth about USD 2K, so not a huge wage - maybe a lower cost of living than some of the US, but not the safest most stable society either.