Com reader whose sports convertable was trashed by a left-off oilcap followed by an irresponsible steam clean. The dealer first made a bonehead mistake leaving off the oilcap , and compounded it by incredibly poor judgement steam cleaning the engine. Any time you need tires, shocks, or any sort of suspension work, these are the go-to guys. But because of the competition, the proximity of shops, and the knowledge transfer as mechanics switch shops, Reseda has more excellent shops than most. If you read the April Troubleshooting Professional Magazine, you know I felt very insecure keeping my data in Windows-centric formats.
Names have been changed to protect the guilty -- I don't feel like going into court. The next shop I called was Cool Shift Transmission and Automotive Center, Inc. We don't want to test drive your car with all these leaks. Major repairs on a non-functioning car are no time to try out a new shop. Intake air enters through the air cleaner into the turbo compressor inlet.
Prices were then compared among shops. Finding and Retaining Great Shops The time to find a great repair shop is not when the tow truck arrives. I figured it would be thousands, in which case I'd have it towed to the junkyard. There were occasions it trashed them so badly I had to restore from backup, losing the last few days' messages. Now drive a mile further north, cross into the town of Northridge, and on the east side of Reseda Blvd you'll see Quality Auto, a cool used car lot. Tschanen is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, with a degree in journalism. If your car must break down, let it be in Reseda.
But I cannot advise you to entirely rule out messy shops, simply because a shop I used for years to do all sorts of tricky repairs was messy, and they did excellent work. Out in back was an excellent transmission shop. Does it seem like he's aware of all the tech info, or is he one of these people who thinks each symptom has one and only one possible cause? The more we know, the better job we can do. The owner knew his stuff, and all the mechanics did too. If your tranny busts in Orlando, Florida, head straight for Cool Shift. Windows search has been replaced by a combination of the Linux locate command, find piped into grep, and kfind. No one is an expert on everything.
Letters to the Editor All letters become the property of the publisher Steve Litt , and may be edited for clarity or brevity. If you brought me a car I could not fix it for you. Would it bluescreen, and if so how badly would it trash my mailboxes. I continue finding superior Linux based tools and riffs to replace the tools and riffs I left behind. We do not currently pay for articles. When you find a great shop, find the one person who makes it great, and make it clear to that person that if he moves he should let you know where he went so you can follow. My experience tells me that for every super great dealer like Bill Murphy Buick, there's a buffoon like the guys who left the oilcap off and then steam cleaned, or the guys who replace Sylvia's computer four times.
Tuneups that hurt more than they helped. No more computer repairs or resulting life-squelching shop time. The ideal time to find great shops is before you need them. This story illustrates the point that sometimes it's better to specialize, rather than taking all repairs. He has over 35 years practical experience as a technician and educator, covering a wide variety of makes and models. So while the one-man shop will survive for the repair of pre-1990 cars, and the best one man shops will survive on pure quality, they will become less influential.
Hylton High School, Woodbridge, Va. But I knew the days of fill and drive were over. They seemed cool over the phone, almost bragging about their free estimates. The first is how to run a shop. Maintain Your Car The best mechanic in the world won't help if you go 15,000 miles between oil changes, ignore fluid leaks, let fluids run out, ignore braking problems, and let little problems get big.
If the edges are bent, bend them back to their original angle, using the pliers in the gunsmithing tool set. He couldn't look at the car today, but if I brought it in the first thing the next morning he'd take it for a test run, look at it, and give me an estimate. Sylvia handed the car to the Murphy techs with a complete symptom description. Dia is not as easy for me as Windows Draw was -- Netscape Composer is quirkier under Linux. So even though Fred's shop was 20 miles away while the other shop was maybe 2 miles, I told the current shop not to touch the car, and the next day I took it to Cool Shift.
Maybe you obtained an upgrade without paying. Gather info on the Internet, and ask him questions. He can be reached at. The car suffered several instances of dead battery in less than 2 years, in spite of the fact that the dealer replaced the battery twice and the alternator once. Would their battery service be as good? This process should only take you about 15 minutes to find out what is wrong and fix it.
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