Nobody at the apple store could figure out my bluetooth headphone issue. Now I have sony cellphone
I use a Nexus 5X.
guardian452 wrote: I also write service manuals for vehicle OEMs and did that full-time for a while (Par-Tech). I think I can read my own work.
guardian452 wrote:So after your $35/hr junior trainee tech replaces the sensor and it still doesn't work.. well, let's see. Could be a wiring problem, ECU input circuit... exhaust leak, the wrong part installed by some shadetree down the street ... any one of which takes several hours of diagnostics and hundreds of dollars of parts to diagnose. Are you sure you're ready to fire that parts cannon based on what some machine that the vehicle manufacturer has never heard of? Are you going to trust your customer not bring it back or write a bad review on the intertubes?
It can be any of those, yeah. But, 9/10 it's the O2 sensor. And I do understand the whole mechanics doing the work wrong - I wasn't even ASE and I was doing better work than some of the shops down the street at the place. I made mistakes, sure, but I never once grumbled about working on a car regardless of the manufacturer - except Audis and a few others. Audi's manual for pretty much anything is remove a hundred components first and THEN do the work. The exact opposite of intuitive.
We did have bad reviews but the manager of the shop is a good friend of mine. He knew if I made a mistake, I'd pay for it without question. Which I did. First week on the job, I didn't torque a driveshaft down properly, the customer's shaft dropped out 3 days later. I did the repair work for free and we offered the customer a credit for next time they came in.
The point was that cars made after 1996 have OBD and are mostly mechanical vs a computer which is mostly electronic. While I'd love an OBD2-like interface to be standardized across computer manufacturers and have more sophisticated repair procedures, the industry isn't interested in something like that which would cost a fortune. In computers, if your SCSI bus fails, it could be the controller, any number of capacitors, the connector, the IRQ lines going to the CPU, etc. And I don't see a diagnostic system like that being better.
The point me, John, and several others were making was that Apple has done nothing to advance the field of computer repair and by gluing, soldering and integrating everything into one expensive board, they're moving backwards, instead of forwards. Now, my Thinkpad, the CPU is socketed (I upgraded it!) the RAM is 100% removable, both drives are standard SATA connectors and the majority of components are easily replaceable. On a modern Apple computer, outside of the trash bin Mac Pro, I don't think there's any you can replace the RAM on. They've neutered the Mini so you have to get an iMac to get any functionality, they purposefully are obsoleting their machines to say "Fuck you customer. Buy more of our overpriced shit."
guardian452 wrote:Could be faulty sensor.. could be the wrong part installed, could be wiring, could be a bad ECU flash, I've seen missing teeth on the reluctor wheel or even the wrong reluctor wheel installed (not sure how that one happened... took 3 days to figure out on an early-00's ford bus with the 6.8L). The majority of issues I see are the wrong part, looking at the wrong thing, see a lot of counterfeit and off-brand parts, and of course wiring and ground issues...
That's certainly different from my own experiences.
But I see the other side... I get phone calls when other mechanics (dealer and indy) get stuck, or their technicians make problems worse instead of better. I never get to see the basic R&R job where everything goes smoothly except regular maintenance on my own car. And not a whole lot to go wrong on an MX-5, I'm afraid.
I have a 99 NB. Its a rust bucket but it keeps going. I like the non-interference engine design, the light weight and the fact everything is easy to get to.
guardian452 wrote:I find this a difficult claim to take seriously because 2015 was the first year for this configuration. How many 2015+ LX/LC's with the 3.6 did you replace the motor in? *Lots* of police cars with that motor, and they are getting old now. These cars definitely have their fair share of issues, any car does, and I trust FCA less than a lot of other makes, but all in all they're solid. 10 years ago the 6 was a dog (was it still the 2.7?) but they are a world apart. A blown coolant hose is a neglect issue. They should be inspected regardless of the car make/model/year.
The 3.6L is used in many Chryslers. I have mostly experience with the previous generation of the Challenger, as you may expect. But I have a lot of experience with the drivetrain used in those cars. I don't consider a coolant hose break at 100-120k a neglect issue. My first car, a '95 BMW 5 series had the original branded radiator hoses up to 200k. The reason I know is it was the older OEM style that was made during its production. Then the radiator fan got out of balance and slashed the hoses - I consider that impressive as the fan and clutch were original on the car for it to have last that long. It also didn't blow the headgasket from this, which is surprising as my ex drove it a mile home with temp well into the red. She was an idiot though.
The Pentastar's weak points are its heads warp super easily, it has delicate timing chain guides, the oil passages are undersized requiring lighter weights of oil than I'd put in an engine of its design and the poor dimensional tolerances of the valves inevitably means valve seals leak and burn oil prematurely.
I had an '83 (with carburetor!) it ran alright for a few years, sold it when I moved back to USA, but I guess it just doesn't get that cold in Ontario
Mine was pretty low-miles, too.
Your '83 is not the FCs that I have experience with. FCs had oil leakage bad from the front seals in sub-zero weather.
The point stands - if Apple can't make hardware that we can service, repair, maintain, and upgrade, they will continue this slide into being nothing more than the Chrysler of the computer world. Or worse, the Daewoo (GM absorbed Daewoo and is heading that way themselves). Daewoo is synonymous with the Korean word for shit.