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Not So Simple Mirror Replacement

Ted Kell
10/16/2012  
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Mirror, Mirror, on the Door
Critic   11/6/2012 12:30:31 PM
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You had to remove a door panel to get to an electrical connector for a door component?  Not unusual!  How much would more would you pay for a car that could have any of its repairs successfully performed by an untrained idiot?  I think I'd prefer not to pay for that.

Removal and replacement of a door panel is an operation that can be done by a trained, experienced mechanic in a few minutes or less.  I do realize that someone who has never removed the door panel of a particular make/model, and hasn't read the relevant service literature or been trained, might have to spend a lot of time doing it, and possibly break parts in the process.  It is your learning process that makes the task difficult or labor-intensive.

Sometimes fasteners used to hold door panels in place break or wear out and have to be replaced.  This is not a big deal, and the fasteners are cheap and readily available.  When I need to buy fasteners, I buy 100 at a time and keep some on hand in case I need more later.  Many fasteners can be used on multiple makes and models- they are not generally specific to one application.

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Re: Replacement Parts
Tool_maker   11/6/2012 12:42:29 PM
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  Unfortunately you are right on with your opinion of auto mechanics in entirely too many cases and I wish I had a good answer for you. In many cases credentials are posted on the walls of the waiting room/office. Other times you may have a referal or personal contact. It may take many trips before you have confidence, but how is that different from any other service you have performed? I have gone to dentists, doctors, barbers, and accountants with the proper licenses on display that did not perform their tasks to my satisfaction. It is a roll of the dice, but I think you are more likely to find a qualified mechanic making his living in a garage than you are if the guy is working out behind his house in the alley.

  Here in St. Louis, we are very lucky to be the hometown of Ranken Technical College, which has an excellent automechanics program. So we can look for diplomas. But even then he/she may have graduated at the bottom of the class.

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Re: Brake line replacement
Battar   11/7/2012 2:21:19 AM
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Who takes responsibility for safety critical repairs? If a qualified mechanic makes a mistake and someone gets hurt, his fault is in not following procedures. If I do the job and make a mistake, my fault is in take on a job I am not qualified to perform. In terms of liability, thats a big difference.

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Re: Brake line replacement
Cadman-LT   11/14/2012 11:56:10 AM
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Trusting a mechanic is always hit or miss. Luckily for me I have friends that are mechanics and I can trust them. Heck they even work for free!  

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