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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #520 on: December 11, 2019, 01:15:57 PM »
I smell State-assisted lawsuit.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #521 on: December 11, 2019, 03:56:27 PM »
I smell State-assisted lawsuit.

Mechanics in the US are liable for the quality of the exact work they perform, not the repercussions of that work on related parts. Unless the specific part they replaced fails, it's not their problem, even if they should have noticed an eminent danger when they fixed it. They refused to source the part so there is no warranty on the part either, just the work. They can also strongarm you when your vehicle is broken by charging you for every day the vehicle remains in the shop as a "storage" fee, so unless you pay to tow it elsewhere ASAP you are pressured to accept whatever they demand. Also, quotes aren't exact values, only an estimate of time, so they can charge upwards of 3x the quote without any recourse.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #522 on: December 11, 2019, 04:31:55 PM »
From the smell of it, you've looked into it already. My sister's gone through a similar issue with a motorcycle she bought, brand new, and the transmission failed her -twice- when she was in the middle of traffic, which could have gotten her killed. Currently the damn thing is the object of a lawsuit, and they're arguing anything from 'unforeseeable circumstances' to her being a bad driver.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #523 on: December 11, 2019, 09:35:18 PM »
I had my mechanic friend do basic maintenance and when the brakes wouldn't bleed properly I brought it in to be inspected. They found that the master cylinder had a leak and needed to be replaced, so I paid out of pocket for that. They signed off on it but said that the brake error light had tripped because my proportioning valve had stuck, but was assured that it may unstick itself if I drive it as normal. I did so and the brakes gave out, then locked up. My mechanic friend examined it, found both rear cylinders were stuck pressurized and replaced them both. The new ones immediately repressurized as well. We gave up and sent it back to the shop where they said "yeah, the proportioning valve balances pressure between front and back brakes, we told you it was stuck". Note that they told me to drive on it anyway, and neglected to tell me the function of the valve other than "it trips the error light". Cue them refusing to source the part because it is too old, and me having to provide an unwarrantied part and pay them $500 to install it.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #524 on: December 12, 2019, 09:07:38 AM »
...isn't that tantamount to tricking the client?
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #525 on: December 12, 2019, 11:39:29 AM »
...isn't that tantamount to tricking the client?

Apparently giving offhand advice on a part they didn't personally work on doesn't involve professional ethics >.>
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #526 on: December 12, 2019, 12:05:09 PM »
No, I'm pretty sure if they tell you "it will work itself out driving" and then the part breaks down BECAUSE you drove as you were told, and then they charge you for it, that's tricking you.

Even if it isn't covered by a mechanic's code of ethics (they have one of those?), it's just acting in bad faith.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #527 on: December 12, 2019, 12:49:24 PM »
Professional ethics are a general thing, there isn't a mechanic code of ethics specifically.

The issue is that Nytemare has shitty mechanics.

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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #528 on: December 12, 2019, 04:11:09 PM »
The issue is that Nytemare has shitty mechanics.

The pool of mechanics who have a lift, can fit my vehicle, and aren't going to gouge me is not terribly large. That said, I found one near my work site who's only charging ~$50 for to inspect it and putting it towards a repair if he figures it out.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #529 on: December 12, 2019, 09:10:32 PM »
If you had moved down here I could have helped.  :P

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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #530 on: December 14, 2019, 04:39:37 AM »
The new part was faulty. Possibly fixable with strong epoxy, but more likely needs replacing outright.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #531 on: December 14, 2019, 10:00:10 AM »
Sweet merciful Jebus, man. I haven't seen this many continuous rotten events in one's life since bhu.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #532 on: December 14, 2019, 09:26:24 PM »
Sweet merciful Jebus, man. I haven't seen this many continuous rotten events in one's life since bhu.

Man, this is just the ones I feel comfortable talking about with y'all. There's an undercurrent of health complications I stopped talking about to anyone and legal trouble from living in an area where my existence is illegal.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #533 on: December 15, 2019, 12:12:53 AM »
I'm so sorry to hear it.  :bigeyes

*sends MASSIVE hugs your way*
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #534 on: December 15, 2019, 02:17:20 PM »
Yeah.

Hugs.

You need 'em.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #535 on: December 16, 2019, 10:44:40 AM »
Well, that and money, but hugs are free and I got no money.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #536 on: December 17, 2019, 09:24:34 PM »
Well, that and money, but hugs are free and I got no money.

It's the worst feeling when you start to get bitter because people around you care enough to wish you well, but nobody has the resources to pull you out of your predicament, and it starts to feel hollow and you push away the people around you because being gracious about the kindness shown gets exhausting because the kindness does nothing on its own after a while and just reminds you how fucked you are.

That said, I DO appreciate you wishing me well.

Silver Lining: My estranged father visited unannounced and gave me $50 for christmas. Thanks for the food money pops.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #537 on: December 18, 2019, 03:47:42 PM »
Well, that and money, but hugs are free and I got no money.

It's the worst feeling when you start to get bitter because people around you care enough to wish you well, but nobody has the resources to pull you out of your predicament, and it starts to feel hollow and you push away the people around you because being gracious about the kindness shown gets exhausting because the kindness does nothing on its own after a while and just reminds you how fucked you are.

That said, I DO appreciate you wishing me well.

Silver Lining: My estranged father visited unannounced and gave me $50 for christmas. Thanks for the food money pops.

I can understand the feeling. Thanks to my country demanding 150 dollars for a freakin' Kickstarter campaign reward I'm out of cash to hand out. Look me up on Februrary though.
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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #538 on: December 23, 2019, 03:30:40 PM »
Needed some window cleaner.
Went to el cheapos down the street.

Utterly bedraggled cashier looks like she's about to cry and keel over.
Me:  Don't worry , Christmas is almost over.
Her:  I know, thank God.

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Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« Reply #539 on: January 22, 2020, 11:16:01 PM »
So one of the guards I work with got caught watching the Lingerie Football League on the work PC.  His defense was "It's not a sexual thing, I just like watching them hit each other.  They're worse than the men are."

I peeked at the history of stuff he searched for

"LFL sexiest highlights"

Sigh...