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Mario last won the day on April 7 2018

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  2. We are trying to make a buck, customers are trying to save a buck. Can't really blame anybody. I laugh at "part quality" that some mention here. Lets face it, there are a few major part manufactures around, everything else is just a label stuck on a different color box. All part quality is sketchy. Some praise the dealer parts, and while I agree they generally are better, there are still plenty of dealer parts that are garbage. I just try to buy the best part I can for the best price with the best warranty, That is the best I can do. On a side n
  3. Quote it high always. If your tech blows the time out of the water then comp the next oil change to make up for the increase of price with th customer. Never told them you quoted high or they will think you quote everything high, just coupon a oil change and everybody is happy
  4. I have the cheaper snapon, it was $1300 or so. Before that I had a DIY machine for about 2 years. Before that I would fill the evap systems with 1.5psi of air and use soapy water to find leaks. Both worked, but the snapon is much easier.
  5. Warning: Rant alert. Being a proficient technician is a very challenging job that does not receive the recognition or compensation it requires. A proficient general technician, which is required in most independent shops (at least in my area), requires being good at diagnosing and repairing internal engine issues, engine accessory issues, air conditioning, cooling systems, exhaust systems, engine management, wiring, interior components such as windows - sunroofs - door locks - touch screen units - communication systems, engine electrical, suspension, tires, brakes, transmissions... You b
  6. Get it closed and be done with it. I understand rolling windows down on test drive, I do it. Probably opened a sunroof or two as well.
  7. In the shop no. Outside the shop and they are not your customers? Will this is a capitalist country, I say have at it to the tech.
  8. You just tell the customer those are business files. Ask him to go to Wal*Mart and request their invoice on a 50" Television. I have had customers ask those for "warranty reasons". The only thing I give customers are the warranty terms & conditions from used/reman engine/trans I buy and I staple them to the invoice. I tell them if they need a warranty claim we ARE the warranty claim, not the distributor.
  9. Had a company in pittsburgh rebuilding engines & trans, prices were great, warranty was good, quality was good, and then they got a contract with FoMoCo to only do Ford Engines and sell through the dealers. Still looking for a good place to buy remans after that happened. Most cars around here that need engines are about 10 years old or more, most customers won't put $4500 into just to purchase the reman. After labor and misc. parts the bill can push $7k on a car barely worth that, which is why I hardly even call Jasper for a price.
  10. If you are getting undercut because of part pricing that is a conversation you need to have with parts supplier. I am never embarrassed to negotiate pricing with my suppliers on anything (parts, insurance, supplies, heck just got $22 knocked off our monthly trash bill). It keeps my total operating cost minimal and my stress cost minimal as well. If the competition is using economy grade struts and you are installing top level struts make sure the customer knows. I'll install the economy monroes if it means winning the job, but the warranty is not the same. But I also only install qui
  11. If it has a jasper anything in it unfortunately it is unknown if the quality of a rebuild. Id would see what the shop thinks on the overall condition of motor before going forward.
  12. I had a corolla a few years ago that would intermittently lose brakes. Don't remember if it was while parked but definitely happened at speed. I replaced mc no go. Por valve had no moving parts and no leaks so I skipped that. Ran it with vac booster hooked up and off, didn't matter would still lose brakes. Eventually just replaced calipers and problem went away. I can't think of a test to verify problem was caliper because I watched them work when peddle was pressed. I just did it and it was the solution
  13. I have a 80 Gallon westinghouse from 1955, everything is original. It is one of the slower rpm pumps, takes longer to fill up the tank in the morning but with battery tools it doens't get the use that it did before. Hope to never have to replace it, its been dependable and only cost me $100 :-) Friends I have that own shops have had issues with the IRs and Snap-On compressors. They are also very loud compared to my westinghouse. I have my compressor in a backroom and its very quiet. I can't stand working in areas with loud compressors.
  14. Battery impacts are very strong these days, 18v Fuel impact is stronger than most 1/2 air impacts. That said I have heard they don't work well with torque sticks (not sure why). And with that said, all wheels should be torqued with a torque wrench to make sure they are not under tightened (although they may be over tightened). Myself if I have a 100 ft-lbs wheel nut, I tighten it with a 80ft-lbs Torque Stick then finish it off with a torque wrench. But I don't stress speed over being accurate.

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