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Old 08-01-2012, 09:14 AM
ArtNJr ArtNJr is offline
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Vacuum is bad enough -- I can only guess @ how time-consuming it would be to take the dash apart to get to little servo motors :-(

I know why manufacturers do that though (having been a manufacturing engineer) -- the profit on new vehicles is surprisingly low & the engineers design them to go together as fast & as efficiently as possible on the assembly line -- no thought is given to servicing individual parts @ a later date. (I always said if I owned a car co. I'd make new engineers work as line mechanics in a dealership for 2 years before they would be allowed to design anything -- but the cost of the vehicles produced would be astronomical).

And since the service dept. is where the dealerships really make their $$$, the longer it takes, the better. Most charge by flat-rate manual & a good mechanic can beat it easily -- i.e., if the manual says this job takes 5 hours, the customer gets charged for 5 & the mechanic (excuse me, "technician") gets paid for 5 -- even if it only takes him an hour & 1/2. Techs learn to be good 1st, then fast & one of my good friends quit a management job in a dealership to go back to being a "line mechanic" simply because he made a lot more $$$ -- he's both good & fast & his paycheck is for a 120-hour week on average, even though he only actually works 40.
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