Recently I had an overheating vehicle…on the weekend! I needed it to be in perfect working order by Monday morning so…I debated taking it to the corner chain store or to a quick lube equally close by. The quick lube won.
The young men there quickly took a look under the hood and then the equally fast diagnosis began.
“You need a new radiator!” said one.
“You need a new water pump!” declared another.
After much debate a manager returned from lunch and felt the hoses. It was a hose. It had a small slit-like crack underneath. The young men didn’t even feel the hoses and even I know that is the first thing to look at.
He ordered the hose…but it took three tries to get the correct hose delivered from an Advanced Auto Parts store. It also took three hours to replace the hose and give my radiator a flush (or fluid exchange for those of you out west!). I paid my bill and when I got home was amazed at how dirty the guys left my hood. I took it to a car wash immediately.
A few days later I had a rather longer than normal drive to another state and thought I detected a kind of burning smell. After my meeting I drove back to the quick lube. Again…they gathered around and looked under the hood whispering and gesturing and finally said that the hose had not been clamped properly and the cap had not been put on correctly either. It took about 45 minutes and I was given every assurance that all was well but they did ask me to drop by again in a few days so they could take another look…just to be sure. I did and all was declared well!
I had to take my car through the car wash again and wipe down my credit card that was extremely greasy. Yuck.
The moral of this story is…even the most eager to please, enthusiastic quick lube employees (including the manager) will never be as good at diagnosing and repairing even the simplest of issues as a certified technician.
My suggestion to all of you…SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS! To be certified takes work, dedication and a strong desire to be the best! You are the BEST! Wear it proudly!
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