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Old 02-06-2020, 04:28 PM
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I've thankfully never had to really go for auto parts more complicated than new windshield wipers, but I'll keep this thread in mind in case I ever do.

Re: the talk of what's-taught-in-schools-these-days, I agree there seems to be a lot of stuff that doesn't seem to apply in the modern world. Or at least, from what I remember of my education two decades ago. I feel like a lot of kids would benefit from mathematics if they minimized the quadratic equation stuff and emphasized instead math that can be applied to finances, y'know like "Here's how to balance a checkbook," and "this is how interest rates work."
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Old 02-07-2020, 02:36 AM
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You do need to remember the issues on the other side of the counter. I am old. I am female. I am a motorhead.

I have owned and maintained a 1979 Triumph Spitfire since it came off the boat. I KNOW what I need for my car. I KNOW that the battery listed in your book is different, but I don't want that battery. I want the battery I know fits. If you insist that I'm too female/old/stupid to know what battery I want, I will buy the wrong one you insist on, then pull the old, disabled, female card and insist that you carry it out and try to install it. I will also be very gracious about it when we have to go back into the store so you can do the return/exchange.

Of course, I will have make, model, VIN, color and all other details available on request. Ask me, please! I just love to talk about my car and what a PITA it is.
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Old 02-07-2020, 10:27 AM
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I have owned and maintained a 1979 Triumph Spitfire since it came off the boat.
Ooh, nice!

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I KNOW what I need for my car. I KNOW that the battery listed in your book is different, but I don't want that battery. I want the battery I know fits. If you insist that I'm too female/old/stupid to know what battery I want, I will buy the wrong one you insist on, then pull the old, disabled, female card and insist that you carry it out and try to install it. I will also be very gracious about it when we have to go back into the store so you can do the return/exchange.
I hope that you also purchase the battery you originally asked for, ask them to install it again, then casually mention just before you beg your leave that you have been maintaining the car since you bought it in 1979, and that you should know what you need by now.

Alternatively, just take the old battery in with you, and say "I want this one".
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Old 02-07-2020, 03:35 PM
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If your car is broken, take it to a MECHANIC, not the auto parts store.
I wish we would get rid of battery and alternator testing except for warranty claims. Code reads? Sure which one do you want to buy? Wait you want me to read the codes and then tell you what magical part, that only costs $5, will fix your POS you bought at auction or the car that you do not do maintenance on?

I like being able to pop in an auto parts store for a code read. Sure, I may not know what needs to be done to fix it, but it does at least give me an idea of what's going on when I take it in to the mechanic. And how urgent it is. O2 sensor out? Cool, that can wait a bit. I had a VW that went through those things like candy so when the check engine light came on, I wasn't particularly concerned if that's all it was. Oil pressure not right? That's a bit more concerning.



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You do need to remember the issues on the other side of the counter. I am old. I am female. I am a motorhead.

I have owned and maintained a 1979 Triumph Spitfire since it came off the boat. I KNOW what I need for my car. I KNOW that the battery listed in your book is different, but I don't want that battery. I want the battery I know fits. If you insist that I'm too female/old/stupid to know what battery I want, I will buy the wrong one you insist on, then pull the old, disabled, female card and insist that you carry it out and try to install it. I will also be very gracious about it when we have to go back into the store so you can do the return/exchange.

I got a suuuuuper flat tire awhile back that happened taking Minion to school. Both my husband and one of the guys at the school swore up and down I should have a jack in my trunk to put on the spare tire. Now, I know I'm a dumb female, but I know what a jack is and that I didn't have one. We bought the car second hand, and I guess the jack didn't make it in the car when it was sold. The school guy used his and helped me get the spare on and I went on my way. And then once the repairs were done, I went and bought a jack.
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:50 PM
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What bothers me is when people want me to diagnose their car, not just get a code read.
Many people don't understand is that the codes are to help a mechanic diagnose a car. They don't say "replace this part".
I have been asked for a "bank 2 lean" sensor. It just shows that they not only don't understand what a rich or lean condition is they don't really know what a sensor is.
I love it when someone comes in and knows their car and what they want/need. If it is not busy I'll stand their and chat about their car or my cars past and present.
I love cars and working on them. I don't love dealing with people that really have no business doing anything but taking their car to a professional. Some people want to get free advise or diagnoses and then take their parts to a "lot mechanic" or "alley mechanic" to have them installed. Rather then seeing a professional mechanic to have the job done right.
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:54 PM
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You do need to remember the issues on the other side of the counter. I am old. I am female. I am a motorhead.

I have owned and maintained a 1979 Triumph Spitfire since it came off the boat. I KNOW what I need for my car. I KNOW that the battery listed in your book is different, but I don't want that battery. I want the battery I know fits. If you insist that I'm too female/old/stupid to know what battery I want, I will buy the wrong one you insist on, then pull the old, disabled, female card and insist that you carry it out and try to install it. I will also be very gracious about it when we have to go back into the store so you can do the return/exchange.

Of course, I will have make, model, VIN, color and all other details available on request. Ask me, please! I just love to talk about my car and what a PITA it is.
I will make recommendations based on the catalog, I don't know everything about every car. But if a customer is insistent, I will sell them whatever they want.
Just tell me why you don't want the battery that is listed and that will tell me that you know your car and I will be more than happy to install it for you.
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Old 02-10-2020, 03:06 AM
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I have owned and maintained a 1979 Triumph Spitfire since it came off the boat.
I think I love you! (And that despite the obvious streak of masochism shown by your choice of an emissions-strangled British car!)


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... once the repairs were done, I went and bought a jack.
I tried to use the stock jack in my MINI one day due to a leaking tire. I said "try", because the jack is a bizarre little lever-thing that sagged and dug into the side skirt of the car when I tried it.

Got the tire dealt with (plugged by a shop right around the corner from where I parked), and went to a junkyard and picked up a scissors-jack like the ones from my old Hondas. If I'm not using my big Lincoln floor jack at home, at least I have an emergency jack I can be confident in using on the road.
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Old 02-10-2020, 05:17 AM
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I do hate the newer stock offerings for jacks and THE FREAKIN SPARE. Those little donut spares aren't that much cheaper than a real tire for the vehicle, but multiplied by 100k units, it's a nice little round of bonuses for someone. That extra couple dollars isn't worth my irritation or risk when I need that damn thing. When I get a vehicle that has one of those donuts, I start shopping for a real tire/wheel to replace it. (And a jack upgrade, if needed)
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:40 AM
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When I get a vehicle that has one of those donuts, I start shopping for a real tire/wheel to replace it. (And a jack upgrade, if needed)
Unfortunately I don't have a choice, as the space for the "spare" simply doesn't have room for a proper wheel/tyre combo (too shallow) and I don't feel comfortable not having it properly secured in the space allocated.
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Old 02-10-2020, 11:46 AM
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At least you got the donut. My 2016 Dodge, which DOES have space for a real spare, came with a odd device that can either dispense air or Fix-a-Flat.
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