So i got a customer in that was unhappy about a previous for good reason. He came to me when my bar 97 machine was down so he went to another shop not to far. The car is a 1997 ford f150 and everything passed except for the visual. the tech wrote and told the customer "intake manifold control bushings bad or worn out." Then proceeded to tell the customer it would pass with about $300 worth of work down.
Customer brings me the same car with out doing anything and it passes just fine. I just cant believe that they would make up something to fail him on. I told the customer to report the shop but is there anything i can do to help?
I have failed a few Windstars for disconnected IMRC linkages. They were caused by worn or broken nylon bushings at the arms. I have probably passed a few of those as well, and I don't know if what I'm saying is applicable to an F-150, but I wouldn't immediately throw another tech under the bus for being stricter than I am on visuals. Now, if it can be proven that he pulled that fail out of his ass with no evidence at all, then I agree with you.
“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”
I've changed intake manifold runner control bushings on a 1997 Ford F150 with 4.2L V6, but it was due to codes. I charged $270 labor to R&R the plenum and replace the bushings. It totaled a little over $300.
On that platform, you can't even see the bushing.
Why make it simple, when it will work equally as well complicated.
TVIS opened fine. no noise, no codes, passed on emissions. I was wrong to say there r no such thing but i have never heard or seen these before which i why i thought it was shady. I admit my fault, but still there was no lack of power or torque. i even asked the customer when he takes it on the highway and opens the throttle up if there is any lack of power or anything he notices and he said no.
Roger, who cares? You just got yourself 3 more customers.
You think the guy who they tried to screw will ever go back to that shop? Do you think he will praise and tell all his friends about the good deal he got? The next time he needs a test, what shop do you think he will tell them to go to?
One of the first things I heard and use in my shop, You do bad, 8 people will hear about it. You do good, 3 will.
So don't worry be happy, that shop just got you more business.
Life will give you rope. It will give you enough to make a ladder to pull yourself up, or an noose to hang yourself with.
If the truck was a 6 cylinder it has IMRC set up, if the plastic bushings crack the linkage falls out and the actuator opens and closes and never sets a code, but the system doesent work. The only time it sets a code is when it gets stuck open or clossed. I fail it under other emissions (visual)