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post #7 of (permalink) Old 5th February 2006
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Education is everything,but you can't teach people that won't listen.
An example of this is we used to offer a service that filled tyres with nitrogen rather than air.It offers longer tyre life,better fuel economy,makes the car ride and handle better and reduces the need to check the pressures by 90%,it really was cracking stuff,but when they asked how much it was going to be and we said 1.50 a tyre 85% of people said don't bother,they'd rather have free air!.We have subsequently sent the equipment that enabled us to do this back as it was costing us more than we were taking.If you tell someone that an oil will do wonderous things but will cost them twice as much they'll accuse you of ripping them off.
If education is to be given it has to be done properly as I believe that a little knowledge is most definately a dangerous thing.You could go to the opposite extreme of the situation and have people filling they're Austin Metros with 0W30 oil and wondering why they're engine and gearbox goes bang!
Out of interest,does anyone know(without looking at the handbook) what oil they should be using?
Has anyone asked what oil was used for a service on their car?
I suppose that until people can trust mechanics/garages to tell the truth,then we are on to a loser.Maybe proper regulation and licencing of garages would help,but thats a different story....................................
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