Hi all, Well said Peetee
. One always has to bear in mind that some potential customers can be quite awkward types, know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Dear Tangled Metal the motor trade is littered with so called good practise which is anything but!
My time in the motor trade, not recent can illustrate some of the wrong doing. All franchises had a manual covering all tasks related to a particular model, how a task was to be carried out, time that the job was allotted, which ultimately was charge at the hourly rate, parts & consumables extra.
Trouble was the stated method of doing a particular job was the long & tedious way, costly. The smart mechanics always had a quicker workaround, giving a greater markup for the dealer. Rarely did the worker get the full benefit of such.
Take for instance doing a clutch swap on BMC mini, yes way back! The book said engine & gearbox out, very costly. In shop practise was detach off side engine mount, jack up the unit, release clutch cover, swap components, reverse previous parts.
Of course a lot of non franchise firms undercut the big boys, so in time even the franchise had to use the non-approved method.
Just one illustration, but even today many mechanics will have dodges to speed up tasks.
But even with knowledge of the good guys in the car trade folk still get ripped off, just ask Trading Standards?
Sadly the modern go to pedal cycles is techno laden, customers can screw things up, then play the soft soap denying all responsibility for their ill applied efforts.
So whilst I would happily fettle a friction gear system I wouldn't go near the current multi gear/brake control units, I know my limit!
Not all customers will be a delight to serve. IGICB MM