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Tell me if this makes sense..

Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by DJQ, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. DJQ

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    So my bike needs a valve job. While at one of the local shops in HRM I decided to enquire on the price of said job. The response I got was "3 hours labour to diagnose the problem (@$55/hour), and then however long it takes to do the adjustments. If the guy working on it gets it right the first try then thats all your charged, but if he dosent get it right and has to open it again it will cost you the extra labour"

    Now, is it just me or should it not be the customers fault if the mechanic working on your bike cant get it right the first time? Technically he could fuck it up 3 times before he got it right and they would keep charging labour cause their mechanic sucks.
     
  2. Dubsta

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    I don't know what is required for a valve job...but yeah....it does seem odd.
     
  3. shaun

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    No. You shouldn't eat the extra labour, they should.
     
  4. Cheddar

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    Have to learn more about the job to see if its a hit and miss thing or if there are defined parameters.
     
  5. Rizzle

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    should only have to pay for the 3 hours its their fault if they fuck it up

    they are trained mechanics they should be already trained in doing this procedure properly
     
  6. Cheddar

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    If its anything like sycronizing carbs I can understand their uncertainty. The flip side to what they are saying is that its a 6hr job, but if they get lucky and fix it sooner, that's all they'll charge you.
     
  7. DJQ

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    Hit or miss eh? so if they missed it a few times that would be my fault? Shouldnt valves be adjusted to "spec"?? I dont see how that can be hit or miss..
     
  8. Cheddar

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    I don't know. I don't know what spec is or where it is measured. Maybe the measurements have to take place after some of it has been reassembled. Maybe its based on how the engine sounds after its running. I really don't know so I can't speculate. I can understand though with the wording they used, and with limited knowledge on the job to be done, its sounds bad. I'd be questioning exactly the same thing as you.

    What I said are just possible reasons I thought of as to why it may be the way they said.
     
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    Shit, that reminds me Anthony, I got you a price, however, I forgot what he said and will have to ask him again tomorrow night again :happysad:
     
  10. DJQ

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    LOL, get at me dog...
     
  11. frankster

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    With shim under bucket it can be hard to get it right the first time. Have to measure the gap when cold then dis-assemble, measure the shim that was in there, do the math to find the best shim to bring it back into spec. Truck the bike in like it sits now stripped down that will save alot on labour.

    If your going to Pro talk to who ever is running the back shop now and ask to have Steve do the work. He;s one of the best mechanics in the area IMO. No I didn't say best, haven't dealt with them all.

    If headed to Toads, either Dave or Paul will do great work as well.

    We all know who you'd get to do the work at Freedom, Randy of course is the man to see there. If Tony is back at the wrenches he's an awsome mechanic as well.
     
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    are you talking about Steve Bayers?
     
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    Save yourself lots of money and get it done right....go see Dave Lind :bowdown: He's good.... !
     
  14. Cheddar

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    Steve is at Privateers now. But you'd be hard pressed to find someone who knows as much about hondas around. There is a reason he is on Duhammels pit crew.
     
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    Bostrom's actually I believe, at Daytona last year. This year I haven't heard if he's going or not or whether it's gonna be Miguel's or Jake's.
     
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    yes go see Dave Lind tell him i sent ya
     
  17. frankster

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    YEAH. Me and my dumb ass forget he went to Privateers. LOL I don't spend much time in the shops any more, was good to se him there though and glad to see he's liking the front shop work for a change.
     
  18. Shafft

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    when someone says that you reply with "ok i'll take it elsewhere"
     
  19. ZorK

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    it makes sense
     
  20. DJQ

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    it makes sense that your cost for a job from a business would change depending on the skill of the mechanic you get? Wanna buy a bridge?
     
  21. danny

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    valve job as in adjust them?

    I know I4s require more work to work on but I got my parralel twin's valve readjusted for 69$ (including shims)... plus about 25$ to get the carbs synched. check around for different mechanics if its that much.
     

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