Richard Craver

Musings about this world, and the world to come.

Archive for the 'Car' Category

The Tyranny Of The Maintenance Light

“…do you trust a guy that makes a few bucks changing oil or automakers that sell vehicles for $30,000? Choose wisely.”

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Old Sleds

Ultimately the car is the responsibility and problem of it’s owner; we can not make his problems our problems.

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Gandalf Gets A New Soul

…I borrowed a car for a couple days and ripped Gandalf’s guts out.

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The Shop Is Coming Together

For all my mechanical abilities there is one thing I’ve never been able to enjoy, a home shop. The first house I owned had a rickety shed with a gravel floor big enough for a mower and a few yard tools. The next house had a full basement with a work bench that I put […]

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I Hate Cars, And People Are A Close Second

OK, so I really don’t HATE cars or people, but some days it seems an eventuality.

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The Idiot Whisperer – Part 3

I’m impatient, it’s no secret. Most of my life is being on a mission of some sort and I’m continually frustrated by hindrances to my progress. I attribute much of this to the way I work, I’m strictly commission paid. If I don’t produce I don’t get paid. I quickly became my own efficiency authority, […]

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The Idiot Whisperer – Part 2 (Counterpoint)

The day after my prior rant I got an example of what keeps my sanity in check at work. 

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The Idiot Whisperer – Part 1

Not all customers in an auto repair shop are idiots. Actually some are nice, pleasant people that simply want to maintain their vehicles and move on with life. Then there are the others.

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Gandalf Gains A Little Bling

Nothing serious here. When I bought my jug of Mobil1 oil recently the do Gandalf’s 200,000 mile oil change, they have an offer whereby one could get a custom frame with the car’s ‘name’ emblazoned on it. Then customers were encouraged to upload photos of their named cars wearing their new fashion accessory. Well Gandalf’s […]

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Alcohol Anyone? – Part 1

About a month ago some of the newer Sheetz convenience stores in our area started selling E15 and E85 fuel, that is gasoline blended with 15% and 85% ethyl alcohol commonly called ethanol. The E15 a step up from the E10 that virtually all stations currently sell with the exception of a few that offer […]

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