Sigh. Thanks to everyone for the warm sendoff. Guess I can't stay away just quite yet till this guy makes just a bigger ass out of himself a bit more.
Originally Posted by HTL Motorsports
quote from "supertech" 1st reply:
"Actually, labor "book time" is about 7 hours.
If you can do it in 3-4 hours, I need to hire you. I've done hundreds of these R&Rs and the fastest I've round tripped this job is a little under 6 hours. Even my best heavy line tech could never get much faster than 5.5 hours."
Actually what trigger my harsh reply was " I need to hire you" In a way, i find that insulting...and that's how it started..
Anyway, Since Supertech is not present here to defend himself, I cannot talk about him anymore.
Still didn't stop you from berating me some more a little over an hour later....
Originally Posted by HTL Motorsports
why so sensitive? If you get mad at "stealership" comment, you should sign up thousands of online forum and post that reply.
You don't have to remind how much dealership charges, and how it work..this whole ordeal is not about that.
actually mechanic at dealership go online forum learn how to fix car, learn tips and trick that factory school don't teach them...
the most knowledgeable guys are those work for independent shop, know how to work on vast car makes and models each and everyday..
To see someone claim them-self "supertech" and think he above everyone else, deserve a spanking..
"I need to hire you" was, yes...a bit of a backhanded compliment since I absolutely don't believe you about your labor time. How is it that I have been in Acura dealers since the MDX came out a dozen years ago, and I have never ever
heard of a tech doing the transmission R&R as fast as you claim (3.5hrs)? And I have more of a data pool that just me, my "heavy line tech", or even my entire dealership. I remember years ago when we were banging transmissions out almost daily, I asked my DPSM (and he's a guy who sees thousands of warranty claims) what's the fastest he's seen that job go in. And I quote, "nobody can do it faster than 5."
So who's the liar?
You...a supposed former Honda dealer tech who works at a small shop which doesn't have all the specific fixtures and special tools that dealers have to do that job?
Or me...an active dealer tech who has a pool of hundreds of other techs at dealers all around the Bay Area to base information on?
I dunno. Maybe they passed out speed/crack/meth at your dealer to make everyone so superhumanly fast. But in the real world...nope it's a 5+ hours job for an experienced tech. Maybe 2 days for an inexperienced one. And pretty frigging impossible for someone in their driveway
You said, don't say anything is impossible unless I've done it myself. Ya know...I bet if you hit it juuuuusssst right, you could survive a jump off the god damn Golden Gate Bridge. But, I'm gonna forego the trying it myself part and just go ahead say that's impossible too.
As I said, your DIY thread with the pictures was a good idea. And it sure was nice of you to take all those pictures. But also as I said, it's just not something most anyone should do at home. If you really want to do DIY walkthrough, do it like most of these folks would be doing it...without your lift and without your transmission jack. Where's the pictures of that one...since you've done it in a driveway haven't you?
Credibility is a pretty important thing on the internet. As I said, everyone can come off as an expert. But most smart folks take everything they read on internet forums with a big grain of salt. But when you come in here, say you own a shop, and then post pictures...you seem more credible than the average guy.
So maybe someone sees your thread and thinks, "well shoot he made it sound easy! I'll go ahead and do that job this weekend on my MDX. I'll save thousanads!" Then they try it, and get stuck. Or break something. Or worse, get injured.
I jumped in your thread to more or less call you on bullsh*t, so hopefully my
credibility might convince someone thinking about tackling that job to second guess you...which they should.
Aaaaand once more, let me clear up some disinformation before it sticks with anyone. The "most knowledgeable guys are those that work for independent shop" is true...and also not true. BTW, I have worked for (and managed) indies in my 15+ year professional career along with working for dealers...and not just Acura (I'm also a Master Certified GM technician and was a team leader at Cadillac since you just love to see me brag about my acomplishments). Yes a good tech at an independent shop will have knowledge of how other manufacturers do things, maybe some diesel, maybe some EV, whatever. But they'll never truly be great
at any one brand, unless their previous gig was at a dealer for that brand. In the context of what relates to what this forum is interested in , the Acura MDX, I can not think of anyone outside of a factory engineer who will be more familiar with and expert in that vehicle (or any other Acura) that someone who is actively serving at a dealership. Tell me, oh great independent shop more knowledgeable guy...I'm already certified to repair the 2014 Acura RLX. I PDIed the first two at my shop. I know everything about all the new technology it has, including the Precision All Wheel Steer and direct injection. I've put quite a bit of miles on one already and I know what normal is and what broken is. You even seen one in person yet?
So while I don't think I quite know "everything" about the MDX, I'm 100% sure that I know more that you
about the MDX. If that comes off as being "above everyone else" then you know what? Good! As far as I'm concerned, my word should be taken as gospel
compared to anyone else. Including you. If I need to be "spanked" for that.....well. That's another conversation. I'm 6'4" 240lbs, and I can be at your shop door in five minutes pal. Sure you wanna go down that road?