Posted to Emissions Forum on 12/29/2012
Re: a little scary ( and totally predictable )
Thank you for your respectful reply, but I would like to ask
you to re-read my statement and tell me where I mentioned
Makes, Models, ages, and alleged mileages.
The point that I was trying to make involved improper
maintenance, diagnostics, and repairs. I have tested a
couple of 35-year-old vehicles that were immaculate, and I
have tested MANY seven-year-old vehicles that were abused to
near death. If all of those abused and improperly repaired
cars failed, I'd be home free. Unfortunately, a slight
majority of them pass a complete, honest, impartial,
correct, diligent inspection -- THIS TIME.
Other techs on this forum (I won't name names) have hinted
that they resort to 'tricks' to avoid certifying vehicles
that they know are not properly maintained and/or repaired.
I do not have this luxury, since I have been an employee for
my entire career, and I am expected to perform my duties as
an inspector without prejudice. I do that, just like I
always have, knowing that these clunkers have little to no
chance of passing in two years (assuming that they even
survive that long).
Since I am a reasonably hard-working, reasonably
intelligent, reasonably like-able dude, it would make sense
for me to simply find work at a different shop in a
different area. Oh wait, I can't do that, because NOW no
self-respecting shop would touch me with a ten-foot pole,
now that STAR has labeled me as the worst-possible loser
that their so-called 'algorithm' has ever laid eyes on!
Respectfully (and I don't mean that sarcastically),
Quick Stop Smog & More
Sacramento, California, USA