Posted to Emissions Forum on 3/25/2013
A well-done, durable repair.
I'm not trying to beat this point to death, but ...
1) You recognized the spark plug boot, mostly due to your
experience in the industry. It is unlikely, although
possible, that you saw some lettering on it that gave it
away. Is it reasonable for you or anyone else to expect that
all honest, competent inspectors would share your keen eye
and experience in identifying its true origin?
2) If the spark plug boot (or the OE rubber elbow) was
collapsed, torn, or ill-fitting due to swelling, I would
have entered 'Fail'. If the spark plug boot (or the OE
rubber elbow) was performing its duty of transporting liquid
and/or vapor without leaks or restrictions, I would have
entered 'Pass'. If you saw sufficient evidence that allowed
you to predict that an OE elbow would collapse or leak
within the next two years, would you 'Fail' it?
3) STAR has chosen to implement and enforce the FuPR metric,
which, as you well know, judges an inspector based on the
future performance of the vehicles that he or she inspects
and passes. It seems clear that while I might have
comparable training and experience to yours, I don't share
your skill in predicting the future, and our HUGE difference
in FuPR scores confirms it.
Take care, and keep up the good work!
Quick Stop Smog & More
Sacramento, California, USA