Not in the Service/Repair Manual
Are there uncommon repair procedures that make sense, but you likely will never see them listed in a service/repair manual for your car? As crazy as it may sound, it turns out that sometimes it makes sense to let a mechanic cut a hole in your vehicle to gain access to a problem in order to save money on a repair.
That was the point in a recent Car Wizard YouTube video where the Car Wizard shows how he managed to save his customer about half of the repair cost (approximately $2,500-$3,000) of replacing a fuel pump attached to the fuel tank by cutting a hole in the backseat floor area of a car.
Access is a Big Problem with Repairs
In an earlier article we’ve discussed repairs many mechanics will not do. Sometimes it is because they are so labor intensive all due to the fact that the only way to get to the component repair/replacement in question is by dismantling the vehicle to the point of ridiculousness. One example is when it involves removing the entire dash assembly where there is a good chance of adding on more repairs to the job because of the numerous old plastic parts that are prone to breakage during disassembly and reassembly.
However, it’s not just about the work the mechanic has to do, but the costs that are levied against the customer when their repair is done the proper way as outlined in a service/repair manual. So then, does it make sense to bypass most of the disassembly in a repair by cutting an access hole in a vehicle and thereby save a customer a significant amount of money?
The Video that Answers the $1,000 (or more) Question
To see if this sounds so crazy or not and whether it really is a bad idea, here is an informative video by the Car Wizard that shows and explains why---not just he, but other mechanics as well---choose to ask a car client’s permission to cut a hole in their vehicle to do a repair.
It is recommended to watch this video in its entirety to hear answers the Car Wizard has for questions about whether this practice is actually harmful to a car.
Customer told me to cut a hole in their 2011 CTS4!" Why would they ask that of the CAR WIZARD?
For additional articles about car repairs, here are three that are a bad idea and one that is a good idea but might not be in your service/repair manual instructions:
Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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