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Right to Repair
06-11-2009, 01:16 PM
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Right to Repair
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Current automotive technology is being used to successfully "lock out" car owners from being able to repair and maintain their own vehicles, requiring them to return to the dealership for repairs and making it impossible to shop around for the best price. The Right to Repair legislation fights for consumers. Got a story about high repair costs or having trouble finding someone to fix your car? We’d love to hear it at

While you’re there, visit the homepage to sign a petition to Congress supporting the Right to Repair Act.
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06-11-2009, 02:13 PM
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RE: Right to Repair
As the saying goes " This aint your fathers oldsmobile " . First thing I agree that owners should be able to do repairs on their vehicles. However , technology is becoming more and more advanced . The demands for cleaner /greener cars that can still deliver the performance has resulted in most engine controls i.e. timing , fuel systems, emisions becoming computer controlled . Anybody can purchase the scanners and related test equipment to diagnose the prob and parts houses still carry nearly every part on a car. BUT you must have the knowledge to interpet the info you get . This is why good techs are in high demand and get paid well. The days of points and carbs are gone . And yes most techs miss them too.
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06-11-2009, 11:19 PM
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RE: Right to Repair
I say bring back the model T and that roll of bailing wire to fix most anything!

There's actually a judging category for "the most jig rigged" vehicle at one of our local old car shows here in Ct. The car must be pre-WWII and in original running condition to qualify.

I have seen clothes line and panty hose used for fan belts at this event.
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11-18-2009, 10:57 AM
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RE: Right to Repair
I own an '86 Camaro and recently tarted to have a problem with the door locks. Initially, the drivers side door opened normally but when I went to shut it,the latch mechanism (a sort of "U" shaped rotating part) would not turn to engage the pin (i.e. let the open "U" over the pin) on the door the latch just bangs against the pin. Next, I violated my usual principle of "if it aint broke.... etc", I played with the passenger door and, to my dismay, managed to rotate the "U" part of the latch backward so that now it also is stuck in a position where that door also won't shut. If anyone (even another GM model owner) has any ideas how to free up this mechanism - preferably w/o disassembling the door trim - I would be eternally grateful.

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11-18-2009, 11:21 PM
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RE: Right to Repair
Please repost your question over in the chevy section. You may also find answers that are already posted if you look around first. That's why we have things in categories by vehicle make.
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