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Old 06-07-2013, 12:10 AM   #18
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Approaching warp speed. Ready for time travel. Ready for the story!
You see, my story is so unbelievable , that if I were able to put it in words , it would take till very late
And at night , we need lights to see
The problem is , that at about half way down the story , the speed is so great , that the lights stop working , just about when traveling speed is just a smidge faster than the speed of light .
Now you see the reason I can't tell my story
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:11 AM   #19
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You see, my story is so unbelievable , that if I were able to put it in words , it would take till very late
And at night , we need lights to see
The problem is , that at about half way down the story , the speed is so great , that the lights stop working , just about when traveling speed is just a smidge faster than the speed of light .
Now you see the reason I can't tell my story
That was just confusing...
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:41 AM   #20
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:48 AM   #21
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AHHHHH, Swirl City with those things.
Lol my first thought as well!!
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:26 AM   #22
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And how much did you pay for the WIX filter, and what's the advantage over the BOSCH ?
More RWHP ?
they're basically the same price, maybe a dollar more for the wix. wix is one of the only companies that makes their own filters still instead of farming them out to china. they also have more pleates per square inch than any other filter, thus offering more filteration surface. having cut wix filters apart for inspection, i'll say they're pretty dang stout inside. they also have an anti-drain-back valve in them which most other filter companies do not.

there are only three filters i'll consider using any more:
-Wix
-K&N
-Mobil1

the wix is by far the cheapest. wix also makes napa's filters, so if you buy a napa filter, it's basically the same thing.

having been on the "other" side of the counter for a few years while i got through college, i have PLENTY of dumbass customer stories...
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:25 AM   #23
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Went to a local one near my house about a year ago for a set of plugs for my Harley. The counter guy asks me what I want, and I told him plugs for a 2006 Harley Heritage. He says does Ford make that? I said no, Harley makes it. He looks again, and quotes me a price for 8 plugs. I told him no, 2 plugs for a Harley Davidson, He spins the screen around and brought up the Ford Harley edition truck. Again I tell him Harley Davidson motorcycle. Oh he says, looks again and informs me that they don't make the plugs for bikes. Went to Pep-Boys down the street.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:32 AM   #24
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OE AC Delco only for me,,,
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:35 AM   #25
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Why not use an OEM AC Delco filter that you can buy at Wal-Mart with your oil? They're the only filter I'll use, personally. I use OEM Mopar filters for my Jeep.

Keep in mind that GM warrants our powertrain for 100,000 miles. Trust me, they use excellent filters.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:44 AM   #26
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I spent YEARS working at an AutoZone as a manager when I was in college and for a while after. You hear all kinds of crazy crap from the people we would hire. I spent so much time correcting them it was nuts.


You have to remember though, they do not pay SQUAT at O'reilleys, AutoZone, or Advance so the level of knowledge is much less. I was hiring people for minimum wage, max 20 hours a week (these were regional rules not mine) and I just couldn't fill spots with people who knew what they were doing.

My solution? Hot young girls. Even if they **** up no one cares and they always come back to see them, haha.


Even when hiring managers, the hourly cap was HARD set at 13.00 and hour. You aren't going to get ASE certified mechanics and such to work for you, ever, at that rate.

You of course will find the occasional awesome parts guy still, but most of the really really good ones have migrated to dealerships or service writer positions. There is NO MONEY in auto parts labor any more. It's sad, because that's how you get some complete moron telling you you will increase HP with an oil filter hahaah

Long story short: retail chain parts stores suck donkey beans. For everyone, employees and customers.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:49 AM   #27
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Why not use an OEM AC Delco filter that you can buy at Wal-Mart with your oil? They're the only filter I'll use, personally. I use OEM Mopar filters for my Jeep.

Keep in mind that GM warrants our powertrain for 100,000 miles. Trust me, they use excellent filters.
Maybe because, while I use it on my own car because I have a bunch of free oil changes at a dealership, they consistently rank in the middle of the pack in terms of filtration and performance?
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:56 AM   #28
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ac delco filters are no longer made in the usa, and have fallen in their quality control quite a bit. cut one open and you'll find what more resembles a coke can than a filter.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:57 AM   #29
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ac delco filters are no longer made in the usa, and have fallen in their quality control quite a bit. cut one open and you'll find what more resembles a coke can than a filter.
Sadly true. There was a time though when these filters were unreal compared to more expensive filters, they hung right in there.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:59 AM   #30
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when i worked for O'Reilly, my employment was classified as "part-time with benefits" which was only set in place because i was originally hired as "full-time with benefits" then asked to be switched to part time because of my school load. i was allocated 29 hours a week. the regular part time guys could have no more than 24 hours. i was being paid 9.10/hr and had consistently higher productivity rates than the full-timer ISS and As. Mangers, yet got paid less. these guys also came to me for advice more often than the other way around. it is a very frustrating position to be in.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:02 AM   #31
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when i worked for O'Reilly, my employment was classified as "part-time with benefits" which was only set in place because i was originally hired as "full-time with benefits" then asked to be switched to part time because of my school load. i was allocated 29 hours a week. the regular part time guys could have no more than 24 hours. i was being paid 9.10/hr and had consistently higher productivity rates than the full-timer ISS and As. Mangers, yet got paid less. these guys also came to me for advice more often than the other way around. it is a very frustrating position to be in.
Even more frustrating is being a store manager and not being able to pay someone like you enough, or even offer the opportunity for increase, to the point you would stay.

I really kind of liked the day to day of parts, and if I could have even made half of what I make now I would seriously have considered staying instead of entering an engineering field. Alas... no.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:07 AM   #32
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Found an old post of mine.
"The seal went in my steering box on my 1970 chev 4x4. I took it to my friends shop and Called the parts department. Told them what I had. Parts guy said not to worry, he thinks it is this one, but they only made 4 kinds ever for that box (Saginaw, in lots of vehicles besides chev) and they have all 4. So I pop the old seal out. They deliver one and it is the wrong one. I send the parts girl back with the one I took out. should be easy to match right.
The send me the next one (after 45 minutes) and it is not even close. I send it back reminding the parts girl they have my old one. She said she gave it to the guy.
In the meanwhile i get a work call. i have to borrow my friend who owns the shop's vehicle (he's my best friend and racing partner) and go do this call.
I get back to the shop 90 minutes later and the third seal is there. Wrong one.
I jump in my buddies Keep and roar over there. Madder than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Walk up to the parts guy and my seal is right there on the counter in front of him. Ask him to go and get the one seal type he has yet to send me. He brings it out, I hold it up to mine and it is a perfect match.
I went off on that guy for a good 5 minutes. Insulted his intelligence and ancestry in many, many creative ways. He was purple in the face. Looked like he wanted to hit me. But he had no leg to stand on. How hard is it to take my seal back to the box with 4 seals in it and find the one that looks like mine?

When I got back to my friends shop he phones the parts manager and told him that if he didn't fire that dude he will never order another part from them again. Apparently he's had his share of incidents with the same idiot."
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:09 AM   #33
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You know why advance advertises life time guarantees on their brand parts? Because 50% of them will either not work out of the box or will fail within a year. If you are replacing any part that is hard to get to or takes a lot of time to replace do not get an advance part for it.
I have had two experiences like that, one on a ignition control module, and the other an Idle Air Control Valve...both were junk right out of the box and made me waste another 3 days troubleshooting before deciding those "NEW" parts were also bad. Replaced them with factory parts and fixed them both.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:09 AM   #34
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These kind of predicaments are why i started buying just about all of my car parts online, i hate it when i know what i want and need, but they try to sell me something else. I buy the k&n filter off of ebay for 12.99 with free shipping, the first one i bought was 22.00 plus tax at auto zone. The only reason I buy the k&n for all of my cars is i just have to have a 1 inch wrench for all of them, makes it easy.
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