• fb_100001081524703 avatar fb_100001081524703 Posted: 6/24/2012 9:54pm PDT

    Moving from kentucky to the Philadelphia area our car maintence spiked. costs for the WORST mechanic are on avg. bouble the costs for the BEST mechanic in kentucky. States that are strict on safety inspections keep the techs very busy fixing emissions stuff. So it becomes a case of supply & demand on the labor. The states in the south that dont push safety inspections seem to have much lower shop rates. Living in the northeast with multiple cars has caused me to buy just about every tool under the sun short of an engine hoist. Just to keep some money in my pocket.

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 6/25/2012 1:01pm PDT

    Willis- Bet you've become quite handy at those repairs, too... Thanks for the observations.

  • fb_100000004307729 avatar Al Posted: 6/24/2012 6:18am PDT

    Today's gas engines are so complex and Matt pointed out, there are other things that can trigger errors.
    If the cars were electric, won't have to replace O2 sensors and won't have to service the car as much when compared to a gas powered car.

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 6/24/2012 2:18pm PDT

    Al - another excellent point. Electric cars do away with a lot of maintenance required for gasoline-powered vehicles. Of course, there's the time for payback to consider (the premium consumers pay for the electic vehicle up-front), and that's not an inconsiderable expense.

  • USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 6/23/2012 11:03am PDT

    “Replace Oxygen (O2) Sensor,” accounting for 10.10 percent of the state’s auto repairs last year".

    Unless a "check engine" light is properly diagnosed it could be a host of things causing this light to come on. Even such a small thing like not tighting the gas cap tight enough can cause this error.
    I alwasys say get a second opinion before any work is done on your vehicle. Same as you would with a doctor before he puts you under the knife :-)

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 6/23/2012 12:46pm PDT

    Matt-Totally agree. Now imagine you're driving out in Wyoming with the family, en route to visiting Yellowstone National Park or whatever, and you're miles away from a station...that "check engine" light could be pretty scary.

    But you're absolutely right that it could mean any number of things, including not tightening the gas cap at the last fill-up.