"Dr. Auto Repair"
Let's say you took your car to a Medical Doctor for a diagnoses/repair. Your car happens to have a leaky oil pan. Just a few bolts need to be torqued down to stop the problem, along with a couple quarts of oil added. You know nothing about cars, you only know that you were driving down the road when the "check engine" light came on.
Your M.D. seems rushed, he spends only a couple of minutes with you, doesn't even look at the car, but to stop your anxiety caused by the check engine light coming on, he writes you a prescription (Rx), it is for a small piece of black tape to cover the "check engine light" so it doesn't annoy you anymore. The tape is very expensive, special FDA approved tape that is only available by prescription, but luckily, after your deductible, it is covered by your insurance. So you leave his office feeling relieved and in good hands.
A few days later your car is starting to make a `ticking' sound from the lifters and valves not being properly lubricated. So you make another appointment and return to the doctor. He sends your car for some tests, expensive diagnostics that are luckily, also covered by your insurance, again, after you pay the deductible. The results come back a couple of weeks later. He calls you into his office for the prognosis, he tells you that the car is leaking oil, and gives you another prescription (Rx) for some expensive motor oil that is again FDA approved. You now need to monitor your oil level, and for several months, continue to add this expensive motor oil to your engine when it is low. A few times you were required to go to his office for a follow-up visit as his nurse checked your oil level for you, and he renewed your prescription for the Rx motor oil.
At one point you notice that the oil is getting on the muffler and there is an odor of burning oil, and it is also getting on your driveway. So you return to your Doctor to let him know. He lays out your options for you, and offers up an `in-office procedure' to install a metal splash guard so the oil no longer gets on your muffler, and writes you a prescription for a drip-pan with sand in it to protect your driveway. You ask if there is anything else that can be done. He recommends a new automotive-drug, it is a liquid gasket sealer that is poured in with the motor oil, he said that it may stop the leak altogether, and then goes on to give you a list of possible ("but rare") side effects. You fill the prescription, it is quite costly, then you add the solution to your motor oil.
In the beginning, your car seems to be leaking less, and the smell of burning oil is hardly noticeable. You are adding less of the expensive prescription motor oil, but still having to add it, along with more of the prescription liquid gasket sealer. You are using the prescribed drip-pan faithfully to protect your driveway, and paying a service which he recommended, to come in change the sand in it, on a weekly basis. As the months go by you notice that your car is sluggish, and has a loss of power and the ticking sound from the engine is getting worse. Shortly after, it is starting to burn oil through the exhaust, and you notice blue smoke when you start it.
You return to the doctor to let him know what is happening, and he sends you for more tests. He then calls you in for the prognosis. He tells you that your car's valve seals are going, you remember that this was on the (rare but possible) side effects list. When you bring this up, he tells you that it has nothing to do with the prescribed sealer. He recommends a tune up for the loss of power, and another Rx additive which may help with the valve seal problem. You take his recommendation, because, who are you to question his judgement?
After these costly procedures, the car only gets worse, it barely wants to drive and is now burning oil constantly. You call the Doctor back and he notifies you that he did all that he can do, and refers you to a specialist. The specialist runs a series of tests, many which your first doctor had already done, but he said he just wanted to see if anything had changed. His prognosis is that your piston rings are shot, as is the camshaft, valves, and lifters, and the car now has great loss of compression, and mentioned that perhaps these problems were caused by the long term use of the prescription additives, "which you were using". He then recommends surgery to repair the problems.
During the surgery (engine overhaul), complications arise, apparently when the cylinder heads were off, during the procedure, some how, a couple of screws ended up getting into the cylinders. When the motor was started after the procedure, the whole engine blew up. The cylinders were gouged by the loose screws and now the engine block is beyond repair. The company that made your car no longer makes this engine, and unfortunately, a donor (used engine) was not available, so your car is now D.O.A.
The Doctor's response, "I'm sorry, we did all that we could do".
Thank God Doctors DO NOT WORK on cars!
Or do they?
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