I have a customer with a Cadillac with a Northstar engine. They are known for a problem with the threads for the cylinder head studs that causes reducd sealing pressure and presents as a head gasket failure. Technically it is not the gasket that failed. To repair it you have to remove and disassemble the engine, then machine and install threaded inserts before reassembly. A lot of labor involved, overall nearly 40 hours of work. It is usually cheaper and faster to buy a used engine a couple of years newer (after the problem had been corrected) and install it. The most expensive option is to buy a remanufactured engine and install that. We're talking about 3 different approachs, each of which would correct the problem, and range between $3500 to almost $7000.
There is another option, an additive you can put in the radiator to seal the leak. It is a method often used by people looking to sell a car they know to have a serious problem. It does not always work, and when it does it is only a matter of time before the base problem progresses and it fails again. But it is cheap and quick to do. He decided to go that route and did it himself. That was about 6 months ago, he just returned from a trip from north Georgia to Texas and back with no problems.
Now if I had a badge and a title, would it be OK for me to take this car away from this guy and repair it as I saw fit, then charge him for the repair? Granted my intentions are noble, and I would probably go the route of the used engine, accepting the relatively small possibility of repeat failure against the higher cost of the other methods considering the age of the car. In my judgment the block sealer is a risky repair and I certainly would not have trusted it to Texas and back. But I am the professional and he is a retired salesman. Surely my opinion is superior in this case.
You see, this is precisely what happens when government is allowed to make these decisions for you. It would not matter that this guy accepted the risks and was willing and prepared to abandon the car on the trip should it fail. That he has no time constraints and saw it as part of an adventure and enjoyed beating the odds. Or that he has now had time to research suitable replacement and has a good idea what he wants and what it will cost. No, if allowed I could have assured him a safe trip (well almost, there are no absolutes that there wouldn't be some other problem) and he would have been better off in the long run. At least that is my professional opinion. Shouldn't that be enough reason?
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
States have the right to decide at what age girls can make sexual or abortion decisions.
Many states require girls under 18 ( which includes 17 year olds ) have parental consent to obtain an abortion.
In certain cases such as those where a family member might be the bio father a minor can take her case to the state courts to act in her best interest.
If she wanted to commit suicide to avoid a six month prison sentence would you also support her right to make that decision?
Last edited by Hard Truth; 01-11-15 at 07:00 PM.