Asking for explanation <> arguing. Just an honest attempt to understand. And that's how a mechanic can earn respect and trust. I really can't think of a mechanic that wasn't more than happy to explain and help me understand. I can't say I always do, but I trust my senses when the BS flag makes it's appearance. If it does, I move on.Question a mechanic advising a repair. Thank a mechanic, when you ask for and receive his advice. Many of us quit responding to guys who ask what they should do, then argue with the answer. As a mechanic, I am offering advice that I dearly paid for, in sweat, blood, and injury. I don't want it subjected to analysis, just appreciated for the gift it is. Take it or leave it, but I'm not your buddy advising you on how your relationship with your girlfriend is. I assumed you ask because of my experience, so don't denigrate it by arguing. I am not addressing this to you personally - just explaining that we mechanics aren't arrogant, just wary.
No disrespect to anyone on this or any forum, but no manufacturer in their right mind would publish their service bulletins, based on advice from any owner's forum. Customer feedback is taken into some account, but most is based on reliable results from service in the field.
I get and give advice on many topics on forums, but rely on the manufacturer, as the ultimate authority on service matters.
I'm glad you like your Caddy. I always wanted one, but by the time I got one, they sure have changed! Remember when you would joke that a guy with a fancy pickup truck, had a "Cowboy Cadillac"? Now, you'd take that term literally!
Engine's today <> engines 40 years ago
Oil formulations today <> oil formulations 40 years ago
I hear that in the 1940s, or around there, manufacturers recommended oil changes every 600 miles. I'm glad we've moved on from that. I don't hear anyone arguing against those crazy 3,000 mile extended oil changes.
This forum is about GoldWings. I'm sure those diesels with 48 quarts of oil have their own owners manuals with their own recommendations and I highly doubt they are the same as the GL1800. I challenge anybody to get one up on the center stand.
I get the feeling that we're not quite on the same wavelength here. I think I understand your perspective. I'd still like to hear and learn from Greg if he'll answer my questions.