Karmakanik would like you to be familiar with our descriptions about your car. We decided to include a page with a Glossary About Parts Failure, so anyone could understand some of our jargon. It might seem obvious to some, but these terms are NOT industrial standards. We have adopted a system within our shop to accurately communicate the level of condition of all important commonly replaced parts. Too many customers have had some expensive job performed when they were told something was “leaking” that was barely damp, or something was “cracked” that could have gone for years without causing any issue. In our eyes, those probably did not require a repair at that time. Here is the manner of reporting you will hear about the variation in condition and level of necessity of repair:
We refer to early rubber product parts failure in these terms: Starting to crack, cracked or cracking, and badly cracked or very cracked. After or during failure, we say: split, torn or broken. The consequences of each condition vary along with the identity and function of each part. Anything that is badly or very cracked is close to failure. Anything that is split, torn or broken has an urgency of varying levels. A torn control arm bushing will clunk and wear out your tires. A broken CV boot will leak grease, and may allow dirt and water to get inside and ruin expensive CV joints.
When we talk about fluid leaks we converse thusly: Weep, seep, leak, and leaking badly. Sometimes we go further with: Pouring or gushing. Pretty much anything that is weeping is just a heads up. Seeping is not cause for repair either, but often we say seeping badly if we feel repair is eminent. Leaking usually means fluid is coming out badly enough to require repair, and may or may not be making puddles. The consequences of not attending to the work vary intensely. A leaking valve cover gasket may just give you some smoke and smell, and can cause other rubber products such as coolant hoses to fail later. A leaking water pump is apt to get you stuck somewhere and may cost you a new motor. Some parts don’t really fail until enough fluid has leaked out to affect their performance. Shocks, struts and motor mounts come to mind.
All rubber parts fail eventually. Environmental factors can account some some deterioration. In the 1970’s, rubber parts in Riverside, California only lasted two or three years, as the ozone and other pollutants slowly deteriorated the rubber. Heat, UV damage, mud, salt, and dry air all contribute to rubber failure. The type of motor, oil leaks, and the pilot’s driving habits also affect the lifespan of rubber products.
Your Service Advisor can help you understand the terms about parts failure and bring you up to date on the condition of most aspects of your car. All of our observations and recommendations are written in your customer profile, most along with the date of entry. Get some good advice.