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Why are cars so much harder to repair these days?.

Dear John: I’ve been writing to politicians for decades about car companies that have design engineers who burn the midnight oil to make formerly simple repairs very costly and dangerous. For instance, hiding headlights and turn signals behind wheel-well liners and bumpers; hiding hoses and hiding spark plugs under housings so you have to remove...
Time: 22:26     Date: 21.04.2018
Last US Business News: Why are cars so much harder to repair these days?. NY Post 24 - US News

For instance, hiding headlights and turn signals behind wheel-well liners and bumpers; hiding hoses and hiding spark plugs under housings so you have to remove three hoses and struggle for access.

On March 8, 2018, the battery on my wife’s 2015 Lincoln MKC was dead for the first time, and the negative pole was hidden behind a housing, which required a screw to be removed. Can you imagine this on a cold, dark night on the road when you might need a jump?

It’s dangerous to lie in the road to replace a headlight or front turn signal, since you have to remove a wheel liner.

Also, cars through the 1970s had style — you could tell the model from 50 yards away. Now 80 percent of designs are the same unless you spot a car like a Jeep Wrangler.

How can I get an e-mail to Ford Motor Co.? It keeps you on phone message boards instead of connecting you to an operator to ask for an address. R.P.

Dear R.P.: How’s this?

Attention Ford and all other car companies: R.P. doesn’t like the way you design cars. So change!

That ought to do it.

I actually met Bill Ford once when he was running the company. He was showing off a new, million-dollar prototype hydrogen car the company was working on. And he allowed me to drive it through the streets of New York with him in the passenger seat.

He didn’t appreciate the fact that I wondered aloud if it would be fun to make the car jerk back and forth — appearing to stall — as we approached a bunch of photographers.

He didn’t seem to get my humor.

I’m telling that story as a way to make you understand that Ford probably isn’t going to listen to me.

Anyway, I agree with you. But a long time ago I was warned by a mechanic and my wife never to touch anything on my car because I only made the trouble worse. So now I pay someone else to do it.

And as cars get more and more complicated, that seems like better and better advice.

Dear John: At my age I will never get used to driverless cars.

I never even use the automatic cruise control on my car. Control freaks will never be able to sit back and enjoy the ride while the driverless car is coasting along the highway.

If there’s an accident who do you sue? The manufacturer?

What if for marketing purposes all cars are programmed to go first at a four-way stop intersection to save on commuting time?

Can you imagine 18-wheelers on a highway without a driver? Would you feel safe being a few feet in front of it?

Maybe I should ask the innovative genius Elon Musk these questions. M.F.

Dear M.F.: As you know from previous columns that I’ve written, I see a lot of practical problems with driverless cars being on the road with cars that are still being driven by human beings.

I’d like to know if auto insurers are working out the liability rules for when the day comes that even one autonomous vehicle is on the road.

It is going to be interesting.

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