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I mostly posted this because of the humorous juxtaposition. GM makes cars that won't stay running when they're supposed to (ignition switch issue), and Ford can't get them to shut off. Maybe if they work together, they can make a car that starts and stops! :wink:

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That's a trade secret and we know this will never happen ..

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Since I have been working on cars made since the 1920's, only word that comes to mind is throwaway. Ha, if you needed just one leaf for a leaf spring, could replace that. Why replace the entire spring if only one leaf is bad? Largest throwaway part is the entire car unibody.

Starting way back in the 60's, wasn't making a component better, was always making it cheaper. Use to have a huge rebuilding business in this country, with like a water pump, casting was still good, just the bearing had to be replaced. This is how we use to recycle. That rebuilding business is history, can repair a throwaway part.

Use to be after a design was done to test it, like 10,000 cycles over the full temperature range from -40 to 125*C, this change to rush to market. Use to be do everything in house to save on middleman profits, gave away to finding the lowest bidder. But we also had incoming quality inspection to verify compliance, also history.

Inventory became profit according to the IRS for components that weren't even sold yet to make that profit, so JIT, just in time inventory became the rule. EPA is jumping all over us to minimize the different number of materials used to make recycling easier. Use to say the best economy was to use the correct material for the job, this became history. Then with yearly EPS emission laws the proliferation of components became astronomical. As did the price tag for replacement components.

One segment that is making a heck of a lot of money are the attorneys, nothing to do with engineering, but what do you expect from a congress that is way overloaded with attorneys?

Yeah, a lot of changes have been made over the last 50 years creating a whole new bunch of recalls. Someone should sit down and analyze this in terms of making a profit. Ha, and this is done by dealers that don't even know what they are doing. If these components were done right in the first place, wouldn't have this problem.
 
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