I don't have any experience with a vocational school, I've heard lots of
stories of people that were in shop classes that worked on cars. I would be
more prone to give them mechanical problems.. not electrical problems.
As a Wyoming Tech student in Laramie, I can tell you that regardless of
the school's reputation, there are plenty of absolute blockheads among
the student ranks. We even had one kid that thought an ignition system
only functioned during cranking. (In the words of Dave Barry, I swear
I am not making this up.) Our instructors were good about watching over
the classes, but there is only so much three guys can do to watch 50
students. (WyoTech no longer accpets public work due to liability
concerns, I believe). All the school cars in the Engine Management
shops (which includes auto electricity) had incredible amounts of butt
connectors, loose unidentified wires and incompetent routing. Several
vehicles did not run due to fried PCMs from creative jumpering and the
like. Furthermore, if you read the fine print, many (if not all)
VoTechs will state that the customer is liable for the cost of any
additional parts damaged by student errors. PCM costs may be getting
more reasonable on older vehicles, but still ain't cheap.
In short, I do not mean to ridicule Wyoming Tech. It is an excellent
(and in my opinion, the finest) instituion, but, like all VoTechs, is
nonetheless a training facility and thus many considerable mistakes are
made by those students completely unfamiliar with automotive mechanics,
particularly in the area of electricity. I would not have my personal
vehicles worked on electrically by a VoTech facility.
Thanks, guys, for the replies. I am, for now, not bringing it to anyone, I
hope, since I have been emboldened somewhat from the discovery of a chafed wire
in a loom near the fuse box. HOPEFULLY, if I wrap this wire up with tape, or
replace it, the car will be back to normal. Wishfiul thinking, perhaps.
But maybe, by spending hour after hour checking connections, I can fix it....
Thanks for the opinions on VoTechs.
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