Another type of Expert?
Experts come in all type and descriptions and Autism has more than its share, Wall St (America's fiscal center) ,Automotive firms and even psychologist and many other professions and discplines all have experts. Experts are a dime a dozen and true experts the ones that have been there and done that and expereincied whatever condition they have are the ones the " big name experts" despise.
Last week via reputation, I was called to trouble shoot a car on a rather prestigious used car lot. This car had been sold and returned as it just didn't run right. "Experts" , Top mechanics from this firms own shop all did their best to make this car run and in this day and age that means working with the computer system -after all the experts think as does the general population cars are so complicated and computer driven. Well, ANYTHING is complicated weather it is Autism or and automobile IF you don't understand it.
I always start with the Model "T" motor underneith every modern 'high-tech' motor as I find the Model"T" has to work before the computer will work. A simple vacuum guage tells me a lot of the motor condition and if you know how to read a vacuum guage it can do wonders. I figured this car had a wiped out camshaft according to how the guage reacted. I was even able to look in the engine and watch the valve action and it was 'short'.
I told the the firm's chief mechanic it needed a camshaft and he went balisitic- YOU are supposed to be an Expert- you didn't even look at the computer system and how can a 30,000 mile car have a bad camshaft? As he was about to run me out the door and a higher level manger in suit and tie came in to the picutre and listened to me. We got another car just like this one with the same motor and I hooked my vacuum guage to it and it had normal high readings - we even looked in the motor and seen the difference in valve action.
I made them a deal I told them if they replaced the camshaft and it ran well we would discuss a trouble shooting fee, If it didn't they owe me nothing.Thankfully they use a different shop other than thier own for major repairs like this. It seems Experts of all types get stuck in a rut and once they feel comfortable in their rut their mind closes to any other idea counter to their ideals. So if Autism is hopeless and helpless and we can't read when we graduate high school and we are undiscplined and are fully prepaired for a group home the "Experts" are happy, that is the only autism they know. In that view Autism really is the horrible condition they claim it is. As I have said on this blog for years Autism doesn't have to be the modern ideal our Working Autism and its people have figured out something never in a text book before, that would scare a 'real' expert. They are noted for NOT listening to anything other than what they want to hear.
By the way this car started out life in America's rental fleet and I suspect it has probably idled threw 2-3-4 tanks of gas in its life time. That part of the camshaft is splash oiled (talk of high tech) and if the oil was dirty and it say 2-3 quarts low on oil well it in reality spent the weekend rubbing away the camshft as well as idling. I worked for a rental agency for several years and this was common people would leave them run so the cleaners would have a warm or cool car to work with and something got parked around this car or it snowed and people forgot about it. Monday AM it was out of gas and usually had a dead battery as well. I know our oil changer spent more time at the Airport Bar than changing oil and often he just did a sticker change and never actually changed the oil. So indeed a 30,000 mile car could have bad camshaft if it had care and use like this.
Rich Shull,,,, Http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com
ALAN TURING: The Enigma By Andrew Hodges Simon and Schuster New York. Copyright 1983 Related Item PBS-BBC show entitled Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitmore, based on The Enigma.