At least we understand each other. I put up with this ego problem in techs in my sections, for over 30 years.Very frustrating and those guys simply will not listen. "I gotta' see it myself." No! You! Don't! You only gotta' fix it using all available information, including from customers with expertise of their own. When your diagnostic decisions hinge around your personal ego, it is time to change careers.
No matter how many here agree with you, I have limited income and am not going to write a blank check for someone to spend lots of time on an intermittent, just because he wants to feel good about himself When I have the expertise to diagnose it myself. That would be insane on my part. "Yeah, I know what the problem is, but don't want to offend a mechanic, so I'll write a bunch of blank checks. +$400 NtF; +$400 Not verified; +$400 could not duplicate failure: +$400 NTF; ad infinitum ad nauseum ad bankruptcy. Hohohohahahaheeheehee.
Einstein reportedly said insanity is doing what was done before and never worked.
I know of no business model which says a customer is supposed to fork out money so a service person can feel good about himself. A customer has a car with a problem; the service person gets paid to fix it. His self-esteem is his problem.
And, let me say, yes, it was db who make the smart alecky remark years ago. I was not going to say, because I saw no point in it. But, he's thrown enough rocks at me on this posting, I don't care any more.
No one would ever force you to do work you don't want to do, for any reason. I know what the problem is with my car, and you don't want to do the work, I go elsewhere - after I talk to your boss and tell all my neighbors, of course.
As I said, it would be different if I were a beautician or accountant or ditch digger.
When doctors have this attitude, other doctors call it The God Complex.
The thing I like here is non-mechanics are going to read this exchange. Many of them will understand what I have said. This is not you guys finest hour.
Intermittents separate the men from the boys and the women from the girls. We had a lot more boys here than I thought.