i dont much care if you replace yours or not. Both vehicles are over a decade old, and for JR, he seems to not care if anything happens or not.
But unfortunately, some of these younger guys here look to you two for advice, and they may very well adopt your "devil may care" attitude about spending this lousey ten dollars and taking a few minutes to even inspect the cap.
Logic would seem to indicate that the costs in time and money are very small relevant to the risks....but still you demand proof. I even wonder if you had even bothered to read any of these links as you would have seem pictures of the debris/corrosion I speak of.
I have posted this link several times, so there is no exscuse for your claim of no proof/pictures of a cap, so i dont know where your coming from on this.
I have provided pictures and testimonials.....while you go on and on about your two cars and anecdotal observations about how it never happens here.
Are you wrong? Of course, because inspite of all pictures and observations from people more in the know than you, you continue to advise others as if to say " who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes" ?
I drive about 1100 miles a week. I use M1 10w-30, not any cheap dino ( " ..cause its all the same.. "
) and do routine UOA to make sure the wear factors are as low as possible. During the half way point of the oil, a filter change is inorder and the exact amount of "make up" oil is recorded and added so it can be reported to the lab at time analysis. This "make up oil" will alter the TBN and make the oil a bit more robust than it actually was, so reporting the amount is crucial.
I also flush the tranny once a year, and after that, a partial change of atf every three months by dumping pan. The filter is replaced 2x per year at time of pan dump. The transmission and engine are cleaned once a year using a ester compound using a tighter oil change regimen. This is the only time of the year this engine uses dino.
The tires are rotated every oil change, the belt is replaced once a year
I spent time in my 20'* working around commercial fleets, and I know the importance of what some of you would likely call "excessive", but I have a very reliable car and never have been on the hook because she "stopped" on the highway.
In short, you would be serving your members much better if you adopted more of a preventative maintenance theme as opposed to the almost total devotion to cosmetic this and thats.
Each has its place, as these cars should be fun to own. But clearly, a stock looking car that is a reliable vehicle for work/school, is a bit more sensible than one broken in the yard, but has a pretty engine cover.
I am not disparaging you..I really am not. But on this thread..I totally and completely disagree with the two of you as your opinions in this case...could very well cost some poor member (*) a lot of money...money they may not have.
Why dont you start a thread on preventative maintenace that could be contributed to..for say a week. Than..after the week, it could be condensed down into several variations , one each for different types of service, that could help people avoid massive repair bills.