Pissed Off

Okay, I’ve done it again. I’ve pissed off a bunch of you self righteous, think you know it all car people! But then, I seem to have a knack for doing that lately. Like David who called my story about using the proper oil “pathetic”. He says and I quote “good, better and best. Are you kidding? If an engine block is made of iron you use conventional, if the block is aluminum you use synthetic.” That’s so utterly ridiculous that I thought it was a prank, but he was serious / called me pathetic. There actually are three general quality-levels of engine oil and they have nothing to do with what metal the engine is made of. Conventional which is good, synthetic blend which is better than conventional, and full synthetic which gives the best protection — good — better — best. Although he was totally wrong he was nasty and disrespectful. Oh well, then there were the folks who are in love with the oil that begins with “a-m” who showed all kinds of hate because i didn’t use a bottle of their oil. Hey “a-m” oil people do you really think nasty comments and threats will make me recommend your oil in the future? I guarantee it won’t!

Oh, and let’s not forget those nasty, non-thinking people who trashed my tire rotation video…what a mess. Seems i’m an idiot, moron, fool, fake, and a criminal. A criminal? Really? Come on folks, it’s just tire rotation! There is an old myth about tires that says you can’t switch a radial tire from one side of the car to the other side because the tire will turn in the opposite direction, which will cause it to blow out and possibly kill you. One nut-job even said I ought to be put in jail for endangering people’s lives. Anyway, about that myth, it started back in the seventies when Firestone had an issue with internal corrosion of the steel belts in one of their tire models. The belts corroded and ultimately caused tire failure. But, because rotating the tires did cause the already weakened belts to separate more quickly most people assumed rotation was the cause. Although this myth has been proven wrong time and time again it still lives on in the minds of drivers and technicians alike. But, it’s false and always has been false, it was a tire issue not a rotation issue. So, if you want to get the longest life out of your tires rotate them using the modified “x” pattern every six thousand to seventy-five hundred miles. On front wheel drive cars move the right rear to the left front, the left rear to the right front and the two fronts move to the back but on the same side of the car, the rear wheel drive pattern is reversed. No, this is not my idea it’s from the people who make tires. So, use your brain, think about it, if rotation causes huge numbers of tire failures and kills people do you really think tire manufacturers would recommend it? Yeah, didn’t think so. All this insanity begs two questions. Why is common sense no longer common and when did people become so damn mean and hateful? For more car tips, tricks and money saving ideas check out more of www.goss-garage.com.

Drive Gently

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Chris Ross said:

April 18, 2017 at 1:58 pm

Pat; The last few months you have repeatedly referred to listeners, drivers, owners, mechanics, and parts people as idiots, morons, fools, asses,etc. Lately you just sound like a grumpy old man who sees others as fools and morons! It is NOT funny you are doing harm to your show and reputation.
I don’t think you realize how you are being perceived by the general public. This language would have NOT been tolerated on Motorweek with PBS!!
We do not tune in to hear all of this negative Rant & Rage you seem to enjoy each week. Practice some humility, after all you are NOT perfect either!! Putting others down does not elevate you and what people really want is good sound advice, not that there are a few fools in the world, we already know that. Chris.

Randy Hammett said:

May 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm

If you don’t like what Mr. Goss has to say, pay him no heed. No need to be nasty. Personally I found his advice to be most helpful and look forward to his spot on Motorweek. Keep up the great work.

May 31, 2017 at 3:04 am

Fantastic response really love someone who tells it the way it is and you are absolutely 100% Factually true in what you say

May 31, 2017 at 3:06 am

By the way what would it take to Secure a position as an employee with you guys. I have 30 years experience in the business. Love to submit a resume if you’ll except it

Chris Costello said:

June 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

Pat don’t let these peoples comments get to you. I own a 1994 jeep cherokee and because of you it runs like new. I watch your videos and take your advice seriously. You are very knowledgeable and wize when it comes to the automotive world. I thank you.

Al Barron said:

November 29, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Pat, I have watched you on Motor Week for DECADES and like everything you’ve done! You have always erred on the side of caution. I have RELIGIOUSLY changed my oil, disposed of it responsibly and tried to follow all of the maintenance advice you give. I’ve learned that, over the years, there are repairs I can do, some I shouldn’t and then comes the time when the old car has to be put down. I can understand you, Csaba Csere or any expert giving advice getting upset when someone that is not “in the know” spouts off about some old wives’ tale or attacks your opinion as invalid. Please, keep on doing what you do and, just like Andy Rooney or P.J O’Rourke, you get a little terse, it won’t affect my fondness for your advice in the least! One of my best friends was a mechanic and had his own shop in New Orleans for nearly 50 years. To put it mildly, he was earthy, salty and a man with a BIG heart. You remind me of him, but with a dose of pragmatism and patience thrown in!

Paul smith said:

December 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

Haters gonna hate!

Pat is finally at a point in his career where he can tell people who are wrong and vocal to stick it in their ass!

I’ve been in the for 30 years. Pat is correct. Want to make your car last? Dont follow the manufacturers! Their only goal is to sell you another car!

And I like that Pat recommends BG products. They are the best in my mind!

Maintenance doesn’t cost–it pays!

Jack Kangas said:

January 17, 2018 at 7:42 pm


Regarding tire rotation, isn’t it true that tires with a directional tread pattern should always remain on the same side of the car? If a tire with a directional tread pattern is moved from one side of the car to the other, the tread pattern will rotate (spin) in the opposite direction it was intended to. Such tires usually (always?) have arrows on the sidewall showing the correct direction of rotation.

Marcy said:

January 18, 2018 at 9:37 am

Hi Jack:

Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment, I appreciate it! You are absolutely correct directional tires cannot be switched from side to side without demounting, remounting and rebalancing the tires which is certainly not practical so they always stay on the same side and get rotated from front to rear. Fortunately directional tires have mostly gone away in favor of asymmetrical non-directional tires which can be rotated properly. Also directional wheels cannot be rotated from side to side. Some staggered applications can be rotated from side to side but never front to rear and if staggered wheels are equipped with directional tires they are always one position only.

Pat Goss

Mike Bauser said:

July 3, 2018 at 10:49 am

Pat – I was truly surprised and highly disappointed at the reaction you’ve gotten to some of your advice. I have followed you on Motor Week, the radio, etc. for as long as I can remember. Your service to the community over the decades, especially in the DC area, has been valuable almost beyond measure. Thank you for your efforts over the years. Sincerely, Mike

Marcy said:

July 3, 2018 at 11:36 am


Thank you so much for your support it helps offset some of the nastiness and is appreciated!

Pat Goss

Bill Flanders said:

July 5, 2018 at 2:56 pm

Pat I have a question. I was told by my mechanic that trans fluid was seeping into the coolant side of my radiator. So I took his advice and had him replace the radiator. When I drove my Nissan Pathfinder home from the shop it overheated. I had it towed back to the shop. Turns out the radt hose came off. Now he imformed me I have a blown head gasket and that was the reason the hose came off. I have never had any issues with the engine until now. I’m wanting to know if this is possible or if he is jerking me around.

Marcy said:

July 5, 2018 at 6:12 pm

Hi Bill:

The radiator cap regulates the maximum pressure the cooling system can reach which is far below the level needed to cause a radiator hose to blow off the radiator. So unless the radiator cap is defective what you are being told is not probable. I would retrieve the radiator cap and have a disinterested party test it. If the cap is good it’s time for the shop to call their insurance company. Also the cap should have been replaced with the radiator and if it was and if it is defective it is time for the cap supplier to call their insurance company.


Nadell Mark said:

August 7, 2018 at 8:02 pm

During the Motorweek episode 47 season 3 you stated
That a telescope gage was not an exceptable for use in a
Machine shop. As a machinist and a quality control
Inspector for over 35 years that statement totally bs. I
Can tell that I as well as countless machinist could measure
Using one and arrive at a end measurement just as accurately as anyone using an inside micrometer

Marcy said:

August 8, 2018 at 10:35 am

Hi Mark:

Not sure but I think I may have confused things. Keep in mind that season 3 was 35 years ago so my recollection is a bit vague but in referring to the gauges I had at the time (imported, cheap and inaccurate) I was suggesting not using low quality. Sorry for the confusion.

Pat Goss

GShephard said:

September 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm

I’ve been a customer of Goss’ garages since 1990, I’ve never been led astray and neither have the dozens of folks that have been literally and financially abused by other shops and dealers. Anyone can take the time to properly research these issues from multiple credible sources and you’ll find what Pat prescribes is true, based on OEM and other tangible information, not the barbershop, etc.

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