A Vacation from Malarkey

After some thinking, I’ve decided that I need a short break from blogging. I’ve managed to keep pretty consistent at posting here twice a week, but I’ve decided that I need some time off for the month of December. I’ll still work on writing posts during this time, but I won’t be posting any until January. However, I will continue posting pictures to social media in the meantime.


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Check Your Tires Before Winter

It’s the beginning of winter here in New York, which means it’s time to make sure your car is ready for winter weather driving. This means checking everything over, making sure your wipers are in good shape, but probably most importantly, making sure your tires are good.

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Thanksgiving 2018

Once again I find that it is Thanksgiving here in the United States, and it reminds me just how thankful I am for all of you that read this blog and follow me on social media. It’s hard to believe how long I’ve been doing this and how many people follow this. Thank you all. It means a lot.

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Inside a Muffler

The exhaust system on my truck was badly rusting out, so I finally got around to replacing it. When I removed the muffler, it started falling apart even more than it already had, giving a good view at what the inside of a basic muffler looks like.

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Cracked Rotor

A customer at my dealership was test driving a used car when they heard a strange clunking noise. It was given to one of the technicians to find out what was wrong with it.

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Leaking Aftermarket Parts

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the problem of brand new parts arriving with problems. That caliper with the bent bracket that I showed was an aftermarket unit. Unless you go with the cheapest aftermarket parts they’ll usually be about the same quality as OEM parts, but sometimes they’re just not very long lasting.

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Throwback: Identical Mismatched Tires

This was one of the more unusual problems I diagnosed on a car, so I’m bringing this post from 2016 up again.

Now this was a strange one. A customer came in because she had gotten her tires replaced at a tire shop and her low tire pressure warning light kept coming on. The first thing I did was make sure all the tire pressures were set correctly, and then I started recalibration and took it out for a drive.

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