Don’t Use Used Oil as Rustproofing

A Honda Ridgeline came into the shop just to get the battery replaced. As I pulled it into my bay, I could smell some kind of fluid from under the hood. When I opened the hood, I quickly found the source of the smell.

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Not Worth Fixing Electrical Hack Job

It started out as a typical check engine light diagnosis. A 2006 Honda Accord came in needing diagnosis, and the customer said work had been done previously elsewhere, but they weren’t sure what.

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A Tour of My Home Garage


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Homemade Cupholders

I’ve seen lots of aftermarket accessories in cars, but it’s not very often that I see homemade ones.

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Video: Taps & Dies vs. Thread Chasers


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A Week of Brake Fails

It was a week with several different failures of brake systems.

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Is ASE Certification Worth It?


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Loose Grounds Cause Strange Problems

A Honda Civic came into the shop with a very strange problem: the backup camera would turn on every time the brake pedal was pressed. It’s supposed to only show up when the transmission is in reverse. While looking at the car I also noticed that the gauge cluster wouldn’t know the trunk was open when the brake was pressed as well. There was definitely something going on in the wiring.

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Smashed Subframe

A customer brought their Honda Accord came into the shop complaining of a bad vibration that seemed to be from the engine. Engine vibrations can be caused by a rough-running engine, or by failing engine mounts.

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Inside a Mechanic’s Junk Box


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