How To: MTD Yard Machines Series 611 Snow Thrower Belt Replacement

I recently bought a used Yard Machines snow blower and it needs new belts. Here’s how to replace them.

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How To Change Spark Plugs


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Thanksgiving 2019

I just want to say thank you to everybody who reads this blog, follows me on social media, and watches my YouTube videos. I wouldn’t be doing this if you weren’t reading and watching. Thank you.

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No Headlights? There’s a Recall For That

A first generation Honda Pilot came into the shop to get some recalls done. It needed at least one of the airbag inflators replaced, but I don’t think that’s why it finally came in. The headlights didn’t work, and that’s why it got brought to a dealership, not because of the potentially deadly airbags.

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Chewed-Through Wiring Harness

Check engine lights on new cars are not something you want to deal with, because usually it’s going to end up a warranty job and probably not pay as well as it would on an older car. Sometimes you get lucky though and the problem isn’t cause by any manufacturing or design defect.

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Clean the Snow Off Your Car

This is your annual reminder to clean the snow off your car. Not just off the windshield, off everything. The windows, the hood, and yes, the roof. Snow blowing off your car can make it hard for the people behind you to see, and if it suddenly slides onto your windshield you might not be able to see. You can even get a ticket in several states if your vehicle isn’t properly cleaned of snow.

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Oil Leak and Ignition Coil Failure

A Honda Odyssey came into the shop with a continuous misfire on cylinder 2. After confirming which cylinder had the misfire, the next step is usually to look at the spark plug to see if it’s damaged or covered in oil.

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