Car Won’t Turn Off: Faulty Shifter Diagnosis


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Wiring Almost Chewed Through

Hondas have a bit of an unfortunate reputation for having wiring that is appealing to animals. For a while the insulation is some sort of plant-based material, and when an animal takes up residence in a car’s engine bay, they might want a snack. I’ve seen a lot of cars with evidence of animals temporarily nesting in an engine compartment, and fortunately most don’t decide to take a bite out of the wiring, but sometimes they do.

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Tool Review: Mechanix Brand Gloves


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Toasted New Brakes

A Honda CR-V was brought into the shop with a complaint about the brakes. I can’t recall exactly what the complaint was, but it was probably that the brake pedal would pulsate as they slowed the car.

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Tool Tip: Crank Pulley Bolt Socket


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A Neglected Minivan

I would say that most of the cars that come into the dealership I work at are regulars that take good care of their cars. A good number of the non-regular customers have taken care of their cars decently well, but then sometimes you get the really neglected ones, often for something like a recall or a check engine light that they couldn’t get fixed elsewhere. This Honda Odyssey was one of those.

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Overheated Honda R18 Engine Teardown


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Driven In With No Brake Caliper

A lot of times, a mechanic’s least favorite vehicle to work on is one that someone else already worked on. I don’t mean one that’s had work done correctly, but one that someone tried to work on and failed, whether by lack of experience or lack of tools. Sometimes it’s just a job done wrong that needs to be redone, but other times it’s a half-finished job that needs to be figured out.

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Tool Tip: Flush Cutters


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A Big Toolbox Does Not a Good Mechanic Make

Walk into a mechanic shop and you’ll see all kinds of different toolboxes. Big, small, new, old, different colors, different brands. Some mechanics seem to see them as status indicators, where you’re only a “real mechanic” if you own a toolbox from one of the expensive brands. Some customers might walk into a shop and think that the tech with the biggest toolbox must be the best. But that’s often not the case.

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