Badly Welded Exhaust

As I test drove a used car at the dealership, I noticed that the exhaust was a little bit loud. When I got it up on the lift I found that it was leaking from the join where one pipe slips over another and has a clamp around the two. I could tell I would have to replace the exhaust, but there was one problem that would make that harder. These joints are meant to not be welded, but this one had, and very badly.

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The Noisy Leaf

Cars can make all sorts of noises. Suspension squeaks and clunks, grinding brakes, uneven tires, leaking exhaust, all of these are mechanical noises from outside the car. Inside the car there can be squeaks or creaks from trim panels rubbing against each other, or just noise from a pile of coins in a cupholder.

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Don’t Hang Calipers By The Hose

One of my pet peeves, and something that I was taught early on when learning about fixing cars, is that when you’re doing a brake job, it’s not good to just let the caliper hang by the hydraulic hose. This stresses the hose and if you do it too much it could lead to a premature failure.

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Amazingly Clean 1998 Honda Civic

Typically cars get driven 10,000 to 15,000 miles each year when used as a commuter car. If a car only gets used for a weekly trip to the grocery store, or to doctors appointments, or to church, as a lot of cars owned by the elderly, they don’t accumulate many miles. Additionally, if a car is a special model like an older Civic Si or an S2000, they may only get driven once in a while, and get even fewer miles on the clock.

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Gratuitous Snow Donuts – 6 Cylinders of Fury(ish)


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Customized Accord

Most cars are left stock, the way they came from the factory. Some owners may add a few accessories, like splash guards, door visors, or seat covers. Sometimes the stock radio isn’t enough and they put in an aftermarket unit. Most of these aren’t huge modifications that would take a lot of time or money. This Accord came into the shop, and it had some customizations that I hadn’t seen anyone do before and must’ve cost a lot of money.

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My New Civic!


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