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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Let’s Talk About Lug Nut Torque


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The Worst Car I’ve Ever Worked On

In my over eight years of working on cars as a mechanic, I’ve seen a lot of cars in bad shape. Rusty, neglected, dirty, all kinds of problems. But when a car has so many problems you don’t know where to start, and multiple people say it’s the worst car they’ve seen in the shop, that means it really is one of the worst.

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Replacing My Truck’s Gas Tank


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Bent Brake Caliper

I was working on a Honda Pilot, replacing the rear brake pads and rotors. Everything seemed normal until I took the caliper slider pins out to clean and lubricate them.

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2013-2017 Honda Accord Front Bumper Removal


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Stuck Rotor Leads to Used Parts Fiasco

I had sold rear brakes on a 2014 Honda Civic, and was taking the old rotors off when I ran into a problem. The right rear rotor was sticking on the hub and studs, so I had to hit it from the back side with a hammer to slowly work it off the studs. Usually they just pop off, but this was taking a lot of work to remove. Then one swing of the hammer missed.

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Exterior Trim & Wheel Painting on My Civic


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