Get A Grip On Your Exhaust

Just when you think you’ve seen all the cheap exhaust fixes, you find another.

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Frequent Interior Work

One of the jobs I dislike but am given a lot is interior work. In some cases it’s remote start installation on brand new cars, but other times it’s a bit more. In the past couple weeks I’ve spent a lot of time on these. The main thing I don’t like about doing interior work is trying to not damage all the plastic pieces, but I think that’s why I get given these jobs, because I work slowly and carefully and actually follow instructions.

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Rounded Off Drain Plug

There are two things wrong with this picture, one may be more obvious than the other.

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Dirty Air Filters, Volume 3

Over the past year since the last batch of dirty air filters I posted, I’ve accumulated pictures of a few more impressively filthy filters.

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Learn From Your Mistakes

Last week I had a rough day that reminded me that it’s okay when you make mistakes, you just have to learn from them.

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Odd Seat Adjustments

As a general rule I try to always leave customers’ seats in the positions they arrived in so they don’t have to adjust them when they get the car back. Sometimes that means I have to squeeze into cars with my knees pressed against the dash. The only times I do move the seats are when I have to test drive the car, or it’s a stick shift and I can’t use the clutch easily with the customer’s seat position.

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Throwback: Just Making It Work

This week we’re revisiting a post from two years ago.


Many times when working on cars we encounter bolts in really awkward locations, that make it a pain to work on. The Toyota 4Runner has a bolt buried behind the alternator that took me an hour to get out. Hyundai brakes have bolts in the worst places, preventing using power tools and making a brake job take twice as long as it needs to. The bolts need to come out, so we just make it work.

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