Author Archives: Dan

Disgusting Car Interiors

Working on cars, you see cars in all kinds of conditions. Some are spotless, some look decently lived in, but some are just disgusting. I’ve talked in another post about how some family minivans are gross because of all the … Continue reading

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My Thoughts on Auto Tech College

New blog posts every Monday and Thursday, plus pictures throughout the week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Watch Mechanical Malarkey on YouTube! Mechanical Malarkey T-shirts, hats, and stickers are available to order! -Dan

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Don’t Use Used Oil as Rustproofing

A Honda Ridgeline came into the shop just to get the battery replaced. As I pulled it into my bay, I could smell some kind of fluid from under the hood. When I opened the hood, I quickly found the … Continue reading

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Not Worth Fixing Electrical Hack Job

It started out as a typical check engine light diagnosis. A 2006 Honda Accord came in needing diagnosis, and the customer said work had been done previously elsewhere, but they weren’t sure what.

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A Tour of My Home Garage

New blog posts every Monday and Thursday, plus pictures throughout the week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Watch Mechanical Malarkey on YouTube! Mechanical Malarkey T-shirts, hats, and stickers are available to order! -Dan

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Homemade Cupholders

I’ve seen lots of aftermarket accessories in cars, but it’s not very often that I see homemade ones.

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Video: Taps & Dies vs. Thread Chasers

New blog posts every Monday and Thursday, plus pictures throughout the week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Watch Mechanical Malarkey on YouTube! Mechanical Malarkey T-shirts, hats, and stickers are available to order! -Dan

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A Week of Brake Fails

It was a week with several different failures of brake systems.

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Is ASE Certification Worth It?

New blog posts every Monday and Thursday, plus pictures throughout the week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Watch Mechanical Malarkey on YouTube! Mechanical Malarkey T-shirts, hats, and stickers are available to order! -Dan

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Loose Grounds Cause Strange Problems

A Honda Civic came into the shop with a very strange problem: the backup camera would turn on every time the brake pedal was pressed. It’s supposed to only show up when the transmission is in reverse. While looking at … Continue reading

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