Category Archives: In The Shop

Drilled Rotors and The Northeast

Brake rotors get hot during braking. Usually the front rotors of cars are vented, with space between the two sides for air to flow and cool them off. For high performance applications, there are drilled rotors, with holes going through … Continue reading

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Overtightened Oil Filter

Some parts of cars need to tightened really well, others don’t need that much. Some people seem to confuse the two.

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Throwback: Blown-Out Spark Plug

It’s a throwback post today, going way back to 2016 and a damaged engine. Originally posted December 1st, 2016. A Honda Element got hauled in on a tow truck one night. Big misfire, running horribly when we drove it into … Continue reading

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Bad Alternator = No Reverse

Recently a Honda Accord Crosstour was towed in with two seemingly unrelated problems. The first problem was that the charging system light had come on and the car wouldn’t start. The second was it wouldn’t go into reverse. I hooked … Continue reading

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Annoying Rattle Noise

A couple times now, I’ve had a car come into the shop with a complaint of a rattling noise while driving. Squeaks and rattles inside the car can be hard to find because it could be two pieces of trim … Continue reading

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No Headlights? There’s a Recall For That

A first generation Honda Pilot came into the shop to get some recalls done. It needed at least one of the airbag inflators replaced, but I don’t think that’s why it finally came in. The headlights didn’t work, and that’s … Continue reading

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Chewed-Through Wiring Harness

Check engine lights on new cars are not something you want to deal with, because usually it’s going to end up a warranty job and probably not pay as well as it would on an older car. Sometimes you get … Continue reading

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