Category Archives: In The Shop

Plastic Tool Tray Reinforcement

Some tools, like screwdrivers, prybars, or special sets like brake tools, come in molded plastic trays made specifically for those tools. If you have room in your toolbox, these can keep things organized really well.

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Seized Water Pump

I will never cease to amazed by what customers say is wrong with their car and then what is actually wrong, sometimes a much worse thing than what they noticed.

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Car-pentry Skills

Sometimes for quick fixes on their car, when zip ties or duct tape won’t work, people turn to another common material: wood.

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Melted Dipstick

Another for the list of things I’ve never seen before. A Civic came in after badly overheating because of a damaged radiator. It overheated so badly that it melted the dipstick.

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How To: My Sway Bar Link Replacement Method

One of the more common suspension parts to need replacement, in my experience, are sway bar links. Up here in New York, or in other states where rust is an issue, it isn’t always easy to loosen the nuts holding … Continue reading

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Stop Driving on Flat Tires

Tire pressure monitoring systems have been required on new cars in the US since 2007. Because of that, you should always know when your tires are getting low or flat without having to look at them or check the pressures … Continue reading

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No Pad Left

Sometimes you have to wonder how a customer either didn’t notice a problem, or didn’t care enough to get it checked out. I’ve worked on many cars with so many indications of major problems, sometimes very unsafe problems, but somehow … Continue reading

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