Category Archives: In The Shop

Wheel Locks on Steel Wheels

Wheels, especially OEM alloy wheels, are not cheap, easily worth a couple hundred dollars each, which makes them a prime target for thieves. To combat this, several companies make wheel locks, which are a replacement lug nut with a special … Continue reading

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Snapped Control Arm

In back of the dealership I work at is what’s known as the “wholesale line.” It’s where cars that get traded in go that we don’t deem worth fixing up to sell, so we offer them up to other used … Continue reading

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Check Your Tires Before Winter

It’s the beginning of winter here in New York, which means it’s time to make sure your car is ready for winter weather driving. This means checking everything over, making sure your wipers are in good shape, but probably most … Continue reading

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Cracked Rotor

A customer at my dealership was test driving a used car when they heard a strange clunking noise. It was given to one of the technicians to find out what was wrong with it.

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Leaking Aftermarket Parts

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the problem of brand new parts arriving with problems. That caliper with the bent bracket that I showed was an aftermarket unit. Unless you go with the cheapest aftermarket parts they’ll usually be … Continue reading

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Throwback: Identical Mismatched Tires

This was one of the more unusual problems I diagnosed on a car, so I’m bringing this post from 2016 up again. Now this was a strange one. A customer came in because she had gotten her tires replaced at … Continue reading

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Oil Pressure Switch Causing Lean Code?

This is going to be a long and technical post, but if you want to learn about car engines, this should be a good read even for the non-technician. A Honda Odyssey came into the shop with the check engine … Continue reading

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