Category Archives: In The Shop

Where’s the Refrigerant Leak?

A common car repair needed in the summer months is the air conditioning system. Over time, parts can get damaged or start leaking from age, letting the refrigerant out of the system, and causing only warm air to blow from … Continue reading

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Broken Engine Mount

Engines are held in cars by several engine mounts, which at the most basic are typically some sort of rubber bushing or cushion. These absorb some of the vibrations and also let the engine flex a little in relation to … Continue reading

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Overfilled Transmission, Broken Wires

A second-generation Honda Insight came into the shop with a complaint of low power when accelerating, and the transmission “D” indicator was flashing. When I pulled it in, it was clearly something going wrong with the transmission.

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Mice In Cars Isn’t Good

I’ve had to deal with damage from animals under the hood of cars multiple times. A lot of times it’s just the remnants of a small nest something started building, sometimes it’s pieces of food or droppings, or even chewed … Continue reading

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Corroded Airbag Sensor Wire

A Honda Civic came into the shop needing an SRS light diagnosis. This light indicates that there’s something wrong with the airbag system. On Hondas from the early half of the 2000’s, this is often caused by a faulty seat … Continue reading

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Similarly Damaged Civics

It’s not that uncommon to have two of the same model and color car in the shop at the same time, but not often that they have very similar damage.

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Steering Work on a Dodge

I work at a Honda dealership, so 99% of the cars that come in are Hondas, but once in a while I have to work on something else, but as long as it’s something basic, it’s basically the same as … Continue reading

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Poor Quality Collision Repair

I was looking over a Honda Odyssey that was a few years old, and noticed a few things that were amiss in the engine bay. The first thing I noticed was that the cover for the PCM was missing, and … Continue reading

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Scraped Bumper, Broken Wire

A Honda Accord came into the shop with only a few thousand miles on it and a check engine light. It had a code for no signal from the radiator coolant temperature sensor, so I got started on electrical diagnostics.

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Broken Spring & Mount

It’s not too unusual for a coil spring on a higher-mileage car to eventually break, I’ve seen it many times. A lot of times it’s just half a loop from the top or bottom and it rattles around and makes … Continue reading

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