Category Archives: In The Shop

Bolt-Bending Ball Joint Tool

Several years ago, I bought a ball joint separator tool from Harbor Freight. It was the best $20 I’ve ever spent there. I don’t use it that frequently, but it works great. It’s finally failed on me, but not so … Continue reading

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Rusted Out Gas Tank Straps

A customer had their Honda Civic towed into the shop with a bit of a problem. They said that they had run over a deer carcass and now their gas tank was falling out. The car wouldn’t run, so it … Continue reading

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Speaker Failure Diagnosis

A Honda CR-V was in the shop, and one of the customer’s complaints was that the two rear speakers didn’t work, and the left front had a lot of static and distortion. After confirming that the speakers weren’t working, the … Continue reading

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Throwback: Recalls Bring the Odd Cars

Today is a throwback to a post from 2 years ago, in January 2018. Sometimes I wonder if people compete to bring in the worst condition car to get recalls done. This one was impressive.

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Worn Out Timing Belt Tensioner

Timing belts need to be replaced at regular intervals to prevent them from wearing out and failing. At my Honda dealership, we recommend replacing them at 100,000 miles. We also replace the water pump, and often replace the tensioner. Over … Continue reading

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Parking Sensor Problem: Blown Bulb?

A Honda Odyssey came in to the shop for diagnosis of the “check parking sensor system” message displayed in gauge cluster. It was given to me to figure out, and my first thought was maybe one of the sensors in … Continue reading

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Double-Check Your Timing Marks

Whenever you’re replacing a timing belt or chain, or doing any kind of work that requires removing and reinstalling it, you have to make sure that everything is timed correctly. If the camshafts aren’t timed properly to the crankshaft, at … Continue reading

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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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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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