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Mechanical Malarkey Merchandise Now Available

If you’re a fan of what I post here on this blog and social media, I’m now making some products available with my logo on them. Advertisements

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What is Flat Rate?

You may have heard the term “flat rate pay” before, but what is it? There are two ways mechanics get paid: hourly and flat rate.

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Modifying Tools

During a slow day at work I was doing some sweeping around the shop, and on different sides of the shop I found two cut off open end wrenches. Apparently two different techs really needed slightly shorter wrenches for whatever … Continue reading

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Opinion: Customer Declined Service

Fixing cars is a business. That means we have to make money. Often that means we have to try to sell work to the customer besides what they came in for. This can lead to mechanics getting a bad rap … Continue reading

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Opinion: Following Directions or Intuition

This is a question I don’t think there’s a definite answer for. When performing a repair, should you take the time to look up and follow the instructions, or should you just follow your intuition? A lot of the time … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Thank-You

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the United States today, so I just wanted to take a minute and say thanks to everyone who reads this blog or follows me on social media. I love telling my stories of mechanic work … Continue reading

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OBD-II Connector Location

Every car sold in the US since 1996 is required to be equipped with an OBD-II connector so all scan tools, and in some cases state inspection computers, can connect to them and read data. There are general requirements for … Continue reading

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