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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Windstorm Tire Damage

We recently had a windstorm in the area, which meant branches, shingles, and siding were flying everywhere. I’ve seen strange things in tires, but the wind caused one I’ve never seen before.

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Rusted Screw Complaint

The dealership recently delivered a used Odyssey to a customer. When they came in for a few repairs they said they didn’t like that the screws holding down the trim over the rear seat anchors were rusty.

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Broken Wheel Not Leaking

In the northern states, plenty of potholes form in the winter months. Most are small enough that they don’t cause damage, but sometimes they cause tire damage or bend wheels.

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Engine Compartment Feast

I’ve posted a couple times in the past I’ve written about evidence of animals in cars. Both evidence of them eating or storing food, or of trying to live in them. This car was worse than those.

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When Bushings and Bolts Go Bad

Suspension arms are attached to the car through rubber bushings that have a metal sleeve in the middle where the bolt goes through. In rustier areas of the country like where I live, that means the bolts can be very hard to remove. I reposted an old blog post recently about a “Friday Morning Nightmare” I had at Toyota trying to get bolt out of a bushing. When replacing the rear shocks and lower control arms on my 1997 Civic it took a lot to get the bolts out

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Underbody Damage

Most new Hondas have a metal or plastic cover under the engine that has to be removed before an oil change. The majority are missing fasteners or are damaged after several oil changes.

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