Bad Alternator = No Reverse

Recently a Honda Accord Crosstour was towed in with two seemingly unrelated problems. The first problem was that the charging system light had come on and the car wouldn’t start. The second was it wouldn’t go into reverse. I hooked up a jump box and started it, and confirmed that the charging system light was on and it wouldn’t go into reverse. I pushed it out of its parking spot and put it in drive, which did work, and made it into the shop before the jump box I was running the car with ran out of power.

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Annoying Rattle Noise

A couple times now, I’ve had a car come into the shop with a complaint of a rattling noise while driving. Squeaks and rattles inside the car can be hard to find because it could be two pieces of trim rubbing or not properly put together, and there are a lot of pieces. However, sometimes it’s not the car making the rattle.

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How To: MTD Yard Machines Series 611 Snow Thrower Belt Replacement

I recently bought a used Yard Machines snow blower and it needs new belts. Here’s how to replace them.

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How To Change Spark Plugs


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Thanksgiving 2019

I just want to say thank you to everybody who reads this blog, follows me on social media, and watches my YouTube videos. I wouldn’t be doing this if you weren’t reading and watching. Thank you.

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No Headlights? There’s a Recall For That

A first generation Honda Pilot came into the shop to get some recalls done. It needed at least one of the airbag inflators replaced, but I don’t think that’s why it finally came in. The headlights didn’t work, and that’s why it got brought to a dealership, not because of the potentially deadly airbags.

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Chewed-Through Wiring Harness

Check engine lights on new cars are not something you want to deal with, because usually it’s going to end up a warranty job and probably not pay as well as it would on an older car. Sometimes you get lucky though and the problem isn’t cause by any manufacturing or design defect.

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