Don’t Forget the Center Ring

Original equipment wheels that come on a car are designed so that they fit snugly around the center of the wheel hub. This is important because that takes the load off of the studs, so they’re not what’s holding all the weight and forces of the car. Aftermarket wheels are designed to be able to fit multiple vehicles, which may have different sizes of hubs.

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Basic Coolant Drain, Fill, & Air Bleed


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Tool Review: Lisle Inner Tie Rod Tool


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When a Car Fights You, Fight Back

Sometimes working on cars is easy. Sometimes it’s anything but easy. There are times when a car will fight your attempts to repair it, and you just have to fight back. This was one of those times.

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2013-2017 Honda Accord Lower Control Arm Replacement


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Compare New & Old Parts Before Installing

A customer brought their Honda Accord to the dealer because there was a little clunking noise from the brakes or suspension. It didn’t take me long to figure out what the problem was once I got the wheels off.

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Parts Just Wear Out Sometimes

A Honda Pilot with over 300,000 miles came into the shop. I can’t remember if it’s the highest mileage I’ve personally seen, but it had to be near the most if it wasn’t. As expected, it had many things wrong with it, but even though it really wasn’t worth keeping this vehicle, the customer decided they did want the timing belt replaced, when a full timing belt job at a dealer costs more than any car with 300,000 miles is worth. As I should’ve expected, I had a few more problems doing the job than usual, just because of how old it was.

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2007-2011 Honda CR-V Rear Differential Fluid Replacement


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Don’t Forget the Grease Fittings

Sometimes while checking over a car, I find that someone in the past didn’t do a good job on something. If it was just somebody doing work in their driveway I could excuse it as lack of knowledge, but if it was a professional mechanic, they are not somebody I would take my car to.

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2013-2017 Honda Accord Door Panel Removal


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