August 11th, 2014
So what do you do if your cars inside door handle breaks off? Well in this case the individual was able to attach a pair of vise grips to what was left of the inside door handle. This is one of the many things that I see from time to time. This is just a little taste of good old Yankee ingenuity at its finest! I would love to hear from you about some of the ways you may have fixed something on your car temporarily.
Vise grips used as an inside door handle. you just gotta love it!
April 22nd, 2014
I guess that we could call this post “Autopsy of an engine” please join me as we take apart this poorly maintained engine. Well the owner of the engine this vehicle learned the hard way about what can happen to an engine that has a timing chain and too few oil changes. This engine had issues for sure, it was burning a quart of oil every 600 miles to boot! This engine was Read more »
April 17th, 2014
Well you are driving down the road and your check engine light comes on. You go to your parts store and they read the code that is stored in your cars computer. In this case you have a 2001 Honda Accord, and you are told that you have a code 1456 stored in your PCM (power control module.) What this code is saying is you have a leak in your vehicles evaporative emissions system. So the parts store sells you a gas cap because this is a good place to start. You have the code cleared and replace the gas cap, and a couple days later the light comes back on! A gas cap is a good place to start, but As you can see in this picture what the problem is, that’s right the fuel filler neck is completely rusted through. To better show you what a new fuel filler neck looks like take note of the one on the left, the one on the right is clearly the old one. Every so often your car will do a self check,by using the engines vacuum to check for leaks. In this case it was not to hard to find. I replaced the fuel filler neck and it took care of the problem.
March 31st, 2014
Sometimes you have to spend a bit more to get a lot more. When it comes time to replace a component in your vehicles exhaust system it is best to spend a little more. Why? If you want to replace your Read more »
March 10th, 2014
I was asked this question as to why it costs so much in labor to replace brake lines. Well the simple answer is that it is a miserable job for a mechanic to replace them. You might be able to tell by the pile of rusty lines pictured that I just replaced. It is kind of like when the pipes freeze in your home, you fix one pipe and Read more »
February 24th, 2014
Well you are driving down the road and everything is fine when all of a sudden this little yellow light illuminates on your vehicles instrument cluster. That’s right your check engine light comes on! So you hear from a friend that you can go to your local parts store and Read more »
February 18th, 2014
Carol asked me how her oil pan in her Honda Civic became so rusted. Also she asked if it could be repaired. She asked me how an oil pan could rust because she was told that oil prevents rust on metal. How could this be? Well Carol the rust actually starts from the outside and eventually works its way in. It usually starts as a little stone chip in the paint on the oil pan. Then Read more »
February 12th, 2014
Well most of us who live in the northeast are very familiar with the words “frost heaves” and “pot holes.” Many mechanics look at these bumpy road conditions as job security as frost heaves along with pot holes can wreak havoc on your vehicles suspension components. It is important that your vehicles strut assembly’s and or shock absorbers are in good shape. What does a shock absorber do? Read more »
February 8th, 2014
Well Jean on newer fuel injected engines you will notice a decrease in power with a dirty air filter. With an older vehicle that had a carburetor you would notice poor fuel mileage. The biggest problem with a dirty air filter is Read more »
February 4th, 2014
Well Allison that’s a good question! This is something that I have heard about recently, so with your question I decided to give it a try myself. Now for those of you who are not familiar with what I am talking about I will explain. Most of the vehicles today have plastic headlight lens,and over time the road dirt has a “sand blasting effect” on the lenses themselves. When this happens Read more »