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What the Snap, Rattle and Pop?!

Your vehicles steering and suspension typically deteriorates slowly over time and can be unnoticeable until you hear that rattle or clunk.  The parts that typically fail include ball joints, tie rods, struts, shocks, springs, control arms and stabilizer links or sway bar links. Ball Joints/Tie Rods: Imagine yourself holding a baseball tightly, but over time your grip loosens and the baseball falls out. This is similar to how a ball joint and tie rod work. Its a ball in socket joint and they wear out causing looseness and sometimes catastrophic failure where the joint comes out of the socket. Your tie rod is the steering rod between your rack and pinion and the ball joint is the pivot point between your axle/control arm and wheel assembly. The easiest way to spot issues with these parts is abnormal tire wear. That would be a lot of tread on one side of the tire and a little tread on the other side. So something as simple as walking to your car and looking at the wear on your tires ... read more

What makes a Good Mechanic Pt. 1 Do You want to be an Auto Technician?

With being a large facility in the business of auto repair we are always looking to fill one or two positions in our shop. That is much easier said than done. The available pool from which we would find a technician is lacking tremendously. Secondly, the training for our industry is still very sub par. The technical schools you see advertised on TV are a good start but they are expensive and simply get you into the ground level of the industry. When it boils down to it there is no simple or easy way to become a high level certified tech other than doing it yourself. If you talk to most guys in the industry they are self taught or started sweeping floors. That’s where I started and sometimes I think if I hadn’t gone out and learned myself, my dad would have still have me sweeping floors in my own shop! Now, you think you want to become a technician and you have got what it takes. The first question I always ask in an interview for a tech is “what is the highest level ... read more

Roadside Breakdown and What to Do

Roadside Breakdown Dilemma So you get a flat and you are stuck on the side of the road, what should you do? Your options are attempt to change the tire yourself or call for help. You may be thinking about what the most affordable option is but perhaps you should think about the safest. First of all you have to get to the spare and jack which is usually buried under a seat or the trunk area. Also on a truck you may have to twist the spare down. There are so many variables here. Too often we see issues with these options. Many times the cable mechanism for the spare is rust and hard or impossible to turn. The jacks are tiny and wobbly and then you get the spare on only to find that it is flat. The spare is almost never checked for air pressure. At that point you may have spent an hour or so on the side of the road just ... read more

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