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It is very easy to miss some of the bigger maintenance items on that once a year pilgrimage to the jiffy lube at the mall.
"The problem is what is obvious to a mechanic is not so obvious to the armchair mechanic."
"Many times automobile components cannot really be tested step by step. There is no simple method of testing them."
"Water is the enemy of electrical systems, especially when mixed with a little salt."
"Unfortunately many automakers choice of cupholder locations leave something to be desired."
How do you know if your vehicle has traction control?
"...short of simple services, waiting around is not the best unless of course you have a lot of time and no need to question why..."
"The main reason to react is to save yourself some money in the long run"
"In most cases a long cranking starter is being abused."
Many failures that occur after the warranty can be attributed to lack of maintenance or improper use of the vehicle.
"We have had some smoking hot weather. I am sure you would agree. What better time to do a review on your vehicle’s cooling systems."
"My last couple of diagnostic debacles are proof that simple can be elusive."
"Truck technology is on the move as manufactures fight for bragging rights. Who will be the fuel economy leader?"
There are a myriad of reasons for the lack of AC (air conditioning) function.
"For many, spring is car show season. Many of us will attend a car show this season. Some of us will show our cars this season."
"The saying “drive it like you stole it” comes to mind. Guess what? There was good reason for that type of driving."
"Do not underestimate the value of that annoying check engine light in clueing you into a burgeoning fuel pressure problem."
"What does local politics have to do with mechanics? In both cases; my trade in general and our local politics lack professionalism."
Sometimes the most difficult part of diagnosing a broken car is getting into the place where you need to perform testing.
"A customer complained that his brakes smelled like they were burning when he got to Rossland from Trail."