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MotorHeadline: Asking for help the right way



In 1994, I started working on cars. It was mostly out of necessity, as I could not afford to pay anyone to fix my Volkswagen Beetle on my meager Taco Bell minimum wages.

Armed with a Haynes Manual and a box of mismatched Craftsman tools, I managed to keep the car running most of the time. When I...

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  1. I hope when the new Auto Tech school gets going downtown, that the instructors will stress to the students to watch You Tube videos such as Rainman Rays Repairs, South Main Auto he is a scan tool wizard, and The Car Care Nut, this technician is extremely knowledgeable on Toyotas and Lexus vehicles. I’m glad to see these young people getting into this field. It can be very rewarding to have a car towed into a shop, the technician finds the problem and the customer drives it home.

  2. Great read. With the help of a buddy of mine who jumpstarted my car, I took it to a local Advance Auto Parts store for the battery to be tested. Sure enough, it needed to be changed out. The “mechanic” came out and proceeded to turn the little nut to THE RIGHT shearing off the bolt! My buddy and I were both watching him but we didn’t say a word as we saw him start to turn it to the right! DOH! The young mechanic didn’t know the old adage, “Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosy.” Naturally, this particular part that he ruined needed to be ordered from the manufacturer and what should have been a 15 minute delay in using my car turned out to be ONE WEEK! They begrudgingly agreed to pay for my rental car!

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