Looking forward to a little wrench time tomorrow

Funny story. A couple months ago the check engine light came on in my girlfriend's Suzuki SX4. Got the code scanned, no big deal, I forget the name of the code but basically the engine wasn't reaching operating temp and the readings on the temp gauge confirmed that. I figured it's a stuck thermostat and planned to… » 4/10/15 7:57pm 4/10/15 7:57pm

I Cannot Into Car Repair

So I replaced my clutch on my 2000 Honda Accord, took a while but now everything is bolted up, managed to hook up the battery backwards and blew the main fuse, possible more, and now that I refilled the transmission I noticed that it's pretty much all leaked out again (I think I loosened some of the bolts while trying… » 10/23/14 11:16am 10/23/14 11:16am

What Do People Expect Of You As An Automotive Enthusiast?

I like people and always try to give them the benefit of the doubt as a general rule in my life, but one of the most plaguing annoyances in my current career path has to do with the expectations others hold of my abilities to aid them. I wrote an article a while back about not being taken advantage of as a gear head,… » 4/07/14 10:17am 4/07/14 10:17am

How To (Effectively) Not Get The Short End Of The Gear Head Stick...

When people find out you're "handy" with cars, a perpetual flood gate tends to open the moment they are caught in the middle of some sort of mechanically motivated crisis. Actually, I have personally figured out that being a gear-head also somehow means you are well versed in the functioning structures of things such… » 2/13/14 10:15am 2/13/14 10:15am

Teaching My Mom To Change A Starter - A Photo Journey...

About two years ago, my mom paid over $700 for a brake job covering all four corners of her Honda Accord. This made me mad because I could have done it for the cost of parts. When her starter gave out last year, she did call me and I went over to my parents' house to change it out for her, which was more of a… » 1/08/14 9:03am 1/08/14 9:03am

Five Ways to Save Serious Money on Car Repairs

If you drive, there's probably little you hate more than getting your car repaired. It's usually an expensive, time-consuming hassle no one looks forward to. Even so, it doesn't have to be so bad. Here are some solid ways to save as much money as possible on your car repairs, and hopefully make the whole process a… » 9/19/13 10:08am 9/19/13 10:08am

Help me Oppo! Brake repair advice needed

I'm replacing the brake pads on the Corolla tonight... the lower caliper pin is stuck (right one in the picture). It appears to be rusted in place. I have it soaking in some liquid wrench overnight, and will try to knock it loose tomorrow morning. My question is, should I even bother? If I get this apart, will the… » 7/05/13 10:00pm 7/05/13 10:00pm