My name is Charles. I am a Volkswagen technician, and have been a mechanic, a grease monkey, and a car enthusiast for many years. I started this site mainly to connect with my customers in a way that I can’t in the shop. However, it’s my hope it can also serves as a community forum to share information, impart a little wisdom, and have a little fun. Let’s get started.

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Should You Follow Your Owners Manual for Maintenance?

When it comes to maintaining a car, the owners manual is a great guide. But should you just follow it? When should you change your oil? When should you replace spark plugs, what about fluid like coolant with no replacement interval? There is a lot of things missing from the owners book, and some maintenances […]

Professional Auto Mechanics Must Buy Their Own Tools?

Buying Mechanic tools is EXPENSIVE! Did you know that most pro auto mechanics must buy their own tools? Even many beginner mechanics must spend a lot on tools. I spent about $5000 in tools my first year as a mechanic. So should you have to buy your own tools, or should a shop supply tools? […]

Everything FIXED on MK5 GTI ~ Jobs Going Sideways

The MK5 GTI had a of issues. We looked at everything wrong with it, so we are looking at everything we fixed. We stilled a GTI exhaust, MK5 downpipe, DIYs on front and rear brakes, installing and adjusting coilovers, new headlights, a BPY valve cover, and a whole bunch more. Thanks to FCP EURO and […]

Viewer Car Questions ~ Podcast Episode 236

Today I will be taking your car related questions. The topics we cover are, car repair, DIYs on cars, Volkswagen, mechanic’s tools, and anything car related. To ask a car question for a show like this, email me Charles(at)Humblemechanic(DOT)com. Be sure to put the phrase “Question for Charles” in the subject. That is the best so you can […]

Tool Giveaway with The Home Depot

Well our first Home Depot tool giveaway was a success. As I mentioned in Tool Giveaway with The Home Depot, I signed up with Home Depot for some tool reviews. Since not all the tools are really applicable to Humble Mechanic, and I do have some duplicate tools, I will be giving away a few every […]

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