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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Saying Goodbye to My 2005 VW Passat


{EAV:ab484783813500fc} <this is a tracking code for a thing called EmpireAVE. Its a way to track social media type stuff. If your on it, check me out. As a dealership level mechanic, this is not really something that I run into very often. Most of the folks that modify their cars do not take it […]

Every once in a while a car comes around that is sent straight from hell. The crazy problems that keep me awake at night. Things that, if you were a professional writer, you could not even make up. When this happens, having a game plan to crucial! There are times when we(mechanics) just can’t figure […]

NAME: Kevin How long have you been in the Industry? Since 2000 so about 12 years What is your current job title? Service advisor What were you doing for your first automotive job? oil change boy Do you currently work at a Dealer, or in an aftermarket shop, do you prefer one over the other? […]

So last weeks “Shop Shops” was a pretty big hit! Thanks Brett for the great name. I think this will be a Thursday post from now on. This picture could fall under the “Tech Tip of the Day” post. This is a transmission seal on a 2002(or so) VW passat. One of the mechanics in […]

Since it was 8 years ago today, I thought I would tell the story about packing up and moving to work for Volkswagen. In 2003 I started with the Volkswagen academy. This was a full time, 11 week training program for mechanics. Before I started, I was told I would have a 50% chance of […]

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