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Everyone has a car question from time to time, and I am hear to help. On these automotive question shows, we cover a range of topics from tools to tires, and check engine lights to car wax. Listed below are the topics we will cover today.  I have carried this tradition of having a Monday show be dedicated to taking your questions. Remember if you want a question on a show like this, email me Charles(AT)HumbleMechanic(dot)COM, and put “Question for Charles” in the subject. Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast Become A CrewMember If you like this show. If you get value out of the videos and content that I put out, consider supporting the show by becoming a CrewMember. You will get discounts you can’t get anywhere else, exclusive videos from me, and VW/Audi training manuals. Between the discounts and the training manuals, the CrewMembership can easily pay for itself. Become a CrewMember today Do you shop on Amazon? Many of you have asked about supporting the show. For that I thank you. For now, the best things you can do are SHARE THE SHOW, and shop with my links on Amazon. You will not spend any more money that you would normally. Here is the Amazon link ~ Humble Mechanic on Amazon or you can check out some recommended tools I have listed below.

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Join me as we discuss:

  • Why VW doesn’t recommend soldering
  • Standing out to get your first job as a tech
  • Carbon build up on 2.0T engines
  • What is an “Italian Tune Up”?
  • What happens when customers get in over their head, and have to bring it to a shop
  • The W8 engine Check out W16 Explained
  • Humble Mechanic shop shirts
  • Rattle from MK4 VR6 engine
  • A short bit on positive vs negative camber
  • Where I got the VW Drive Gear trucker hat in the “Viewer Questions” show.
  • Time Lapse video “coming soon”
  • Tool Box Tour “coming soon”
  • And more

Thanks for tuning in to the automotive podcast. I am really excited about the response. If you have an idea for a show, contact me via email, or use the contact me form! Don’t forget to follow me at:

Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast

Hi my name is Charles, and I am a professional mechanic. Having said that, I probably don’t really look all that professional. Does the way I look even matter? Today we are going to talk about being a professional vs looking professional. The two do not go hand in hand, meaning you can be one, and not the other. This is something I have dealt with my whole career, even before I was a mechanic.

Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast Become A CrewMember
If you like this show. If you get value out of the videos and content that I put out, consider supporting the show by becoming a CrewMember. You will get discounts you can’t get anywhere else, exclusive videos from me, and VW/Audi training manuals. Between the discounts and the training manuals, the CrewMembership can easily pay for itself. Become a CrewMember today

Do you shop on Amazon?
Many of you have asked about supporting the show. For that I thank you. For now, the best things you can do are SHARE THE SHOW, and shop with my links on Amazon. You will not spend any more money that you would normally. Here is the Amazon link ~ Humble Mechanic on Amazon or you can check out some recommended tools I have listed below.

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Join me as we discuss:

  • Why this came up today
  • Looking professional
  • Traditional professional
  • A uniform look
  • STOP DRAGGING YOUR FEET!(Didn’t talk much about it, but seriously)
  • Ideal of being professional
  • Being or acting professional
  • You CAN look however you want as a mechanic
  • There are still things you need to be read for
  • Be ready to get judged
  • 10 Habits of Successful Technicians; Podcast Episode 23 ( think I said 27 in the show)
  • and more

Thanks for tuning in to the automotive podcast. I am really excited about the response. If you have an idea for a show, contact me via email, or use the contact me form! Don’t forget to follow me at:

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How Auto Mechanics Remember How To Put Cars Back Together~ Audio Podcast Episode 31

How Auto Mechanics Remember How To Put Cars Back Together? One of the key skills for any mechanic is being organized. Now I will admit, there are times I am not the most organized of mechanics. But when it comes to taking things apart, and putting them back together, you have to remember how things go.

I have ran into many times in my career that I had to refer to something or someone else to give me guidance on getting a car back together. Today I want to share some of those tricks and tips to help you get better and faster at putting a car back together.

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If you like this show. If you get value out of the videos and content that I put out, consider supporting the show by becoming a CrewMember. You will get discounts you can’t get anywhere else, exclusive videos from me, and VW/Audi training manuals. Between the discounts and the training manuals, the CrewMembership can easily pay for itself. Become a CrewMember today

Do you shop on Amazon?
Many of you have asked about supporting the show. For that I thank you. For now, the best things you can do are SHARE THE SHOW, and shop with my links on Amazon. You will not spend any more money that you would normally. Here is the Amazon link ~ Humble Mechanic on Amazon or you can check out some recommended tools I have listed below.

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Join me as we discuss:

  • Starting jobs smart
  • Being consistent
  • Label EVERYTHING
  • Tips on labeling parts
  • Taking Pictures
  • Removing Parts together
  • Some parts find their natural place
  • Mindset of Organizing.
  • One more little secret 😉
  • Post talking more about that Routan Transmission failure.
  • And more

Thanks for tuning in to the automotive podcast. I am really excited about the response. If you have an idea for a show, contact me via email, or use the contact me form! Don’t forget to follow me at:

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Today we are talking about DSG, or Direct Shift Gearbox transmissions. This show initially came on the heals of a video I did with, Jason from Engineering Explained. I wanted to use that opportunity to answer your questions before his video comes out. Let me say, you guys are going to love that video.

Over the years the DSG transmission is one of the parts I get the most questions about. “Should I buy one? It makes a noise, it shifts funny, can I DIY the service?” and on and on. This podcast will shed some light on the topic. If you want to learn more, check out the DSG Transmission Explained video Jason and I did. It actually made it to the VW training page for a while.

Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast Become A CrewMember
If you like this show. If you get value out of the videos and content that I put out, consider supporting the show by becoming a CrewMember. You will get discounts you can’t get anywhere else, exclusive videos from me, and VW/Audi training manuals. Between the discounts and the training manuals, the CrewMembership can easily pay for itself. Become a CrewMember today

Do you shop on Amazon?
Many of you have asked about supporting the show. For that I thank you. For now, the best things you can do are SHARE THE SHOW, and shop with my links on Amazon. You will not spend any more money that you would normally. Here is the Amazon link ~ Humble Mechanic on Amazon or you can check out some recommended tools I have listed below.

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Join me as we discuss:

  • Using the Factory fill tool
  • Measuring the proper fluid level
  • Clutch wear life
  • The beer I am drinking 😉
  • Issues with hesitation at start
  • Awkwardness in stop and go traffic
  • Why does my DSG roll after pulling it in park
  • DSG vs PDK
  • DSG in a MK4
  • Why are they replacing manuals
  • DSG in a MK1 (WHAT THE WHAT??)
  • and more

Thanks for tuning in to the automotive podcast. I am really excited about the response. If you have an idea for a show, contact me via email, or use the contact me form!

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2014 Recap and a Look At 2015~ Audio Podcast Episode 29

This should be a fun episode especially if you have been around a while. Today we are looking back at 2014, and looking ahead to 2015. The super fun part about that is, we already know what will happen. HAHA So you can see if I was right or if I was WAY out of range. 2015 would also be the year my daughter was born, and I moved from a line tech to the Shop Forman, AKA, I finally got paid for the work I was doing. Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast Become A CrewMember
If you like this show. If you get value out of the videos and content that I put out, consider supporting the show by becoming a CrewMember. You will get discounts you can’t get anywhere else, exclusive videos from me, and VW/Audi training manuals. Between the discounts and the training manuals, the CrewMembership can easily pay for itself. Become a CrewMember today

Do you shop on Amazon?
Many of you have asked about supporting the show. For that I thank you. For now, the best things you can do are SHARE THE SHOW, and shop with my links on Amazon. You will not spend any more money that you would normally. Here is the Amazon link ~ Humble Mechanic on Amazon or you can check out some recommended tools I have listed below.

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Join me as we discuss:

  • Costs of tech school
  • Time investment of tech school
  • Starting at a Jiffy change type place
  • Starting at a small shop
  • Online Learning Engineering Explained EricTheCarGuy ScannerDanner
  • Dealership Service Express
  • You can start with little time and tool investment
  • Dealership training programs
  • Where Manufacturers lack in training
  • VW’s old training program
  • AND MORE

Thanks for tuning in to the automotive podcast. I am really excited about the response. If you have an idea for a show, contact me via email, or use the contact me form! Don’t forget to follow me at:

Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast

This is the very first podcast where I answered you automotive question. I posted a call out on Facebook to see what questions you guys had. While the first video was a bonkers 44 minutes, it became a mainstay of the show. Listed below are the topics that I answer questions on. Today I have carried this tradition of having a Monday show be dedicated to taking your questions. Remember if you want a question on a show like this, email me Charles(AT)HumbleMechanic(dot)COM, and put “Question for Charles” in the subject.


Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast
Become A CrewMember
If you like this show. If you get value out of the videos and content that I put out, consider supporting the show by becoming a CrewMember. You will get discounts you can’t get anywhere else, exclusive videos from me, and VW/Audi training manuals. Between the discounts and the training manuals, the CrewMembership can easily pay for itself. Become a CrewMember today

Do you shop on Amazon?
Many of you have asked about supporting the show. For that I thank you. For now, the best things you can do are SHARE THE SHOW, and shop with my links on Amazon. You will not spend any more money that you would normally. Here is the Amazon link ~ Humble Mechanic on Amazon or you can check out some recommended tools I have listed below.

Important links:

Join me as we discuss:

  • The DSG transmission as a replacement for a manual transmission
  • Running Bio Diesel in a 2011 Jetta Sportwagon TDI
  • Letting techs borrow tools
  • The VW 2.0t FSI oil burning issues
  • VWs 10k miles service intervals
  • Buying a MK2 Jetta Coupe
  • Moving from Service Express to a main line technician
  • What I like and dislike about the VW MK7
  • Why I choose VW, and why I am an Audi/VW enthusiast
  • Did I forget about Landon? ?
  • My Thoughts on Rotary engines
  • Turbo or naturally aspirated
  • Replacing engine mounts
  • 91 Cabby burning oil diagnosis
  • Reliability of TDI long term
  • Craft beer
  • Automotive service people’s pet peevs
  • Best engine designs
  • VW history
  • Getting hired as a tech
  • AND MORE

Thanks for tuning in to the automotive podcast. I am really excited about the response. If you have an idea for a show, contact me via email, or use the contact me form!

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Viewer Car Questions ~ Audio Podcast Episode 212

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 avoid the spam monster. If you don’t get your question on this show, email it again just to be sure.

Everyone has car questions, I am glad to be able to help You may also wonder how we are going from episode 9 to episode 208. Well with the current Q and A shows, and other new podcasts, I want to get them to you right away. I don’t want to wait until we are all caught up, then post the most recent episodes. So you will find that on Monday, you get a brand new show! Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast Become A CrewMember
If you like this show. If you get value out of the videos and content that I put out, consider supporting the show by becoming a CrewMember. You will get discounts you can’t get anywhere else, exclusive videos from me, and VW/Audi training manuals. Between the discounts and the training manuals, the CrewMembership can easily pay for itself. Become a CrewMember today

Do you shop on Amazon?
Many of you have asked about supporting the show. For that I thank you. For now, the best things you can do are SHARE THE SHOW, and shop with my links on Amazon. You will not spend any more money that you would normally. Here is the Amazon link ~ Humble Mechanic on Amazon or you can check out some recommended tools I have listed below.

Sponsor of the Day CRP AUTO
CRP deals in a ton of OE automotive parts. They also make the factory DSG fluid for VW. Having them as a sponsor will give us access to more information about fluids than I would ever get from VW. I am really excited to have them as a resource of information. To learn more about the great products they have, check out CRPAutomotive.com 

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Join me today as I take your questions on:

  • CRP booth for AAPEX
  • When to buy cheap tools
  • Diagnose Suspension nosies with chassis ears
  • Why blower fans fail multiple times
  •  Steps to restoring an old car
  • Dealing with paint chips
  • and more

Thanks for tuning in to the automotive podcast. I am really excited about the response. If you have an idea for a show, contact me via email, or use the contact me form! Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast Don’t forget to follow me at: