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Prepping Your Car For A Road Trip ~ Audio Podcast Episode 10

If you are getting ready to hit the road for a road trip, you have plenty of planning to do. But one area people often overlook is getting your car ready for that road trip. This is a vital step in prepping for a successful road trip. I have seen everything from people stopping in for a check engine light with the car loaded up for the beach, to breakdowns due to lack of maintenance 500 miles from home. Getting a car ready for a road trip should start long before you pack the car with gear.

Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast

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  • Car Maintenance
  • What to do 2-3 weeks before your trip
  • What to do 1 week before your trip
  • What to do the night before your trip
  • Car safety checks
  • plan your route
  • 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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Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast

Viewer Car Questions ~ Audio Podcast Episode 208

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

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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:

  • Can you tune a 1.8t to 300-400 WHP reliably?
  • What can cause P0299 fault on 2.0T FSI?
  •  Replacing EOS sunroof glass
  •  Why do VW rear brakes wear faster than fronts?
  • 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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Customer Pay VS Warranty Work ~ Audio Podcast Episode 9

The topic of paying for car repairs is not as simple as it may seen. There are so many sides to the story. You may also be wondering what “Customer Work” is verses “Warrant Work”. Why should the warranty charge or labor time be different than the customer pay? Does that mean the customer pays more than the warranty company? We will look at all of that and more.

Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast

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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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  • Customer Pay repair jobs
    • Pros
    • Cons
  • Warranty repair jobs
    • Pros
    • Cons
  • Extended warranty repair jobs
    • Is this the best of both worlds?
  • How warranty work is good for techs sometimes.
  • When customer pay is NOT good for techs
  • 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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Common Car Repairs and Patten Failures ~ Podcast Episode 8

Today’s automotive podcast we look at common car repairs and pattern failures. As a VW dealer technician, this is the world that  I lived in for many many years. There were times you knew why the check engine light was on before pulling the codes. This can be a good thing and a bad thing as both a technician and a vehicle owner.

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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 today as we discuss

  • What is a pattern failure
  • Why do pattern failures happen?
  • Evolution of Diagnostics with common car repairs and patter failures.
  • My history of VW common repairs
    • 2.0t A/C compressors
    • VW window regulators
    • VW Door latches
    • VW ignition coils
    • TDI High Pressure Fuel Pumps (HPFP)
    • 2.0t Cams and HPFP
  • Common VW problems very by region
  • Importance of knowing what common repairs your car has.
  • 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 207

On this episode I will be taking your car questions. We will look at replacing your own ECM on a MK7 GTI, and why that may not work. Tips and tricks to finding water leaks on any car. How the water may be coming from the inside. Common issues with VR6 3.6l 4motion Passats. Buying a car with no keys? The best scan tool for working on Hondas and Toyotas. Also some things to think about when buying any scantool.

This video was originally published, September 11, 2017 in both video and audio format. You can also go back and listen to older episodes of The Humble Mechanic Podcast 

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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.

Viewer Car Questions ~ Podcast Episode 207

Watch Podcast Episode 207 on YouTube

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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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Becoming a Better Technician ~ Podcast Episode 7

Today’s automotive podcast we look at becoming a better technician. This is an area I have worked very hard in my entire career. The amount of extra time and energy I gave was really more than anyone else. For me, that is what it took to be a good mechanic. We are going to look at 6 areas you can focus on to get to the top of your mechanic game! The better of a tech you are, the more cars you will fix, and the more money you will make.

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 today look at 6 areas to improve on:

  • Documentation
  • Repair Logic
  • Customer Service
  • Mechanical Skills
  • Diagnostic Skills
  • Education
  • 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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Buying Mechanic's Tools ~ Podcast Episode 6

On today’s automotive podcast, we are talking buying mechanic’s tools. This is a subject we will tackle many times. There is so much out there in the tool world that capturing it all in one shot is impossible. Plus as we grow as DIYers and Pros, our tool needs change. This was a fun show! Plus it’s seems like the first show where I started to find a rhythm and get a little comfortable in front of the camera.

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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 today as we discuss:

  • Ways to decide on what tools to buy
  • Is buying brands like Snap On worth it?
  •  What tools I use at the shop
  •  What tools I use at home
  •  There is a place for cheaper tools in everyone’s toolbox
  •  Dumb Tools (go ahead with the jokes 🙂
  • 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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