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Automotive Podcast

Hey everybody. Today I want to do something a bit different on the show. But oddly, the same thing I do all the time. That is talk about the state of the shop I work in. Today we talk about some of the things that I am seeing going on, some of the common issues, and the jobs we are seeing. This is kind of a Shop Shots in video form. Well, minus some of the pictures.

Join me today on the automotive podcast

  • MK7 GTI engine issues
  • 2.0t TSI CCTA engine harness issues. Cam position sensor faults
  • ECM updates
  • Jetta and Beetle recalls
  • 1.8t Fuel rail recall
  • Failing VW coils
  • Failing VW intake manifolds
  • Failing VW water pumps
  • Jump starting mistake
  • and more

Trouble viewing video? Watch “The State Of The Shop ~ Podcast Episode 41” on YouTube.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome. Please post them below. If you would like to suggest a topic for a show like this, email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com, or use the contact me form.  Also thanks to VW for hooking up some sweat VW Driver Gear.

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Automotive Podcast

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you all had a rocking weekend. How about those Super Bowl commercials? Oh, and if you are a football fan, what a great game. What were your favorite Super Bowl commercials? Here are my favorite automotive related commercials:

Today on the show I take your questions. To get a question on a show like this, email me Charles(at)Humblemechanic(dot)com and put QUESTION FOR CHARLES in the subject. It is just that easy. 🙂

Today on the automotive podcast we chat about:

  • Moisture buildup on the bottom of oil caps
  • My thoughts on the 3.6 VR6
  • Cold start misfires
  • Harsh shifting in a DSG
  • Carbon buildup
  • Removing an engine
  • Keeping my beard clean at work
  • and more

Having trouble with the video? Watch “Viewer’s Questions ~ Podcast Episode 40” on YouTube.

As always I love to hear your thoughts. Please post them in the comments section below. Again, if you have a question for a show like this, email me Charles(at)humblemechanic(dot)com with Question for Charles in the subject. Also if you have an idea for a show you can email me, or use the contact me form!

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Automotive Podcast

Happy Monday everyone. I hope that no one has a “case of the Mondays”. It shocks me that people don’t get that movie reference these days. 🙂

Today is episode 36 of the Humble Mechanic Podcast. I may have called it episode 35 in the show. On Monday shows, I take your questions about all things automotive. If you would like to submit a question for a show like this, send me an email to Charles (at) humblemechanic (dot) com. Be sure to put QUESTION FOR CHARLES in the subject. I get a ton of emails so be sure to use that in the subject so I an answer your questions.

Join me as I take your questions on:

  • Warming your car up on cold mornings
  • the “snowflake” sign on VWs
  • Modifying VWs
  • How modifying VWs may impact your warranty
  • Why VW uses vacuum pumps for brake boosters
  • Difference in “dealership” oil vs “store bought” oil
  • a 40yr ban on motorsports
  • the worst DIY fixes
  • Diagnosing a bad wheel bearing
  • Engine oil I use in my Passat and why
  • Golf R VS WRX
  • And more

Having trouble viewing? Watch “Viewer’s Questions ~ Podcast Episode 36” on YouTube.

As always your comments are very much appreciated. Please post them in the comments section below. If you have a question to submit, email me Charles (AT) humblemechanic (DOT) com put QUESTION FOR CHARLES in the subject. If you have an idea for a show, email me, or use the contact me form.

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http://youtu.be/b7zTExFVuVw

Hey everyone! Today we are talking a look at the difference between a “factory car repair” vs a “non factory repair”. This is a really cool topic to talk about. Be sure to post your thoughts in the comments below.

When it comes to this type of thing, I come from a dealership mentality. But I also understand, that does not always equal the right way. I actually like to step out of the normal mindset. I think it makes me a better tech, and can be a little more fun. Not only that, it may work out even better for the customer.

Join me as we talk about:

  • Show schedule
  • What is a factory repair
  • Why factory repairs
  • A warranty mindset
  • The programming of a dealership technician
  • Headlight repair vs replacement
  • The influence of the parts department
  • Customer’s expectation at the dealer
  • Giving options
  • Let customers choose
  • Diesel Geek repair kits
  • And more

Having trouble viewing? Watch “Factory Repairs VS Non Factory Repairs ~ Podcast Episode 34” on YouTube.

As always, post your thoughts in the comments below. If you have an idea for a show topic, use the contact me form and let me know.
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Automotive Podcast

VW Driver GearHappy Monday everyone. Hope that you are all off to an amazing start to the week. Today on the automotive podcast, I answer YOUR emails! If you have a question for a show like this, email me Charles(AT)HumbleMechanic(dot)com. Be sure to put “QUESTION FOR CHARLES” as the subject. I want to be able to filter emails to the right location.

A surprising shout out!
I have a very surprising shout out today. That is to Volkswagen of America. My assumptions were that VW hated my blog and my show. But the hooked me up with some awesome VW Drivers Gear for the show. As a VW fan, I am almost always dressed in VW shirts. So it is great to get the thumbs up from VW. 🙂 Plus I want to demo a 2015 Golf R!

Today I answer your questions on:

  • 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

Trouble viewing? Watch “Viewer Questions, Podcast Episode 33” on YouTube

As always, I love to hear your comments. Post them in the comments below 🙂 If you have a question for a show like this, email me Charles (AT) humblemechanic (dot) com

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Vr6 VW Logo

This is the VR6 logo that someone asked about the other day

 

Happy Friday everyone! This was the first full week of 2015. I hope that you all stayed warm. Today I want to talk about being professional as a mechanic, as well as looking professional. This is a pretty interesting topic. If you have seen any of the podcasts, you know that I don’t really fit the mold of a professional looking technician. I think that gives me the perfect outlook to talk about it 🙂

While you are watching, be ready to post your thoughts in the comments below!

Today on the Automotive Podcast we chat about:

  • VR6 sign
  • 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

Having trouble video? Watch “Looking Professional VS Being Professional~Episode 32” on YouTube

As always, your comments are always welcome and appreciated. I hope that you all have an awesome weekend. I will be doing a view questions show on Monday. To submit your question, email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com and put “QUESTION FOR CHARLES” in the subject.

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Episode 31 remembering parts

Volkswagen Routan Tranmission ProblemHave you ever wondered how a mechanic remembers where all those parts go? Or how we somehow manage to get things put back together? Well, today I share the ways I manage to keep things straight.

This is the Routan I talk about in the video. I came in to the situation as the 3rd tech. Dealing with these types of things is awful. Just another reason to keep your stuff organized.

Today on the Automotive Podcast, we talk about:

  • 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

If you are having trouble viewing, watch “How Auto Mechanics Remember How To Put Cars Back Together~ Podcast Episode 31” on YouTube.

As always, your comments are appreciated. If you have any tricks or tip to staying organized, plot them up :). Be sure to subscribe

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