It never fails when you’re in the automotive repair business or much more likely when you’re the car guy on the radio. Everyone’s first question at the backyard BBQ once they find out what I do is “what kind of car is the best?” I have never come up with a good answer for this […]
Matt Allen and I often contemplate on what is the best way to advise the public on how to pick a great automotive service and repair shop. We don’t want consumers to be taken advantage of when purchasing a product that frankly, most don’t understand. At the same time, consumers need to understand that auto […]
I remember as a kid hearing about cooking an egg on the sidewalk. I immediately took it literally and couldn’t wait to try it. The eggs didn’t come out very good, especially with the asphalt crumbs, but I choked them down anyway. Just how hot is our asphalt? Asphalt temperatures in Phoenix will average 150 […]
This past week, my church family lost a dear brother to what a news article called a "freak accident" while working on his car in his driveway. Saddened by the news, I couldn't help but think about all the close calls I had while working on cars before I made a profession out of it.
Should I service my transmission? This is the number one most frequently asked question on the Bumper To Bumper Radio Show as well as through the emails we receive every day. The questions surrounding transmission service exist because of the plethora of bad information in our industry in regards to Transmissions. Whether from overzealous oil […]
With fuel prices nearing the $4.00 mark, and likely continuing to climb, I'm often asked, "does my car really need Premium Fuel?" The answers is, yes and no. However, there is a difference between "want" and "need." All vehicle manufacturers will have a specification or requirement for the grade of fuel they want you to use. The engine performance rating, fuel management and design is developed and measured using the fuel designated by them. You will find this information in the owner's manual and likely on the gas cap door. It is always best to follow those guidelines. If the manufacturer says use regular then do not waste your money on premium!
This is an ongoing debate in the automotive industry. I have found that if you have several shop owners in the same room, you will get several different answers. Each owner has developed his own method for charging for diagnostic.
The Automatic Transmission Rebuilder Association (A.T.R.A.), a 2,500-member trade organization recently did extensive research into why some consumers prefer the dealership and why certain consumers prefer independent facilities for service and repair.
Is the nostalgia of do it yourself auto repair going away? From father son restoration projects, to oil changes in your driveway, to the neighborhood backyard mechanic advice is there a value to lifting the hood yourself.