Knowledgeable on various auto parts.
This is perhaps the most basic characteristic that any auto mechanic should have. Lots of different auto parts are out in the market today. And because we, as car owners, do not necessarily possess the sufficient knowledge when it comes to vehicle parts, we will inevitably depend on the expertise of our mechanic. A simple trick to determine if your chosen car specialist really knows his business is to ask him to differentiate a few parts and gauge whether he is confidently answering your question or is just making his way around.
Diverse background on automotive repair experiences.
Years ago when the makes of our vehicles were much simpler, any mechanic would have been okay. But with today’s high-tech and complex vehicles including family sedans, sports and luxury cars, SUVs, and pick-up trucks, we need someone who has a diverse background in automotive repair services. Mistakes have no room when it comes to automotive repair as these will only make things even more costly. Choose a mechanic who has certifications of training programs and classes that he has attended. The mechanic’s time spent in studying as well as in the actual practice of automotive repair is very advantageous for us car owners.
ASE certified to be an automotive repair professional.
Speaking of certifications, perhaps the most famous and widely recognized one, when it comes to professionals in the automotive industry is the ASE certification. Annually, an estimated 100,000 automotive technicians take ASE certification exams each May and November at over 750 locations.
With an ASE certification, we are assured that our mechanic has good background in all automotive services because an ASE certification requires a minimum of two years work experience in addition to passing a series of examinations that include Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Brakes, Heating and Air Conditioning, Suspension and Steering, Manual Drive Train and Axles, and Automatic Transmissions for auto technicians alone. There are separate tests for those who want to be collision repair technicians, engine machinists, parts specialists, and others.
Furthermore, all ASE certifications have expiration dates which requires technicians to re-test every five years to keep up with technology and to remain certified.
Works in a reputable auto center.
Unfortunately, ASE certifications apply only to individuals and not to auto centers. However, an auto center with at least one ASE certified mechanic is allowed to display the ASE sign. Furthermore, an auto center that has 75% ASE certified mechanics among its employees are given the Blue Seal of Excellence from the ASE.
Aside from the ASE recognition, other signs that we should look for an auto center include neat and well-organized facility complete with modern equipment, courteous staff, and good policies (regarding labor rates, diagnostic fees, guarantees, etc.)
Highly recommended by family and friends.
Nothing can attest to the quality service that any auto center and mechanic can give than testimonials of our family members, relatives, and friends. Ask for referrals and recommendations. Local community organizations and business listings are also good sources of information.
This world of ours has tremendous ways of expressing its expansion in terms of science and technology. Inventions are sprouting out of any part of the world and discoveries of today could baffle the minds of many people. Top 10 inventions of the year 2010 are:
- Huge Panoramic High-Res Display – a German invention that provides high quality sound and detailed picture.
- Soundproof Panels Made of Latex Membranes – an invention to noise proof your house or building.
- Software that Captures Sports Games Robotically – an invention that films sport games automatically
- Technology that Harnesses Electricity From Fluorescent Light – turns fluorescent light to power
- Small, Handy Ultrasound Scanner – an invention which enable medical professionals to o diagnose patients more promptly in an emergency
- Nano-Generators Used in Clothes to Power Gadgets – energy scavenging technology that can harness energy from clothes.
- See-through Protective Spray-on Liquid Glass – invention that makes your clothing or tiles scratch and stain resistant
- System that Conveys Sound Waves Via Teeth – invention used to treat single sided deafness
- Water-based Material – Replacement for Plastics
- Table that Makes Music Lessons More Fun – an invention to make children learn music much easier.
But as what I can see, they haven’t much invented a gadget to make automotive repairs easier for me. I am still on my hard times when my car needs repairs. Without the sentimental value of this car to me, I would have sold it already. But just for old time’s sake, I’ll just keep it one more year. This just made me realize how an important automotive repair is. You can’t just go ahead on buying a new car you’re your old one needs repairs. All of us should consider the financial aspect of our decisions. Which choice will cost me lesser money? Is it having my old car repaired or is it by buying a new car instead?
Sometimes our impatience can get the best of us and before we knew it, we just bought ourselves a new car because of it. But before you get to that position, let us first consider the value of automotive repairs could have on our decisions. Although not included in the top 2010 inventions, no mention of any invention that relates to it even, but technology today have already reached a high enough potential that can certainly turn your doubts of having your car function like new after repairs. The professions of our mechanical and automotive engineers have also advanced hand in hand with the new trends and technology of the world today. This means that small problems on your cars carburetor, your cars battery, your cars breaks and the works should be no problem in the hands of our mechanics.
Another way I view automotive repair is that it is a wonderful opportunity to show how you value your car. I am definitely on of the few that gets my car repaired because of its sentimental value to me but I am also one of those which truly benefits from it not just financially because I get to keep my sentimentally valued possession up and running.
Using tools for automotive repair can be quite daunting if you are a beginner and do not know your way around a tool box. Thankfully, it is not that hard to get the hang of using them. There are many different types of tools that exist when it comes to repair and DIY, but there is a specialised set of tools that come into play when you are talking about automotive repair. You need to use automotive tools on cars only, or else you risk causing major damage to the vehicle itself.
A list of automotive tools
There are different tools for different exercises, namely the body and then under the hood. The focus here is on the tools that go under the hood.
Open end wrenches
Oil filter wrench
This is a list of all of the basic tools that you will need in order to conduct repairs under the hood, or to service a vehicle.
The first thing that you need to buy is a screwdriver. One with a four pointed star at the end is ideal. This will be useful for unscrewing parts of the car that are screwed together. In order to determine the size of the screwdriver, simply measure the screws. Hex keys, also commonly known as Allen keys, are small pieces of metal that have a hexagonal shape. These are also used for tightening parts in the vehicle. The classic open end wrench is the most commonly used tool in automotive repair. It is able to loosen all of the nuts and bolts that are in the car. You will need varying sizes per vehicle. If the oil needs to be changed, the best thing to do is to use your oil filter wrench, as any other wrench will simply cause damage to the filter. Your ratchet wrench is your most useful tool, as it is adjustable and has got the ability to fit into many sockets – so you need this tool in your toolbox for sure. If you want to tackle wiring, you will need to have some pliers on hand that can also be adjusted.
So, there you have the basic breakdown of what you need to know when it comes to tools for automotive repairs. Before you go ahead with a vehicle repair, just remember that you need to have all of the tools mentioned above.
With today’s cars auto repair manuals are crucial for diagnosing and repairing vehicles in a timely manner. Some auto mechanics prefer paper books, others prefer to have a software program loaded onto their computer or to access information via the internet. However you prefer to access automotive repair information, this article includes some of the most popular companies that specialize in automotive repair information.
Mitchell 1 On Demand is owned by the Snap On corporation and has been a popular choice for automotive repair information for years. Many auto repair shops use Mitchel’s information including repair procedures, torque specifications, TSB’s (Technical Service Bulletins) and auto repair tips. Mitchell offers the DIY information available online, branded as eAutoRepair. The online repair information company, eAutoRepair offers an abbreviated subscription for the DIY at a much lower cost than automotive repair shops pay. Each subscription covers only one vehicle, but this works out great for the DIY’er that needs to access automotive repair information and would like to get it with the convenience of the internet.
ALLData is another very popular choice for automotive professionals. As with Mitchell, repair information that was provided by the car manufacturers are made available to the auto technician or car owner. Diagrams, timing belt marks, trouble code information etc. And ALLData has now made their products available online for the DIYer as well at ALLData DIY.
There are many other good automotive repair manuals available from other companies as well, but these two are the ones that I’ve used the most over the years. The tips and information that these two companies provide are likely to make any DIY project a success.
Hi I’m Dennis Bandy, thanks for reading. I’ve been an ASE Master Auto Technician for over 20 years and have also sold professional auto tools since 2005. I am in a unique position to help readers with automotive repair related topics since I’ve had personal hands on experience with many auto repairs and automotive specialty tools. This is not a hobby for me, this is my business. Your feedback is really appreciated, if you thought this article was helpful or informative, please rate it below (thank you in advance).