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Starting out as a mechanic can be hard. Buying mechanic tools, learning flat rate, dealing with management, warranty work, ASE testing, and more. There are so many things to learn when you are just starting out as a mechanic. Today I team up with UTI and shine some light on the struggles and help ease them.

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Help Support The Show
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Listen to the Show
It is finally here! The audio only version of the Humble Mechanic Podcast. So many of you wanted to listen on the go, in the car, working out, and now you can. While I wait for iTunes, Google approval you can listen to the show here on the blog. Once those approvals come, you will be able to subscribe and download the audio podcasts from your favorite place. 

 

Trouble viewing? Watch “3 Biggest Struggles for New Technicians ” 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, contact me via email, or use the contact me form!

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Humble Mechanic automotive Podcast

My Experience at Automotive Tech School

As you know I went to Automotive tech school. I attended Universal Technical Institute in 2002. My experience at automotive tech school was great. If not for tech school I would never have become a mechanic, and wouldn’t be doing videos. A lot of you guys have asked me about my experience in tech school, so today we talk about what it was like for me, and what I had to do to attend mechanic school

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Help Support The Show
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.

Listen to the audio only version of  “My Experience at Automotive Tech School”.

Trouble viewing? Watch “My Experience at Automotive Tech School” on YouTube.

As always I love to hear your thoughts. Please post them in the comments section below.  Also if you have an idea for a show, contact me via email, or use the contact me form!

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I get a lot of questions every day. Many are related to car issues. I also get a lot of questions about becoming a technician, or becoming a better technician. I also get asked “Do you ever have a bad day at work?” a lot. Today we are going to answer that question, and talk about some of the things that make for a bad day. Even some ways to move past a bad day.

Sponsor of the day:rain eater logo
Rain Eater wiper blades. Wipers are one of the most important safety items on our cars. Think not, you must have never driven in bad weather. When you are ready to replace your wiper blades, a very easy DIY, check out RainEater wipers at RainEater.com. Plus I LOVE that their CEO is the one monitoring social media.

Join me today as we breakdown:

  • Do I have bad days as a mechanic?
  • The things that contribute to a bad day
  • Getting bad information
  • People not doing their part
  • How I put bad days in the past
  • and more


Trouble viewing? Watch “Does Humble Mechanic Have A Bad Day? ~ Podcast Episode 98” on YouTube.

As always I love to hear your thoughts. Please post them in the comments section below. If you have an idea for a show you can email me, or use the contact me form! Don’t forget to follow me at:

VW Mechanic

Volkswagen Rally BeetleI have been a Volkswagen master tech for several years now. Reaching that level of certification was a goal of mine from the start of my career. I was extremely excited when I achieved that goal, but today it is just a normal part of life. In fact I don’t give it much thought anymore. Other than when someone tries to throw it back in my face. That is a topic for another time.

Well VW has finally got a program to give master techs a little perk. That is the chance to work with Volkswagen Motorsports and Andretti Autosports for a day. VW has been in the Global Rally Cross (GRC) for 2 seasons. With a team so new, they need help from time to time. When a race rolls in to town they invite local 2 local VW master techs to come out and work with the team for a day. What a cool idea. And thank you VW for doing something extra for your techs.

Join me today as in chat:

  • Red Bull GRC
  • A tough day for VW
  • What I really liked about GRC
  • This is NOT your street beetle
  • Not an easy job
  • and more

Trouble viewing? Watch “Rally Car Technician For A Day ~ Podcast Episode 81” on YouTube.

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Carbon buildup direct injection

Happy Friday everyone. Today I am back in the Passat with another automotive podcast. I get asked about carbon buildup on direct injection engines all the time. Generally they are asking about the newer VW engines the TSI. That would be engine codes CCTA and CBFA. These direct injection engines are developing issues with carbon on the back of the intake valves. This is not just a VW problem. This is an issue with most direct injection engines.

Sponsor of the day:rain eater logo
Rain Eater wiper blades. Wipers are one of the most important safety items on our cars. Think not, you must have never driven in bad weather. When you are ready to replace your wiper blades, a very easy DIY, check out RainEater wipers atRainEater.com. Plus I LOVE that their CEO is the one monitoring social media.

Join me today as we chat about:

  • Why these engines have carbon build up
  • Theories from BG products
  • PCV systems
  • Oil service lengths
  • How to prevent carbon buildup
  • The “Italian TuneUp”
  • How to fix carbon buildup
  • VW recommended fuel treatment
  • and more

Trouble viewing? Watch “Preventing and Fixing Carbon Issues for Direct Injection Engines ~ Episode 80” 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! Don’t forget to follow me at:Carbon buildup on valves

Mentoring Future Technicians ~ Audio Podcast Episode 72

Today we look at an interesting topic. It is something that really hit me about a week ago, while talking to a student at N.T.I. We as mentors and leader in a shop have a far bigger roll in “bringing up” the next generation of good technicians than we think, or maybe want. I also had the pleasure of recording this show twice thanks to a dead mic. Now that mic is officially dead!

Sponsor of the day:rain eater logo
Rain Eater wiper blades. Wipers are one of the most important safety items on our cars. Think not, you must have never driven in bad weather. When you are ready to replace your wiper blades, a very easy DIY, check out RainEater wipers atRainEater.com. Plus I LOVE that their CEO is the one monitoring social media. You can also check out my RainEater Review.

Join me today as we dive into:

  • What I said to that NTI kid
  • What type of tech I want to work next to
  • What the roll of a leader in the shop is
  • “It’s not my job”
  • Kids behaving poorly
  • and more

Trouble viewing? Watch “Mentoring Future Technicians ~ Podcast Episode 72” on YouTube.

As always I love to hear your thoughts. Please post them in the comments section below.  Also if you have an idea for a show you can email me, or use the contact me form!

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The 5 BEST Ways to Stand Out as a Technician

Hey everyone. Today we are going to look at 5 things a technician can do to stand out to a customer. These are ways to stand out in a positive way. How to bring a little extra valve to what you do. The end goal is to earn a customer for life. With these little tweaks, you and set yourself on a great path to a huge customer base. Funny story about today’s show. You may remember that I have done a few videos with Rusty. Well today was going to be an “in the car” video. But it seems that the GoPro did like the audio setup, and the audio got lost. So today you get me, talking about ways a tech can stand out from the crowd.

Join me today as we break down:

  1. Never be afraid or unwilling to talk to a customer
  2. Be their hero
  3. Leave a personalized note and business card.
  4. Tell them the things they DO NOT need on their car
  5. Show them the value you bring to the relationship.

Trouble viewing? Watch “5 Ways to Stand Out as a Tech ~ Podcast Episode 69” 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.

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Being a Technician vs Being a Mechanic ~ Podcast Episode 70

Today I am joined in studio by Rusty. We had a very spirited chat about being a mechanic vs being a technician. We come at it from 2 very different angles, and that makes the conversation fun. There is a little weirdness in the first part of the show. I had a camera issue that day and it impacted the video quality. The second part of the show’s video is back to normal.

Join Rusty and I today as we break down:

  • Rusty’s view of what a mechanic is
  • Rusty’s view of what a technician is
  • The psychology behind the words.
  • My view of the two words
  • QOTD ~ Do you consider yourself a Mechanic or a Technician?
  • and more

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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.

Help Support The Show
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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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:

Thinking Like A Automotive Diagnostic Technician ~ Podcast Episode 62

Today we are looking a little deeper at the mind and process of a diagnostic technician. Right now I am in the process of training two new technicians, with a third starting soon. That means I am in full on teaching mode all day long. I really enjoy doing it. So I am trying to help develop these new tech’s diagnostic process. That is something I also wanted to share with you guys. It is something that a lot of automotive techs really struggle with. It is not an easy thing to build. Then after you build it, you have to keep fine tuning it, and working it. Not only to get better, but to stay current.
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.

Help Support The Show
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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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: