Thursday, September 12, 2019

I recently listened to a shared experience of a couple who rented a Tesla Model 3 for a trip from San Jose to Yosemite in California while they were down visiting their son in the Bay area. While the man felt totally relaxed at the wheel while Elon’s auto pilot navigat...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

I have probably said this before but I will say it again, the automobile is the most complex machine most of us possess. Modern day machines combine electrical, mechanical and electromechanical devices into systems that perform the magic we need to perform the many tas...

Thursday, August 1, 2019

If you are driving a late model four cylinder Toyota Camry you may have noticed that the required engine oil is a multigrade 0W16. That is one thin oil! Why so thin?

The viscosity of a liquid refers to the resistance to flow. Low viscosity (smaller number) flows easier...

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Kootenays is a popular vacation destination and inevitably the auto repair shops will get involved in solving some tourists’ vacation vehicle woes. The rolling house (our name for RVs/Motorhomes) is many times the vehicle we are trying to get back on the road while...

Thursday, July 4, 2019

For some the thought of taking your vehicle in for repair is just too upsetting. Some just keep driving around hoping that the problem will just go away. It does happen. Not frequently though. Others just “google” the crap out of it in hopes of an easy answer. Again, m...

Thursday, June 20, 2019

It is that time of year. Grad. Time to celebrate but also time to make some tough decisions. Hopefully some new grads will choose my trade. I am pushing 60 and have worked in this trade for 30 years. I will need to retire soon but like many trades the demographics of a...

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Pardon me but I have air conditioning on the brain. Must be the heat. A recent  recurring complaint from customers is the speed at which their vehicles cools down inside. NOT FAST ENOUGH!

When we are presented with a slow to cool down or not cold enough complaint yet we...

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Definitely the most likely reason your air conditioning is not working is the refrigerant level is low or there is none at all. Certainly there may be other reasons your air conditioning system is not working but for this article I will stick with a low or no refrigera...

Thursday, May 9, 2019

We may all know that electrical circuits are a big part of what makes our vehicles so marvelous but it is also the reason many of you don’t even attempt to repair your vehicles on your own. The fear of computers, electronics and electricity in general stops many a tink...

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Yes, it felt like spring this weekend. I am not wearing long johns to work anymore. Summer is on its way and with the heat of summer the phone will be ringing. Many of you are going to realize your air conditioning is not doing its job anymore. When did it stop doing i...

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