Today’s engines are smaller and far more efficient, reliable and complex than anything mechanics had to deal with in decades past, and as time marched on the technicians that keep our cars safely functioning had to change their approach to turning wrenches & pick up a computer instead.
From electronic control modules the modern mechanic is becoming less greasy than ever before, as mechanical failures give way to software glitches & electronic headaches.
So here are the tricks:
- The Simple String Alignment.
Electronic alignment machines are an amazing advancement, but most people don’t know that race car owners and a pit crews have been aligning cars for decades with little more than a ball of string, some Jack stands, a take measure and a plumb bob-and it works really well. Commonly known as “stringing A Car”.This technique is easy for anyone to understand if they can handle geometry and have a healthy amount of patience, as it’s YouTube instructional video gives you a pretty good idea as to what all is involved.
2.Engine-Saving Oil Change.
The repair manual in the glove box (popularly known as pigeon hole *laughs. Reason why you should follow my blog) says you should change your oil every 10,000miles or so. While this may be what the manufacturer feels works best for a certain vehicle, mechanics who have completed extensive training seminars on engine lubricants & viscosities say to do this at your own risk. Changing your oil every 10,000 miles prior to the 100,000 mile mark may not be a bad thing at first,but as an engine ages it’s seals, internal components begin to fade. Remember, a fresh filter & a few quarts of oil are a hell of a lot cheaper than a new engine, so play it safe guys & change that oil every 3000-5000 miles.
3.Prematurely Busted Brakes are 100% preventable.
Hitting the brakes is an unavoidable occurrence in an automobile, and eventually everyone’s car is going to need a fresh set of rotors and pads, or if you are unfortunate enough to own a car with drums in the rear, shoes & hardware.So to better protect those precious stopping components.
Schweitzer, a mechanic suggested two second braking period at high speeds and avoiding riding the brakes until the vehicle dips below 35miles per hour.You can hit that pedal as many times as you wish, just know that you’ll cook your brakes if you ride them too long. Modern vented rotors will cool extremely quickly at high speeds, so a two second on/off approach is best when taking that off -ramp with the only exception being for wealthy individuals who can afford titanium & carbon ceramic brakes.
According to the saying: An elder sees things while sitting that a child can’t see when standing on a mountain.
I actually forgot how that saying was put together*😁😁 had to rephrase. Pray you understood.
I hope with these points, you have concluded that the older way of doing things is often the right way still.
Till my next post.