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What A Day As A Mechanic Looks Like ~Time Lapse Video

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For full show notes, visit the blog at; http://goo.gl/gFiZY6 Today we have a little mix of the automotive podcast, and Shop Shots. Many of you asked me to do a time lapse video of a day at the shop. So I hooked up the GoPro and gave it a try. I am really looking for your input on this video. I will also be using this video as a tool to fine tune my time in the shop. It confirms my thoughts of spending a lot of time WAITING for things to happen. Humble Mechanic Podcasts https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwfzU5uvU-lKLEvGiyabJxxazND2S7lC- Failed VW parts videos http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwfzU5uvU-lIxxNMAO-nNe4c3Liohrrr- Tool Reviews https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwfzU5uvU-lKA_oaxAkY0KKTvS4cxuPA7 How To videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwfzU5uvU-lKM-_ShLfG-IrNqklIp0_To MK1 VR6 Swap Videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwfzU5uvU-lKJ09uR9evf987LmSuijY-p Follow me on: The Blog http://humblemechanic.com INSTAGRAM http://instagram.com/humblemechanic/ FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/HumbleMechanic TWITTER https://twitter.com/HumbleMechanic GOOD STUFF ON AMAZON http://goo.gl/5304Qw (affiliate)
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Reeaz Ali (16 days ago)
how long does it take to train to be a mechanic?
HumbleMechanic (15 days ago)
What I mean is, your are always training and learning
Reeaz Ali (16 days ago)
HumbleMechanic (16 days ago)
Your entire career as a mechanic.
monkeylove178 (16 days ago)
Hey man I'm new to the channel and wanted to know what shop do you work at and great video btw
HumbleMechanic (16 days ago)
This was shot at my old dealership near Raleigh NC
MrErikw26 (1 month ago)
Looks like Charles flagged 140 hours today 😁
MrErikw26 (1 month ago)
If we could only move this fast 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Jeremy Anthony (1 month ago)
sitting on your ass us a trash can as a desk. good 1. i like that.
HumbleMechanic (1 month ago)
Thomas OConnor (1 month ago)
Getting some good gravy there.
Jay Smith (2 months ago)
seems like its mostly very basic stuff... oil changes, batteries, alignments...
HumbleMechanic (2 months ago)
Yep Saturdays were always maintenance days
Robert LeBlanc (2 months ago)
Is there a possibility that the engine oil evacuator won't extract as much oil as traditionally draining it from the oil pan plug, or is the difference, if any, inconsequential?
Kenzie Beaton (3 months ago)
Thats some pretty minty lighting youve got in the shop, im a heavy duty/truck n trans mechanic and work for a local contracting company. Dark as christ in the cave in there so i gotta run around with two lights constantly so she can get hard on the eyes when you gotta go out for a service call
HumbleMechanic (3 months ago)
Good shop lighting is super important. Some times we had an issue with too much light. LOL the sun would come in a certain angle and tweak out the alignment machine.
Jeff L (3 months ago)
I so glad I don’t work for vw any more 20 year vw master tech
DJ.Spikes Hostage (3 months ago)
I wanna own my own business as mechanic and a size shop
DJ.Spikes Hostage (3 months ago)
HumbleMechanic thinks man 😇
HumbleMechanic (3 months ago)
Go get it my dude. 👍
Joseph Gross Jr (5 months ago)
I think this was a very important video. People got to see what goes on behind the seens of a shop. So when they think there car is just sitting back there and you making them wait just to charge them more money.
D N (5 months ago)
The beetle convertible was a really neat color.
Christie Turner (6 months ago)
thank you so much as I'm about to get into the world of mechanics
HumbleMechanic (5 months ago)
Best of luck to ya. it's not an easy career, but it sure can be awesome.
TrevLord 686 (7 months ago)
I just started working at Volkswagen myself, Im currently a Lube Tech and Im personally excited to do more complex work for Volkswagen
HumbleMechanic (7 months ago)
+TrevLord 686 buckle up. It’s a wild ride
Lisa Begg (8 months ago)
Hey Humble Mechanic, I really like the time lapse of what a day in the shop looks like, it's too bad your shop will not let you do more. I was hoping you would slow the video down some so we can see what type of work you were doing, appreciate the descriptions though. I just think it would have been better to see the work in real time (on some of the more intensive tasks, i.e. diagnostics, etc) or slowed down significantly. Thank you for the upload, look forward to more of your videos. Keep up the good work.
HumbleMechanic (8 months ago)
Yeah I wish that same thing too. LOL
mike saldana (9 months ago)
16 years sins I was 16 years old 🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽💒💒
mike saldana (9 months ago)
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mike saldana (9 months ago)
I work at sears san Antonio 😊⛪😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊🐣🐣💒🏡🔠
Paul Bentley (9 months ago)
Great video. Just wondering did your GoPro battery last the day or did you have it plugged in ?
lee ann (10 months ago)
Fun video!
Chris Chiampo (10 months ago)
😎👍🏼 Fruitful Day Humble Good Job
rodentexplosion (11 months ago)
GM master tech here. Your work day looks boring because you were doing services all day. Gravy work, I know. I usually have to fix stuff and deal with intermittent radio issues all day because GM.
Mike Mcelveen (1 year ago)
Nice shop...some days it seems like this is real time photography like Fridays! alignment heads left on the ground!!!😲 cool vid!
HumbleMechanic (1 year ago)
LOL, thank you
thequeenofsanjoaquin (1 year ago)
i love this video it really shows what a day in the life of a technician is like! I kept looking at that piece of paper (im guessing its a floor mat) on the floor though kinda annoying.
Marcelo Brizuela (1 year ago)
I usually enjoy a lot the time lapse and this was so good because your comments teach to us what's happening.-
HumbleMechanic (1 year ago)
skilllmatic (1 year ago)
i have some questions that popped up in my mind while watching this :D how often does your beard gets dirty or stuck between parts? i have long hair and it can be really annoying sometimes so i make a knot to avoid uncontrolled movement. i saw you opening the hood and you were bending over the motorblock, isnt that dangerous with a running engine? i mean, there are lots of spinning parts and hot surface. here in germany you are beeing told, that if you get hurt because of your long beard or hair no insurance will ever pay for your accident. there are a lot of gross pictures of people who almost died by using machines with long hair... i know that in the US things are different, but would a life insurance pay for some kind of accident i described? how do you protect yourself (and your beard) when working? (i hope you can understand most of my writing, english is not my first language) greetings from germany, keep up the good work, i love your channel, and you are a really cool guy!
CBDav (1 year ago)
So you're just a quick service lube tech...
HumbleMechanic (1 year ago)
Typically Saturdays are build more around services than diag and repair. At the dealership I worked at ever tech did everything. Basically you do the job that you get pulled for.
It looks great since I am a disabled vet and can not work your videos cheer me up would love to see longer videos like this . Thanks
Cool loved it
fernamdo cruz (1 year ago)
ima real mechanic unlike this rookie
The Grendel Puff (1 year ago)
What made you choose to be a VW tech?
greeenteeee (1 year ago)
Looks like a large chunk of being a mechanic is regular maintenance. How often do you encounter serious service or repair? Timing belts/chains or worse, cylinder head, block, transmission rebuilds?
Stevon Santana845 (1 year ago)
This was awesome
js103812 (1 year ago)
This reminds me so much of my days at Audi lol
Julian Morales (1 year ago)
First thing I notice is the Beautiful phaeton in the Background love those cars hope they bring them back to the states
Aziz El-Hawz (1 year ago)
How much is your salary
saneauto (1 year ago)
I'm surprised you were able to get permission to film during work hours. There are some very unscrupulous people out there. They can see the most mundane things and claim something sinister was happening. Judges and lawyers don't know the difference and don't care. We are the third most hated professionals (right behind Lawyers and Politicians). One completely bogus law suit could cost the company 10s of thousands just to defend and hurts your company rep and credit rating even when you win. Garage keepers insurance always settles and unscrupulous lawyers know this. If someone wants to be a jerk they can sue the company for invasion of their privacy just because you camera swept their tag or vehicle interior. I guess I need to make some videos about some of my experiences with this on my Sane Enterprise page. Till then you'll notice on my sane auto page I don't camera sweep the shop much. I keep camera mostly on the parts transmission tools etc. Most cars I film I have signed release agreement from the customer, unless its a car I am fixing to sell or its at a car show, drag strip etc. I even take cars out back behind the shop to film sometimes to avoid filming other customer vehicles (and to avoid my employees ;). The vids you do in the junkyard on those cars are your safest bet.
isuckatcodbro (1 year ago)
is your Saturday a full day or half day?
TheEgg185 (1 year ago)
I've been imagining you at work for years. I kept picturing you at my local PepBoys® with a dirt floor and paint peeling off the walls.
basil abedallah (1 year ago)
satisfying b.g.m.
Tanner Correa (1 year ago)
I really like your channel man. Keep it up
Matt Anderson (1 year ago)
The only car that doesn't move all day is the Phaeton. Of course.
reed spang (1 year ago)
Yup a typical Saturday. Sometimes busy sometimes not. If you're training to be a mechanic and have little to no experience working in a professional environment be prepared because it's not an easy job. you can make upwards of 50 to $60,000 a year being a mechanic but you have to be willing to learn. You also can't work at a small shop and expect to make that amount of money. I have been a professional mechanic for going on 5 years now I have learned Lots in five years but I have a hell of a lot more to learn before I start making any sort of big money it's a rough strenuous get dirty type of career and always be trying to work your way up the corporate ladder work smart not hard because if you do this till your 55 or 60 years old your body is going to be shot
RobbThe13th (1 year ago)
Good video it gives us an inside look keep them going, thanks!!
The Smoky Panda (1 year ago)
More of this please
Endersothergame (1 year ago)
Found you because of a video you did with the Engineering Explained. Glad I saw that video as your videos are interesting to me as well.
HumbleMechanic (1 year ago)
+Keith Highgate rock on man. Thanks. :)
FlatDerp SS420 (1 year ago)
kool... very helpful bro thanks
HumbleMechanic (1 year ago)
+FlatDerp SS420 right on!!
Oleg knows best (1 year ago)
Jup. Looks like my day too..
Brett Stalcup (1 year ago)
More! I'm thinking about becoming a tech so interesting to watch
HumbleMechanic (1 year ago)
Sadly my dealer will not let me film these videos any more
Uriel Bojorquez (1 year ago)
it's mechanics like yourself that let us know that there's still good, loyal reliable mechanics of there! thank you man
HumbleMechanic (1 year ago)
Thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate it.
Michelle (1 year ago)
What an interesting post. Keep 'em coming.
Armando Valdez (1 year ago)
Do more
HumbleMechanic (1 year ago)
+Armando Valdez I wish I could. Dealer won't let me film anymore
Alejandro Martinez (1 year ago)
Do you see a lot of mk7 Jettas with broken radiator core supports? I've done 3 where I work and it's not a VW specific shop.
GB_GREEN (1 year ago)
I miss working at Mitsubishi, careful with them hydroelectric lifts.
YofaSayd (1 year ago)
i see that you guys could do road force on those tire balancing machines, do you ever do road force on a customers car, or do you just do a normal balancing without road force....???
Noah Kuzel (1 year ago)
I would link from this video to what to do when the shop is slow video. Because as a tech, if you have time to wait for a car, you have time to catch up on your training/TSB's and what not, or you can go and see if another guy needs a hand.
Jake Botelho (1 year ago)
That's an 8 hour day?
Lu ca (1 year ago)
question here: First time in my life I brought my Own car to a mechanic. The Mechanic fixed the issue but he stole the little coins I left inside my car,0 (not much like 5euros or so.) I think the Mechanic was good, but he still stole stuff inside my car, where they had nothing to do (fix)... should I blacklist this Mechanic and search a new one ? or is kinda of normal and I was dumb ? thx
Lu ca (1 year ago)
TheEgg185 im lucky i dont have a daughter 😂
TheEgg185 (1 year ago)
That's nothing. A mechanic stole my daughter's virginity once.
Lu ca (1 year ago)
Ou ok thx, It´s a quite small Garage, i´m sure there are only Mechanics there.
Josh Graves (1 year ago)
I've worked in many shops and a lot of times they have porters that move the cars around while it's there. These guys don't make a bunch of money so the porters will usually be the culprit. That's been my experience anyway. Still not right though.
Thomas Mostyn (1 year ago)
I love this and absolutely respect how straight you are about the industry, too many people have very mixed ideas of what goes on in a shop but this is it to a tee. All decent techs out there appreciate what you are doing with the channel and I wish I had found you earlier in my career!
HumbleMechanic (1 year ago)
+Thomas Mostyn thank you so much! This comment means the world to me. :)
Mike Hiler (1 year ago)
how many cars on average do you work on in any given day?
NeetNaw (1 year ago)
3 Questions Is being an auto mechanic as a job well paying? How much would you make per year starting out? And last. Did you go to college to learn about cars, and then go into the work force?
Noah Kuzel (1 year ago)
+wow rood The issue with cheap tools is that you have to go to them. A flat rate tech is not going to take time out of their day to go and replace a tool.
xX squeaker Xx (1 year ago)
NeetNaw When you come out you will earn low since you have no experience. You will probably make 23k or more per year starting off that's why you really need a passion for this job. Most people go to a tech school to learn but there are some who start off as oil changers, car washers, etc..
134513 1435 (1 year ago)
Noah Kuzel that's false since even cheap tools from harbor freight have lifetime warranty now
Noah Kuzel (1 year ago)
LOL I was going to say the same thing. A technician will only have to constantly be paying thousands of dollars for tools if they are constantly buying cheap tools, and they are always breaking.
Antanas Rapkevicius (1 year ago)
"constantly be paying thousands for tools" i can never understand this part when a mechanic complains.. yes, to start with you will invest a lot of money to get the tools for the job, in fact, when i started i spent my full first year mechanic salary just on the tools alone while i had a 2nd job to cover my living costs. after that when i had all the hand tools needed for the job and some diagnostic equip i barely spent anything. ofc occasionally i buy something i find myself missing in my toolbox but i wouldnt say i spend thousands any more. most workshops provide some sort of diagnostic equip. altho what you really need is a simple code reader, multimeter and live scope as long as you have understanding how things work and what you are looking for.
blastomycosis (1 year ago)
that was cool
gizzy nc (1 year ago)
I love a master tech doing the oil & tires. drives me insane ours will not.
MrErikw26 (1 month ago)
Our Senior Master Technicians do waiting works tickets (oil, rotate, 99pt inspection) when it gets busy enough.
gizzy nc (1 year ago)
+Noah Kuzel he cherry picks. he does everything but the tire & lube work we get the crap left.
Noah Kuzel (1 year ago)
Because it is all flat rate when you become a technician. I can only assume that your MT's at some point just don't like to make money. It is a completely different story when a MT can choose between something that is say a heater core and you have to take apart a dash board, but what do you do when there is zero work to be done. I would go bored if there wasn't something like a TSB, OJT, or grunt work to do.
gizzy nc (1 year ago)
I am not the FNG but i have to do the jobs like tires & lube, just really angers me when everyone pitches in except the MT unless he is made to. We help him if he needs it. I'm really not mocking humble mechanic at all. i'm giving him props for doing the bs jobs too!
Noah Kuzel (1 year ago)
Work is work, regardless of what kind of work it is, and a master tech yeah could spend time training others, but if there is nobody to train it shows that your never to big to do FNG work.
Goat Man (1 year ago)
Great vid
Jon Mulholland (1 year ago)
What's up Charles. love the channel, I often listen to your podcasts while at work. I'm an automotive tech down in Florida at an Independent 5 star shop. I sort of envy you as you've found your niche with euro, even better if you're good at diag. I've never wanted to work in a dealership. the nice new cars is one thing, but I like to keep my skills well rounded to better service all makes and models as I can work on 4-7 different makes in a day. Euros really give me a headache, especially German wiring diagrams lol. I must say as constructive criticism, for the services you performed in this video your roll cart and work area is pretty messy. Not bad, maybe I'm ocd but seems a little excessive. sucks they won't let you do it again so you can show more in depth repairs/diags. I've wanted to do this for a while, it would end up with 4 waiter oil changes, a diag or two, maybe a w/pump or some vc gaskets... or today would've been 2 waiter changes/rotate, ABS failure diagnosis, jeep waterpump & lexus timing belt/waterpump. You should come down and see what it's like to work in the HEAT. Lol
steveinstereo (1 year ago)
That was sweet! you're a machine, man!
HumbleMechanic (1 year ago)
+steveinstereo hahah. Thank you!
D (1 year ago)
Big boy technician? all you do is oil changed and add air to the tires
lito vega (6 months ago)
Seems like a normal day to me most customers come in for oil changes tire rotation battery replacement mass air flow sensors coolant flush etc. even if your a master tech you still need to do tech a type shit
TheRebuilt1 (1 year ago)
He is a MT if you've seen all his posts and that's a Saturday where your going to do things you can get in an out quickly and not rebuilding a DSG or Auto tranny or Engine teardown is very low probability I would think on a Saturday. Plus he did a DSG transmission services and some service jobs, reprogramming an ECU and some other stuff. Not bad for a Saturday I think, some techs would love those hours.
Nick Sircar (1 year ago)
i wanted to see some diags or some intermittent electrical failures or how about some nvh concerns
StevenE-jien Goh (1 year ago)
God bless you, stay humble bother!
joel landeros (1 year ago)
definetly mode of this, but slower video and on a really long difficult day :D
joel landeros (1 year ago)
+HumbleMechanic that's no good .. well either way, love your videos
HumbleMechanic (1 year ago)
+joel landeros glad you dig it. Sadly the dealer won't let me do it anymore. :(
Ronnie Paul (1 year ago)
you spend almost no time actually working on cars...
David Ray (1 year ago)
I actually was thinking the very opposite. He looked very busy, even on a Saturday. Saturday's for me is beer, bolt, beer, bolt, beer, bolt, beer, bolt, beer, talk to nieghbor, beer, check out what nieghbor is working on, beer, what was I working on?, beer.............fast foward to Monday, "who the hell worked on this?"
Mitchell Toulouse (1 year ago)
He was probably expecting you to disassemble and reassemble the engine on all the cars you worked on.
HumbleMechanic (1 year ago)
+Ronnie Paul not sure how you figure that. Spent plenty of time in the video working.
Naim Ayy (1 year ago)
I really want to gain more experience but there are a lot less jobs for mechanics around my area. I would love to work in that VW dealership and gain more skills. :/
Zyquan 41st (1 year ago)
Why are they valswagens
Juli Bernal (2 years ago)
hello in thisvideo you used a mityvac oil evacuator just like mine that I got 10 years ago and I couldnt ut it to work read the instruction manual 1000 times and its been sitting in my shop since now I know I should bogught the manual pump model instead , if you could make a video with the evac it would be great for me thanks ABV colombia
Dan R (2 years ago)
Humble,this looked like a day that made more use of you physical abilities rather than your technical knowledge, I feel this is a problem. Perhaps you do not have any problem with LOF's and tire rotations, I do as I feel they waste the time I have spent learning more complicated activities. New guys getting into this "biz' should take note. Most often you are not going to work you way out of doing this lower level work (I consider LOF's tire work) to be lower level work). You can spend 25 years at the Dealership and still be doing the same work (different car) that you did during your first year. I myself like the idea of putting my time in with the low level work but then after I have ;made it" in a sense the work I am dispatched reflects my knowledge,training,ability. Now what if all we have to do right now is LOFs and tire work,Hmmm? Now I have worked at Dealerships that have dedicated LOF and tire people and I liked this idea. Some may say I am passing up a chance to score on a "gravy brake job" but so be it. I like to take on AC,electrical, add ons from sales,and then the problem SRS, stability control,check engine light,driveability, type work . I think a guy should look at if the Dealership he is thinking of joining tries to keep their older more highly trained techs working on jobs that fit their abilities.
Dan R (2 years ago)
Not born 'too good" but through hard work and self sacrifice my time could be better spent elsewhere. About "sweeping the floor". Be assured that I clean up my own mess.. I mention this to the new guys thinking of getting in this business. How much do you make on LOFs and tire work? do you want to be able to provide for a wife and maybe children? I think it was my choice to have a life long career as an auto mechanic as the reason there never was money for children. Sure the money started getting better after I hit 35 and up but in those early years (the years where my parents afforded 4 children on just my Dd's pay, no way) A guy must be able to move up into the work that pays better. This is why I prefer the shops that have dedicated LOF and tire people, Now when and LOF or tire work is part of a service, now that is part of the job. Do not get stuck in doing the same work you did the first year in your 15th year. Think about why guys move out of this business. There are only so many shop foremen or lead tech jobs to go around. You must be allowed to move up and make more money, that is if you want any kind of life.
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
I don't think we are going to agree much here. Sure, I am not fan of oil changes, but it's part of the job. I would absolutely disagree that oil changes and tire work are "lower level". Is it easier than advanced diag? Yep, but to think that someone is too good for that, I don't agree with. Just because I have more skills, or more training does not mean I am above anyone. I can tell you for 100% sure that some of the most successful people in the world do jobs that others would think are below them. I can tell you 100% for sure that guys like Roger Penske still sweep floors when needed. Often times the things that are "low level" are what pays the bills. Doing tune ups pay way more as a product of efficiencies than diag work does 99% of the time. Would you rather sit and do nothing? Maybe. For me, I am at work to work, if that means an oil change, or a MIL diag. I get what you are saying, I just don't really agree. Many think that alignments are lower level. But I challenge anyone to say that modern car alignments are lower level..
Raoul Thomas (2 years ago)
That was very cool!
Parker Andrews (2 years ago)
Great video. I've always wanted to watch and see how they work on mine. The Phaeton in the background looked like it was having some serious issues.
Nissand21 guy (2 years ago)
What about any TDI VWs????
PO (2 years ago)
man i wish i could do that i work in a junkyard! and sometimes the car leaving my workplace is an empty shell! that would be fun to see like that!
Maverick Goose (2 years ago)
Could you talk about your time at UTI at all? That's where I'm going and not sure what to expect.
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
+Maverick Goose great idea. I have talked about it on a few shows, but I don't remember doing a full show about it.
Gregory May (2 years ago)
That looks so fucking booooring.
134513 1435 (1 year ago)
It was a Saturday, they're usually easy days with nothing major.
Gregory May (2 years ago)
+Mod MINI There usually aren't any jobs to do on 0-5 years old cars. I would hate to work like him.
Mod MINI (2 years ago)
+Gregory May Yeah I was hoping to see something interesting like a water pump, brake job or some other significant service.
Gregory May (2 years ago)
+Gregory May Seriously.
Hasse Thorslund (2 years ago)
this was awsome,,, thumbs up 👍
Hasse Thorslund (2 years ago)
Shame your boss don't want you to "film" ,, keep up the good work,, i really like your vids,, especially the tdi related ones,, im a diesel entusiast
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
+Hans Thorslund THANKS!
Will Trundle (2 years ago)
Hey man, what type of hoist it that. they looks so much better. keep up the good work :)
Will Trundle (2 years ago)
+HumbleMechanic Oh cool never seen them before.
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
+Will Trundle they are I ground lifts. I love them.
Alex Maness (2 years ago)
Great video. What's the name of the song?
shaun rinker (2 years ago)
Man no offense, but there was not one tech job in this whole video. Oil changes, tire rotations, batteries? Thats for the general service/lube guys. Ive never worked at a shop where the techs did that stuff and definitley not any dealer ive worked for. i dont know maybe its different where you live but oil changes and tire rotations are not flat rate pay. The usually pay the kids going to school minimum wage to do that stuff. I like the videos and youre obviously very passionate its just odd
Hydrocarbon Primate (1 year ago)
It dosn't matter what you do, it still gets tedious, I rebuild land rovers and range rovers, Done soo many 2.7s and 3 liters it gets boring and I jump at the chance of an oil n filter or service.
Dom sava (1 year ago)
I wish it was like that, im a new tech at a dealership and I do a mixture of jobs, I think the customer would rather someone experienced inspect your car then a kid. the kids can do the cleaning
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
+shaun rinker we do what comes in the door at my dealership. Whether is an oil change or an engine rebuild we all do it all.
pillzownsu (2 years ago)
As someone currently going to school to become a tech, I would like to see more of this.
Dave Vlutters (1 year ago)
same here..
pmailkeey (2 years ago)
Interested in the 2 post lifts - where are the controls ? Sump plug - Dad's rule - either the sump plug is in and tight or not in at all.
pmailkeey (2 years ago)
+HumbleMechanic Open a what ? What's the driving mech for the lifts and how do the two posts remain at the same height ? Do you think they'd be better with the posts wider apart - so they're not in the way under the vehicle?
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
+pmailkeey there are control panels on the wall. These lifts are awesome. It's great to be able to open a fool all the way while on the lift
mygreenzebra (2 years ago)
A mityvac! I use one for home oil changes. What was it about that car that required you to use the mityvac?
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
+mygreenzebra Nothings required, just made it easy to do the change. No need to remove the belly pan.
Danny Stalker (2 years ago)
yes more more more!
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
+Danny Stalker sadly as long as I am at my current dealer, this is it. I got in trouble for doing this one. Hahaha
ADSaaron (2 years ago)
"Program Keys!" Your handwriting looks just like mine.
esnevip (2 years ago)
Those hoists are badass!
leylajack (2 years ago)
Do you work 6 days a week?
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
+leylajack no. Back then it was 4 now I work 5.
Cuban Gamer (2 years ago)
Why do you have to evacuate the oil from the 1.8 turbo? no drain plug? horrid skid plate of death?
Noah Perkins (1 year ago)
Cuban Gamer I was wondering the same thing.. Did multiple oil changes the conventional way, then boom one with the evacuator out of nowhere.
Mod MINI (2 years ago)
+Cuban Gamer Some cars, it's just easier. I have a MINI Cooper. If I do it this way, I don't even have to lift up the car as the oil filter is also removable from the top and can be done so without dripping!
Learning2Smile (2 years ago)
OMG Beard Pubes!
ENGINELIFE (2 years ago)
HOW MUCH DO YOU MAKE A YEAR?? and how long have you been working hear?
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
+ENGINELIFE AWESOME!!! Thank you so much.
ENGINELIFE (2 years ago)
+HumbleMechanic thanks keep up the good work and videos. Im subscribing to you
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
+ENGINELIFE IF you want to work hard enough it is possible for sure.
ENGINELIFE (2 years ago)
+HumbleMechanic 6 figures? 100,000 dollars a year. good job
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
The "how much do I make" question is not one I generally get specific with. Let's just say 6 figures is not out of the question. I have worked at my dealer for about 12 years.
Adrenaline 4 Life (2 years ago)
I love how your day is full of hands on work and not that paperwork crap lol
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
Yeah i kinda miss that. I do way more paperwork now.
javier portillo (2 years ago)
Charles, is it worth getting the VCDS/ VAG-COM program? I'm on the fence about it
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
+javier portillo YES! It is one of the best tools that I have purchased
Ratkill9000 (2 years ago)
I use to do tire changes, rotations, oil changes, re-balancing, road force balancing, all the good stuff that a service tech would do. Its a fun job, long as you have no life outside of work and can afford 70+ hour work weeks in an under staffed shop. Pay also sucks compared to Discount Tire.
Josh Godwin (2 years ago)
wow you work in a nice shop. Mine is falling apart. Haven't seen in ground lifts in a while. Was told that they tend to frown on them around here because of the risk of fluid leaks underground.
HumbleMechanic (2 years ago)
+Josh Godwin These are contained pretty well I think. I LOVE them. It's great to be able to open the doors on the lift

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