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10 Requirements To Become A Successful Automotive Mechanic

auto-repair-984946_960_720You can become a successful car mechanic by paying attention to a few key facts like your work ethics, attitude to customers and the ability to deliver on time and every time. In fact many mechanics of repute have grown in stature because of their discipline, values and principles besides the required problem solving and diagnostic skills. Listed below are a few skills which will assist you in evolving into a much sought after auto mechanic.

 

 

  1. Competent Customer Relations: First and foremost you must win the trust of your customers; be genuine in your concern and make an attempt to put them at ease immediately. Listen to the problem patiently and reassure the customer of your competence and your ability to tackle the problem. Always make it a point to answer all their questions patiently.
  2. Proper Communication: The key to success in any field is communication. You should be able to communicate to the customer all the terms and conditions and the required servicing of a car in clear concise and simple language to prevent any misunderstanding in future. Do not resort to technical jargon to explain the problem.
  3. Good Diagnostic Skills: You should be able to diagnose quickly and accurately the problem and attempt to solve it as soon as possible. This skill can be acquired over time with lot of practice.oil-change-36096_960_720
  4. Work Ethics: One of your work ethics must be to report on time, be it your workplace or a client’s place. Only those who realize the value of time can be successful. Another value which you should adhere to is that of integrity. People will always prefer to utilize the service of a mechanic who is true to his words and has integrity. Building a strong work ethic is a must in order to be a successful automotive mechanic.
  5. Thorough knowledge of technology: It is essential that you are well versed with the various tools used in your trade. This knowledge will help you provide service which is quick and effective.
  6. Upgrade your skills: To remain in the forefront of your business you need to constantly upgrade your skills and knowledge of the various advances in your field. You should attend workshops and seminars on how to tackle problems in the latest models of popular brands and also gather information on the common problems associated with these cars.
  7. Be proactive: A customer is confident when the mechanic is confident. Always do a routine check of the essentials like brakes, suspension parts and exhaust as a courtesy for the customer. This will improve your image in the eyes of the customers and might bring future business.mechanic-1106772_960_720
  8. Certified: Ensure that you have all the necessary certificates which though not required will help you in remaining motivated and perform better.
  9. Personal Tool Inventory: A well-organized tool kit is reflective of your work ethics and how serious you are about your job. In addition to that it will also help you finish your work faster. Therefore periodically make an inventory of all the tools in your tool kit so that you are prepared all the time.
  1. Acquired skills: A successful mechanic should know a little of everything if not everything about the working of an air conditioning system, the electrical system or the fuel system. Nowadays the knowledge of computers too has become essential.

Progressing with times is the key to success in any field. Be open to change and eager to learn and upgrade your existing skills to be more successful.

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Essential Things A Mechanic Requires To Stock In His Garage Cabinets

Successful mechanics are those who are always prepared and have all the necessary tools at their disposal. Their garage cabinets are always fully equipped and well stocked. It is easier to work effortlessly and efficiently when you know what you have and where you have it. An efficient mechanic inspires confidence in his customers with his prowess and organizational abilities besides the repair itself while an ill organized and clueless mechanic is on his way to his own doom.

Therefore, it is essential that you have an inventory of the most essential tools you must have in your garage. Almost all car mechanics swear by the usefulness of the tools listed below.

The Mechanic Toolbox Tour

Impact Wrench

It is a tool designed to deliver high torque with minimal exertion. Often working in confined spaces where reaching the nuts and bolts can be immensely troublesome, time consuming and difficult an impact wrench comes very handy. With minimal force you can undo or tighten the nuts and bolts because of the high torque and very quickly too. The three types of wrenches are powered by air, electricity and battery. The air wrench is used mostly by professionals while most home users prefer the electric or the mobile wrench.

Ratchet

Ratchet is an apparatus that allows uninterrupted motion either in a linear direction or in rotatory motion while preventing motion in the opposite direction. Ratchets are friendlier to nuts and bolts then wrenches. There are four types of ratchets which are used quiet frequently in auto repairs.

  • Air ratchet: A very powerful tool which can very easily slip a socket onto a bolt head by just pulling a trigger. Used in confined spaces.
  • Flex head ratchet: AS the name suggest this tool can be used in tight spaces as it gives you maximum advantage to loosen spark plugs and fasteners.
  • Bent handle flex ratchet: Most often you need a ratchet to reach hard to access places and screws placed at awkward angles; a bent-handle flexible-head ratchet is the ideal tool for such situations. This tool protects your knuckles when the bolts break free.
  • Finger ratchet: This ratchet is most convenient to loosen the hex-head screws. Ratchet and Wrench is resource I use to keep up with the latest trends and technology for auto mechanic tools.

Wireless stethoscope

A common irritant for a car driver are noises that are hard to place and difficult to resolve. With technological advances even the tools used for repairing, wireless stethoscopes are available nowadays to track down the source of an annoying noise.The set includes microphones which can be clamped at the suspect site of noise and a transmitter which will help in identifying the exact spot.

Extension bar lock

With latest models hitting the roads ever so often, auto repair mechanics are hard pressed to keep up with the new technology and components that area different in each brand. An extension bar increases your reach to practically inaccessible places and helps you replace nuts and install bolts.

Vacuum pump pressure testing kit

This is a really handy tool, a must have when you have to check the status of vacuum controlled sensors and motors or to find a leaking vacuum. The pump can be used to flush the power steering fluids too.

Spark plug pliers

Spark plug wires have an important part to play in the performance of your vehicle and hence they need regular maintenance and periodical changing. This set of pliers helps you reach the spark plug and pull them quite comfortably.

Screw pitch gauge

1457139020203zwAt times it is quite annoying to not find the right size of nuts and bolts. An inexpensive screw pitch gauge helps you mate the thread of the nut or bolt and find a perfect match thereby reducing the time needed to try and find the correct the size. This single tool can be used for both English and metric thread sizes.

There are other less essential tools which can definitely make your work more bearable and put less strain on your back and shoulders.

Battery carrier

When you reach down and lift old and dead batteries and then carry them away, you put a huge strain on your back. With the battery carrier you can do it almost effortlessly and painlessly too.

Angle nose pliers

A plier which lets you see what you are doing under the hood of a car.

Clip on light

You can work effectively when the area under the hood is well lit and you needn’t deny yourself this convenience by using a clip on light.

Flexible funnel

During servicing of a vehicle the oil needs to be replaced and draining it can be a messy process but with the flexible funnel you can drain oil from almost any spot into a drain pan.

Stock your garage cabinets with the above tools and be ready to offer the best possible service to any customer who comes your way.

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How to Restore Old Cars

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Old cars have an endearing charm that is hard to describe. These unique beauties are definitely the owners’ pride and the neighbor’s envy. If you own an old car that you want to dispose of or are someone who wants to purchase an old car, a certain amount of restoration maybe required to ascertain that the car is in good working condition.

What are the key features that determine a car needs restoration?

Irrespective of the reason for restoring an old car, you must find answers to the following questions before you start the restoration process.

  • What is the condition of the engine?
  • Are all parts in good working condition?
  • Do any parts show signs of rusting?
  • How is the exterior of the car?
  • Will the car upholstery pass muster?

Once you find answers to these questions, the rest is easy.

How to restore the car?

Exteriors

Start by inspecting the external condition of the car. Look out for dents and worn out paint.The absence of any prominent scratches on the body is a sign that the car has never been involved in any major accidents hence there will be no major damage to the vehicle. Small scratches can be sanded down and repainted, as seen in this video:

Normally over time metal parts rust and if not addressed can harm the overall body of the car.Painting is not the immediate solution; the rust has to be completely removed. After this you should apply a primer followed by the actual paint of your choice.

 

Shiny chrome bumpers and mirrors enhance the appeal of an old car no doubt but their maintenance is not easy.Seriously damaged pieces should be removed and rechromed.

Interiors of the car

Invariably the condition of the car floor can be masked by using floor mats. But sometimes if there is a hole in the floor then a patch has to be welded and then painted. This laborious process and takes a good deal of time.

 

It is easy to remove car seats in old cars by just unscrewing some bolts. For a thorough checkup remove the seats and inspect them for any damage before cleaning the interiors. Check the upholstery too for nicks and cuts; repair insignificant ones but major issues like stains can’t be repaired and the seats need to be upholstered again.

 

The engine is the heart of the car that is why making sure that it is in solid condition is important. You should begin with changing the oil. If the engine is not good, then it needs to be repaired which is slow and time consuming process.

Drive belts, spark plug wires and radiator hoses are engine accessories which age and wear out. They need to be replaced to ensure the efficacy of the engine is not reduced.

A solid drivetrain must complement a powerful engine; therefore check thetransmission fluid status and add if needed. Another issue with old cars is that they have a manual shift which makes it crucial to check the condition of the clutch.

 

Do not ignore the condition of the tires. Patch leaky tires; fill air in flat tires and ascertain that the tread is 2/32” deep at least while 4/32” is ideal.

Be environmentally conscious and reduce harmful emissions which are often a problem in old cards by updating your exhaust system.

To sum it up, restoring an old car is not an easy job and it requires time,money and patience. But when done properly, driving an old car is like entering another realm of reality and much worth all the effort.

 

 

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