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In this video I talk about some of the frustrations of following up after other "shops" work. It is very discouraging to me to see such shoddy work and complete disregard for customers vehicles. Knifing, hackin' and whackin'. Sure, it's ok to get into a harness, it's ok to poke a wire to do your tests. We all do it, we have to in some cases. FIX IT WHEN YOU ARE DONE! Please... and thank you. Have just an ounce of pride in your work and respect for others. -Enjoy!
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49 thoughts on “Don’t be a dirtbag mechanic – take a little pride in your work”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Edwin Padilla says:

    As a owner of a 1999 silverado I thank 😊 you for these video's I've learned alot !!😅

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kakeeto Alex says:

    Good stuff Eric..😊

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Corban Lee says:

    kinda shame nice truck thinking these thing going to have many issues I'd get rid of it if I'm the owner 😅

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark says:

    Sure, wish the automobile companies would take pride in building their automobiles.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars david wharton says:

    “Talk to me Goose” it’s really a crying shame that either younger or less experienced mechanic’s don’t clean up properly after testing? With hard winters and weather bare wires don’t take much to rot out. That you Eric for being a VERY STAND UP EXCELLENT MECHANIC! Love ALL your content!!💪😎💪

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kevin Kuc says:

    Amazing work and find

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Parsons says:

    "stich puller", yes it's for sewing but works better and safer for cutting open electrical taped harnesses.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tchads57 says:

    Have integrity, take pride in your work and be honest. 3 things my father and grandfather taught me.
    You summed it up in “Don’t be a dirtbag.” 👍👍

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alexander Copeland says:

    I see it a lot in your videos of other shops bringing in vehicles to you, makes me feel bad about the customers. You are going to fix the car and charge the other shop x amount and then they charge more x amount to the customers.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Hampton says:

    I very much enjoy watching your videos. You are a great diagnostician with the ability and scruples to logically find the problem, fix it, and repair or note any problems you find along the way, including anything you introduced in testing along the way. You seem to be like me, in that a vehicle "talks" to me. That is why you are able to pinpoint a problem. It's not just luck or experience; it's because the vehicle "tells" you where to go. Kudos to you and I hope you continue to produce such quality and informative videos. 👍

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mike broussard says:

    watchin' you work has convinced me that my problem with my pcm in my '06 dodge 2500 5.9 will need a good mechanic!

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars claymore cluepile says:

    i've watched 50 of eric's videos trying to figure out why he manages to get results where everybody else fails……in the end it just boils down to natural talent combined with a genuine sincere interest in his subject material…….a lot of it also comes from good early tutoring and mentoring by his father…..eric has a feel for cars much like mark knopfler has a feel for guitars, there's a natural aptitude and an energy that hates failure and defeat……250 years ago eric would have been a highly successful freemason cutting hewn stone decorative blocks perfectly to size and then setting them into cathedral walls 60 feet off the ground

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg Petty says:

    A tailors seam ripper is the tool to use to open tape or tubes .

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dustcommander100 says:

    Man, that was a good video!

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Pirisky says:

    Awesome, like you, if I find something broke I fix it, like it's my own, might take a few minutes, but you will have a repeat customer, in a good way. Keep on Eric

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Strong says:

    you are bad ass love your vids

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Reed Jarvis says:

    Unfortunately this seems to be the “World “ we live in now! No one is willing to “care”!

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David SCHWANDT says:

    When an issue of one type shows up then there’s usually 3 or 4 of the type shows up

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Christiansen says:

    My impression is that a significant number of mechanics cannot figure out the complex electrical systems of todays cars and trucks and start poking around (literally) in a sad attempt to find the problem by accident.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dillydave13 says:

    Always good to find wetness on the first try. Ask me how I know.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rufus Connolly says:

    I worked on a house that was like that. Whoever the guy before me was, I don't suspect it was the homeowner. I'm pretty sure it was someone the owner knew that said they could get their lights working.. .

    Long story short, first time ever rectifying a fire hazard o.o/

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joe smith says:

    A factory cup!

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joe smith says:

    Id never buy an America car!the problem the supervisor gets there drunken brother in-law too work on the assembly line!

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joe smith says:

    Its a Chevy your amazed it dosent run a 2018?

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ralph Woodruff says:

    Really sad work no matter who did it. Worse if a second shop saw this and let it go. I do like the way you work. Not a chop shop. lol.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Timothy f says:

    Man I gotta say your really good at diag….I spend a lot of time fixing issues like this and it drives me crazy….. nobody cares to do the right thing anymore….crimp connections are obsolete on most repair scenarios…..solder and heat shrink with proper wire management is the way…..exactly what scan tool and other line equipment do you use? I've always had the most basic stuff anywhere I've worked and I'm kinda jealous lol

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Groel says:

    All i can say is Wow 😯.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars barry carver says:

    I hope you charge for your intelligence in figuring out what’s wrong.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fays of League says:

    Seems like the owner created the problem. Is it under warranty?
    A clipped wire, that's wrapped, makes zero sense. Someone's scamming someone.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars walt66a says:

    Haven't any of these other shops heard of back probing, instead of stabbing all the wires?

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ronald Brosius says:

    Where do you get the awesome wiring schematic from?

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Burd says:

    I'm hooked, between you and your wife, I'm fully entertained. Nice to see a great mechanic at work.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tyler Williams says:

    i hate poking a wire or even back probing a wire! seen techs that will just run a strand wire to fix and issue (ive done it too) but god do i hate that! find where and fix the why to solve your problem when you can!

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Borselli says:

    I have found that small bandage scissors, the kind with the little blunt ball on the one blade, work well for opening harnesses.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matthew Stein says:

    To play devils advocate for a moment: This was clearly still in the testing and troubleshooting phase of a repair. They were still hunting for the problem. (Maybe a better mechanic would have found it sooner but whatever) Then with whatever the situation with the owner happens and the truck is whisked away from the other shop. This is not necessarily representative of what the other shops finished product is. They may have gone back and cleaned it up after they found the solution.

    Not saying that IS the case, but I would hate my work to be judged based on what it looks like midway through the process.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bruce Grabau says:

    Pull the fuse and disconnect the module. Connect a tone generator to the wire and quickly find the break just by swiping down the harness.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Sparks says:

    WET WIRE…SPRAY LIBERALLY WITH WD40..
    IT WAS MADE FOR ROCKETS @ SEA LEVEL TO KEEP MOISTURE OUT!!!

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Send It says:

    When you take ur truck to a Genius this is what happens

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars leendert de heer says:

    Lenny i see that all the time here in Australia all they care about is how much money they can get out of you. Then it comes to me to fix right.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JDM TECH LLC says:

    You sir know you stuff, we are a dying breed, take care of yourself, the world needs us!

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Idaho Fabricator says:

    It is so frustrating fixing other peoples mistakes, you’re absolutely right treat it like it was your own, customers will be happy and you’ll know that was done right👍

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars renegade freeza says:

    You give me electrical diag inspiration man.God knows i wanna say fk it sometimes

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CJ says:

    Light reveals much, and thankful for it