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The humdrum, mundane, everyday – Auto Repair Chat

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In this video I bring you along as I go about the boring everyday tasks of fixing cars. I know a lot of our videos portray a fast paced, crazy busy super fun diag shop. The reality is the majority of my day is filled with jobs just like the one on this Subaru. A few easy to fix customer complaint and bring in the next one. Here's to watching paint dry!
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99 thoughts on “The humdrum, mundane, everyday”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Iceman0219 says:

    As a parts store guy I’ve had people come in with bulbs that failed in some weird and not so obvious ways, like way down where the posts go through the glass, or at the very end of the filament so it looks all good unless you really really look

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andre Neill says:

    Wrong oil filter originally installed?

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jon Miner says:

    Hey, Mr. O. Mundane is better than average in this crazy world. In fact, I wish we had more mundane and less insane. I'm sure there's a poem in there somewhere, but, even though my feet are long fellows, I'm not up to the chase. Besides that, I don't want to lose face. Anyway, thanks for sharing! Stay healthy!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kevin says:

    Id prefer to see the everyday, and less of the crazy electrical diag, myself

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Darker Binding says:

    Every time I watch your channel, I remember you're a good dude.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan Torrance says:

    May be mundane, but it is still of interest and it is also educational. Thanks.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Jones says:

    The mundane can turn frustrating sometimes. My '02 Civic used to eat brake lights (all 3), but never the tail lights. (they were dual filament bulbs) I never figure out why. Also on one of the oil changes, the filter started leaking immediately. Turned out it was a faulty crimp at the gasket. As you have said before, new parts are not always good parts. Oh, and of course, the time before that, I made the classic mistake of not checking if the old gasket came off with the filter. Great.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel V. says:

    Had a similar situation with bulbs, the small number plate lights to be exact, the wire in the bulb also seemed fine but the bulb wouldn't light until I hit it slightly, when removed it seemed ok, but as soon as I suddenly moved it, aka hit it I could see the wire vibrating so my guess is the wire was broken just as in your case and as soon as it gets a slight nudge it contacts and lights up. New bulbs sorted it out for me as well.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rusty Robinson says:

    Thanks

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nicholas Andre says:

    Why are there masks tied around the coat hangers.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars thinkpad4 says:

    Eric, when did you get braces?

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny SS says:

    I will take automotive parts made in China for a thousand Alex. What is there's your problem lady.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pat Jago says:

    What a trip! Where ever she has been getting work done before bringing it to you get their parts from flea bay?

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chip Burns says:

    If you run out of stuff to film you can try making fun of other mechanics’ videos. 🤣🤣

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Sanders says:

    Even the mundane is interesting on seeing how you approach diagnose and repair, exhilarating!

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nate Tallman says:

    Do you subscribe to the manufacturers recommendation of oil changes at 5,000 to 10,000 mi? Or do you stay by the old school 3000 mile oil change?

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff D. says:

    Luv' me some rigged up hard to fix Subaru heat shields. Brings back Forrester memories.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Ramon says:

    I'll never get those 6min 5secs back in my lifetime. 🤣

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Webb says:

    Nothing wrong with this video,this part and parcel of being a motor mechanic.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Satguy141 says:

    You take the work that comes in through the door.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrei M says:

    That battery looks like it is venting electrolyte like there is no tomorrow

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars HouseCallAutoRepair says:

    Clearly, you've got thousands, including myself, that look forward to every experience, and project you share.
    I LOVE it when I'm working on something and think " Eric did one of these… Same deal?" and sure enough! Thanks!

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars spelunkerd says:

    I got misled by an incorrect aftermarket replacement for a Subaru bulb, ending up with the same symptoms. It turns out the incorrect bulb looks almost identical, even side by side, but it doesn't make good contact in the connector. From now on I'll be checking part numbers to be sure.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Connie Harrison says:

    Finally a video of simple repair that really happens. Small quick repairs that really makes for a long week lol. It just shows Transparency, you have a great shop. If I ever break down in you area I would go out of my way and have you repaired my car.👍

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Big Hair Tsunami says:

    Hey! I have a 2004 Subaru Forester I just bought. I have to do a couple rear bulbs. THIS helped just at the right time. Not mundane at all. Thanks bud.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Merkl says:

    worked on the bench for 20 years , some days it was nice not have to do head scratcher jobs !!

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ralph Waters says:

    I'm not a pro like you, but I've seen a surprising number of electrical problems caused by bad grounds. It makes dual-filament bulbs appear to go off when the brakes are applied (with headlights on) and rear window defoggers on hatchbacks stop working altogether. Then there is the starter…

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars shaun says:

    Most work shops .would be lady $1000 fix oil leak

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jess Treloar says:

    Retired have not been driving the old commuter at night. But you need to drive it once in a while and we took it out on date night. Came out of the theater and both of the low beams were burnt out! Had to drive home on the brights.Changed them out and all is good.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars s blagg says:

    Is it just me or does that EJ25 sound like it's about to blow a gasket?

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark A. says:

    Humdrum and mundane? I'll gladly trade with you. I'm a truck driver and absolutely hate it. I've learned a lot from your video's. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars EDDIE JONES says:

    It is good to see how simple problems get sorted out the easy way

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars incub8 says:

    This was perfectly fine. I was wondering if the filt-ray was double-o-ringed and after you confirmed it wasn't, I was feeling so confident that, if you could do it, I could do it! Thanks for taking us along on the paint drying tour.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Juliana Rodriguez says:

    What would Ivan say about this one

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Farris says:

    Rain man Ray lives on tricking us into watching another oil change. 😂. Always good to see you Eric, no matter what you are up to.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chloe May’van Clair says:

    Good video. Like always crappy parts will do it every time.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tyler Boone says:

    I can understand at your skill level these repairs can seem boring. But when I twisted wrenches, I appreciated the days of slow pitch softball

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Al Eastwood says:

    Hey Eric good job we the fanz never get tired of the flic's. Keep them comming even if the work is repeat.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars wattie1050 says:

    Waiting on the brake cleaner Eric !!! No show 😁😁👍

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim B says:

    I see it's had the Subaru factory-fix for the rattling exhaust heat shields…yup…the hose clamps. Dealer "fixed" my 2011 in the same fashion 🙄 More mundane vids! I remember those days as a Toyota tech!

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zong Thao says:

    More videos 🙏

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GIE Auto says:

    Boring pays the bills.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DiyMike says:

    Hey Eric, I love watching your videos and love your commentary. But I have a quick question that you can hopefully answer for me. I have a 2008 Honda fit with an automatic transmission and it is getting really sluggish. I did drain the fluid in which I found that my fluid had some metallic tint to it. I'm assuming that this is not normal. But the transmission doesn't have any issues changing gears. Only issue is when climbing steep inclines the rpms go way up and is not moving as it used to. When accelerating to get up to freeway speeds the rpms go high but I feel like something is slipping in the transmission. Could this possibly be a torque converter issue?

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Xombi Xombi says:

    Mundane pays the rent and grocery bills. It gives you a break from the challenges. It allows you to escape the paranoid rant of " Why do they only bring really cruddy rotted crusty pieces of sugar that other people used as a sani john to me?'' Thank you.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pro2A says:

    What an absolutely DIABOLICAL place to put an oil filter! Guess it answers the age old question "How would Dr. Evil design an engine?" We have all asked it, and now we know!

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Exobanisher says:

    Thanks for even the mundane ones 🙂

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrew Thomason says:

    I would have taken it on a precautionary test drive to the ice cream place just to make sure that the new bulb wasn’t emitting a high frequency oscillation that caused the integrity of the new oil filter’s o-ring to be compromised.

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JAC shop says:

    A view into the day to day

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kmac says:

    bulb replacement oil filter, all good

  50. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mick tepolt says:

    it's all good !