Author: Terry Wade

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Important Things To Know When Training As A Mechanic

Mechanic's Training

Car mechanics play a vital role as to how long a car runs efficiently and effectively. Of course, car owners should take care of their vehicles regularly by bringing them to their trusted mechanics. From there, mechanics should be able to diagnose any problem, provide solutions, and give suggestions on what should be done. 

Today, car mechanics have a lot in their hands as the cars produced today have evolved significantly. These modern machines are composed of modern technology plus the basic car technologies of the past. The challenge for today’s mechanics is to learn to adapt and develop their skills as the car industry also continues to evolve. 

The Basics

Those who are looking into building an auto mechanic career should undergo automotive training programs. These will help in the identification or diagnosis of various car issues or problems. It also trains the mechanics on how to do repairs on various parts of the vehicle. Most of the basic courses will provide training that covers the car’s HVAC system, engine, steering, brake system, drivetrains, and transmissions. 

Additionally, apart from the technical skills that are learned, the training also gives other added skills and knowledge including technical writing, computer programs, accounting, as well as industrial psychology. All these can help you become a better car mechanic and can prepare you to start your career in this field. As soon as the training program is completed, it is possible to immediately start working in this field as you already have enough skills for the job. 

Training By Doing

Attending lectures and reading books can provide you with much information about troubleshooting and repairing a vehicle. Although this is essential, it is also as important for mechanics to have hands on training. There is so much that you can learn when you are actually doing the process. With that being said, you should find programs or courses that do not only offer lectures but hands on training as well. 

Also, there are other fun ways to improve your training. Car mechanic simulators are a great way to further sharpen those skills by doing. They give you various scenarios that can help you put your basic skills and knowledge to the test. 

Being familiar with car parts not only by seeing pictures but actually touching each part makes it easier to identify them and troubleshoot problems that they might have. The more hands on experience you have, the more familiar you become with the vehicle and the more likely are you able to quickly figure out the problem and do the repairs needed. 

The Art Of Communication

You may know a whole lot about cars and you may even be up to date with the technology included on some of the latest models. However,  without knowing how to communicate, it would be difficult for you to solve the problem. Imagine if you’re not able to let clients understand the problem and the necessary solution. They could decide to skip your suggestion and end up damaging the vehicle. 

Additionally, communication skills aren’t just useful for clients. It is also useful in dealing with co-workers, suppliers, distributors  and anyone else you get to meet through your career. Good communication avoids confusion and mistakes that’s why it is a valuable skill in the auto mechanic industry. 

Inventory Management

A car is a machine that is made up of many different parts. With use, either proper or not, some parts would need to be replaced. That also means that as a mechanic, you should have these parts available whenever needed. Take note that there are some parts that you need to have on hand while there are also others that are rarely needed so you don’t have to keep a huge stock of them. 

Your training as a mechanic can help you determine which items to stock in your inventory for your shop. With proper inventory management, the money doesn’t get stuck with the items on the shelves. There is a positive cash flow because what you stock up on gets used. Also, proper inventory management prevents your clients from having to wait around just to have their car serviced due to unavailable parts. 

Continuous Learning

As we’ve said, the technology used in the automotive industry continuously changes and evolves. To keep up with the changes, mechanics who have already undergone their training should still be willing to learn. They should still make sure to update themselves about the new technologies that are now being used for newer vehicles. This will help in improving your reach and not limiting it to those who have older car models only.  Don’t wait for your knowledge and skills in car mechanics to be obsolete before updating yourself. 


Our Favorite Affordable Efficient Cars

Car Reviews

While a car’s gas per mileage is one of those criteria that people look into before they buy their vehicle, it has been an especially important in this era of green thinking, not to mention those who tend to drive for long distances on a regular basis.

While the prices of gas aren’t skyrocketing at present, its price could still rapidly increase due to different factors. With a car that efficiently uses fuel, you are better prepared. Here are the top cars to buy when it comes to mpg.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze 

This car from Chevrolet is available in either a hatchback or a sedan. There are also various engine and transmission options available. The turbocharged 1.4L engine with automatic transmission has a good mpg rating, especially on the highway. Other features of this car include a rearview camera, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a 7-inch touchscreen.

2020 Kia Optima Hybrid

This hybrid car from Kia may not be the best hybrid cars out there when it comes to money savings on gas but it does beat other non-hybrid vehicles. Aside from that, this car boasts its comfortable seats and upmarket cabin. The leather upholstery and heated seats make this a very comfortable ride. It also allows for wireless device charging and smartphone connectivity.

2018 Nissan Versa

This car is fitted with a 1.6L four-cylinder engine and has a pretty good mpg rating. It is very spacious even if it looks compact. It comes with a variety of features that may include a rearview monitor, Bluetooth audio and hands-free phone system, cruise control, and a five-speed manual transmission.

2020 Lexus ES Hybrid

Although the Lexus ES Hybrid is considered a luxury car, it still is a car to consider when fuel-efficient cars are talked about. Most luxury cars don’t really focus on making the vehicle fuel-efficient because they would rather focus on the car’s performance. However, this luxury car performs well on fuel efficiency as well as performance. It has enough power to go through most driving situations and impressive acceleration. It also comes with smartphone app integration, a 9-inch display, a WiFi hotspot, and a moonroof. 

2019 For Fusion Hybrid

This hybrid car by Ford works with an electric motor plus an engine. Three trims are available and even the base trim offers a lot that could satisfy your need for fuel economy plus modern technology. It also has adaptive cruise control, Wi-Fi hotspot, and power-adjustable front seats. You’ll also be pleased to know that it is compatible with both Android and Apple.

2017 Chevrolet Volt

If you really want to minimize the use of fuel, then your best bet would be the 2017 Volt by Chevrolet. It is a plug-in hybrid that has a spacious interior. It is also compatible with both Android and Apple. There is a rearview camera, automatic climate control, 8-inch touchscreen and WiFi hotspot.

2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

If you are looking for a very spacious vehicle that’s big enough for your family, the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid would be a great option for you. It is a hybrid car but it is also big. With spacious seats and a roomy trunk, you can certainly use it for the family road trip. Additionally, this car is also very reliable and safe, which will make you feel a lot comfortable when driving your family. There is also a WiFi hotspot, five USB ports, 9-inch touch screen and driver assistance technologies available.

truck maintenance

Maintaining Your Truck Fleet


Trucks are cars, just like burritos aren’t tacos. And although they’ve got engines, tires, axles, and steering wheels, they’re often used in totally different applications.

With that in mind, it makes sense to have a PM schedule that is customized to the need of your particular business application. This does not only positively affect the trucking company but it also helps make sure that the truck is safe to travel with. Truck safety is something that doesn’t only affect the drivers or the shipments but everyone else on the road. Here are the main things that should be done to maintain any of your trucks:

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Why You Should Follow Your Car Maintenance Schedule

Maintenance Schedules

Taking care of your car is your responsibility. If you do it, then you’d also be taking care of yourself by lowering the risk of meeting an accident due to faulty vehicles. Taking care of your car means properly maintaining it.

Although you know the basic car care, taking it to the auto shops for maintenance checks should still be done. Following your maintenance schedule will help figure out the problem as early as possible. 

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Take The Leap To Be A Mechanic

Mechanic's Training

Many car lovers have a dream of having a career as a mechanic. This is because they get to do what they love and earn some cash out of it. Another perk of being a mechanic and a car lover is getting the chance to work on some of your most favorite vehicles.

Through automotive schools, car lovers can combine their passion for cars and mechanical training so that they can build a career that they will surely love. Getting a stable job as a mechanic is only one of the benefits that training and studying produces. However, there are still other benefits to being a mechanic.

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Outsmart Those Car Repair Scammer With These Tips

Car Scams

Car repairs often bring headaches to car owners. Not only does it mean that their beloved car has a problem, but it also means that they have to spend valuable time and money to get it repaired. While no one likes to pay the unplanned costs of repair a vehicle, the cost can skyrocket if the car mechanic scams them.

As old crusty Michigan repair shop owner and traveling mechanics, I’ve seen just about every scam you could think of, and then some. So today I wanted to share some sage advice on way in which you can outsmart those damned Car Repair Scammers.

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Start Protecting Your Car Paint Today! Here’s How…

long term maintenance

Car maintenance doesn’t just involve maintaining what’s under the hood. It also involves maintaining the interior and exterior side of your vehicle.

And hey, let’s be honest: everyone likes driving around in shiny new-looking car or truck.

So while we’re always talking about under the hood maintenance so for today’s post we’re going to change it up a bit to we’ll focus more on the exterior part of your car, specifically the car’s paint.

Here are some tips on how to properly maintain your car’s exterior paint…

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Basic Car Care For Non-Mechanics

Emergency SituationsMaintenance Schedules

It takes years to learn and understand how the mechanical systems function and integrate on all the different makes and models out there today.  Personally I learn on average 3 new things a day – things change that quick.  With all the new models and functionality coming out with each new release; it a full time job keeping up.

As a consumer, it just makes sense to hire a solid mechanic to service your vehicle at regular intervals. With that in mind it’s important you understand some basics of your car, SUV, or truck, but it’s even more important you get on a schedule for maintenance.

Here’s my quick thoughts on the subject…

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TerrysArticles is brought to you by ME!, traveling Mechanic Terry Wade, I’m do my darndest to update the site with the best quality articles and news available on the internet and elsewhere to help you diagnose and fix your vehicle yourself.

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