A Look Back on The Humble Mechanic 2021

TechShop Year in Review: The Humble Mechanic

TechShop is honored to share The Humble Mechanic's informative and fun content with our readers.

Charles Sanville, aka The Humble Mechanic, has been a long-time partner with TechShop. His website and YouTube channel have grown exponentially over the past few years, and we are honored to share his content with our readers.

Here’s a look at this past year’s The Humble Mechanic articles:

Squeal! Grind! Clunk! How To Fix Brake Noise

A proper brake inspection, some common causes for brake noise and some steps that may get overlooked.

Why Mechanics Never Throw Away Car Parts

There’s a handful of reasons why I just can’t bring myself to throw out a lot of the stuff I’ve accumulated over the years, but here are the main reasons I’m nearly a hoarder.

What Happens When a Timing Belt Breaks?

Diagnosing a broken timing belt or broken timing chain, and what that really could mean for the engine.

How to Fix a Noisy Suspension

Charles switches gears to work on a friend’s noisy Toyota. He takes us through replacing a strut assembly.

Replace a Leaking Valve Cover Gasket

Charles shows our technician readers how to replace a valve cover gasket to fix an oil leak.

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