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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Diagnosing Electrical Problems With Your Multimeter

Transform your electrical diagnostics with these routine multimeter tests.

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Taking the car apart with a screwdriver in one hand and a flashlight in the other isn’t always the best diagnostic technique for diagnosing routine problems like parasitic battery drains, worn ignition switches, bad grounds, bad ignition modules and bad relays. In contrast, keeping the diagnostic process simple by using a professional multimeter to diagnose circuit defects in modern electrical systems through the underhood and interior fuse boxes is like putting money in the bank. In short, the multimeter is the first tool – and perhaps the last tool – I’ll reach for in my diagnostic toolbox when diagnosing electrical system problems. I hope the following text will explain why.

2022 TechShop Year in Review

Just in case you missed any of our great feature articles this year, we have pulled them together in one spot for you!

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Shop Equipment ROI – Tooled for Profit

If you understand the basic idea and process of calculating ROI, it can help you make good purchasing decisions.

Tire and Wheel Service Equipment

Wheels and tires are changing and so is the equipment we use to service them. See how the latest equipment updates stack up.

Can We Have Too Many Tools?

Like many technicians, after years in the field, I’m still trying to organize my tools.

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How To Sell Service, Not Price

How do you explain to customers why your recommendations are not based on being the low-price provider?

That ‘Old Car’ Smell

No matter how old it was, or who it belonged to, every time you got inside an old VW Beetle, it had a unique smell.

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Navigating Setbacks in Difficult Diagnoses

There are valuable strategies to help manage technological frustration and navigate setbacks effectively.

When Small Animals Cause Big Problems With Cars

Sure, they’re cute on TV, but critters can inflict serious punishment on your customers’ vehicles.