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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Nice rack

Today we practiced putting cars up on the racks, or lifts. For days our professor has told horror stories of racking cars gone wrong. Cars that were racked incorrectly and did magnificent belly flops on the shop floor. Mechanics he has worked with who failed to put the safety locks on before getting under the vehicle, then had their lives flash before their eyes when they were nearly crushed.

Little else drives the consequences of being stupid and hasty in the shop home though than this picture from

The text says it all

The text says it all

I can’t really say how exactly this photo happened, but see those yellow bars perpendicular to the large red lift? When a mechanic is working under a car, that yellow steel is all that’s allowing it to defy gravity.

Damage to a customer’s vehicle aside, it’s terifying to get under one of those things if you think about. Therefore, today I didn’t think about it. Much.

Kudos to my classmate though who had to watch all 17 of us play Houdini and elevate his Pathfinder up off the concrete floor. It’s nerve racking (no pun intended) getting the pads in place on the frame, then hoisting it up and down. Let alone watching a group of novice techs do it to your car over and over.


First transmission from your transmission

Actually, not your transmission. Not yet anyway.

Here begins the blog of a mechanic in training. Effectively it will track what I learn and how you can apply it to your automotive existence. That’s the long term goal anyway: to provide a forum for car questions and answers, tales of truck trials and other things that go BUMP under the hood.

Along the way though there will also be much geeking out over what’s new on the market, movers and shakers in the auto industry, and general tales about the good old Tin Lizzy.

Right now, I’m supposed to be studying for my second auto shop orientation test. However, sometimes I have the attention span of a hamster combined with a raccoon’s affinity for “Ooh! Shiny!” I’ll study more later and sleep when I’m dead.