Cadillac Tire Pressure Warning Light

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Tire warning message

This morning I was greeted by the tire pressure warning light on my 2009 Cadillac SRX. Although I am no stranger to the warning light and the monitoring system that turns it on this was the first time I’ve seen it on my own personal vehicle.

The Cadillac is equipped with a driver information center referred to in the owner’s manual has DIC. So I scrolled through the information that was available on the Dic to confirm the original message of check left rear tire. Lo and behold the left rear tire was the lowest one on the vehicle coming in at 24 psi

The first thing that crossed my mind was that yesterday there was no warning lights and everything was just fine, the tires where reading 25 psi across the board. But overnight we had low humidity and clear skies that allowed the temperature to drop into the upper 60s. This reduced the pressure just enough to trigger the dash warning light. What a difference a single psi of air can make. Continue reading

Three Signs Your Mechanic is a Crook

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Me Fixing a Big Truck

Just because this article is about crooked mechanics doesn’t mean that I think all or even a majority of automotive technicians are crooked. Being a professional mechanic for about 27 years I have worked with and for many honest and talented people that cared about the consumer.

With that said there was often a bad apple in the bunch that did things that were selfish and harmful to the customers. Whenever I start telling stories about crooked mechanics the first one that pops into my head was a dealership mechanic I worked with in the 80′s that kept a squeeze bottle of used engine oil in his toolbox.

He would squirt it around Gasket surfaces and then claimed that they where leaking and needed repair. When we start talking about good mechanics and bad ones I think it is necessary to point out that any industry will have its share of good and bad people contained within that microcosm. In fact this is just my opinion but I have met more crooked Dentists and Doctors then I have professional automobile technicians.

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Florida Car Show Pictures

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Corvette Row

In a departure from the regular articles I provide on this auto repair information blog I wanted to share some car show pictures with you. On Sunday I went to the FNC car show in Bradenton, Florida. The FNC is a local church that I am not a member of. In fact I am not a member of any local Automotive clubs either. But what I am is a car lover that has dedicated a large part of his life to the automobile.

What started out as a fascination or a hobby at the age of 16 when getting my driver’s license turned into a career spanning more than 26 years. But more importantly a hobby that is just as strong and fun to me today as it was when I was a kid.

What pushed me to write about this particular car show was I thought it was really well done. I have been to lots of car shows in my town and I have to say that often they become a painful experience. Continue reading

Searching for Auto Repair Manuals

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Auto repair for dummies book

Remember when you could go to the most popular search engine and just type in the term auto repair manuals and right before your eyes there would be high quality results to browse through (like magic). Well with the latest algorithm ranking update (meant to reduce spam) the results are not what they use to be. I have submitted several requests for someone to look at the results. No changes as of today so I’m posting this.

The number one result for the last several weeks since the update is this page. It is from Haynes auto repair manuals that I have the utmost respect for. Unfortunately this page that now ranks at the top of those search results is of extremely poor quality. It looks like a page from 1996 and there is only two sentences of real content on the whole page. The term automotive repair manuals which would be considered the key words are repeated about five times in two sentences.

This is known in the Webmaster business as “keyword stuffing”. Ironically it is exactly what this last update was supposed to address. But when it comes to searching for an auto repair manual this latest update has made it more difficult to find truly good content on the subject in my opinion. Continue reading