Tag Archives: Automotive information

More First Generation SRX Problems

2009 Cadillac SRX crossoverI own a first-generation Cadillac SRX. In fact, it’s a 2009 model. This is the last year of the old body style. Being in the automotive business for the last 30 years, I’ve found that vehicle manufacturers often make their best cars at the end of the run. This is why I decided to buy the 09 instead of a 2010, which began the next generation.

Although my plan had merit, I wouldn’t call my experience with this SRX trouble-free. I have written extensively about individual problems with the car on this website and wanted to craft a post that brought some of the common problems together so that these articles are easily found. When I started putting it together I realized one wouldn’t be enough. Last month I wrote about common Cadillac SRX issues, but decided to break it into two posts, as I still have four items to cover. Continue reading

Diagnosing Cars with Android

Android car diagnostic program

As a mechanic or do-it-yourselfer you have to love it when things that you use every day like a tablet or cell phone can be used to diagnose problems with cars. This article will focus mainly on diagnosing cars with android as I have purchased a Nexus seven and the torque android app to connect my Bluetooth elm 327 to the 7 inch tablet. But if you are an Apple product fan, all of these products work just as well on many of the Apple powered devices such as the iPod touch, and IPads of all sizes. I have a 5 minute video posted below that is slowly gaining traction on YouTube.

It shows off the advanced features of the android torque app. I held off jumping into this arena of using cell phones and tablets to interface with an automotive computer because they just didn’t work well when they first came out. Although they may not be bug free the connections and compatibility is much improved from just a year ago. In fact my OBD II android application automatically updated yesterday and it seems to work even better then when I first got it.

When I discuss using android powered devices to diagnose automotive problems with my fellow mechanics they start asking tough questions that I thought you would enjoy the answers to. Continue reading

Auto Repair Flat Rate System

flat rate mechanicThe following article is just my opinion on the flat rate system. After being involved with automobiles for just shy of 30 years I have seen a lot of things change in the retail auto repair business. As a matter of fact I have seen huge changes in the world that surrounds this ecosystem.

I could write an entire article on just how the automobile has changed in the last 30 years and maybe I will in the near future. But not only has the car changed but so has the people who drive them and the tools used to fix them. The economy has changed as well. The way that businesses conduct themselves has also changed over the years. But one thing has not changed since I’ve been in the business of auto repair and that is the flat rate system.

Sure a few shops pay mechanics by the hour but by and large dealerships and aftermarket repair centers are still sticking to some type of flat rate system to compensate mechanics. What I don’t understand is in this modern environment of adapting and changing to better service customers why this antiquated system still remains. In my opinion it’s stopping this business from evolving into a customer focused and value driven service that people could embrace instead of loath. Continue reading

Buying High Mileage Cars

2007 Audi Q7 SUV

2007 Audi Q7 SUV

A friend of mine needs transportation for a new job but doesn’t have a whole lot of money to spend. His desire for an upscale clean car in his price range keeps leading him towards buying high mileage cars. We have gone to see several of his top picks and all of them have been well over 100,000 miles.

In this particular case I have been trying to push my friend into a different category of vehicles without any luck. At this point He has Audi Q7 tastes, but a 96 Ford Taurus budget. It is his money so I will go look at the vehicles he has picked out. So far I have noticed a trend that I wanted to bring to everybody’s attention.

When you’re buying high mileage used cars getting the vehicle thoroughly checked out by a professional mechanic is very important. No one can tell you if it’s a good deal or not unless a thorough inspection is performed and an accurate condition assigned to the vehicle. Continue reading