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Paleontology

Paleontology is our favorite science here in Grande Prairie, isn’t it? I have to do some of it every day too. Continue reading “Paleontology”

Why I Don’t Like The Telephone

Imagine me dropping a transmission from the car, balancing 200 pounds unit on a transmission jack above my head, with my hands dirty and fluid leaking on my face because I forgot or was too lazy to drain it first (or most likely thought that fluid level is below driveshaft seals so it wouldn’t leak)

Imagine me bent threefold and upside down under the dash with hot soldering iron in one hand and trying to hold two ends of broken wire and a solder wire with another hand (the task that actually asks me to grow two additional hands)

As per Murphy’s law at this very moment phone goes off! The first word that I would say next second starts with “F” and ends with “K” and comes with lots of heat and excitement. No, this is not a “firetruck” ;-). Continue reading “Why I Don’t Like The Telephone”

“We Can Fix Anything”

It is nice to advertise with a line like this. I did that when I was young and green and just started my first shop. Two decades later I learned to know that this statement needs to be extended. Continue reading ““We Can Fix Anything””

Profit Driven Society

I don’t want to go into deep discussion here on topic of profit driven society. There are better resources and discussion boards on the internet for that. I like to make profit for myself too. I like even more to make profit without applying any effort or profit disproportionately high in relation to efforts applied to make it. Continue reading “Profit Driven Society”

Note On Technical Information

Technical information is one of the most important tools for diagnostic technician. I would not be far off even if I say it is THE most important tool now. Continue reading “Note On Technical Information”

Free Diagnostics

I am very happy to see that times of “free diagnostics” are slowly but surely going away.

Few years ago when I was posting on the same issue on another website it was super easy to find a header picture for illustration. Today I struggled to do the same, wow! 🙂

Instead I found perfect illustration of true value of “free diagnostics” on the picture above

“Free Diagnostics” was one of the worst marketing ideas in this business. Continue reading “Free Diagnostics”

Diagnostics – Dealing With Unknown

When customer calls and asks to change timing belt, do transmission flush or replace balljoint there is very slim chance to come across something unknown or unexpected. Even if you never done such a job on some particular model you can read through the procedure in shop manual (or even watch video on YouTube) and get a fair idea of what it is like. You can come across some seized bolt or stripped thread but any other surprises are quite unlikely. For the job like this I can give an estimate (I mean no-obligation-rough-estimate) without even looking at the car. If you need written-in-stone-quote  than I have to inspect your vehicle first, but in most cases it would be quick and free of charge inspection.

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About Me

I have a good deal of free time between working shifts in a dealership so I can do some extra work. I prefer doing it in legitimate way so I have registered AB Automotive business name and got business license from city of Grande Prairie. I have a Red Seal Automotive Service Technician certificate, also have Master Technician certifications from few different car manufacturers and a whole bunch of specialty certifications (in particular, I have got all Ford technical service specialties). I work in the industry as a technician since 1993. My experience includes working on different makes and models built in the last 50 years, mostly european and asian makes (as I am originally from Europe) although at this time I am mostly working on domestics. I don’t have particular preferences in this regard, some details might be different from one make to another but technology is the same everywhere. Continue reading “About Me”

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What I Can Do For You

  • I am particularly interested in doing work related to engine and driveability diagnostics (gas or diesel) and electrical and electronic systems diagnostics and repairs. So whenever you have a problem with your car or truck electrics or electronics, have check engine light on, running, driving or starting issues, have other warning lights on, radio or heater not working or any electrical gremlins infestation issues in general – this is what I like doing most, this is my forte.
  • If you have any other repair or maintenance work that you would like to get done on your vehicle – feel free to ask. I don’t mind doing and capable of performing any work. As long as I don’t have limitations in terms of specific equipment or shop space required to get the job done properly I would be happy to do it for you.

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