Episode 82: Snacks & Treats

On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we’re talking about snacks. We have seen all of the pictures of the snacks that we stash in our toolboxes like a bunch of amphetamine-fueled bipedal squirrels. From the heavenly Divine Bovine beef and bacon jerky, to chips and crackers with cheese, what we eat on the job varies as much as the things that we work on. Often times they can be broken down by regions as well. Either way these quick little pick me up’s do just the trick and keep our gears turning. However, we also talk about some of the downfalls of some of our favorite snacks, and the real problems caused by too many stimulants, predominantly from energy drinks.

Also, we get a brief glimpse into the bleak and competitive childhood of Uncle Jimmy. So let us know what you’re eating in the shop, we might just stop by and share!

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Episode 81: Getting Along

On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels we are asking the age-old question, “why can’t we all just get along?” Well, let’s start out with something easy like those friends who only call you when their car is broken. From there, we move into the building with getting along with the parts guys and helping them out as much as you can. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but simple details can quicken you getting the right parts to finish a job. Also, we argue to try to get along with your service advisor, despite their throwing us under the bus at every possible turn with the customers. And finally we talk about the sort of innershop hivemind that develops among technicians, and the possibility that all of our shops are basically social biomes that grow largely in the same ways.

Also, Uncle Jimmy gets REALLY META with the concept of what a technician’s place is in the universe and struggles with the word “ethnicity”.

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Episode 80: State Inspections

On this week’s GTW we’re talking about the scourge of cheap motorists everywhere, the state safety and emissions inspection. As technicians, we should be deeply in favor of these state mandated inspections because they often give us some gravy work from customers who otherwise would absolutely decline it 100% of the time. However, where does the line between useful government oversight protecting people on the roads and blatant cash grabbing from the motoring public come in? That is what we’re going to discuss in this episode. We also discuss some of the ways to beat an inspection in states that require scanning your check engine light by knowing how the systems that monitor emissions work. Useful stuff!

Also, Uncle Jimmy wants to know: what are some of the strange/interesting/stupid things that are in your state’s vehicle inspection laws!

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Episode 79: Heavy Duty

On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we are paying serious homage to one of our biggest listenerships on this show: the guys and gals who are fixing the really, really big stuff. We’ve gotten to know quite a few of you and now we’re ready to tell what your job is like to the rest of the wrench twisting public. Some of the challenges that these technicians face make our day to day look extremely easy, like when was the last time you needed a crane to remove and install a starter? Some of the problems, like unrelenting customers who don’t want to buy anything even though they need it are very much the same as it would be in a normal shop. The only difference is the amount of 0’s next to the parts and labor. Either way, we wanted to acknowledge the sacrifices of these hardworking techs because it might be something you want to look into if you’re looking to grease the wheels.

This episode was made possible by contributions to our show by listeners like you. You guys are the reason we keep doing what we’re doing, and you’re helping to keep the lights on and the show free for the entire internet. To become a dues-paying member of the GTW Nation, head over to Patreon.com/greasethewheels for a bunch of killer swag, bonus content such as our new 3-series episode and rejected advertisements.

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Preview – The Models: BMW 3 Series

In this very abridged but very much uncut preview, Uncle Jimmy and Erik the Producer talk about how Erik got his first car: a Luxorbeige 1987 BMW E30. Turns out Uncle Jimmy and his sister are major league tricksters, but the worst party foul was Erik’s dad using his car as a straight-6 powered, positraction ski wagon…after dropping Erik off at school.

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Episode 78: Rosy Picture

Every time that you end up greasing the wheels, you end up getting promised a lot of things. Whether it’s the company that you’re leaving trying to keep you for just a few more weeks, or the new place across town, when skilled labor is in flux, a lot of promises get made. When interviewing for a new gig, the hiring manager is going to fill you up with hyperbole and that everything is different in their shop. There’s plenty of work, advisors always sell things, and the rates are very good. It leaves you thinking that it sounds so absolutely wonderful. However, oftentimes this is merely an illusion. There’s a lot of ways that you can find out, and probably the easiest is to ask other technicians in the shop that you’re actively interviewing with.

Also, Uncle Jimmy suggests illegally wiretapping all conversations with hiring managers.

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Episode 77: A Bad Pay Period

On this week’s episode of GTW, we’re talking those weeks where the planets align just right, and you don’t make any money. We all know the reasons and the players in this: a few jobs that you cant “make time” on, plus a few “squeaks and rattles” and diagnosing problems that the customer is well aware of from previous visits, and suddenly you didn’t turn any hours this week! It happens to all of us, some pay periods we get paid for doing the work of 3 people (or at least the hours turned of 3 people) and everything is good. Sometimes you get a terrible deal and the work that comes in the front door doesn’t make you any money. In this episode, we are exploring some of the internal and external factors that result in a down week.

Also Uncle Jimmy defines what a classic episode in the GTW cannon is: lots of yelling and shouting obscenities!

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Episode 76: Toxic Shops

On this week’s episode of GTW, we’re talking about toxic shops. What makes a shop toxic, what can you do about it, what can your management can do about it? There’s a lot of ways shops can become toxic, but there are only really a few solid methods that can fix them. We want to know what has made some of the shops that you’ve been in toxic, and how it made you want to leave. We also talk about some ways to decompress from working in a toxic shop, so you don’t take that toxicity home with you and take it out on your family.

Also Uncle Jimmy recounts going to a pick and pull that looked like the “highway of death” from the first Gulf War.

This episode of Grease the Wheels was sponsored by Hemp It Up. Help It Up is Rochester’s finest source for all kinds of CBD products. We especially like the transdermal CBD Balm after a long day of turning wrenches. Hemp it Up has an incredibly knowledgeable staff at their locations in Rochester and Syracuse, or check them out online at Hempitupgifts.com.

This episode of Grease the Wheels was sponsored by listeners like you. Check out our Patreon page for all sorts of GTW swag, extra content, and early access to some of our other projects. Or just drop us a few bucks because you love the show! .

Episode 75: Praise

In this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we are giving credit where it is due. There are on the order of 300 million cars roving the roads of the United States, and they continue to do so because of a large segment of our listenership. (We kept it in the US because we have up to date stats on that on the top of mind, but we know our listeners everywhere else are doing a good job as well. A little bit of praise goes a long way in a shop, which more often than not feels like a thankless job despite some of the major problems that we are fixing for the customers. We spread this praise in this episode around too, letting service advisors know that it’s not always their fault as they are dealing with an unknown element in the form of the customer. The parts department is an especially thankless job, and Uncle Jimmy knows this because he was a parts guy for a long time! Either way, all of the people who listen to this podcast, in some way shape or form, are the people responsible for keeping the world moving and making Uncle Jimmy late to work!

Also, Uncle Jimmy talks the greatest works of fiction: Asimov, King, and “I DIDN’T HIT ANYTHING!!!” customers.

This episode was made possible by our listeners, the members of the Grease the Wheels Nation. It was also made possible by donations over at Patreon! We have plans and perks over there for everyone, from the new lot kid at $1/month for basic access to some of our exclusive content and our discord server, to our Master Tech program that gets you all sorts of awesome perks with some of our sponsors and killer swag. We love you all and you’re the reason we keep doing it!

Episode 74: Training

On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we’re talking about training. As technicians, brand specific training is some of the best educational and time investments that you can make. The downside is that many manufacturers are seemingly cutting back on the training that gets offered. Whether this is from dealers who need their techs in the shop making them money every single day, to the lack of instructors available to teach these very hands on, and often quite extensive classes; we are unsure. Either way, it’s still completely worth it because of the value it will provide on repairs that you have to make down the road. We also talk about training other people in the building, that more often than not have less-than-specific training options available, such as lot kids and service writers.

Also, Uncle Jimmy mounts a surprisingly effective defense of service writers in reference to their complete lack of training.

This episode was made possible by our listeners, the members of the Grease the Wheels Nation. It was also made possible by donations over at Patreon! We have plans and perks over there for everyone, from the new lot kid at $1/month for basic access to some of our exclusive content and our discord server, to our Master Tech program that gets you all sorts of awesome perks with some of our sponsors and killer swag. We love you all and you’re the reason we keep doing it!