Episode 27: The Ladies

On this week’s GTW we talk about working with the fairer sex, and some of the copious amounts of bullshit they have to put up with in our industry. The automotive industry is tough for women, on top of being tough jobs anyways. Service managers who are women often have a lot of problems with customers, even when they know more about cars than that customer. It’s equally bad for women work in a parts store, as we’ve all seen the old customer hang up when they hear a woman’s voice. All women think that mechanics are ripping them off. We know that is exactly NOT how it works, because we are not getting the money.

Also we talk the four letter words all women hate, Uncle Jimmy gives a short biology lesson, and we lay out one of the cardinal rules for dealing with women in the automotive industry:

“Thou shall deal with the ladies as you would deal with your mom or sister.”

Episode 26: “NHTSA-cheisse”

On this week’s GTW: we talk recalls, an arm of the federal government, and all of the shit that had to be put on cars because the government says so. A lot of the recalls are safety related, and that’s good, but when the government tells us what has to be on/in cars that’s not so great. We also talk in depth about the awesome times when dealership mechanics became EOD techs (and almost as badly paid). The laws of physics haven’t changed, but holy shit the rules around stuff in your car that keeps you from dying have, thats for sure. The idea of getting killed by something that is supposed to save your life is the very definition of irony- but cars are a hell of a lot safer than when Uncle Jimmy was a wee lad. We also learn that not all Takata Claymores are created equal, and that the Japanese government had to bail them out so they could replace all of the airbags that they messed up in the first place.

Also Uncle Jimmy talks about wrecking cars in spectacular fashion, NOT setting off a shotgun shell with a hammer, and makes copious references to various explosives.

Episode 25: Vacation

As a whole, we are bad at taking time off. We work a lot of holidays, we often take vacation payoffs instead of the time off (you know, if we are even offered it). And as a whole, this isn’t always the best idea. For one This job is extremely physically and mentally demanding sometimes, so time off just to heal is a good call. The other major point of contention here is that people who make way more money than you, and do way less than you take the time off that they are given. When we get paid for time off, we are getting paid less for that, so really the question becomes, what is your time actually worth. The other major point for taking time off is actually enjoying your life, taking time to spend time with the people who are important to you, and do the things that make you happy.

At the end of the day no ones car is worth your health, so take time to fix yourself.

Also Uncle Jimmy talks about child rearing and fishing.

Episode 24: Work Flow

If there is one universal truth about life and working in a repair shop, it is that things are not fair. Often times this is due to different levels of ability, favoritism, or just outstanding debts- but we cant help but see the fact that in a lot of cases a select few are getting all of the gravy. This entire situation gets magnified because of the fact that your manager or dispatcher knows that there are differences in skill or knowledge on specific systems. For example, transmission specialists are getting more rare by the day, so when your the transmission guy, you’re getting the cars that have transmission problems. Lets face it, if you have skill, ability, and intelligence, you probably won’t be getting the easy jobs because of the economics behind handing the easy work off to the cheapest option- that and it’s easy and they won’t fuck it up (most of the time). Management wants to optimize the amount of work coming in and out of the shop, and this usually means handing off the easy stuff to the cheapest help, much to the dismay of the people who break their backs and rack their brains with the tough ones.

Also Uncle Jimmy goes over why murder is bad.

Episode 23: Pranks

If technicians were guided by a major deity, there’s really not a lot of doubt in our minds that it would be the Norse Trickster god Loki. From constantly spouting off movie quotes and hazing the new guys, to squirreling away extra parts in people’s toolboxes and personal space, the pranks and humor that we use to keep ourselves entertained are literally endless. In today’s GTW, we are going to talk about them. Also, we’re going to talk slightly less about choosing your moments and knowing when not to fuck with people. Most importantly we are going to talk backup camera photobombing, using stuff in customers cars as props, and a short movie review of Inglorious Bastards.

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Episode 22: Inglorious Service Managers

In this week’s GTW we take a break from running Service Managers and Advisors into the ground to describe the type that we all would want. Basically what it comes down to is that if we are respected, appreciated, and paid: we’ll do ANYTHING that person asks us to do. Service manager’s should be in the building- not hiding from problems in their bunker while you go over the top. Service managers should be able to do everything in the building- were not saying that he should do all of that stuff, but they should at the very least be able to. They need to be able to do what the people they delegate tasks to do. Writing r/o’s, talking to customers, even washing cars or grabbing parts in a real pinch. We also talk the sad fact that empathy and common sense isn’t so goddamn common anymore. But most importantly, they should ultimately be on your side, because stuff goes wrong and a lot of the time it’s not your fault. We also talk interviewing technicians, and the idea of bringing in a technician or foreman to snuff out the bad candidates.

Also Uncle Jimmy talks about dogs.

GTW is a weekly podcast for mechanics, technicians, and DIY’ers that can be heard every Thursday on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play. We are also on Stitcher and the Tune In app, as well as Patreon for bonus content, swag, and all sorts of other goodies from our sponsors.

Episode 21: Post Tech Options

If you’ve been a technician for more than a few years you have probably thought about not doing it anymore: either through winning the lottery or just getting a better paying job. After all, this is one of the only careers on planet earth that if you ask, “should someone go into this industry?” it gets met with a resounding and often times overwhelming “NO!” We love you guys, but at the same time we think that EVERYONE should have a plan for their post-technician career. Maybe it’s somewhere else in the building, maybe it’s selling cars instead of fixing them, maybe it’s a different industry altogether that requires different skills and training. The brass tacks of this conversation is, there might come a day when you CAN’T be a technician anymore, and let’s face it, life’s too short to turn wrenches until you’re an invalid.

GTW is a weekly podcast for mechanics, technicians, and DIY’ers that can be heard every Thursday on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play. We are also on Stitcher and the Tune In app, as well as Patreon for bonus content, swag, and all sorts of other goodies from our sponsors.

Episode 20: Anxiety

Work anxiety is something that most people face, but folks, a car that isn’t repaired correctly is one of the least dangerous pieces of machinery on the planet (unlike an airplane that isn’t fixed correctly as Uncle Jimmy recounts). Sure, if you don’t put a wheel on right it could fly off and if you don’t put in a drain plug after an oil change it could blow up the engine- but at the end of the day it all culminates to things that you have seen before. Also we talk the “Push Button Timing Challenge” and drumming on oil pans to remember if you put the drain plug back in. When you remember that every car on the planet has/will/is broken, you get a bit more perspective and don’t bring the stresses of work home with you. Finally, we talk about what happens if you have too much anxiety about fixing stuff wrong, but still love working on cars.

GTW is a weekly podcast for mechanics, technicians, and DIY’ers that can be heard every Thursday on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play. We are also on Stitcher and the Tune In app, as well as Patreon for bonus content, swag, and all sorts of other goodies from our sponsors.

Episode 19: Something Modded This Way Comes

In this weeks Grease The Wheels: Uncle Jimmy gets nostalgic about how common, relatively cheap and fairly easy it used to be to make cars go faster. Also we talk the politics of when your friends ask you to help them make their cars go faster (short answer: do it, it’s a shitload of fun) even when faced with the certainty of turning piston no.8 into chiclets. Finally, we etch another commandment into the petrolhead credo- thou probably should not fuck with thy daily driver.

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Episode 18: Image

As technicians we take a lot of unwarranted heat from popular culture and society at large when it comes to ripping people off. In reality, it is about 1% of techs who are scalping people for repairs that they don’t need, the rest is just bullshit. However, a lot of this image problem is solved when the part or service we told a customer they needed leaves them stranded on the side of the road.

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