Automotive Mechanic – Some Problems Are More Challenging Than Others

Automotive Mechanic - Some Problems Are More Challenging Than Others
Automotive Mechanic - Some Problems Are More Challenging Than Others

Today being an automotive mechanic, means more than just changing oil and replacing belts.

There are a lot of difficult situations, that automotive mechanics face on a day-to-day basis.

For an automotive mechanic some problems, are definitely more challenging than others.

A huge part of their knowledge involves; knowing how to dismantle and reassemble most automotive parts. As a result, being an automotive mechanic involves a great deal of hands-on work.

With all of the electronics in today’s vehicles; they now have another whole field of training to learn. Today, over 50% of their time is spent, diagnosing the problem.

Automotive Mechanic - Some Problems Are More Challenging Than Others
Automotive Mechanic – Some Problems Are More Challenging Than Others

Like doctors, automotive mechanics; rely on vehicle owners to tell them what the actual complaint is. So, pay attention to the signs of trouble; and try to jot down any information related to the potential problem.

Fewer people these days are choosing to repair their own vehicles. Instead, wisely opting to bring their vehicles to an automotive mechanic. This is due partially to the complexity of automobiles in today’s world.

Automotive Mechanic More Challenging Problems

Here are a few of the most challenging vehicle problems, that automotive mechanics encounter.

Hydro-locked Engine ( liquid getting into the cylinders )

So, you have a customer who decided; it might be fun to go puddle jumping in his brand-new Jeep Wrangler. Now you’ll have to explain that there is water inside of the engine cylinders.

Flooded Vehicle Hydro-locked ( liquid getting into the cylinders )
Flooded Vehicle Hydro-locked ( liquid getting into the cylinders )

When engine cylinders fill with water, the pistons have no place to put it. This can cause all kinds of problems; like bent connecting rods, leaky gaskets and seals, as well as other problems.

Seized Engine ( engine will not turn at all )

For some reason, a customer of yours; decided that he never wanted to check the oil level in his vehicle. Who needs oil, right? Unfortunately, you’re going to need to tell him that an engine does. So, several different issues can cause a seized engine. These include overheating due to insufficient oil or coolant; foreign objects, and rust — to name just a few.

Seized Engine ( engine will not turn at all )
Seized Engine ( engine will not turn at all )

Depending on what caused the engine to seize; you may be able to nurse it back to health. However, it is likely that the entire engine will have to be replaced, with a re-manufactured or used engine. That sort of repair could run into the several thousands of dollars. Hopefully, your customer will have learned his lesson.

Head gasket, cylinder head and block problems ( usually leaking engine coolant )

Automobiles with a leaky hose, stuck thermostat; or that are low on coolant can easily overheat. In addition to engine seizure; this can cause major problems with the engine’s head, head gasket, or block.

Blown Head Gasket
Blown Head Gasket

Replacing any of these parts is hard work and can cost your customer a fortune.

Engine replacement ( exchange or rebuild of complete engine )

People who have experienced the agony of replacing an engine; will say this is the greatest challenge in any vehicle.  Vehicles are expensive, and it can be feasible to change your engine, rather than buy a whole new vehicle.

Automotive Mechanic Replacing Engine
Automotive Mechanic Replacing Engine

While the cost may be from $2,000-4,000; this is only about 10-20% of the cost of buying a new vehicle. Repair however, is not as simple as dropping in a new engine. Consequently, depending on the amount of mileage; you may need to replace some of the connecting parts as well.

Computer, (PCM), (TCU) or electrical problems ( wiring, sensors, modules )

Newer vehicles may not be as prone to electrical issues as aging models. But, that doesn’t mean that modern vehicles are off the hook; when it comes to wiring problems. Tracking down electrical issues is a very tedious and expensive venture. But, it pales in comparison to what happens; when critters decide to make your engine bay their home. Pop the hood of any vehicle, and you’ll see an array of wiring. Mice, squirrels, and all manner of vermin have the tendency to gnaw on electrical wires. Replacing a single wire is one thing. Replacing multiple wiring harnesses, well, that’s just asinine.

Mice, squirrels, and all manner of vermin have the tendency to gnaw on electrical wires.
Mice, squirrels, and all manner of vermin have the tendency to gnaw on electrical wires.

A vehicles (PCM), is basically the onboard computer; consisting of the (ECU) and the (TCU). So, if your vehicles brain could suddenly develop a problem. Furthermore, the engine and almost anything else that relies on microprocessor controls; stand a good chance of malfunctioning. This may include the charging system, transmission, various emission controls. Not to mention the communications it may have, with other onboard control modules.

The more you know about your vehicle; the more likely you’ll be able to head off repair problems. You can detect many common vehicle problems by using your senses. Eyeballing the area around your vehicle. Listening for strange noises; sensing a difference in the way your vehicle handles, or even noticing unusual odors.

Conclusion

So, these are just a few of the challenging vehicle problems; that automotive mechanics face each day. Ignoring maintenance can lead to trouble: specific parts — or an entire system — can fail. Neglecting even simple routine maintenance; like changing the oil or checking the coolant, can lead to problems. Finally, if you have any problems you can not solve, go to a automotive mechanic. Because, they have the knowledge and training to fix almost any problem.

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