New Toolbox! (100th Post!)

100th post! For the 100th post on the blog, I had to do something special. I've had this box for a while and just never got around to posting about it. I'm a big fan of new tools and new toolboxes (if you haven't figured that out yet), so for this special 100th post I'll … Continue reading New Toolbox! (100th Post!)

In the Shop: 2015 Buick LaCrosse P0496

The Buick LaCrosse came in with a check engine light and a code P0496 "EVAP system flow during non-purge condition" with no other symptoms or concerns. In my research, I found that another common symptom of a failed purge valve in addition to the check engine light is difficulty starting after refueling. If you remember … Continue reading In the Shop: 2015 Buick LaCrosse P0496

Tool Review: Gearwrench Hand Tools

The Gearwrench brand became popular when they introduced the 5-degree ratcheting wrench in 1996. While their ratcheting wrenches still rank high on my list of every day go-to tools, Gearwrench now offers a full line of hand tools including ratchets, sockets, screwdrivers, pliers, and specialty automotive tools (disclaimer: I'm super picky about my ratchets. I'll … Continue reading Tool Review: Gearwrench Hand Tools

Tech Tip Tuesday: Preventing and Repairing a Stripped Drain Plug

Honestly it's pretty much the worst way to end an otherwise uneventful oil change. It doesn't matter if you're working on a customer car or your own pride and joy, a stripped drain plug spells a bad day. Most of the time, drain plugs are striped because an inexperienced neanderthal feels the need to hang … Continue reading Tech Tip Tuesday: Preventing and Repairing a Stripped Drain Plug