Tag Archives: Wrenching

Fixing My Friend’s Mini Cooper S Saved Him $650 But It Took Over 10 Hours And Nearly Ruined Us

When my friend Jeb showed me the $1,500+ repair estimate he’d gotten from his Mini dealership, I told him to hold off on the work. I’d fly to the rescue, arriving in Washington D.C. wearing my oil-covered cape and spandex tights made of recycled serpentine belts, and solve all of his troubles simply and on the cheap.…

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I Tried Fixing My Friend’s Mini Cooper S But I Screwed Up And Now The Car Is Stranded

“A 2015 Mini Cooper. Engine bay might be a bit tight, but there’s no rust, so this job will be easy!” I told my naive self before agreeing to fix my friend’s engine mount. His dealer had quoted him a huge figure for the job and I couldn’t stand by and watch him part with all that cash, not when we could easily do it…

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Even The American Military Is Struggling With Right-To-Repair

Imagine that you’re stationed at an outpost deep in a conflict zone. Your MRAP’s alternator is busted and you’ve got a spare, but your mechanic tells you that she’ll void the warranty if you let her replace it. It’s either tow the whole thing out or let it sit there wasting space. That’s what American soldiers are up…

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Did You Bond With Your Parents Over Wrenching?

Some of my fondest memories growing up were the moments that I worked on my parents’ cars with my dad. We didn’t do heavy-duty projects, but just working on something together and learning that I could help really cemented my relationship with cars and with him.

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Here’s What’s Wrong With The Mysterious Land Rover Discovery In My Backyard

Back in September, a truck dropped a gorgeous 1995 Land Rover Discovery off in my backyard. Though I marveled at the perfection of its paint and body panels, I didn’t crawl underneath or even try to start the motor. But now that I’ve given the Land Rover a solid once-over, I can finally tell you what’s wrong with this…

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How I Got My Free Jeep Grand Wagoneer Running After It Sat For A Decade

Back in June, I used a 2020 Jeep Gladiator to tow a free Jeep Grand Wagoneer 250 miles from Dayton, Ohio to suburban Detroit. Since then, the Woody—which, as you might imagine considering its price, is a rodent-infested piece of crap—had languished in my backyard. But last weekend, the heavy SJ-platform machine moved…

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Comment Of The Day: A Natural High Edition

In high school a friend of mine frequently wore a t-shirt proudly emblazoned with “Ballooning Is A Natural High” across the front. I laughed at the double-meaning joke at the time, but have always felt that there is no way ballooning can match the high I get from fixing something—anything really, but particularly cars—…

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The Holy Grail Of Jeep Grand Cherokees Sits On An Old Wisconsin Dairy Farm, But It May Be Doomed

What do you do when an extremely rare, but not particularly valuable piece of automotive history is in desperate need of a cash-intensive restoration? Do you spend the money knowing you may never get it back, or do you allow the unicorn to die? This is the dilemma that Dustin Sawyer, a director at a Wisconsin lab…

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Winter Is Coming, So Now Is The Time To Get Outside And Repair Your Car

I spent every moment of daylight this past weekend tending to a 1985 Jeep J10 and a 2000 Jeep Cherokee. Why did I sacrifice the few precious hours I have to possibly enjoy a social life? Because if I wait too much longer to fix my cars, I’ll be royally screwed. And so will you if you do the same.

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Now Is The Time To Get Outside And Repair Your Car

I spent every moment of daylight this past weekend tending to a 1985 Jeep J10 and a 2000 Jeep Cherokee. Why did I sacrifice the few precious hours I have to possibly enjoy a social life? Because if I wait too much longer to fix my cars, I’ll be royally crewed. And so will you if you do the same.

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