Don't Be A Dirtbag Mechanic - Take A Little Pride In Your Work

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  • Published: 20 September 2019
  • In this video I talk about some of the frustrations of following up after other "shops" work. It is very discouraging to me to see such shoddy work and complete disregard for customers vehicles. Knifing, hackin' and whackin'. Sure, it's ok to get into a harness, it's ok to poke a wire to do your tests. We all do it, we have to in some cases. FIX IT WHEN YOU ARE DONE! Please... and thank you. Have just an ounce of pride in your work and respect for others. -Enjoy!

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  • Jeffrey Sasquatch
    Jeffrey Sasquatch  1 days back

    Eric I think you just offended all the members of the "DIRT BAG MECHANICS UNION"...........LOL!!

    • moar pewpew
      moar pewpew  1 days back

      Good technicians aint cheap and cheap mechanics aint good.
      hate to be that guy , but flat rate. if its a thing there makes thieves out of most techs. either cheating customers or themselves later once they succumb to cutting corners.

      • jim poteet
        jim poteet  1 days back

        great stuff, thanks...good and instructive... (we found a bmw coupe problem caused by console securing screw penetrating the wiring harness... part of it is intuition,, part history and luck...again, thanks...

        • סבתא רבא
          סבתא רבא  2 days back

          Is this a floodcar illegally put back on the road, I mean a insurance fraud or something

          • Jack Anderson
            Jack Anderson  2 days back

            Gm junk

            • jon fraer
              jon fraer  2 days back

              Somebody sabotaged/ vandalized this truck. Good you video
              This . protects you lawsuit.

              • MrPesky1
                MrPesky1  3 days back

                That does it! A computer for the fuel pump, and a wiring harness with enough wires in it to circle the globe twice? Newer vehicles are designed by demons from hell. I'm walking or staying at home from now on! Blessings to you though SMA 🇺🇲👍

                • Eugene Enslow
                  Eugene Enslow  3 days back

                  Sure wish I could bring my '08 Commander to you!

                  • Todd Grzech
                    Todd Grzech  3 days back

                    TIP: Next time you're at Walmart or a similar store stop by the sewing area and get yourself a cheap little stitch ripper. It's the best tool ever for opening up harnesses, cutting through the tape quickly with zero risk of cutting the wire insulation.

                    • xephael
                      xephael  3 days back

                      If I owned that truck I'd want the entire harness and connectors replaced with new...do you ever just call them to let them know what you've found before repairing the BS you've uncovered?

                      • roamy37748
                        roamy37748  4 days back

                        that's right I feel the same way.

                        • SuperCabramacho
                          SuperCabramacho  5 days back

                          Hey there, what kind of knife is that at 4:25 ?

                          • Mc007Queen
                            Mc007Queen  6 days back

                            Awesome

                            • Kevin B.
                              Kevin B.  1 weeks back

                              I wish I lived near you. I sure do need you.

                              • Richard Fernandez
                                Richard Fernandez  1 weeks back

                                Wow I appreciate that title and it's message.

                                • alan lewis
                                  alan lewis  1 weeks back

                                  good work Eric a1

                                  • Fordman8011
                                    Fordman8011  1 weeks back

                                    Long story short don’t buy a GM product 🤣 replacement of the harness would be mandatory in this state.

                                    • B F
                                      B F  2 weeks back

                                      I'm like 14 states away and I want My Car Serviced @ SMA

                                      • Zach Taylor
                                        Zach Taylor  2 weeks back

                                        Dealer: I've tried nothing and I'm all out of idea's!

                                        • Daimien Taylor
                                          Daimien Taylor  2 weeks back

                                          LOL the 84 people who dislike this video probably do this sh*t of a job.

                                          • Warren Rhyner
                                            Warren Rhyner  2 weeks back

                                            My experience with dealership mechanics has been very negative. I won't buy another new vehicle. And, I strictly use my trusted independent mechanic.

                                            • Poor boys race truck
                                              Poor boys race truck  2 weeks back

                                              I've found that using a pair of sewing seam rippers work great for cutting electrical tape without getting into the wires

                                              • David Blaisdell
                                                David Blaisdell  2 weeks back

                                                It's amazing what you find. I lived in the D.C. metro area for 8 years and only the good survive. Ive since moved back home to pa and opened a shop in my hometown and come across the same stuff. I would love to stop in sometime at your shop. I get up that way to Wilberts in Bath from time to time and Horseheads when they have what I need. But till then keep wrenchin and thanks for the videos.

                                                • bluesman71
                                                  bluesman71  2 weeks back

                                                  84 dislikes from the jiffy lube team.

                                                  • bluesman71
                                                    bluesman71  2 weeks back

                                                    I work on my own stuff 99.9 percent of the time. Quality and detail is hard to find. Missing bolts, loose oil drain plugs, even a new battery not connected and sitting on top of its cables on a four battery system. Seen all that stuff. Thanks Eric for being one of the few that care.

                                                    • Clorox Bleach
                                                      Clorox Bleach  2 weeks back

                                                      That wire is fine. Dont know why you cut it. Honestly.

                                                      • Andre Campbell
                                                        Andre Campbell  2 weeks back

                                                        I have found after 47 years of car purchases that dealerships have the most incompinant mechanic's, and the service managers are the biggest liers, just my opinion!

                                                        • Nicki de Wet
                                                          Nicki de Wet  2 weeks back

                                                          It's not luck, it's experience! Gary Player said 'the more I practice the luckier I get'

                                                          • GOTTRD
                                                            GOTTRD  3 weeks back

                                                            Eric, your the best! I always enjoy watching your videos, especially the diagnostic/remedy type! Mahalo!!!

                                                            • Joe dirt
                                                              Joe dirt  3 weeks back

                                                              Thank u. And thanks to u, I’m getting better in diesel world

                                                              • Sam S
                                                                Sam S  3 weeks back

                                                                You know how cops wear body cameras? How long till u think mechanics are required to do that? That truck got it worse then Rodney King on his way to do airbag recall getting pulled over by 2 cops at a red light.

                                                                • dean kelley
                                                                  dean kelley  3 weeks back

                                                                  I wire cars all day long, It allows me to play my favorite game " guess whats under the black tape" game. I understand your frustration.

                                                                  • John Doe
                                                                    John Doe  3 weeks back

                                                                    Damn, it's only a year old :( That's quite a shame it's been electronically molested to that extent.
                                                                    I mean fair enough when it's my thirty year old dirt bike, I find and expect to find poohed up shit like that hahaha! So far it's been a broken wire at the Cdi module plug, and one running to the tail light.

                                                                    • James Holbrook
                                                                      James Holbrook  3 weeks back

                                                                      Is that what your wife tells you, you are 6 inches away but close

                                                                      • James Holbrook
                                                                        James Holbrook  3 weeks back

                                                                        I hate that they try to male stuff to smart for there own good for that extra mpg or something well i guess thats the government and globalist for you

                                                                        • Alberto Del Valle
                                                                          Alberto Del Valle  3 weeks back

                                                                          Nice, your last comment...👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

                                                                          • BulletBitN
                                                                            BulletBitN  3 weeks back

                                                                            its not her first rodeo but we will respectfully open her up o she’s wet

                                                                            • Robin Sattahip
                                                                              Robin Sattahip  3 weeks back

                                                                              Take "before" pictures for the owner, have them see it, that's going to cause some major problems when salted snow water gets into it. (I'm a lawyer) and you don't want to be a defendant with the clowns that caused it and will deny it later. With butchery of a nearly new vehicle like that, you have serious liability issues.
                                                                              I hate working on anything someone incompetent has touched whether another lawyer or a mechanic.

                                                                              • Scott Lambeth
                                                                                Scott Lambeth  3 weeks back

                                                                                This reminds me of something I was told many years ago when I was in my technician classes. The instructor said "A mechanic's worst enemy will always be the mechanic that worked on the vehicle right before you". This is solid proof that what he said is absolutely true.

                                                                                • Thomas Ordon
                                                                                  Thomas Ordon  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Not only take a little pride in your work holy crap that was done by people that knew how to read a tsband follow instructions only no critical thinking on that first mechanics part that is why it's not at the dealership I'm sure there's a lawsuit attached to that truck

                                                                                  • Muskie Fishing
                                                                                    Muskie Fishing  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Do you think it's a flood vehicle from the south that was supposed to be totalled but then sold illegally to some unexpected person hoping to get a deal

                                                                                    • E.J. S.
                                                                                      E.J. S.  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Ayup. After working as a dealership tech from the middle 70's until I decided my life needed to change direction in July of 2000, I have seen plenty of these. I've also noticed that the techs that do this are often the ones that book the most hours, and make the most $$$$$. One had developed this into a fine science. He used to book out all his big jobs in one week, and then trash the next week, collecting his 32 hr guaranteed rate for that week. He met his waterloo one week when he booked out a headgasket warranty job, and got caught turning the replaced head gasket in to the parts dept. Another employee had marked all of the 3 old gaskets on his roll cart that he had saved. I was too dense at the time to know why he was saving used gaskets. I had mentioned to him that saving old gaskets was like saving your previously used toilet paper. He responded that he hadn't gotten around to throwing them away yet, and I was dumb enough to believe him. Our shop foreman brought the car in for me to inspect. He had already concluded that the job had not been done. I did as careful an exam as I could, but it was obvious that the cylinder head had never been off the car. I had to do the job, and a few other repairs that the original tech had missed. and got paid for it under shop policy. In the next few months a bunch of other jobs came back to be redone. At least he got caught.


                                                                                      If that had been my pickup, I'd've told whoever butchered that harness that I want a NEW one installed at their expense.

                                                                                      • Average Joe
                                                                                        Average Joe  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Just noticed the made in Mexico sticker. good job chevy hahaha

                                                                                        • Ivan Malakhov
                                                                                          Ivan Malakhov  3 weeks back

                                                                                          I think the owner tried to change the module and made all this mess because the module wasn't programmed but he thought that the wiring was the problem. Then he towed it to the dealer and made a scene to get it warrantied. Get no luck with that plus a record in GM system that the truck not covered by the warranty anymore. So the truck got towed to a shop which suggested to change the wiring assembly with a good pricetag on it. The truck got towed from there to SMA and Eric fixed the wiring. This truck will have a short and painful life...

                                                                                          • Gary Burgess
                                                                                            Gary Burgess  3 weeks back

                                                                                            U r awesome!!! Looks as though the other shop was too lazy to trace the wires to find the broken one.

                                                                                            • Jack Mehoff
                                                                                              Jack Mehoff  4 weeks back

                                                                                              What dealer did it come from?

                                                                                              • Finn Balor
                                                                                                Finn Balor  4 weeks back

                                                                                                More gm junk

                                                                                                • Emil Schweickerdt
                                                                                                  Emil Schweickerdt  4 weeks back

                                                                                                  I assume the nail varnish is when you've poked a wire, then you paint some nail varnish over the hole.

                                                                                                  I don't poke wires, and that is usually as a last resort. I try to trace the cables before poking them.

                                                                                                  Speaking of poking, had a funny issue with my Sharan the other day. Right hand indicator stopped working. Pulled it, it works. Put it back, no workee. Pulled it, workee. Poked the wire, measure. Got volts. Put it back, measured it at the poke, still volts, but no light. Discarded light bulb for a new one, and problem went away. I did not varnish the poke hole since I did not know about the nail varnish trick, but put a neat little insulation tape patch there.