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    EricTheCarGuy
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    This forum is started by suggestion from one of the forum members, SpawnedX. The idea behind it is to have a place where technicians can talk about their experiences and ideas concerning their careers and profession. Think of it as sort of an extension to ETCG1 were we talk about things that concern us and the automotive industry. This is for technicians only so please don’t post automotive questions here. If you are a technician welcome to this forum, if not please stay behind the yellow line. Perhaps we can start by introducing ourselves.

    I’m Eric Cook aka EricTheCarGuy. I’ve worked as a professional technician since 1996 and have been an ASE master technician for the past 15 years. I worked for Acura at the dealer for about 8 years and spent the rest of my time working at aftermarket shops on both imports and domestics. I’m also an Acura certified master technician which I got as a result of my training at Acura. For a brief time I ran a Carx after I lost my job at Acura, that was interesting and challenging in many ways but I did work with some good people there and learned a lot about running an automotive business as a result of that experience. Now I have a successful auto repair show on the internet as well as a successful website and forum. To be honest my favorite job so far has been working as ETCG, it seems my entire career including my termination from Acura has led me to this place and I could not be happier with the result. I suppose that just goes to show you never know where you’re going to end up.

    Welcome to the Technicians Only forum, I look forward to getting to know you and your work better.

    ETCG

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    cliff halliday
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    Cliff here from the Rust Belt state of New York. Been a school bus tech. for 30 plus years both in sunny socal and N.Y…ASE Master School Bus Tech. as well as Automotive Gas and Diesel engines, and brakes…Really enjoy the medium and heavy diesel computer diagnostics as well as the repair of automotive “check engine lights”…Nice to find a place where others have a passion for technology and what they have chosen as a profession…

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    Mike
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    Hello,

    My names Mike and I’m an Automotive Apprentice for Mazda in Canada. Have been an apprentice now for over a year, and started out going to school first. I didn’t do much to cars before my schooling and can honestly say that school was the best way for me to start in this industry and to learn as well. Been a big fan of your videos for awhile now Eric, and would just like to say thanks!

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    Mike
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    Hello,

    My names Mike and I’m an Automotive Apprentice for Mazda in Canada. Have been an apprentice now for over a year, and started out going to school first. I didn’t do much to cars before my schooling and can honestly say that school was the best way for me to start in this industry and to learn as well. Been a big fan of your videos for awhile now Eric, and would just like to say thanks!

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    Matt Perry
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    My name’s Matt, I work at a Dodge dealer in Orange County, CA. Specialize in body electrical, HVAC, and double as a back-up brake guy when those two techs are swamped. Went to Saddleback College for years before finally jumping into the industry, and continued to go for the odd class here and there. I have all four automotive certificates from the school, as well as a Master ASE Auto Technician cert and a Chrysler Electrical Master certification. Only a couple training courses away from a Chassis Master as well. I intend on getting my L1 in the next couple years, but seeing as I do virtually no driveability work, it’s on a back-burner.

    Sometimes I entertain the idea of becoming a heavy duty diesel tech, but then I think about how heavy that stuff is, and that it’s usually very dirty (Moreso than I like to deal with), and the desire passes.

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    Matt Perry
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    My name’s Matt, I work at a Dodge dealer in Orange County, CA. Specialize in body electrical, HVAC, and double as a back-up brake guy when those two techs are swamped. Went to Saddleback College for years before finally jumping into the industry, and continued to go for the odd class here and there. I have all four automotive certificates from the school, as well as a Master ASE Auto Technician cert and a Chrysler Electrical Master certification. Only a couple training courses away from a Chassis Master as well. I intend on getting my L1 in the next couple years, but seeing as I do virtually no driveability work, it’s on a back-burner.

    Sometimes I entertain the idea of becoming a heavy duty diesel tech, but then I think about how heavy that stuff is, and that it’s usually very dirty (Moreso than I like to deal with), and the desire passes.

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    Bruce
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    Howdy folks, my name is Bruce. I have been an auto tech since April of 2000. My Father is a mechanic, thats how I got my start I guess, and my Grandfather was a mechanic. No formal training, pretty much all on the job training. I currently work at an independent shop with 3 other techs. I try to stay away from diagnostic type work, mainly because the guy I currently work for doesn’t understand how that kind of work goes. Sometimes that part you find that needs replaced isnt the only bad part, he doesn’t get that. I do suspension, brake, alignment, timing belt and other maintenance type work, and I do all the differential/axle work that comes in. And I usually get the engine and trans replacement jobs to. Currently have a Nissan Murano to put an engine in now. Trying to decide if the engine will come out the top or not, but with the way the windshield protrudes into the engine bay, about 2″ of bare window hanging off the bottom of the windshield frame, I dont think it would be a good idea to try it out the top.

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    Bruce
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    Howdy folks, my name is Bruce. I have been an auto tech since April of 2000. My Father is a mechanic, thats how I got my start I guess, and my Grandfather was a mechanic. No formal training, pretty much all on the job training. I currently work at an independent shop with 3 other techs. I try to stay away from diagnostic type work, mainly because the guy I currently work for doesn’t understand how that kind of work goes. Sometimes that part you find that needs replaced isnt the only bad part, he doesn’t get that. I do suspension, brake, alignment, timing belt and other maintenance type work, and I do all the differential/axle work that comes in. And I usually get the engine and trans replacement jobs to. Currently have a Nissan Murano to put an engine in now. Trying to decide if the engine will come out the top or not, but with the way the windshield protrudes into the engine bay, about 2″ of bare window hanging off the bottom of the windshield frame, I dont think it would be a good idea to try it out the top.

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    jeff compton
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    Hi everyone! Im a new member to the forum but a long time follower of Eric on Youtube.
    Im a licensed tech living in Ontario Canada. Currently Im in business for myself but for the last 12 yrs I’ve worked at dealers for Dodge and Hyundai and a few independent shops as well. I enjoy the drivability and electrical troubleshooting that the trade has to offer provided of course that flat rate is reasonable when doing it! I also post to the obd-codes.com forum occasionally and enjoy the industry’s shift to internet style training and learning!

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    jeff compton
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    Hi everyone! Im a new member to the forum but a long time follower of Eric on Youtube.
    Im a licensed tech living in Ontario Canada. Currently Im in business for myself but for the last 12 yrs I’ve worked at dealers for Dodge and Hyundai and a few independent shops as well. I enjoy the drivability and electrical troubleshooting that the trade has to offer provided of course that flat rate is reasonable when doing it! I also post to the obd-codes.com forum occasionally and enjoy the industry’s shift to internet style training and learning!

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    Zac Gough
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    Howdy!

    My name is Zac Gough (18) and I am an Apprentice Automotive Service Tech. in London Ontario at an independent shop. So far I am three months into my apprenticeship. It was a dream of mine to become a technician since I was 7 years old. I am the only car guy in my family. EricTheCarGuy has taught me so much in his videos and such. And if you are reading this Eric I would like to thank you for that. My ultimate goal is to become a Diagnostic Expert at a dealership or to become a Tire Specialist in the NASCAR area.

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    Zac Gough
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    Howdy!

    My name is Zac Gough (18) and I am an Apprentice Automotive Service Tech. in London Ontario at an independent shop. So far I am three months into my apprenticeship. It was a dream of mine to become a technician since I was 7 years old. I am the only car guy in my family. EricTheCarGuy has taught me so much in his videos and such. And if you are reading this Eric I would like to thank you for that. My ultimate goal is to become a Diagnostic Expert at a dealership or to become a Tire Specialist in the NASCAR area.

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    Matthew Strange
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    Hello!

    My name is Matt (funnily enough) and I’m from Oxford in the United kingdom. I’m no longer working as a technician but I am qualified, with nearly a decade of experience between Ford & Mercedes Benz so I hope that it’s o.k. that I’m “in here” so to speak?! :whistle:

    I’ve been watching Eric’s videos for a couple of years now, a lot of what he says and feels about the industry has really resonated with me & I certainly feel & think along the same lines with regards to a lot of the ETCG1 material on YooToob

    Best of luck with the site Eric, you have a great resource of info here & also come across as a humble, genuine kind of guy at the same time – having a sense of humour is great too!

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    Matthew Strange
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    Hello!

    My name is Matt (funnily enough) and I’m from Oxford in the United kingdom. I’m no longer working as a technician but I am qualified, with nearly a decade of experience between Ford & Mercedes Benz so I hope that it’s o.k. that I’m “in here” so to speak?! :whistle:

    I’ve been watching Eric’s videos for a couple of years now, a lot of what he says and feels about the industry has really resonated with me & I certainly feel & think along the same lines with regards to a lot of the ETCG1 material on YooToob

    Best of luck with the site Eric, you have a great resource of info here & also come across as a humble, genuine kind of guy at the same time – having a sense of humour is great too!

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    Dermott carty
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    Hi my name is Dermott im currently working in germany ive been a mechnanic for 25 years now and ive worked on lots of different kit from petrol rock hammers to 72 ton tanks my passion is teaching new apprentices. no point hogging the knowledge you have gained over the years my motto is every day is a school day in this trade.

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    Dermott carty
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    Hi my name is Dermott im currently working in germany ive been a mechnanic for 25 years now and ive worked on lots of different kit from petrol rock hammers to 72 ton tanks my passion is teaching new apprentices. no point hogging the knowledge you have gained over the years my motto is every day is a school day in this trade.

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