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Mechanic [muh-kan-ik]
By: Luke Shaff ~ 11/2/2017

Hello Everyone,

Why do We at Luke's Automotive hire Mechanics rather than just Technicians?   Listed below is a Definition from Wikipedia:

Mechanic,  [muh-kan-ik]
Many mechanics are specialized in a particular field, such as auto mechanics, truck mechanic, bicycle mechanics, motorcycle mechanics, boiler mechanics, general mechanics, industrial maintenance mechanics (millwrights), air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, bus mechanics, aircraft mechanics, diesel mechanics, and tank mechanics in the armed services. Auto mechanics, for example, have many trades within. Some may specialize in the electrical aspects, while others may specialize in the mechanical aspects. Other areas include: brakes and steering, suspension, automatic or standard transmission, engine repairs, or diagnosing customer complaints. An automotive technician, on the other hand, has a wide variety of topics to learn. A mechanic is typically certified by a trade association or regional government power. Mechanics may be separated into two classes based on the type of machines that they work on: heavyweight and lightweight. Heavyweight work is on bigger machines, such as tractors and trailers; lightweight work on smaller items, like car engines.

Nothing wrong with being a Technician, we must all start and learn somewhere, Heck i started learning this stuff before i was 10 years old. What surprises me the most about today's Automotive Shops is they mostly employ and Market their Technicians. Perhaps the next time you take your valued mode of transportation in for service you might ask yourself who's working on it. Not all Mechanics are good and not all Technicians are bad, However you just might want to ask yourself that question next time.

As the saying goes, Happy Motoring Folks,

Water Pump
By: Luke Shaff ~ 10/26/2017

My water pump went out and it costs much more to replace than ones I've had replaced in the past. My Redmond technician said it's because of where it's located. Why is that?

Luke's Automotive Answer:
Some water pumps are driven by the serpentine belt and are bolted on out in the open with the alternator and air compressor and such.  Other water pumps are driven by the timing belt.  These water pumps take a lot of labor to access and replace.  I suspect your current vehicle has a water pump that is driven by the timing belt.

Water pumps are fairly simple devices that circulate engine coolant/antifreeze around the engine and out to the radiator.  Like any mechanical device, they eventually wear out.  Although having a cooling system service done on schedule at Luke's Automotive will extend the life of your water pump and its seals and gaskets, it will eventually fail and need to be replaced.

Those water pumps that are driven by the timing belt (the belt that controls when your engine intake and exhaust valves open) are attached directly to the engine block.  The timing belt system has a protective cover.  The serpentine belt and all the accessories are located over the timing belt cover.  So getting to the water pump requires removing a lot of parts which then need to be replaced.

When the water pump must be replaced at Luke's Automotive in Redmond, it is a good idea to go ahead and also replace the timing belt, timing belt tensioner and idler pulleys.  First, because the timing belt may have been contaminated by leaking coolant; second, there is a schedule for replacing your timing belt and you might as well make the modest additional added expenditure while everything is taken apart to avoid the same labor cost down the road.

By the way, the reverse is true as well: When you are replacing your timing belt on schedule, go ahead and replace the water pump at the same time.  It would be a shame to spend the money on one of these replacements only to have to do it all again in a few months because the other then needs replacement.  Do them at the same time and start the clock over for both.

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