So to be clear, this is YOU asking YOURSELF if you can fix your own car. My answer is absolutely!
Flashback to 2015. Here’s my Tahoe on the flatbed all broken down and on it’s way to the shop. The problem? I ran over something that tore a fuel line and wasn’t getting any gas to the engine. I had no clue what the problem was at the time. NO CLUE. The repair bill was several hundred dollars, not including the cost of the tow.
I never gave much thought to how much it cost to fix that repair. I needed it done, didn’t have a clue how to fix it, so I took it to a shop.
Fast forward to 2016. I was driving and noticed the water temp was extremely hot. I pulled over and popped the hood (not really knowing what I was looking for), nodded like Chevy Chase did in Vacation when they looked at the Grand Canyon, and proceeded to call the tow service.
The Tahoe was towed to a shop less than a mile from my house and it was diagnosed that I needed a new water pump. The quote was something like $700. I had them fill the radiator with fluid and I nursed the car home into my garage.
Then I decided it was time to do some research. I Googled how to fix a water pump and it didn’t seem like it would be that difficult. Then I found a video that CHANGED EVERYTHING! The video is by a guy who goes by, “OldskoolFunk” and not only does he show you how easy it is to change a water pump in a Tahoe, he gets philosophical about not being afraid to take on new tasks. Here is the video. I start it at the 12:07 mark which is the inspiring part.
So, I did it. I took his advice and dove in and fixed the water pump in my truck. The water pump was less than $100 and I did it myself. The feeling of accomplishment was amazing. I just saved $600 in the course of one Saturday. It’s an amazing feeling.
From that day, I was hooked. I made an important discovery that is so blindingly obvious now that I wish I had tried fixing my own stuff sooner. What was the discovery? We live in an amazing time. Just about every answer to every question is out there for us. Whether it be Google, or YouTube, if you have a question, there is a solid chance someone has already answered it. 20 years ago, there was NO way I could have taken on this task alone. But NOW – the answers are there. All it takes is a little patience.
Now I fix almost everything on my vehicles. The only thing I have not touched is the inner workings of an automatic transmission. It seems like there are a million tiny parts inside an automatic transmission with check balls and springs that shoot across the garage.
If there’s a video for everything on YouTube, why do I make YouTube videos? There are pros out there that are amazing at their trade. They are extremely knowledgeable at what they are doing but there are several disconnects. First – They know their stuff SO well that they forget what it is like to be new at something and they talk over the heads of beginners, or assume beginners know things (that are easy to them) but still fly over the heads of their intended audience. Second – They know their stuff but don’t have a clue about how to video it. Nothing more frustrating than a total pro who is teaching you how to do something but you cant SEE what he/she is doing so you don’t benefit from their knowlede. Same goes for piss poor audio. There are masters out there trying to teach the world how to do something but we can’t hear what they are saying. Lastly – there are the “no editors”. People that make 45 minute videos that, if edited, could have been 7 minutes and still as effective.
That’s where I come in. Since 1994 I have worked in the software field. My job has always been centered around requirements analysis. That means I gather the requirements from the users and write software specs for the programmers. I am the conduit between them. I have learned how to make technical jargon understandable to lay people and I feel I present it in a way that is understandable. Plus I am cognizant of lighting and audio and the fact that my audience might not know even the basics of what I am explaining, so I keep it simple.
I hope you will check out my YouTube channel and Subscribe. I hope that you will try to get out of your comfort zone and try something new and challenging. Trust me, the feeling of accomplishment is very satisfying.