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In this definitive podcast from a BMW Master Tech, we talk all of the ups and downs of the automotive industry. From the point of view of people in the trenches- the guys and gals who fix the cars!

In this definitive podcast from a BMW Master Tech, we talk all of the ups and downs of the automotive industry. From the point of view of people in the trenches- the guys and gals who fix the cars!
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In this definitive podcast from a BMW Master Tech, we talk all of the ups and downs of the automotive industry. From the point of view of people in the trenches- the guys and gals who fix the cars!








Episode 24: Work Flow

If there is one universal truth about life and working in a repair shop, it is that things are not fair. Often times this is due to different levels of ability, favoritism, or just outstanding debts- but we cant help but see the fact that in a lot of cases a select few are getting all of the gravy. This entire situation gets magnified because of the fact that your manager or dispatcher knows that there are differences in skill or knowledge on specific systems. For example, transmission...


Episode 23: Pranks

If technicians were guided by a major deity, there's really not a lot of doubt in our minds that it would be the Norse Trickster god Loki. From constantly spouting off movie quotes and hazing the new guys, to squirreling away extra parts in people’s toolboxes and personal space, the pranks and humor that we use to keep ourselves entertained are literally endless. In today’s GTW, we are going to talk about them. Also, we’re going to talk slightly less about choosing your moments and knowing...


Episode 22: Inglorious Service Managers

In this week’s GTW we take a break from running Service Managers and Advisors into the ground to describe the type that we all would want. Basically what it comes down to is that if we are respected, appreciated, and paid: we’ll do ANYTHING that person asks us to do. Service manager’s should be in the building- not hiding from problems in their bunker while you go over the top. Service managers should be able to do everything in the building- were not saying that he should do all of that...


Episode 21: Post Tech Options

If you’ve been a technician for more than a few years you have probably thought about not doing it anymore: either through winning the lottery or just getting a better paying job. After all, this is one of the only careers on planet earth that if you ask, “should someone go into this industry?” it gets met with a resounding and often times overwhelming “NO!” We love you guys, but at the same time we think that EVERYONE should have a plan for their post-technician career. Maybe it's somewhere...


Episode 20: Anxiety

Work anxiety is something that most people face, but folks, a car that isn't repaired correctly is one of the least dangerous pieces of machinery on the planet (unlike an airplane that isn't fixed correctly as Uncle Jimmy recounts). Sure, if you don't put a wheel on right it could fly off and if you don't put in a drain plug after an oil change it could blow up the engine- but at the end of the day it all culminates to things that you have seen before. Also we talk the “Push Button Timing...


Episode 19: Something Modded This Way Comes

In this weeks Grease The Wheels: Uncle Jimmy gets nostalgic about how common, relatively cheap and fairly easy it used to be to make cars go faster. Also we talk the politics of when your friends ask you to help them make their cars go faster (short answer: do it, it’s a shitload of fun) even when faced with the certainty of turning piston no.8 into chiclets. Finally, we etch another commandment into the petrolhead credo- thou probably should not fuck with thy daily driver. GTW is a weekly...


Episode 18: Image

As technicians we take a lot of unwarranted heat from popular culture and society at large when it comes to ripping people off. In reality, it is about 1% of techs who are scalping people for repairs that they don't need, the rest is just bullshit. However, a lot of this image problem is solved when the part or service we told a customer they needed leaves them stranded on the side of the road. GTW is a weekly podcast for mechanics, technicians, and DIY'ers that can be heard every Thursday...


GTW Live: Ep. 1

It's a Black Friday here at GTW so we're giving you a 2 for 1 special. This week Uncle Jimmy is live, unscripted and talking to other techs about what goes on in their shops, and our first interview is Pat, a Honda Tech from the great white north of Minnesota! In this first episode of GTW Live: we talk Gravy Suckers, "the Chosen One", shop politics, and a hilarious run in with a mattress at highway speeds. So kick back, kill what's left of the Pecan Pie, and check out our first attempt at...


Episode 17: Fixed Ops

Fixed ops managers like to go on tv and talk about why there is a shortage of techs. They blame everything from shop classes not being taught in school anymore, to millennials and gen z not wanting to get their hands dirty. While they're not totally wrong they are ignoring the big problem- what they are doing to make the workplace harder on us. This week, we talk 100k/year promises, harder work, and shrinking pay by the same people who can't figure out why no one wants to be a technician...


Episode 16: Communication

Dr. Phil would say that, "communication is key to any relationship", but that becomes really true when people are trying to describe what's wrong with their car. Thankfully(heavy sarcasm) people are often less than forthcoming with the details of their problem for fear of admitting fault. Combine this with service writers who aren't listening anyways and its like trying to solve a puzzle without half the pieces. Thankfully, sometimes we get to talk to the customers directly and we get what...


Episode 15: Shops

All men might be created equal, but as for shops- not so much! On this week's GTW we ask the questions that should be asked when looking for a new shop to work in such as: does it have the right equipment? Will you have to push cars in by hand with some of the other heavy hitters in the shop? Is it built to the standards of a 3rd world country? Will you have to go off site to take a shit? You know, the important stuff!


Episode 14: Aftermarket Warranties

On this episode of Grease the Wheels, we give out actual consumer advice about aftermarket warranties. We have found a bona fide way to get these companies to stop calling you, and we analyze the types of warranties - namely the ones that tell you what they DO cover, and the ones that tell you what they DON'T cover. Bottom line, they don't want to pay out, but there are a few of these companies that are SHOCKINGLY good.


Episode 13: Tech Types

Some parts of our job are clearly defined by management, but your actual role in the shop often comes down to the intangibles. Weather you're the shop Guru, DJ, Clown, or just the guy who fucks everything up, you have an important role in your shop. Own it, because every shop has one!


Episode 12: Situations

When working at a shop or dealership there are some situations that are completely unavoidable. From working on a dumpster and not having the right tools, to wrecking a customers car or having desperately needed work declined - some are your fault, but A LOT of them arn't. In this episode we take a look at both types and walk through how best to deal with them. GTW is a weekly podcast for mechanics, techs, and anyone who works on cars. Hit us up on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play for a new...


Episode 11: Service Advisor Shenanigans

"Service Advisors don't really need any skills except maybe how to type, and some of them cant even do that!" In this episode we look at some of the B.S. that service advisors pull that directly affects your paycheck, and we take a look at how the best service advisor we've ever met didn't know a single fucking thing about cars. GTW is a weekly podcast for mechanics, techs, and anyone who works on cars. Hit us up on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play for a new episode every Thursday morning!


Episode 10: Money

Money, its a gas. Except sometimes flat rate can totally suck ass. On this weeks GTW, we talk division of labor, how jobs get doled out, the pitfalls of flat rate, and some of the other payment styles out there.


Episode 9: The Line in the Sand

We firmly believe that techs should have each other's backs, but there's a handful of situations where we really don't want to. On this weeks GTW, we talk what it takes to be a technician, and one of the most aggravating situations we've ever come across that resulted in over 100 faults on a fairly new BMW- because of pure laziness.


Episode 8: Comebacks

Some are justified, some are ridiculous. They all suck. This week GTW talks comebacks.


Episode 7: Parts Guys

Believe it or not, there is probably someone at your job more miserable than you are. Coincidentally, they are the only people in the building paid less than you are. This week we dive into the the world of parts guys.


Episode 6: Makes

In this episode we take a look at the automotive brands- the ones we like to work on, the ones we don't like to work on, and the ones would rather roll out the back door after tossing a Molotov Cocktail into it (looking at you Audi)