I have been working on cars as my profession for 12 years, however I did my first oil change 18 years ago. Growing up my father worked on his own vehicle so when I turned 16 and bought my first truck, a blue 1986 Toyota Pick-Up, I did the same. I learned by doing, with my Dad at my side guiding me along. From the first time I changed my own oil I was hooked. My life as a mechanic was born.
Saturday mornings, while in the car with my parents, we listened to Click and Clack on N.P.R. I thought it was amazing how much they knew about vehicles. I wanted to know as much about cars as they did. For the past 18 years I have been learning all of the tools of the trade that I can. I've worked on every facet of vehicle repair and modification from painting to body work to working as a mechanic and a fabricator for specialty off-road vehicles. Now I can't claim to know as much as Click and Clack, but when my wife and I listen to them on Saturdays I have a good track record of being able to correctly guess what they are going to say.
When we heard that Click and Clack would be airing their last new show in June, we decided someone had to keep answering questions! And that is where the concept for this blog, Ask Our Mechanic, came from. I want your quirky car questions from A to Z. So write me at Otramm@otramm.com with your question and I'll try to answer it on this weekly blog. I can't guarantee that I'll always be right, but I'll try my hardest to give you straight, honest and easy to understand answers. So write us today and check back every week to read the answers to your most pressing and odd car questions!