1. As a Mechanic, my skill set is taking things apart and reassembling them correctly, doing as little damage as possible + having the thousands of dollars worth of tools it takes to do the job. I can't tell you how many times watching a YouTube video before starting an unfamiliar task has saved me pain. Be it hidden clips and bolts, easier ways of doing something, extra precautions that save time like preventing a bolt from falling into something that you cant get back.

  2. Exactly this. I could tackle it and eventually get it done on my own, sure. Maybe get pissed off in the process because some part is designed in a way that it isn't immediate intuitive how to take it apart. But why would I want to when I could watch a video for this specific thing, and know exactly what is where, and the best way to go about it from someone who did it on this specific part already. You know that saying measure twice, cut once? Applies here too. Watching the video and knowing what you're getting into might take an extra 10 min at the start, but save you an hour in the end, or save money on something silly breaking that will have to get replaced.

  3. Not a mechanic by any means, but people who aren’t handy don’t seem to realize that every make and model of car are assembled differently. So much so that working on an unfamiliar model you could be scratching your head on how shit comes off and on.

  4. A lot of the jobs are simple. Gotta change a starter? Easy. Oh it's on a 02 Trailblazer, good luck finding the last bolt because it's hidden. YouTube videos are usually 15min long, and that 15min will save you 15% or more on car insurance

  5. Seriously...most shop software has tutorials and videos. You just can't remember every intricacy of every car. On the flip side, everyone has access to the same information so it's easier to try yourself.

  6. Came here to say this. I’m not a certified mechanic, but I have always been good at taking things apart and putting them back together so I’ve always worked on my own cars. Tutorials are the BEST when you’re familiar with a task in a general sense but need to know the specifics for a particular model or design variation. Like sure, I know how to replace an alternator, but it’s a slightly different procedure for every vehicle.

  7. I’ve been a tech for three decades and now don’t need to break off a unique clip I don’t know that’s there if I can watch a video on YT versus slaving through ALLDATA typing in the correct phrase for 30 minutes.

  8. 2 decades ago it was reading Chilton’s and watching videos at the manufacturer’s school. Today it’s in the palm of your hand under the hood. Nothing has really changed but the location.

  9. Came here to say just this. Manufacturers love hiding fasteners, especially in the interior. If I'm working on an unfamiliar vehicle or job, I often will fast forward through a disassembly to see what order stuff best comes out or for any sneaky nuts and bolts.

  10. Buddy, they're legit trying to figure out how to get all your plastics off without busting the shit outta them. I used to work Auto shop.. some of that is some master level tetris

  11. Yep, i still can’t remember the right color order of UTP connectors and always have to look it up.

  12. Anyone that works in a technical field will tell you that the true key to being competent in their field is knowing both how to look up the correct information and how to apply what you find to the problem at hand. Nobody has all this shit memorized.

  13. To add to your point, most of the time professionals in a technical field (auto repair, HVAC, roofing, etc.) not only have the knowledge to find correct information, and skills to apply it, but have invested in the correct professional tools to do the job right.

  14. Absolutely, I tell my apprentices this quite often. No one can know everything about complicated technological equipment used today in so many facets of our lives. You can’t carry all the knowledge in your head but you can know where to find it and how to apply it.

  15. Physicians do this every day. You think they remember every drug? It's about being able to interpret information and make decisions from it, not necessarily holding the information.

  16. How to find the reliable source and being able to understand the jargon are key to getting things done.

  17. Precisely. We invented things like databases and indeed the internet to do exactly this. It's impossible, and a waste of time, to try and memorize things that are easily looked up. It's more important that you know what and where to look for the information in the first place. Memorizing is nothing. Understanding is everything.

  18. Can confirm. I’m a senior dev with nearly 15years in the game and I still look up basic queries. At very minimum, for reassurance.

  19. It's the modern day equivalent of referring to a manual. You'd be surprised how many professionals do this. It's hard to remember every detail about every vehicle and drivetrain.

  20. Tbh I’d be more comfortable with a mechanic openly doing this than one who thinks I need to believe they know every detail of every car ever invented.

  21. Most brand workshop also do this, only difference is they use a PC for it instead of a phone. I was working with Skoda, VW, Seat and Audi before and i’ll be damned if i would try to memorize all the different timings and torque required for everything.

  22. My dad showed me how to fix cars all thru my childhood. I still go to YouTube. That honestly means nothing. Idk what point OP is tryina prove other then they’re researching they’re work before they do it. Newer cars are way different then the Chevys my dad taught me about. Some basics still translate but if your tryina make them look dumb for that or something, that’s really sad. Watch the video yourself and fix your own Danm car next time then.

  23. I'd like to see the OP change a blown tire or change the oil.... but mechanics verifying what to do online? Gotta generate some social media likes for his greasy chums....

  24. You are allowed a small hand written note no larger than 3 inches by 5 inches to write down everything you need to do. YouTube is forbidden.

  25. I do my own car work and I know a lot. I can guess the issue but sure as shit I am watching a YouTube video on how to fix it and parts/tools needed.

  26. Boy is OP going to be surprised when they realize that most professionals don't know everything about their field and reference things like the internet, books, other people, etc. to do their jobs effectively.

  27. Are you suggesting mechanics don't have every single car in the world memorized part by part?

  28. Cars are weird, man. Like how replacing a headlight on some cars is a 2-minute swap out and with others you damn near have to remove the front half of the car.

  29. “Real” mechanics have similar things in their shops, and dealerships have them too. Service bulletins in dealer service shops, and other reference materials in other shops. Even when I’m sure I know how to dismantle and repair something, I like to take a look at the reference material to make sure I’m not missing something.

  30. Lots of times the youtube video will have tricks for getting it done better or faster than what the book (software nowadays) says.

  31. Because that one missed step costs you the most valuable thing in the shop .. Time. I've worked on cars my whole life and have learned the lesson well by having to redo more than one entire fucking job because i missed something.

  32. Honestly gives me more confidence knowing that they bothered to look it up Vs some old "know-it-all" who just cranks everything and fixes it "his" way.

  33. Right, shows they care more about getting the job done right than caring if the customer thinks they have every detail of every car ever made memorized

  34. That’s like when people act incredulous when they ask me a history question and I don’t know the answer just because I have a history degree. There’s a lot of damn history. I know less than 1% of it

  35. I work in IT. I once had to fix a very old printer for a specific type of paper. I got there, looked it up and found a video of the issue. One of the guys goes “hey that’s cheating.”

  36. Cellphones have singlehandedly upgraded the ability of the mechanic. So many things at your fingertips! torque specs, conversion calculations, make sure part matches when ordering, plus the saints that post repair videos of the most mundane random job to help strangers out is just amazing.

  37. I do this with cars I already know well. It is crazy how often somebody comes up with some new information or technique to get something done.

  38. Sometimes I do the googling right in front of them, then obviously follow along doing the steps in whatever guide I find right in front of them. Nobody cares

  39. You too can be a mechanic! All you need to do is watch YouTube videos... buy 2k+ worth of tools and 1k hours of experience working on cars. It's that easy!

  40. Mechanic here. It entirely depends on the job you're doing. With most lights and filters, you can start with zero experience and work up from there. Those are ~$10 tool jobs

  41. Add "don’t have tact" to that list. I can’t get over how 2 guys volunteer to fix his car, and while they’re in the process of doing so, he takes a picture of them without their consent (most likely) and posts said pic on Reddit to mock them. What a douche-nozzle.

  42. Absolutely nothing wrong with this. Anyone who works in any technical field refers to manuals, guides, forums and online help regularly, especially if it's an abnormal or irregular issue. Definitely not

  43. Actually it makes sense. You can know how to work on all sorts of cars but there are so many different makes, model's and package differences like different engine types. You may not fully understand how a certain part or system happens to work or be set up on any given car. Ive worked on cars for years but sometimes I have to read the repair manual or watch a video on youtube of the exact same thing I'm working on.

  44. Tell them to stop and watch the video they're watching then try to fix it yourself. See how well that goes for you. Nobody remembers every detail about everything, I doubt it would be an issue if they were reading a manual but somehow watching a video is an issue.

  45. And a lot of surgeon use YT before most operation just for safety and being more read and not forgetting something.

  46. Hahahah they used reference material! Haha so funny. My mechanics remember everything about every car. Fuck instructions, am I right fellas? And what's the deal with airline food?

  47. They’re doing their best if you could do better your car wouldn’t be broken down. It’s either YouTube or the Haynes/Chilton repair manual if you have it that you refer to.

  48. I've got physical copies of Haynes manuals but I also have them digitally on their website. I prefer digital because of the search function. Much faster, however the physical copies are easier to refer to when you're in the thick of it. Hard to use phone with greased up gloves on.

  49. Uhm yeah, or do you think they memorize every single mechanical component of every car model there is?

  50. OP just doesn't know that it's better to double check with information on the internet rather than fucking up something expensive.

  51. Back in the day before the internet, If a mechanic was unfamiliar with a certain vehicle they'd have to look it up in a manual. So what's the difference?

  52. There are a lot of cars out there, do you think they memorized how to fix every problem on every car? If you think you could fix your car from a yt video then do it yourself next time and save some money ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  53. Hey I'm a photographer who has been doing photography since I was literally 10, I'm 21 now and just turning professional (aka making money from my craft)

  54. And, dont forget, fail. Even with all the tools and knowledge, when you're down to the last bolt, you'll roll it 99% of the time. Not to mention when something goes wrong along the way (always does with cars)

  55. All different makes of cars engine parts are generally in slightly different places so it’s good to check for reference . Still funny though

  56. There are so many small things that are easy forget in this day and age, that doing this is waay better than missing something up and cause a bigger problem down the line.

  57. I know how to repair laptops but you bet your ass that I need to look up how to disassemble them. Because every manufacturer does it on its way lmao

  58. I honestly am not upset about this for the simple fact of the internet had replaced the service manual that old school mechanics would look at. And in all honesty, you called them to fix it because you feel you are incapable of doing the work yourself. I have been able to fix anything I’ve needed to fix by watching a quick video or looking at online manuals.

  59. Buddy of mine is a free lance 'shade tree' mechanic for a living. He has a laptop with a cellular data collection that he uses for parts and to watch when working on something new. He would be hamstrung without it. Generally gets paid by the job, not the hour. Has way more jobs than time. Turns down lots of work.

  60. I've got 30 years engineering experience, currently fix large scale industrial machinery but often use youtube etc to get a heads up on how things fit together- before the internet we had a Haynes Manual for each car

  61. Man, you are not ready to hear about doctors, lol. Surgeons will look up a procedure in a book hours to minutes before they perform.

  62. Being a mechanic is not to memorize everything posible about equipment. Is to know where to look for information and know what to do with that information.

  63. That means it will work. I'd take his advice 100 times over a boomer that ate all the knowledge and just goes off the beat.

  64. I went to my university's student health once and the student doctor there, after looking at my hurt leg, starting mumbling to themselves "leg, leg, leg," while looking through an anatomy book

  65. It's funny when clients think this is a problem. I'm looking up whitesheets in the proprietary knowledge base that nobody but a tech can access. I'm checking a video because I work on dozens of models and devices and they all have different ways to access their panels and parts. You want me to guess my way through taking hours longer and costing us both that time and money or you want it done?

  66. I had to do this when I was helping my niece replace the battery on her car. I was utterly baffled because I couldn’t the find the battery on her car (a BMW maybe?). After pulling up a YouTube video I saw that the battery was stored under the spare tire in the trunk. Never would have figured that out without the internet.

  67. You have discovered the (not so) secret truth about tradespeople in general. We are constantly looking up how to do shit.

  68. I have been working on cars for more than 20 years. I enjoy working on cars. I can do a lot of things with no help or research. However, I have found myself, over the last couple of years, looking at YouTube videos to get me through some tasks. It is a sign of the times.

  69. Yes they are, but they probably know what to search for specifically as opposed to a layman searching “how to fix my car” xD

  70. My Dad has been a mechanic for nearly 40 years and he does this all the time. It’s way more efficient than referring to the manual.

  71. I have watched surgeons mid-surgery use YouTube videos for procedural help…being competent and good at your job oftentimes requires the know to use external resources

  72. I'm in IT, but I can tell you 100% that the WHOLE GAME is about researching skills. Almost everything can be tackled if you understand how to use research to fill in the inevitable blanks in order to achieve a solution from an incomplete dataset. These guys probably have all the technical skill needed; but may never have seen the process for, say, getting all of your pistons top dead center (probably a dumb example, but again, I'm in IT). Far worse is the technician of any kind that looks at it, and either immediately quits or wastes your time for lack of the above mentioned skills. This behavior is the OPPOSITE of what makes me sigh and say "kids these days".

  73. I do work on homes... sometimes i find myself on a rooftop, or underneath a house with my phone out.... The job gets done correctly and professionally. Im no a mechanic but I know there are so many makes and models of vehicles, for guys to "came to fix my car" i think its cool they went to YOU.

  74. Programmers like "yeah how crazy that they had to look it up!" (While they search for the nearest exit)

  75. That should be reassuring. Very common and proof they want to make sure they do it right. You can’t just approach any mechanical thing the same way. That would be stupid AF.

  76. I'm a professional aircraft maintenance guy. We watch videos and reviews step by step directions almost every job. You should be more worried about the guys who think they remember everything

  77. The majority of professional skill isn’t graceful, it’s just having the knowledge of where to find the answer and how to utilize it. If these dudes want to refresh on what bolt goes where instead of slapping it together and thinking “it’s probably fine”, more power to em

  78. Between a detailed YouTube video and a service manual I successfully dropped the gearbox and changed the clutch in a Honda Fit. Ain’t nothing wrong with using a good video as a reference.

  79. I run a magazine for mechanics and 90 percent of it is guides on how to do jobs. No mechanic could know every repair on every vehicle off by heart

  80. As an architect I have to take in massive amounts of information from the web just to get familiar with new software. Point being, once you finished your certificate, degree whatever it may be, the learning starts afterwards.

  81. You are paying for skilled hands that understand the steps to complete the repair. You are not paying for them to memorize every step of every repair for every car ever made.

  82. Even when you go to a certified dealership and have one of their trained technicians work on your car, all they do is look up the repair process on the manufacturer's Technical Service Bulletin (TSB). It isn't watching a video of the repair, but is a step-by-step instructional write up on what to do. So, pretty much the same thing, as long as you can read. Yes, they have to first figure out where that sound you have is coming from, etc, but after that, they just look through those TSBs (which ARE available on the internet for all to see btw).

  83. if you think mechanics should know every car model and remembers every caveat of taking and reassembling it without damaging something, you would be very delusional. Either they find the manual and spend time looking for it, or just find a video first which is the fast way.

  84. Be thankful they're doing this! Anyone who thinks they know everything and can't continue to grow and improve will get lapped by the competition. I produce music and the internet age, youtube, steaming, etc has allowed me to grow and improve at lightning speed. I can only imagine as a mechanic how many shifts and changes happen and are continuing to happen with cars. Every new model probably represents a change in the way the engine was built not to mention how it sits in the car, etc.

  85. I'd rather have a mechanic who utilizes Youtube to make sure he gets the job done right over a mechanic who thinks he knows everything and screws the job up.

  86. I hope you know that's what they do in auto shops too ... just get a program that tells you what's wrong then they change parts and hope for the best .

  87. If you find the right/best sources, a lot can be done. Theres a lot of forums for specific models of cars with people who know wtf they're talking about.

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