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Draining Motor Oil

How To Properly Dispose Of Used Motor Oil

One thing that prevents many would-be shade tree mechanics from changing oil at home is the problem of getting rid of the used motor oil. This isn’t as big of a problem as you might think. So how do you properly dispose of used motor oil? Used motor oil can be properly disposed of in…

mechanic under car

What Is A Shadetree Mechanic?

Growing up around garages, cars, and car people the term Shadetree Mechanic got thrown around quite a bit. Whenever I heard it the sentiment was positive, it was always in reference to one’s own description of themselves or someone they admired. So what is a Shadetree Mechanic? A Shadetree Mechanic is someone who works on…

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Using Anti-Seize

When You Should Use Anti-Seize and When You Shouldn’t

There is a time and place for nearly all things and using Anti-Seize Lubricant is no exception. While this can be a great product to have is your garage, it has a specific application that should be followed. So how, why, and when should Anti-Seize be used and not used? What Is Anti-Seize? What Is…

Brake Bleeder

How To Bleed Brakes By Yourself With and Without Special Tools

When you are first starting out as a home based mechanic you often find yourself in a position of working alone and sometimes without all the proper tools. However, a shadetree mechanic quickly learns how to get by with what they have. Many jobs can be done without the perfect tool for the job although…

car lift

Should You Install A Lift In Your Home Garage

A vehicle lift can prove itself to be a great tool to have. They can save money in the long run, help a mechanic to do a job easier and quicker, and even save your body from unnecessary injury. But should you have one in your garage? There are both advantages and disadvantages that come…