I haven’t thought about that dream for a long time. Then I found myself working on this ’93 Pontiac Grand Am no-start. It’s a 3.3-liter V-6. It has the characteristic look of a car that has been saved for slow times, judging from the rusty belt (Figure 1).
Tough economic times bring with them differing circumstances for different industries. For those of us in the independent automotive-service field, we may be seeing more and more repairs being attempted by less- and less-qualified technicians. It seems like there is an endless supply of advice to help automotive-service “newbies” figure out their car’s technical woes, thereby saving them the time and trouble of taking a car to a “professional.”