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Charles ~ Humble Mechanic

Raleigh, NC

Male, 32

I am one of about 200 master certified VW techs in the USA. I do everything from basic maintenance, to advanced diagnosis. I eat, sleep and breathe VWs. I also have my own website dedicated to helping everyone to understand their car, and see the behind the scenes of being an auto mechanic. You can see more at

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Last Answer on October 20, 2013

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Why Does My 2000 Dodge Caravan Alarm comes on by itself when no one is around ?

Asked by Steve about 11 years ago

Generally it is a failing sensor. It could be for any of the door sensors or the hood or trunk. 

How would you describe your relationship with Volkswagen (the company)? Do Volkswagen representatives ever ask you for feedback regarding their cars, like what consumers are interested in buying or what parts are unreliable?

Asked by Jason over 11 years ago

Hey Jason, That is an interesting question. There are a few ways that this can happen. 1)There are feedbacks that the mechanics can fill out. That can be anything from an error in a repair manual to a part not fitting right. 2) When we replace a part under warranty, we generally send it back to VW. That allows them to do testing on the part. That is the primary way VW finds out about parts issues. Vw does not really ask us our opinions. You have to remember us mechanics are the bottom of the ladder. Many of the higher ups dont really care what we have to say. That is somewhat understandable. Many mechanics are very cynical and negative. What could be a constructive conversation turn into a whine party. Thankfully, they listen to their customers much more. :)

Do you think cars are getting TOO technologically advanced? Do you and other mechanics wack nostalgic about how older cars may have had fewer bells and whistles but were built far better?

Asked by The Occasional Auto Purist over 11 years ago

GREAT question. Funny, it was something I was chatting with my boss about today. It is an interesting thing to analyze. One the one hand, the less bells and whistles, the less things that can break. But there is another side to it. The more advanced cars get, the easier mechanics can interact with it. We can use a scan tool and see exactly what the car sees. Air, fuel, and even compression can be seen. It can be seen live while a car is driving down the road. We do get nostalgic for older cars. Mostly because we knew how to fix them faster. The new stuff always has a learning curve.

How good is the city & highway mileage of the Aston Mini Cooper in general?

Asked by Steve almost 11 years ago

Steve, refer to the Maroni sticker. You can also get mpg from places like cars.com. 

I OWN A 2001 CHRYSLER SEBRING 2.7 LITER. I JUST CHANGED THE FUEL PUMP AND IT RAN FINE FOR THAT ONE DAY. BUT NOW IT WILL NOT START ALTHOUGH IT TURNS OVER AS THOUGH IT IS TRYING TO START. ALSO WHEN I TURN IT OVER I BLOW A FUSE CALLED INJECTOR COIL FUSE

Asked by RANDALL almost 11 years ago

You need to find all the things that fuse powers. Then start unplugging them one at a time until you do not blow the fuse. With out proper test equipment, you will go through a lot of fuses.

Hello!
I hope you can help. I was driving up to the hill when suddenly my mercedes A class (170, fabric year 2000) stopped accelerating for some reason, so I stopped the motor and try again, it worked, but after I smelled some annoying smoke?

Asked by Betty almost 11 years ago

This could be anything from being starved of fuel to a failing spark plug. If it did it, then is fine, keep a close eye on it. If it still is acting weird, take it to a repair shop/

we have 1995 vw cabrio, after putting in $2200 in parts and labor in this car we scheduled it to be aligned. Just to be told it would cost $94 because it would need to be shimmed. Now they say something is not lining up...wrong tie rods ends??

Asked by erica about 11 years ago

Hi Erica,

The part that would be shimmed would be the rear of the car. Do you know what will not line up? It could be the wrong tierods or tie rod ends. You may also have something else bent.
Please email me Charles(at)humblemechanic(dot)com.  If you have a copy of the alignment sheet let me know. I will take a look at it.