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What are some things that you do as an automotive mechanic?

I want to learn some things you do to see if I am interested in becoming an automotive mechanic.

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As an automotive mechanic, there are several tasks and responsibilities that I typically perform. Here are some of the common activities involved in the role:

1. Vehicle Inspections: I conduct thorough inspections of vehicles to identify any mechanical issues, wear and tear, or potential problems.

2. Diagnosing Problems: Using diagnostic tools and equipment, I troubleshoot and identify the root causes of automotive issues, such as engine malfunctions, electrical problems, or brake failures.

3. Repairing and Maintaining Vehicles: I perform repairs and maintenance tasks, including engine repairs, brake repairs, suspension work, electrical system repairs, and regular maintenance services like oil changes, filter replacements, and tire rotations.

4. Parts Replacement: When necessary, I replace faulty or worn-out parts in vehicles, such as spark plugs, belts, hoses, brake pads, or batteries.

5. System and Component Testing: I conduct tests and inspections to ensure that vehicle systems, such as the brakes, steering, suspension, and electrical systems, are functioning properly.

6. Following Service Manuals and Procedures: I refer to service manuals and follow established procedures to perform repairs and maintenance tasks accurately and efficiently.

7. Providing Maintenance Recommendations: I offer recommendations to vehicle owners regarding routine maintenance schedules, necessary repairs, and potential upgrades to enhance the performance, safety, and longevity of their vehicles.

8. Customer Communication: I communicate with vehicle owners, explaining the diagnosed problems, repair options, and estimated costs. I also provide updates on the progress of repairs and address any questions or concerns.

9. Keeping Records: I maintain accurate records of services provided, repairs conducted, parts used, and any other relevant information for future reference and warranty purposes.

10. Staying Updated: I continuously update my knowledge and skills by staying informed about the latest automotive technologies, industry trends, and advancements in vehicle systems.

These are just a few examples of the tasks and responsibilities that automotive mechanics typically handle. The specific duties may vary depending on the type of automotive shop, specialization, or the complexity of the repairs being conducted.