Are New Cars Too Hard to Repair? | WheelHouse



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Cars are getting more complicated every day, and with that complexity comes more difficulty when it comes to repairs. How much longer will you be able to work on your car? Join Nolan as he explores the history of auto mechanics and DIY car repair.

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WheelHouse answers all the questions about the automotive world you never thought to ask. Nolan Sykes looks at the history, sociology and psychology behind the cars you love, and the features you might overlook.

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22 comments

  1. The newer vehicles make me nervous to work on but I still do it and it normally turns out fine, same with most of my builds I'm always trying to cram new tech in older cars. which means hours on forums figuring out what that doodad on the back of the intake manifold is for and how it effects the engine so i know weather I even need it. most the time i end up removing things that are overly complicated and replacing them with peaces I better understand

  2. This is really a lesson on economics. Even if you are able to repair your car – how confident are you in that repair? Suppose you do your taxes each year? You might be able to file them successfully, but you probably missed a deduction or credit claim that you qualified for. That's a monetary difference.

    Now, imagine if you didn't get those brakes installed correctly – how do think that will impact you or others around you when you get on the freeway. Pay the extra dough and let the experts handle it.

  3. They really dont look like kids @3:22. I wouldn't even say young adults. They just look like invigorated fresh looking old people. Am I the only one? Or do young adults in old 50s photos look much older and tested than kids of the same age wearing the same attire for arguments sake.

  4. You guys act like this is all soo hard…. back when you first were learning about what it takes to work on a car you seen that others had considered it hard to do so but you would laugh at them anyways saying it's easy well that's the new generation laughing at you for thinking it's hard… you just learned how on older and easier equipment… well easier to you anyways

  5. We're in a disposable economy where people don't fix things. We aren't building our own houses, fixing our own houses, or repairing our own cars. A good chunk of this is cultural. Overall, I think it is easier to fix cars these days than it was in the 1970s with the understanding that some larger components are simply switched out and not repaired. I'm not rebuilding a modern engine or transmission, but for $20 I can get a scan tool that connects to my cell phone via bluetooth. Some things are more complex, but overall they are better made, and more reliable.

    The big thing to me is that tools are relatively cheap and accessible these days, and we have the internet with google and youtube. It is much easier to figure out what those odd symptoms are, and it is much easier to fix them with the help of a video. Imagine, having to read a f-ing 1980s Chilton's manual to figure out how to fix your car with no other alternative.

  6. @6:37 100% disagree. Granted I usually work on 2010 and under, I've done just fine with $100 in tools, and a code reader I got from a buddy for $20. Before that I just took it to autozone.

  7. One of many reasons why I bought a '91 Honda crx.
    Only problem is that there is no f**king space for my hands when I have to work in the engine bay

    Guess my hands are just too big

  8. This whole topic pisses me off. For them to tell me that I'm not smart enough to do shit without even meeting me. Since I worked as a dealership technician for over 10 years, and am an ASE Certified Master Technician, I know I'm not. But I shouldn't have to show them shit, and I'm not going to.

    They can pry the wrenches out of my cold, dead, hands…

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