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ETCG1 checker Logo Broken small 2018 copyI started the ETCG1 channel about a year or so after starting the EricTheCarGuy channel.  I did this for a couple of reasons.  The first is that I needed a place where I could post 'non-repair' videos that related to EricTheCarGuy, it became apparent early on that my audience on EricTheCarGuy were interested in repair videos only so to accommodate them and fill the need for video topics outside of repair ETCG1 was born.  The second reason is that it became apparent that many viewers had questions about becoming professional technicians and they wanted to learn what it was like to work in the field, they also seemed interested in my opinions and experiences that developed while working as a technician.  ETCG1 has become something of a 'soapbox' for me to share these thoughts and ideas and it gives me the opportunity to respond to some of the questions I get about the auto repair industry.  ETCG1 is also a place where you can learn a little more about what it is to be and work as EricTheCarGuy, best job in the world if you asked me.  Why not watch a few videos and let me know what YOU think?
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In March 2014 I had the pleasure of going to the Valvoline Reinvention project unveiling. During my trip to Charlotte NC, I got to tour the facilities at Hendrick Motorsports, participate in an engine building contest, ride along in the finished truck, and meet Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmy Johnson. It was a very cool trip.

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Borrowing tools is something we've all done at some point. I think it's how we handle this exchange that makes it a good thing or a bad thing. Some people are really good about it, others, not so much. When we borrow or lend something, we enter kind of an unwritten contract with that person. The lender agrees to lend and the borrower agrees to use the tool and return it in the same condition.

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The other day I was talking to one of my forum moderators and he was telling me about a dealership experience that he had had. Apparently, someone at the dealership had broken his hood prop clip and didn't say anything. They also decided the fix was to tape it up under the hood and hope that no one would notice. That was not the case as Paul noticed it soon after he brought the car home.

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I think we've all got things in our tool boxes that have been there for a while and we're not using. Tool box real estate is at a premium in most cases. Especially when we get new tools. I recently got a new set of screwdrivers and pliers and needed space to put them. In order to make that space, I had to take out some of the old stuff that I just wasn't using anymore.

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Auto repair is not just a boys game, girls can play too. In fact, these days more than ever it's become accepted that women are just as capable as men when it comes to doing repair work. In fact I've known a few female technicians in my day that could defiantly hold their own.