Scotty Kilmer, mechanic or shill?

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8 months 4 weeks ago #195873 by Jomangee
Replied by Jomangee on topic Scotty Kilmer, mechanic or shill?
I went back and forth on Scotty, I loved him, hatted him, loved his videos, could not stand them and now I am at peace. I respect the guy and his knowledge now that I figured out what his channel is all about. To me, it is about general info, tips, his experience, a repair overview, viewers showing off their rides and most important of all feedback. I ask him questions and he actually replies, how many of the hotshots out there reply, if you are an average Joe hardly anyone will take notice! He is NOT a step by step repair guide, and he will not argue with you if you don't like what he has to say just move on! Yes his channel is geared at low to middle class folks, who are not mechanics, don't mind DIY to save a buck if they can, need a car for transportation not to show off that will be both easy and cheaper to maintain. Now the people whining about the adverts, are you that dim that you buy anything with a link!? Surely you must have some common sense. Finally you hardly see any true step by step repair guide on You-tube anymore, but thanks to Eric and a few others we have a decent library to go back to, so we never have to go to a mechanic again :) While most seem to be decent some of those I encountered are dishonest incompetent thugs and there should be some sort of oversight in the industry to weed out the bad seeds.

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8 months 4 weeks ago #195880 by oldskll
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Only watched maybe a couple of his videos over the years. When he RTV'ed a sunroof shut, that did for me. Pretty much stick to SMA, ETCG, & Scanner Danner.

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4 months 3 days ago #199226 by JunkyardDog
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I am a mechanic myself, have been for 36 years. I agree with Scotty about 90% of the time. I especially like his disdain for new technology. He's spot on about that. It is garbage. The reason older cars did not last a long time (though I have a '64 Ford that still runs fine) was because of poor quality, not lack of technology. Most new technology, especially electronic technology sucks big time. It's so bad I finally couldn't deal with it anymore, gave up a job I'd had for 28 years, since I was 18, and became a vintage vehicle only mechanic. I now actually enjoy my job. I get to turn wrenches, not mess with computers. I also now only drive pre computer, pre emissions vehicles. I have about 6 years to go before retirement, but I will probably still do some work on the side.

I also agree with him about which car brands are junk (like Nissan and Fiat) and about cars being made in third world countries being very poor quality. They use local unskilled labor to keep costs down.

I do disagree with him that newer cars do not need to be warmed up, or need their oil changed every 3,000 miles. If we still have ICE vehicles 50 years from now, they will STILL need to be warmed up and have their oil changed every 3,000 miles.

I agree with him that CVT transmissions are JUNK. I've actually had a couple of them apart. They were unrepairable, even if you had the parts. They were designed to be disposable. In fact, new cars in general are designed to be disposable. I grew up as a kid learning how to fix things. How long will it be before mechanics, or "technicians" as they call them now, are no longer needed?

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4 months 3 days ago #199512 by oldskll
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I guess when alternators, electronic ignitions, & disc brakes came out, it was a scary thing the old timers then as well. SMA, Scanner Danner, ETCG, Pine Hollow Auto Diagnostics & New Level Automotive for me. Scotty who?

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4 months 3 days ago #199513 by JunkyardDog
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Alternators, ANALOG electronic ignitions, and disc brakes are not even remotely comparable to the trash they are putting on modern cars. Old car electrics could be checked with a simple multimeter.

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4 months 2 days ago #199516 by oldskll
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Maybe simple now but not back when they first came out. You can still use a testlight or Dvm to check for power and grounds to modules just like back in the day. Of course, having a good scan tool and a scope won't hurt. Today's cars will probably seem easy to work on when compared to stuff coming in the future.

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4 months 1 day ago - 4 months 1 day ago #199650 by neighbor
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Scotty is informative, and certainly entertaining. He makes it fun. But, although he has a wealth of knowledge, and great delivery, he gives basic overviews of things without getting to deeply into the meat of practical repair out to his audience. He refrains from more detailed hands on, because his platform is different than Eric's. Eric delivers in all three catagories, like Ford Tech Makuloco, who is another top notch You Tube teacher. Scotty is top notch also, only in a different way. You gleen from each what is helpful, and then after learning, give back in the way of helping someone else. Blessings!
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4 months 1 day ago #199660 by JunkyardDog
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I worked on computer cars for decades, and finally became so disgusted with them I gave it up. To me these were no longer cars, but computers on wheels. I started working on '50s and '60s cars in the '70s, and developed a love for them. I am now working on them again. I will never work on a car with a computer again.

Yes, Scotty does skip over a lot of the details as far as repairs go. He keeps bringing up his expensive diagnostic tools, something I have no interest in. But he does know a lot about which cars are best and which are junk. He realizes that while cars did get better after the '70s, they are on their way downhill again, everything but the price anyway. If anything could justify all that computer garbage, it was that you could get 300,000 miles out of a new car. that is no longer possible and it is getting worse.

I think my favorite Scotty video was where he recommended getting a vintage car, which is all I drive anymore. When built right, I find them extremely reliable.

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