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Car repair mistakes. The worst mistakes I've made fixing cars, DIY with Scotty Kilmer. My biggest car repair fails as a mechanic compilation. Learn from my mistakes and avoid making them yourself while working on cars. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 50 years. ⬇️Things used in this video: 1. Common Sense 2. 4k Camera: https://amzn.to/2HkjavH 3. Camera Microphone: https://amzn.to/2Evn167 4. Camera Tripod: https://amzn.to/2Jwog8S 5. My computer for editing / uploading: https://amzn.to/2uUZ3lo 6. Video editing software: http://amzn.to/2jv5Fhf 7. Thumbnail software: http://amzn.to/2k7tz6C 🛠Check out my Garage to see what I use every day and highly recommend: https://www.amazon.com/shop/scottykilmer ► Subscribe and hit the notification bell for all new videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/scottykilmer Scotty on Social: Facebook ► https://www.facebook.com/scottymechanic/ Instagram ► https://www.instagram.com/scotty_the_mechanic/ Twitter ► https://twitter.com/Scottymechanic?lang=en This is the people's automotive channel! Learn how to fix your car and how it works. Get a chance to show off your own car on Sundays. Or show off your own car mod on Wednesdays. Tool giveaways every Monday to help you with your own car projects. Or enter your own DIY car fix to compete in the best fix of the week contest every Thursday. We have a new video every day! I've been an auto mechanic for the past 50 years and I'm here to share my knowledge with you. Here's our weekly video schedule: Monday: Tool giveaway Tuesday: Auto repair video Wednesday: Viewers car mod show off Thursday: The Best Fix of the Week Contest AND Live podcast, car question and answer Friday: Auto repair video Saturday: Second Live podcast, car question and answer Sunday: Viewers car show off Scotty Kilmer is a participant in the Amazon Influencer Program.
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Scotty Kilmer (3 месяца назад)
🛠Check out my Garage to see what I use every day and highly recommend: https://www.amazon.com/shop/scottykilmer ► Subscribe and hit the notification bell for all new videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/scottykilmer Scotty on Social: Facebook ► https://www.facebook.com/scottymechanic/ Instagram ► https://www.instagram.com/scotty_the_mechanic/ Twitter ► https://twitter.com/Scottymechanic?lang=en
This is Saaem (26 дней назад)
Make a video about Hybrid car 🚙
Tmelvin (1 месяц назад)
Scotty Kilmer I would say using compression fittings on brake lines should be number 1
Vaibhav Lahoti (1 месяц назад)
I love this guy. He's funny.
Twisted Needles (2 месяца назад)
Scotty Kilmer I don't see how u can work on anything or Know where anything is because of how messy your shop is
TheMiddleKingdom (2 месяца назад)
@Gr8 M9ds....well...most of the Amazon goods you don't need either...so if you find the ones you need, then buy it....just like Scotty Kilmer listed on Amazon.com for sale.
Wilshire Girl (19 часов назад)
My dear dad taught me what the definition of smart is: A lifetime of mistakes married to a good memory. Great video, Scotty.
David Garcia (2 дня назад)
good bell
americannovice americannovice (4 дня назад)
I have no regrets for buying my Snap-on Tools.
americannovice americannovice (4 дня назад)
Not centering the rack and pinion
SoCalSlaughter (6 дней назад)
Fixing the intake was a mistake?
missingremote (4 дня назад)
SoCalSlaughter I assume that he meant, agreeing to fix it. Not knowing how to do it. then being a man of his word. He did it, but it took 8 hours.
Montreal NightLife (6 дней назад)
Sir, with much respect. I challenge you to work on cars in Canada. Where we salt the roads in winter and after 2 years....there's no way to work without acetylen torches. I wish I could work in some warm climate .
Timo Kuusela (7 дней назад)
The Optima pic was in a wrong place; I have about 25 year old Red Top Optima in my -79 Blazer. It has been used with a winch to almost empty several times, twice it has been completely drained so empty that not even the dome light came on (electrical faults with sound system). It still works just fine. I just bought similar to my H3 and managed to drain it completely because the PO "upgraded" the driving lights to those cursed Xenons and wired them a bit strangely... They can turn themselves on for some reason, I must find out how. It has something to do with the BCM and Euro Spec mods.
C Thomas (8 дней назад)
what do you think about the 4.0 liter engine in the 3rd generation tacoma pick up trucks scotty?
Bence Jávorszki-Farkas (8 дней назад)
Haha "porsh" :D
steven richards (9 дней назад)
I love your videos Scotty,but do you have to yell all the time ?
J.E. Taylor (9 дней назад)
My biggest mistakes are buying the cheapest of most any part. Cheap quick struts where the top mount bearing fails a week later. Cheap camshaft position sensor just to have to buy the $85 BWD one but wasted $30 on the cheap one. $17 on a cheap ignition coil to have it cause spark knock and destroyed 2 of the 4 pistons. Cheap water pump... When repairing your cars, buy decent quality stuff. Websites like RockAuto are great to save money but resist the urge to buy the budget items. All of these things were from my vehicles. That $17 coil cost me about $350 to fix due to having to replace the head, pistons, etc.
VAMBRIC (9 дней назад)
Scotty’s future is so bright, he gotta wear shades.
K Digital Production Services (10 дней назад)
1 million subs and still yelling. You should get your larynx checked regularly.
toyoscio (10 дней назад)
When the one you were working on was not a Toyota?
Jim F (10 дней назад)
I thought I could replace the rear window motor on my brother's '69 DeVille convertible. Picked up a motor at the junk yard. Spent two hours disassembling the interior trim before realizing I was trying to put a right-side motor on the left side. Spent a week combing bone yards for the right part while the car was virtually unusable with the rear quarter trim and seat pulled out. Finally found the right motor. Thought I'd be cruisin' topless by lunchtime on the Saturday I set aside to finish the job. Spent 15 hours aligning the motor, the cross members and the glass--which had to rise and seat itself forward into the front window, and upward into the convertible top. Not do much mechanics, as a multi-level three-dimensional, inaccessible, 10 years old, rattly, electric-powered Rubics Cube. It almost killed me. But it convinced me my future lay not in auto repair, but something that didn't require knowing left from right.
Brian Allen (11 дней назад)
An air-cooled VW Beetle is about the same way, it's actually easier to pull the whole engine to change the generator or alternator.
Tyrone Kim (12 дней назад)
So, you've never made a mistake of loaning out tools that weren't returned? 😀
TheGuruStud (13 дней назад)
Cheapest batteries are the same now unless you're spending a lot of money.
Theodore Zuckerman (13 дней назад)
Batteries come in a number of standard sizes, according to length, width, and height. Each of these sizes often has 2 or 3 configurations, positive post on the left and negative on the right, or vice versa, or with side terminals. And each of these volumetric sizes often comes in several "capacities." Basically these "capacities" are related to the battery's "ampere-hour" specification: how many hours will the battery put out one amp, before it reaches a certain specified degree of discharge and needs recharging. This is a consequence of the number of plates in the battery. You can shove a certain number of plates into a specific size battery - or you can squeeze in more plates. Car manufacturers specify the battery capacity and a new car comes with a battery of this capacity. But there is no reason you can't buy a battery that is the same size, fits perfectly, but has less - or more - capacity. Any name brand battery of a specific capacity is about the same quality and usefulness of any other brand. Just make sure you get at LEAST the same capacity as the manufacturer recommends. A lower capacity battery may have trouble starting the car in cold weather. A battery with specified capacity or GREATER will do a good job of starting the car in all weather, and continue to do so for at least 5 to 7 years. If you have lots of high-amperage devices in your car, maybe you have a 12-volt vaccuum cleaner that you plug in, or a 12-volt compressor for keeping tire pressure topped up, then a battery with higher capacity might be a good idea. It generally will cost a little more. It will last a bit longer if you use the accessories a lot, and you can use the high amperage accessories longer before discharging the battery to the point where it won't start the car. Assuming an equally discharged state to the lower capacity battery, It will take a bit more time for the alternator to charge the larger capacity battery to full capacity, but the extra work done by the alternator is not likely to shorten its life. The brushes may Conceivably wear down a Little sooner, but probably not. If you can get brushes for your alternator, or adapt brushes made for another alternator to your alternator, you won't have to buy a new or rebuilt alternator. A set of brushes is less than $2.00 US. So it doesn't hurt to get a battery with greater capacity than the original battery, even if you don't have lots of accessories to be powered.
Alejo Colombia (14 дней назад)
I think spend money on tools is not money wasted, it is an investment for the future, you will not believe how many times a simple tool has saved my day even when i thought i would never use it so i thought, if people collect stupid things that they never ever use, like watches, pennies, post stamps even buttons, why i cannot collect tools if they are extremely useful? so thats what im doing, im collecting tools, if there is a tool that i like, i buy it and keep them well-organized so i know where is it when i need it, to me thats the best collection in the world specially if you are really the man of the house
ew1usnr (15 дней назад)
It is tough being a mechanic. It is so easy to make a mistake.
compactc9 (16 дней назад)
Best thing I've ever done was install a used Optima battery in my truck. When it dies its getting replaced with another AGM battery, it was severe ears old before I got it, and thats been a few years!
Joe Smith (16 дней назад)
The orange peel just wet sand and buff. Usually got to wet sand and buff clear coat even when done professionally. I go through tall tanks with my oxy/acy torch. But I do lot of welding and metal fab on side. I got tools I've only used once so far. But so I could do a job myself. Otherwise shop was gonna charge lot more than what the tool cost.
Evan Irons-Crocker (16 дней назад)
Why is there a cat on the Porsche
Jim Ervin (16 дней назад)
Did you ever think of renting the expensive stuff like welding equipment?
Motorcycle 90 (16 дней назад)
I bet his neighbors thinks he’s crazy for yelling at himself about cars.
Eric Burnette (16 дней назад)
Lol. True!!
Devin Balasi (17 дней назад)
LOL the wind chime
L K (17 дней назад)
Buy interstate Batteries. 8 years life
Ch ris (17 дней назад)
The worst mistake is Actually thinking you know what you are doing
Jesse Campbell (18 дней назад)
Those European "engineers" can rot in hell. Lol gotta remove the engine for a leaky manifold, wtf.
The LSSJBroly (18 дней назад)
I painted my 83 GMC pickup black outside and I think it was excellent except for the clear coat. Don't buy the clear coat from walmart and use it one your vehicle. It peels bad.
Satunnainen Katselija (19 дней назад)
Porsche 911. Can't help thinking about The Dictator. P.S. Scotty, you didn't buy Dead Already did you?
Casual Agent (19 дней назад)
Thought I was the only one dropping stuff into the engine bay, I feel better now, thanks everyone 🇬🇧
Wil Ferch (19 дней назад)
Also a big myth about "good" vs "bad" batteries....especially in the US market. All batteries here are made by 1 or 2 companies......Johnson Controls or Emerson Electric I believe...and there really isn't any big difference, unless you are talking cell technology like Optima which are great especially for those cases you don't want venting.
Wil Ferch (19 дней назад)
Long time Porsche guy here Scotty. First of all....LOVE your videos. But there is "more" to every Porsche experience. Your first mistake was calling the car a PORSCH......you gotta give it a small "eh" kick at the back end...."Porsch-eh". Second mistake.....not doing research asking how other guys do the work on these cars FIRST. No doubt for 911's and Turbo 911/930's.....a lot of the work is done FROM BELOW....or simply drop the engine. It really isn't bad if you have the right equipment to do it by yourself as a DIY project. Haha....yep.....even for plug changes or topside valve adjustments....it's often easier to simply drop the motor. It's actually not as daunting doing this as it seems. If you have VW bug experience, it's even easier to accept. Cheers.
Benjamin Bills (19 дней назад)
duralast batterys are not reliable.
abi lan (20 дней назад)
Basically, no real mistakes
680ecks (21 день назад)
That's why I like harbor freight you can get tools cheap enough that if it is only for one job it is still worth it.
680ecks (21 день назад)
That's it ? I put the wrong trans fluid in a jetta trans froze up going to work on the highway. 70mph big ball of flames when the engine slammed to a stop and threw a rod through the block and into the highway with all the engine oil. low milage car so I had to get new engine and trans. bought the car with 40k on it for $6300 but the time it was back on the road around 13 ,0000 into it. pays to double check parts guys when you but stuff for your car .
dosmastrify (22 дня назад)
I've actually had good luck with Walmart batts
BlueBaron3x7 (22 дня назад)
Scotty, I'm on a different continent buy I have a Ford Fiesta 1.4 it has 56k miles but is 14 years old and sometimes in winter mainly when I start up, I have heated windscreen on the radio and rear window demister plus main headlights, the car dash flashes and I lose all power and it comes up with EAC fault or something like that. I have to turn car on and off and it's fine again. Would you say the battery is knocking the ECU computer out with low or not constant voltage delivery?
brad thomas colyer (22 дня назад)
I'll never buy another cheap batt. Bought a knockoff batt for my 2001 Volvo S60. Specs said it would fit. Well it does kinda, as long as I don't want the cable cover to fit right. Hey I saved 30 bucks. Never again. OEM batts in my future. May even go for marine grade?!
Jim Wong (23 дня назад)
1992 bought 1989 M3m/also 1987 911.each value$100k
nineballing1 (29 дней назад)
I know exactly what you are saying about buying tools you only used one time. About 10 years ago I bought a $900 Volvo specialty tool used to install and align camshafts for a head replacement job on a 960 Turbo. I used it exactly one time and now it sits in my tool box taking up space. The labor I charged basically covered the cost of the tool. At least I didn't lose anything but time (3 days)... but, then again, time is money.
DashCamAndy (29 дней назад)
My biggest mistakes? 1) Not having access to a 2nd vehicle when doing the repair, for the inevitable moment when you need to run for something you forgot and the car's taken apart, 2) Relying on the chain stores' computer and staff to look up the right part, many of which have NO automotive experience, and I have to admit recently their parts database is getting much better, 3) Every single Borg-Warner (BWD) sensor or switch I have used. Literally a 100% failure rate within 90 days, 4) Champion "truck" spark plugs in a 1994 Geo Tracker, 5) Taking on a task that is beyond my knowledge, requires more strength than I have, or requires special tools/equipment that I don't already have.
Dan Allen (29 дней назад)
My worst mistake I made is when I decided to be an auto mechanic
C Bell (1 месяц назад)
Gotta love Scotty..cool dude😎😎
Sam Money (1 месяц назад)
That cat gives zero fucks.
Paul h (1 месяц назад)
Love your vids its the truth str from the shoulder!! right down the middle!😊😊 thanks for your vids & honesty 👍👍👍👌👌👌😊😊😊
Greg Egan (1 месяц назад)
You've been fixing cars for 50 years and don't know how to pronounce Porsche?
SadaEKE (1 месяц назад)
Scotty more often than not your videos are educational and eve fun but for the love of your most beloved person, STOP SHOUTING MAN! It gets annoying real quick.
GermanLyrics (1 месяц назад)
Nicholas Sanjay (1 месяц назад)
I wish they would put those handles in all batteries.
Rich T (1 месяц назад)
The biggest mistake I ever made was fixing cars for 35 years. 😜
Patrick S. (1 месяц назад)
I feel ya on the painting part Scotty, I can take apart an engine and put it back together running, but paint... nope. Never trying that my self again lol
Frank Howard (1 месяц назад)
Scotty. If you think the 911 was difficult to work on, you should have lifted the hood on that Boxter you were leaning on. Apparently, Porsche decided that their cars were so reliable, there was no reason to provide any access to the engine at all! Had you lifted the hood on that Boxter, you would be looking at an unremovable engine cover that allowed access to (as I recall) the dip stick, the oil cap, and the washer reservoir. That's it! All engine service is either preformed from beneath the car, or after the engine is removed from the car. Porsche used to make a very similar car called the 914-6 and they certainly didn't restrict access like they did on the Boxter. And you wonder why gearheads prefer the older cars.
njkeith (1 месяц назад)
I don't make the same mistake twice, I just find new mistakes to make :)
ArtOfHacking | Hyper PC (1 месяц назад)
I bought a walmart battery for a 99 cougar and they are guaranteed for 2 years and it lasted me 4 1/2
hondatrix (1 месяц назад)
Seems like you've made very few mistakes Scotty, or are you just hiding the real ones? (-:
Marty Stevens (1 месяц назад)
He says in the title: 'The worst mistakes I made fixing cars'! He yells and acts like adding air to tires turns it into a race car!
texanfournow (1 месяц назад)
How much for the NeverReady battery?
Gerard Trigo (1 месяц назад)
Too late, I already made my mistakes. I did the battery one also, but it only took two times. :D Dropped a socket that went into the box frame of a truck. Never got it out and the owner complained because every time they went over a bump it would rattle. We didn't want to weaken the frame by cutting a hole to the socket come out and the original hole it went in was at a high point which prevented the socket from coming back to it. Finally ended up spraying silicon sealant into the frame and binding the socket down so it would not rattle.
TheRustyCracker (1 месяц назад)
Walmart...Valueline batteries are almost all sizes 50.00 w/core...they last me 1-2 years...worth it....
Walleye (1 месяц назад)
What about buying cheap tires? Seems to me tires are one thing you don't want to skimp on.
Kazekage Ivan (1 месяц назад)
Tyreeses Arm (1 месяц назад)
One time reversed a coolant and a gas line. Got water in my gas Wasnt expensive but it needed some parts
Shea Butter (1 месяц назад)
i wish you where my mechanic ..
Real Alaska (1 месяц назад)
I once drained the trans on a subaru instead of the oil lol.
Scott Witkowski (1 месяц назад)
Gotta disagree with ya on the battery. I worked at a battery plant for a while. We would run Wal-Mart batteries, Interstate batteries and oem. Often times the only thing that changed was the casing or stickers..... Of course gel, lithium or optima batteries are much better. But dont think brand name or apperence has any value.
Jesus Pence (1 месяц назад)
Cheap alternators catch on fire especially from Napa. If the alternator wheighs less then the one you are replacing. Don't install it. It has less copper and crappy connectors that catch on fire. Don't ask me how I know.
BBQ & BOLTS (1 месяц назад)
I just watched this video on a Sunday morning and it woke the whole house up. lmao.
Max MAX (1 месяц назад)
I am just shocked at how you disrespect cars by leaning on them
jlc7300 (1 месяц назад)
on every one of his videos he says rev up your engines, why? that's wasting gas and bothering your neighbor! lol!
JBK963 (1 месяц назад)
Getting married...oops wrong subject
Joseph Lopez (1 месяц назад)
Torquing motorhome lugs to 140 lbs and a stud breaks. (RIP)
joe ph (1 месяц назад)
Not rich enough to buy cheap
Toby Smith (1 месяц назад)
I too had the paint job than only looked decent after the rain. Not the best diy job, at least for me.
symun buuntw (1 месяц назад)
Bigmistake buyin jap import into juck yard
Daniel Celeste (1 месяц назад)
Has anyone seen Scotty's eyes?
JaysonPowell Vlogs (1 месяц назад)
Worst mistake I ever made was very recently when I was doing electrical work on my mustang and I was doing ground work and I forgot to reconnect them🤦and God knows what I screwed up in it
perseusaut (1 месяц назад)
God bless this mess!
Stefan Feddermann (1 месяц назад)
Batteries.. My 1998 Suzuki Marauder GZ125 had it's original Battery still inside when I got her. In the middle of nowhere on a test ride to adjust my carburetor, the battery died. So I got a brand new Bosch Motorcycle battery.. this was 2 years ago. a few weeks ago I had to buy another Battery because the new one was dead already. Meanwhile, the GN125 Garbage Bike I bought had the cheapest Battery in I've ever seen. really old, but.. it was still alive. Not 100% but enough to get the bike to start.. replaced it anyway though. Not trying to make a statement or something. but there definitely are exceptions. I won't buy a Bosch Battery anytime soon anyway..
GnarlyBoots (1 месяц назад)
Yep, this guy is a idiot.
brenden1297 (1 месяц назад)
Why does he have to yell?
Cake Faith (1 месяц назад)
What was the name of the German friend of yours?
D C (1 месяц назад)
#1 dumbest. After dropping nuts and bolts in the engine compartment I finally got me some magnets and used them on the sockets.
W Tski (1 месяц назад)
Scotty "Porch" has one syllable. "Porsche" has two. Just saying... Great job with the videos. I'm new here but I'm catching up fast. I think they call it "binge watching". GREAT FORMAT!
Jackie Chan (1 месяц назад)
I did allot of same stuff
EvendimataE (1 месяц назад)
i never thought that opel was released in USA.....i have seen one
Jose Dolores (1 месяц назад)
Scotty, i have the SAME car of the picture of the old car you said you had (red one)... can you confirm what car was that? Thanks in advance
dntlss (1 месяц назад)
Me and a buddy had just put a brand new motor in a car,we basically built it from the ground up,he had gotten new heads,most heads in the back and front (the sides) have little oil plugs,these particular heads were not fitted with the little plugs from the factory,we primed the engine and started it up , everything going great, all of the sudden i look down and there is a huuuuge puddle of oil on the floor, ha ha ha ,it was his moms garage so she was pissed,once we cleaned it i had to get under and reach all the way up by the firewall and put these little plugs by feel,the clearance was tiny, just enough to bend my fingers and for a allen wrench to fit and tighten them. Another time we were putting headers on this car and it was being a major pain in the ass, nothing was lining up and was extremely frustrating till we realized you have to loosen everything (H pipe on back and then tighten everything gradually, once we did that it went on like a charm,one time i was replacing a power steering hose on a forklift (i know this is about cars but they are similar, in a way) where the hose disconnected was in a super hard place to deal with,after a couple of hours of frustration i realized all i had to do was move the steering wheel a bit and the cylinder the hose was attached to moved right in front of me to a very accessible place, ha ha ha, all these things are little lessons,we are always learning.
mookie 0 (1 месяц назад)
I don't agree with you Scott that you need special heating rooms etc... to paint a car I had a backyard painter with little in resources do an exceptional paint job on a car I have, without fancy baking ovens
Yusuf Maltese (1 месяц назад)
I've made plenty of mistakes in my time I've broken things I've misdiagnosed things and I've stuffed things. But I learned from those mistakes as the saying goes if you haven't fucked up you haven't worked.
Mouldy CPU (1 месяц назад)
I once fixed my neighbor's car by mistake. I thought I was fixing my car the whole time.
Cory Williams (1 месяц назад)
That's it? Try not torquing down the rear right wheel nuts all the way! The wheel thankfully didn't fall off, just made some noise. On top of that, in the process of trying to pry my rotors off I bent the brake dust shield and that was a loud screeching noise. Eh, everything turned out ok; I learned not to take things for granted and dust shields are unusually easy to bend.
Shawn Schroeder (1 месяц назад)
Scotty.....could you clean your garage please.
Cameron Vargas (1 месяц назад)
Love seeing his cat in the background.
unjuseabble (1 месяц назад)
About a week ago I dropped a nut into my cars oil tunnel while I was changing valve cover seals. Nearly had a heart attack but eventually got it out with a magnet.

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