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A Master Technician, a microphone, 30 years of experience in the Automotive Industry: buckle up! Come along as we take a look at the current state of the automotive industry from the point of view of the guys and gals turning the wrenches. So no matter what you fix, how you fix it, or how many tools you have to fix it with: welcome to the Grease the Wheels Nation. Also once in a while we take a look at the makes and models of cars we work on through the lenses of history, economics, politics ...
 
Welcome to the Addicts Live Podcast! Based on their Live Stream show, the Addicts get into deep (and not so deep) conversations about what's going on in the world of Tapped Out, The Simpsons and anything else they can think of! Here's where the writers of TSTO Addicts (Alissa and Safi, with an occasional Wookiee appearance) share their opinions, analysis, and hot-takes on everything from the world of everyone's favorite yellow family! This show is not affiliated or associated with FOX, Graci ...
 
Did you ever find yourself with a bunch of friends, sitting at dinner or brunch with great conversation and say to yourself “We should have a radio show!”…well, we do! There is a disclaimer at the beginning of “The Show” for a reason! We pull no punches and take no prisoners. This cast includes a group of opinionated, good friends who like show tunes, drag, sports, good music, political issues, entertainment news, good conversation AND the all important adult beverage. These 4 Chatty-Cathys ...
 
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On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we get to the bread of the complement sandwich with Service Advisors and give them some serious tips and tricks on how to do their job better. This of course comes with the underlying message that if you find yourself seriously deficient in any of these categories, you may want to exit the business. You …
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy goes over what complaints customers have about Service Advisors on an industry wide basis. Turns out customers and technicians are in agreement on a lot of this list! From diagnosing from the chair and being wrong, to not getting the entire story on upcoming issues and incomprehensible promis…
 
On this week's episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy dives into the disgusting swamps of the forums to find out what customers really think about us as automotive mechanics. In the process, he ends up making the case that typically the most ignorant voice their opinions the loudest on the internet, often with flimsy reasoning or dubious evidenc…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy thanks all of our fallen service members in addition to all of the wrench twisting folks who keep the world moving, However, we are still very much in the throes of “The Great Resignation”, so we are talking about some of the scientific reasons why people quit their jobs. Most of them are com…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we preview the 2022 TSTO Addicts Bracket Battle Challenge! Here our resident Bracket Battle Master, Super Safi, previews our 2022 Bracket Battle Challenge and we give some insights on who we think will win! Voting kicks off on June 4th, so be sure to che…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy gets into some of the cold hard economics of the current automotive technician labor market and talks about how to get a raise. When techs can’t afford to live in the city that they work in, you are going to have major personnel problems- you don't have to be JD Rockefeller to figure that one…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy goes over a laundry list of things that you shouldn’t say to your manager in a while collar setting, that more often than not you SHOULD say to your manager in a blue collar setting. Reminding your manager of “The Great Resignation” works well in a white collar setting, but in the trades it p…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we wrap up the Hell on Wheels Event! We break down the final two acts, share what we're surprised by, and give our good, bad and ugly moments of this event before giving our overall grades. Plus, we take a look at what might be ahead in TSTO, and break d…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy fires up the Delorean and goes back to the magical time of 1972 to figure out if technicians were better off then or now. The most shocking thing that we uncovered is the concept of “Flat Rate Percentage” which is an awesome way to get paid that desperately needs to make a comeback (and never…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy gets into the weeds on some of the perceptions that the general public has about various factions of the automotive repair industry. For good or for ill, your reputation as a mechanic is tied directly to your shop’s reputation, and as this survey suggests, having that reputation being well re…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we break down the first two Acts of Hell on Wheels! We give our overview reaction to the event, share what we've loved so far, what we've been disappointed in, and what we're looking forward to as the event continues! As an added we'll even tell you how …
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy takes aim at some of the glaring fallacies of articles running down mechanics on the internet. This article states that saying a phrase like “I wouldn’t drive that very far” as a mechanic should disqualify them from servicing a customer’s car. However, this fails to take into account whether …
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we talk about how we respond to the naturally chaotic and often perpetual stupidity that we deal with on a daily basis. The natural response to this is anger, but if you’re in Texas like Uncle Jimmy, they will kill you if you kill someone- even if they are stupid! Instead we talk about some of the more p…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we deal with the image the public has when it comes to the people who fix their cars: they think we’re scumbags! Are we dirty? We definitely can be; when you’re dealing with things as gross as other people’s cars you can get really dirty! As far as looking the part, point taken but the second part of bei…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy doesn’t skimp on the praise as we talk about how employers can appreciate their employees, and tailor it more to the automotive industry. Appreciation is best shown in the Automotive Industry through paying well and trying to make the job as bearable as possible. Balanced feedback prevents ma…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we give our overall thoughts on the Hot Diggity D'oh update! We give our overview reaction to the event, share what we loved, what we hated, and discussed the dreaded Grease Glitch! Plus, we share our thoughts on what we might see in the next event. You …
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels we take a look back at some of the finer points of the origins of this show: how little auto mechanics are paid and why. The numbers are pretty pathetic and for a lot of us wouldn’t even get us to return an employer’s calls if they offered us a job at that wage. This of course has precipitated a disastrou…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we look at the final bit of the employment process- the point where you have had enough or circumstances change and you need a new job. There are a lot of really good reasons to quit your job as an auto mechanic: partner gets a better job somewhere else - go with them, cars break everywhere! Wanting to g…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we wrap up the Cirque du Springfield update! We give our overview reaction on the event, share some good, bad and ugly moments, and give our final letter grades on the circus event! Plus, we offer up a bonus contest! Watch the video for more details! You…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we are talking about happiness in the workplace. Seems like a bit of an oxymoron in the automotive industry, but Uncle Jimmy is co-opting articles written for cubicle workers for Auto Mechanics again, so hilarity ensues. The key to being happy at work is in maintaining a good work-life balance and there …
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we complete the interview process by coming up with some intelligent questions to ask your interviewers. Admittedly, we have covered a lot of this in the last two episodes, so this is a bit more general (if you hate pushing cars, make sure you ask how they get dead cars into the shop) Asking the person y…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we celebrate 10 years of Tapped Out! (can you believe it's been 10 years?!) In our final part of this anniversary celebration, we're joined by the one, the only...Wookiee! We wrap up the TSTO Anniversary with a look back at the history of various events,…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we continue to explore how to game job interviews with well thought out answers to the most common job interview questions. The important thing to remember when you are getting interviewed is that this is also an interview between you and the shop, so find out as much information as you can from the peop…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we celebrate 10 years of Tapped Out! (can you believe it's been 10 years?!) In part 3 of this multi-part anniversary celebration, we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of TSTO with YOU the members of the Addicts Community! Check out this very special roun…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we celebrate 10 years of Tapped Out! (can you believe it's been 10 years?!) In part 2 of this multi-part anniversary celebration, we take a trip in the TSTO time machine with Brooders from the ToUk Community! We talk Stonecutters, the Casino Event, good …
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy goes over the top 50 questions asked during job interviews. We are still in the throes of “The Great Resignation” which started at the end of last year and is still going strong with people leaving jobs en masse. How is it affecting the automotive industry? Well, if the want ads are any sugge…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy recounts a recent experience of taking a test for employment and flips the script by coming up with his own survey for you to send potential shops. Obviously sending it as an attachment with your resume might get you disqualified for the job right away, it’s just the nature of the industry. H…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we celebrate 10 years of Tapped Out! (can you believe it's been 10 years?!) In part 1 of this multi-part anniversary celebration, we take a trip in the TSTO time machine and talk Terwillgers, Christmas Wheel, and Easter with one of the original Addicts..…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new, episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we give our quick reactions to the latest event in TSTO, Cirque du Springfield! We talk hits and misses of Act 1, Mr. McGreg, and splash screen disappointment! Join us for the fun! Watch us Live: https://www.youtube.com/c/TSTOAddictsLive If you enjoy th…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy finds an article on the internet that almost sounds like it was written by someone who listens to this show. The article: Four Reasons for the Technician Shortage, and the first one is money! This guy gets it! The only real part that we disagree with is the idea that the technician shortage c…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we talk about listening, because it’s something that pretty much everyone in our industry is bad at. That’s not entirely true, tech’s are usually pretty good about listening to other techs especially when the information that can make their job easier - or just general shop banter. Other than that though…
 
On this week’s Grease the Wheels we talk about the inherent difference between Proactive and Reactive in the Automotive Industry, as well as some of the ramifications that being too heavy on one or the other can cause. As a rule of thumb, you should probably be a bit of both: being able to prevent fires in your shop or dealership is just as importa…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy describes the contents of the automotive pandora’s box when it comes to all of the crazy chaos we run into. The difference here is that we have actually found some ways to attempt to minimize the chaos. People pay us to handle the chaos, and how well you handle the chaos can determine how muc…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new, episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we recap our Christmas and New Year! Santa left an extra present at Alissa's house...one he could've left at the North Pole! Then we wrap up the Holiday Whodunnit Event and talk about what's next in TSTO. Join us for the fun...and don't worry it's safe,…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy eschews finding a top 10 list from the internet, and instead makes his own and tells you some of the ramifications of not following them! This week- it's Diag Tips! Get the Whole Story: when a Service Advisor is vague and gives your Repair Orders like, “replace a tire” make sure you find out …
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, Uncle Jimmy does the boring and predictable thing of talking about goals for a New Years Podcast. However, this is going to be a little bit different, because as Technicians, our goal is to get paid for fixing broken things. One of Uncle Jimmy’s goals this year is to finally open the floodgates on a tech…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new, episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi we take a look back at the year that was 2021 in our special Year In Review episode! Watch us Live: https://www.youtube.com/c/TSTOAddictsLive If you enjoy the podcast, please leave a 5-Star rating and review! #tsto #tappedout #tstoaddicts #thesimpsons Cont…
 
On this week’s Grease the Wheels Uncle Jimmy weaves a Dickensian tale about a miserly shop owner and his much more HR-oriented son. As we go, we examine how these businesses got their start, what happens when the second generation actually knows what they’re doing when it comes to the automotive industry, and the attitudes that each brings to bear …
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels we take a look at all of the points in your daily routine as an auto mechanic where communication breaks down. There are a hell of a lot of them. Any time you have angry people trying to communicate what is wrong with their car you are probably not going to get the whole story. By the time it gets filtere…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new, episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we break down the 2021 TSTO Christmas Event. We talk prize track, Simpsons Trivia, Golden Pickaxe gripes, and more! Like why everyone should want a talking Christmas Tree roaming around their town in May. Join us for the holiday fun! Watch us Live: http…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we take a look at an internet article that has almost nothing to do with us: how to treat your employees better. This isn’t because the industry is actively looking to make things worse, more because it was written more for office work in mind. Because let’s be real, casual Friday is pretty much every da…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we talk about those jobs that used to be easy- until the engineers got involved! The problem that this industry has is it’s blistering rate of change, and nowhere is that more evident in some of the insane ways that engineers have packaged these vehicles to resemble 10lbs of manure in a 2lb sack! Exhibit…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new, episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we break down all the things that have happened since the last Addicts Live! Alissa has a baby and then gets COVID. We talk about symptoms, how she's feeling, if it spread through the house, and more. Then we dive into the Northward Bound mini-event, an…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we take a dive into the median salary for auto technicians by state. The worst part of this is that the highest median income actually comes from the District of Columbia which isn’t even a state, and all of the other highest median incomes come in states where the cost of living is outrageous to the poi…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the wheels, Uncle Jimmy dives into “11 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Technician” with the resounding thud of “wow, only 11?” What are the things that no one tells you about before going into the automotive industry? Some of this is a bit redundant, because how could you not know some of these things. Do you…
 
On this week's episode of Grease the Wheels, we take aim at more automotive misinformation from the ill-informed passing themselves off as someone who knows about cars on the internet. So gather round boys and girls, customers and service advisors, techs of all types: this is one where we get to shred someone for being a moron! After all, the holid…
 
The Addicts Crew is back again with an all-new, episode of Addicts Live! Join Alissa and Safi as we wrap up the 2021 Treehouse of Horror event. We give our final reviews of the event overall, share our good, bad and ugly moments, and share our predictions for what we think might be next in TSTO. Plus, we share YOUR comments and grades on this event…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we get into some of the astounding numbers of the automotive industry. Turns out there is a hell of a lot of money to be made in this industry, from the parts end to the wholesale end, to the retail end, to the service end. Everyone is trying to carve out their niche, but if they don’t have a good e-comm…
 
On this week’s episode of Grease the Wheels, we get to the long awaited sequel in our ongoing series about service advisors. Now right off the bat, as we have said before and will continue to stand by, this has got to be one of the worst jobs in the entire automotive industry- and quite possibly ranks among the worst jobs on the entire planet! This…
 
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