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Brian Glastetter

I am a 21+ year Senior Master Technician and a Master ASE technician at a Ford dealership. I take pride knowing that I deliver a quality repair with honesty and integrity.

Posts by Brian Glastetter

Power Steering

What is Power Steering? Because power steering systems assist you in turning the steering wheel, especially while the vehicle is stopped or at slow speeds, theses systems are often referred to as ‘power steering assist’ systems. In older vehicles, before power steering was standard, the steering wheel was much larger, and it took many turns of the steering wheel to fully turn the front wheels.

What is Power Steering? Because power steering systems assist you in turning the steering wheel, especially while the vehicle is stopped or at slow speeds, theses systems are often referred to as ‘power steering assist’ systems. In older vehicles, before power steering was standard, the steering wheel was much larger, and it took many turns of the steering wheel to fully turn the front wheels.

Floor Mats, High Heels, and a Can of Beans: How Everyday Items Can Become Hazards in a Vehicle

In a crash, a simple pen sitting harmlessly on the dashboard can be as dangerous as a knife. In a front-end collision, a can of beans stacked at the top of the grocery bag can be propelled forward with more force than a Nolan Ryan fastball.

In a crash, a simple pen sitting harmlessly on the dashboard can be as dangerous as a knife. In a front-end collision, a can of beans stacked at the top of the grocery bag can be propelled forward with more force than a Nolan Ryan fastball.

Insider Tips: How to Negotiate a Better Price for Auto Repairs

“Why are car repairs so expensive?” As a dealership shop foreman, I have been asked this question, in one form or another, many times. A 90-thousand mile service can run upwards of $800.

“Why are car repairs so expensive?” As a dealership shop foreman, I have been asked this question, in one form or another, many times. A 90-thousand mile service can run upwards of $800.

Driven to Distraction: Is New Vehicle Technology to Blame?

A few weeks ago, one of my customers at the dealership where I work drove away in a new 2011 crossover vehicle equipped with the latest technological features. This vehicle will find you the closest McDonald’s or bank ATM.

A few weeks ago, one of my customers at the dealership where I work drove away in a new 2011 crossover vehicle equipped with the latest technological features. This vehicle will find you the closest McDonald’s or bank ATM.

Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?

Few topics in the automotive repair business are as controversial and confrontational as the fee for a diagnosis. Should a customer have to pay for the time the mechanic spends figuring out what is wrong with a vehicle or only for the repairs he or she actually makes? These days, don't technicians just plug the car into a computer to figure out what's wrong? Everyone, from consumers to advice columnists, have a strong opinion on this topic.

Few topics in the automotive repair business are as controversial and confrontational as the fee for a diagnosis. Should a customer have to pay for the time the mechanic spends figuring out what is wrong with a vehicle or only for the repairs he or she actually makes? These days, don't technicians just plug the car into a computer to figure out what's wrong? Everyone, from consumers to advice columnists, have a strong opinion on this topic.

Fuel Economy: Busting the Myths

During my many years of working at a dealership service department, one trend I have observed is that whenever fuel prices go up, complaints about fuel economy also go up. The recent rise in fuel prices has also driven up sales of air filters, spark plugs, and routine maintenance.

During my many years of working at a dealership service department, one trend I have observed is that whenever fuel prices go up, complaints about fuel economy also go up. The recent rise in fuel prices has also driven up sales of air filters, spark plugs, and routine maintenance.