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Automotive service technicians perform routine service on cars and light trucks to keep them running well. They inspect and lubricate engines and parts. They often follow a checklist to be sure they examine potential trouble spots. Belts, hoses, plugs, brakes, and fuel systems are items mechanics watch closely. In addition, mechanics may install or repair accessories, such as heaters and windshield wipers. Automobile mechanics are also known as auto mechanics.
Service technicians use a variety of testing equipment, such as hand-held diagnostic computers and compression gauges. Once the problem is found, mechanics make adjustments or repairs. They often review work orders and create a plan of action, with some help from supervisors. Sometimes they replace or rebuild systems that are badly damaged. For large repairs, mechanics estimate the cost and get the customer’s approval before doing any work.
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