Here’s Why Honest Mechanics Won’t Fix This Car

  • Published: 30 October 2019
  • I Won’t Fix This Toyota Solara, DIY and car review with Scotty Kilmer. Toyota Solara review. Toyota Solara problems. Buying a Toyota Solara. Is the Solara worth it? Buying a used Toyota Solara. Should I buy a Toyota Solara? Are Toyotas reliable? The truth about the Toyota Solara. Car advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 52 years.

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  • Scotty Kilmer
    Scotty Kilmer   2 weeks back

    The Toyota No One Talks About:

    ⬇️Scotty’s Top DIY Tools:
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    2. Mid-Grade Scan Tool:
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    • Lilibeth Doherty
      Lilibeth Doherty  4 days back

      The fix is buy a used toyota it is better than a new [email protected] Montana

    • aljanat5
      aljanat5  2 weeks back

      7:08 The down side of running the car with AC on all the time could be increased load on the alternator and the car battery life being shortened as well as fuel economy dropping but then I am not a car guy so maybe it is the way to go if you are saving up for a new OEM compressor.

    • Chuck Balyeat
      Chuck Balyeat  2 weeks back

      The clutch bearing never quits spinning .Sideloads increase when you light up the coil , but it still has to rotate .

      Best case scenario ,the customer only drives a 2 or 3 mile commute and doesnt smoke an engine .

    • smile6868
      smile6868  2 weeks back

      Hi Scotty .. how can I communicate with you for questions and info exchange.

    • Mike Martin
      Mike Martin  2 weeks back

      Hi Scotty; thinking of restoring 3 cars from the early 70s ; a 1971 Ford Capri (V6 Essex engine ) a 1970 Plymouth Cricket ,a 1974 Toyota Celica. What's your experience with these cars and how do you rate them now they are almost 50 years old? I look forward to your reply . Metalmikey97. From UK.

  • GizmoFromPizmo
    GizmoFromPizmo  14 hours back

    The defroster makes the compressor kick in. So even in the winter the AC is being used.

    • silenciummortum
      silenciummortum  2 days back

      I could see this guy in the video for “Forever Young” and hear Rod Stewart’s voice out of his mouth haha. Same voice just no limey accent.

      • Grogz40
        Grogz40  4 days back

        This is a bit of a gamble though. I worked on a car several months ago for the same issue. Told the customer that he would need to replace the A/C compressor on his Jeep Journey. He opted to pass. 4 days later, the Jeep came in on a tow truck. The bearing froze up and destroyed the belt. Though this was during the early summer time in Texas so undoubtedly, he was running the A/C.

        • Trafalgar D. Law
          Trafalgar D. Law  4 days back

          I thought toyotas were invincible scotty

          • Domingo De Anda
            Domingo De Anda  5 days back

            Hell yeah!

            • whiskers78753
              whiskers78753  6 days back

              If you hear weird noises, just turn the radio up.

              • Jay R
                Jay R  6 days back

                Which car do mechanics prefer to work on. easiest to fix ?

                • Morgan
                  Morgan  6 days back

                  Ayy, see what happens

                  • laurie n
                    laurie n  1 weeks back

                    I owned a 2001 Solora and it was a great car. I was built like a tank. I had it for 8 years.

                    • meeekstube
                      meeekstube  1 weeks back

                      I'm wondering why I got notified about this crap! Never had a Toyota or rode in one...It was my choice TO YO TA!

                      • Erich Mais
                        Erich Mais  1 weeks back

                        New AC compressor with a 6 pick carbon-kevlar clutch, for maximum ac performance

                        • Marc B.
                          Marc B.  1 weeks back

                          I missed the part about why an 'honest mech. wouldn't fix this car'. Am I the only one that didnt see or hear anything about 'honest/dishonest' mechs. fixing this car?

                          • Mustapha Gai
                            Mustapha Gai  1 weeks back

                            Scotty to the customer:
                            Live with it for now. What the heck.
                            Bring it back it the summer

                            • greg mertz
                              greg mertz  1 weeks back

                              What a great video yes keep coming with all these interesting aspects. I'd like to know more about the 2.7 Dodge Charger engine I have which is also in the Chrysler 300 I have the 2007 Dodge Charger weep hole issue I'm sure you heard of it there any way to get around it without replacing the whole thing as a tell me time chain say it's okay but you should do all in that kit give you something about that for me preciate it thank you again G m m

                              • Four Rings
                                Four Rings  1 weeks back

                                Why Scotty likes working on Toyota’s. Customer complaint is noise at idle. Scotty answer I’m not going to diagnose your car. I’ll just take off your serpentine belt and replace it with a fan belt.

                                • Jack Radzelovage
                                  Jack Radzelovage  1 weeks back

                                  his face right at 1:18 XD

                                  • Tim Ramich
                                    Tim Ramich  1 weeks back

                                    A defroster isn't going to be needed for a Texas winter. But he's so full of crap about not replacing the clutch. Shame he doesn't know that a belt needs to be retensioned after it makes one revolution.

                                    • Stilian Ivanov
                                      Stilian Ivanov  1 weeks back

                                      My Toyota Corolla from 1999 doesn’t even have an AC compressor.... one less thing to break down.
                                      And its not a necessity either because I live in Denmark 😂

                                      • Vasil Aleksandrov
                                        Vasil Aleksandrov  1 weeks back

                                        Can't you just use a shorter fan belt? One that skips the AC compressor.

                                        • Shadow Of The Night
                                          Shadow Of The Night  1 weeks back

                                          Yo Ozzy what's up

                                          • L S
                                            L S  1 weeks back


                                            • Wet Lettuce
                                              Wet Lettuce  1 weeks back

                                              Too many horror stories of using aftermarket/reman AC compressors that destroy the entire AC system.

                                              • John O'Neill
                                                John O'Neill  1 weeks back

                                                I bought cars with AC for my wife and daughter's cars but I have never had air conditioning in any car I owned for my use. It is just one more thing to fix. Same thing with power windows. I use hand cranks, the women in my family have power windows. I replace a window regulator at least once per year. Hand cranks last beyond when the rest of the car is worn beyond use. Obviously Scotty is down in Texas, that is a different world from up here in Pennsylvania.

                                                • CD'S Automotive & Repair

                                                  If it was me i would have just bought a shorter belt that came for without A/C and been fixed until summer came back and worry about it then . So if the ac compressor started to screw up I wouldn't have the customer coming back to me for a AC complaint again of it either locked up all the way or it's making terrible noise and would need to be fixed again and then him charged for another repair . I just fix it the first time since it was already making a noise and had play in it .

                                                  • Ronald Harrison
                                                    Ronald Harrison  1 weeks back

                                                    There is no fan on that belt Scotty, haha.

                                                    • hairburger62
                                                      hairburger62  1 weeks back

                                                      Always love your segments & your little grunts, too cute!

                                                      • Magic Bus
                                                        Magic Bus  1 weeks back

                                                        Love this show.

                                                        • Jim Stafford
                                                          Jim Stafford  1 weeks back

                                                          Better yet find a shorter belt that will allow you to bypass the ac

                                                          • dougjstl1
                                                            dougjstl1  1 weeks back

                                                            Can you put on a shorter belt that doesn't go around the air conditioner

                                                            • InsideOfMyOwnMind
                                                              InsideOfMyOwnMind  1 weeks back

                                                              So why wouldn't an honest mechanic fix this car? It depends on what the customer wants, not how long they might be able to limp along with it. I would jump at it if that's what they wanted.

                                                              • beazleybub
                                                                beazleybub  1 weeks back

                                                                Love how he calls it a "Fan Belt" when the car has electric fans. LOL!

                                                                • balloon farm
                                                                  balloon farm  1 weeks back

                                                                  Um. But you're honest AND you fixed the car. Was "Here’s Why Honest Mechanics Won’t Fix This Car " just a teaser? I do learn a lot from your videos, though.

                                                                  • Herbert Woodbury
                                                                    Herbert Woodbury  1 weeks back

                                                                    I disagree with Scotty on this. Letting it go until it totally fails will tear up a bunch of stuff along with stranding the customer, or you, on the highway. this happened to a friend of mine with a 97 Lumina. If the compressor does go out, even to seizing up, the bearing will allow the pully to be used as an idler pulley for the belt by just disconnecting the electrical to the compressor.
                                                                    On most cars, you don't have to pull the compressor all the way out with disconnecting the lines and replacing the refrigerant to replace the bearing. I have replaced the clutch bearing on 3 different cars and none of them took me over 2 hours with a cost of under $25 for parts. The compressor and recharge will cost WAY more than the labor to replace the bearing.
                                                                    The clutch bearing allows the pully to be an idler when not using the AC and is a requirement to carry the belt.
                                                                    The first one of these I did was a 99 Buick Century and it took me about 2 hours because as I was getting ready to adjust the clutch clearance I found a spacer that went behind the bearing so I had to take the compressor back out and do the job over again.
                                                                    Even at $100 an hour it is still cheaper than replacing the whole compressor.

                                                                    • Cindy Lyman
                                                                      Cindy Lyman  1 weeks back

                                                                      Scotty: at about 3:25 minutes into this video, you mention something to the effect the a/c would not be used during the winter. Doesn't the a/c compressor help the defrost work in the defrost mode?

                                                                      • Bud Quick
                                                                        Bud Quick  1 weeks back

                                                                        Peoples, this is HOUSTON not BUFFALO NY. They rarely ever get cold enough to use the defrost. AND if you had been listening to Scotty he said it would probably run BETTER with the AC on because the load is on the AC bearings not the Clutch bearings.

                                                                        • Vineet Mansukhani
                                                                          Vineet Mansukhani  1 weeks back

                                                                          Hey Scotty, You talk about staying away from rebuilt AC compressors and the OEM ones are quite pricey. How about aftermarket NEW AC Compressors? Is the last choice a good option?

                                                                          • JDM Cars - LT
                                                                            JDM Cars - LT  1 weeks back

                                                                            Two days ago my acura was out of freon. After some driving around sudden engine noise and massive explosion. Thought the transmission lmao. It was ac clutch... No noises no warnings just kabooom and clutch is flying

                                                                            • Jono East
                                                                              Jono East  1 weeks back

                                                                              You are probably the worst mechanic on the internet.

                                                                              • Lamby 10
                                                                                Lamby 10  1 weeks back

                                                                                A Toyota making a noise?🤔 that’s scottys brain 🧠!

                                                                                • thisnametooktolong
                                                                                  thisnametooktolong  1 weeks back

                                                                                  At least some part of me was hoping for the jack to fall when he stuck his leg under the car.. Dishonest mechanic? An Honest driveway mechanic (what he says he is) would have looked and listened, then told the customer what needs to be done free of charge... But no no no... had to get a fee in for a new belt that will be shot in a few minutes .......... OH! ONE MORE THING.... the AC pump runs all winter long. Any time the defrost is on, the pump is used to lower the humidity in the car.... also, MOST newer cars have a default setting A/C ON after any key off-start. That is why I tell my honda customers to turn off the A/C every time they start the car... The pump will out last the car.

                                                                                  • jeremy vandyk
                                                                                    jeremy vandyk  2 weeks back

                                                                                    That ac clutch is going to fail and throw the new belt he just put on, then the customer is going to be left on the side of the road, I wouldn’t recommend living with that noise for a while, this is really stupid advice

                                                                                    • SolamenteVees
                                                                                      SolamenteVees  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I want to slap him every time he calls it a "fan belt." Also, most cars use the AC compressor when running the front defrost function.

                                                                                      • WC
                                                                                        WC  2 weeks back

                                                                                        This kind of content (real-life troubleshooting and car repair education to save youtube audience $$$) is highly appreciated and super welcomed. Please produce more of such "DIY" troubleshooting or repair videos (but please buy a camera gimbal as some of the videos shakes so much it become unwatchable... - makes me dizzy)

                                                                                        • Kevin Carr
                                                                                          Kevin Carr  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Okay, he might not use it until summer, but you ever think that this guy might want just done while he doesn't have the car? He might not want to have to deal with taking it back to someone after he already took it once...

                                                                                          • Jeremy Ames
                                                                                            Jeremy Ames  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Scotty is awesome I’ve learned a lot watching him!!!

                                                                                            • Mike Z
                                                                                              Mike Z  2 weeks back

                                                                                              Does the belt drive a fan or the accessories?

                                                                                              • Prakash Jugwunth
                                                                                                Prakash Jugwunth  2 weeks back

                                                                                                I heard an unusual sound in my engine and decided to call in the mechanic. But when we went for a test drive the mechanic remarks that he can hear no unusual sounds. In fact, the unusual sound mysteriously disappeared. It seemed as if the car decided to behave because a genuine mechanic was around. I have had this type of experience quite a few times in my life. Scotty and others, do you have a comment about this or had a similar experience.