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Zen and the Art of Collision Repair

A car is meant to be driven and as such it constantly exposed to a myriad of risk factors that over time accumulate and make it more and more likely that it will see the inside of an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop. Simply driving a car from point A to point B increases the chances that the car will get into an accident with another car. Moreover, the more a car is driven the more wear and tear its component parts will endure over time. All these factors accumulate to the point where it simply becomes inevitable that the car will find itself in the bay of an auto body repair shop. Even deciding not to drive a car and leaving it parked in the garage can be damaging to a car. So there really is no escaping it.

Once a car owner has resigned him or herself to the fact that the car they own will some day in all likelihood spend some time in an auto body Salt Lake City repair shop her or she will notice a certain ease of spirit descend upon them. This ease of spirit arises from the acknowledgement that if an event is inevitable there is no use in worrying about it. When all of this needless worry is jettisoned from the car owner’s life once and for good he or she then becomes free to truly live life abiding fully in their true self.

Once this serene state is achieved a funny thing will happen. That being, that the car owner will suddenly realize that the collision repair shop is not really repairing the car so much as it repairs the car owner’s soul. When a car owner’s soul has been repaired then the car (which is really a metaphor for the car owner’s soul) becomes superfluous except as a mode of transportation which is all it ever was in the first place.

 

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Not So Easy Solutions in an Auto Body Shop in Salt Lake City

I run an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop. The other day (which day I can’t rightly remember exactly) I ran across an intriguing repair job problem. I was working on a 2014 Honda Accord. The specific car I was working on was a bright canary yellow as I recall. The make, model and color of the car does not specifically pertain to the technical issue I ran into but it does affix the car in my memory.

This car had a damaged radiator core support that I was aiming to fix. The air conditioner itself was not the least bit damaged and happened to be fully charged at the time I assessed the situation. The problem I faced was that the air conditioner was blocking my repair access to the core support that happened to be damaged. I spent a long time trying to figure out a way to access the core support without removing the condenser. Sometimes it helps to just put the tools down, walk outside the auto body Salt Lake City shop, breathe in some fresh air and get some perspective on the problem. Usually when I take this approach I find that the answer will come to me a lot faster than it would if I remained in the garage scratching my head.

Finally the answer came to me. I walked back inside the collision repair Salt Lake City shop and approached the yellow Honda Accord. I then proceeded to recover the refrigerant from the condenser. Once it was drained, I removed the condenser. It turns out that there was no other way to do it. This was what came to me as I stood outside taking in the fresh air. Sometimes the solution to a problem is the simplest but not necessarily the most convenient one.

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The Function of the Coolant Recovery System

I work in an auto body repair shop in Salt Lake City. I employ two technicians named Jimmy and Sammy respectively. Two days ago Jimmy and Sammy were working on a 1998 Honda Civic when I overheard them arguing about the function of the coolant recovery system. It seems Jimmy said that the function of the coolant recovery system is to keep excess coolant from being lost. Sammy, however, argued that the function of the coolant recovery system is to return coolant when the cooling system goes into a vacuum.

I have been in this business for a long time and have had many different technicians working for me. The one thing I have noticed as a consistent theme running through all the various combinations of technicians is that they all like to argue and they all hate to admit they are wrong. Jimmy and Sammy are no different in this respect. So I had to think very carefully as to whether I wanted to intervene on this argument of theirs. I certainly did not want to bruise either of their egos. A wounded pride could cause the relational dynamic to change for the worse in this collision repair business in Salt Lake City and that is the last thing I want. I am in the business of putting food on my table after all.

Of course I knew that both Jimmy and Sammy were correct. Keeping excess coolant from being lost and returning coolant when the cooling system goes into a vacuum are both functions of a coolant recovery system. But I also knew that I had nothing to gain by intervening in their argument. I risked having both of them angry with me. My solution, I left the auto body shop and went to lunch. I figured by the time I got back they would be having a different argument entirely.