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25 Best YouTube Channels for Car Fixes
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One of the most daunting tasks in the world is getting a car repaired. No one wants to do it, and most of us have no idea how to do it. Luckily for modern car owners, we live in the age of YouTube and finally, for the first time ever, the average person can get a grip on how to manage some simple car repairs and even some not-so-simple ones. There's no need to shell out money and time to head to a garage when something small and manageable thing goes wrong. After all, isn't a mechanic just a person who has knowledge that you don't? Why not get the knowledge yourself?
From the master himself, Chris Fix, to Scotty Kilmer to the Humble Mechanic, there are numerous channels that can show you the most obscure facets of modding out a Lamborghini to some simple tips for swapping out your license plate holder. YouTube is your one-stop shop for modern car knowledge, whereas back in the day you needed to have a lot of time to read up at the library and a vivid imagination to picture how it all would work in real life. If you're looking to learn the most about fixing your car, check out our list!
Fix it with ChrisFix.
With over 5.6 million subscribers, ChrisFix is the top of the heap when it comes to YouTube car guys. His videos cover a wide range of topics from how to restore your headlights using toothpaste to how to install dual brake calipers. He's offering the full range from simple DIY to much more complicated but extremely helpful knowledge. If you don't want to hit up the garage, hit up ChrisFix and there's a good chance he can help.
Scotty knows how cars work.
Scotty Kilmer's car repair channel has over 2.7 million subscribers. The very energetic Scott Kilmer has a lot of info to share, and when he does it it's equal parts informative and entertaining. His quirky delivery tells you what you need to know, keeps you interested and also keeps you laughing sometimes as well. Kilmer clearly has a pretty good sense of humor as he tells you what you should, and shouldn't, do with your car.
Let Tavarish show you the way.
The videos Tavarish posts are a little theatrical and a little weird sometimes, but chock full of information depending on what you're looking for. You can learn how to disassemble your Jeep if you're so inclined, or rebuild an utterly trashed Lamborghini when a good portion of it is pretty much beyond salvageable. Lots of variety in topics, lots of fun on camera, lots to check out from Tavarish.
The car guy named Eric
Eric the Car Guy lives up to his name. Not the Eric part, the car guy part. With 1.3 million subscribers, Eric can show you how to install everything from roller rockers to a nylon cam button and then give you a glimpse of what his dad thinks of the truck he just fixed up over the course of three years. He keeps it real and technical but easy to understand and delves into some of the more obscure things you might need to know.
How humble is he?
The Humble Mechanic and his epic beard are a lot of fun to watch. He makes it pretty easy to follow his progress when he's doing something like installing power fold mirrors or repairing steering column bushings. He also shares his opinions on the industry as a whole and answers questions and concerns from viewers, which is nice. If you want to check out a relatable guy with a wealth of knowledge, the Humble Mechanic is worth a look.
Which guys? The Auto Repair Guys!
A simple name for a not-so-simple task, the Auto Repair Guys have about 175,000 subscribers right now. They also post new stuff sometimes two or three times a day and cover topics like replacing your radiator fan or removing the brake vacuum pump. Is it as glamorous as some channels that will mod out a Porsche 550 Spyder? No. But do you have a Porsche 550 Spyder to mod out? Probably not. This is practical info anyone can use, and that's key for car fix videos.
What's in the box? What's in the box?!?
Trailerfitter's Toolbox Videos is the kind of channel that will not just show you how to test your antifreeze, which they will do, but it will also recommend the best boots for you to buy for when you're working in a shop. It's that top-to-bottom kind of appeal that makes this channel worth checking out as it's not just focused on the obvious stuff, but always on stuff that can really help you out. Check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/user/trailerfitter2/about
Head to the South.
South Main Auto Repair posts videos right from their shop as they get work done on a really interesting range of stuff. Where else are you going to find a video of what should be a computer replacement in a Nissan that turns up fuel line sabotage and a contaminated mix of who knows what inside the engine? Add that to the kind of everyday problems you might be interested like no heat coming from your dash or ABS issues, and South Main Auto covers a lot of bases.
1A is A1 stuff.
With a name like 1A Auto Parts, you might think they'd be a bit of a stuffy car parts warehouse or some such, but there's more here than meets the eye and nearly 800,000 subscribers agree. Sure, they can show you how to do something as simple as replacing a license plate frame, but they also have videos like a pumpkin carving contest where mechanics have to use random tools from the shop to make jack-o'-lanterns. So they're real people with real expertise but they still have some fun, and that's what you want.
You can really respect Ratchets and Wrenches.
The Ratchets and Wrenches channel dates back to 2012 and has an abundance of info for anyone interested in auto repair. They don't just tell you how to do things like removing water from headlights without having to pay anyone for it, they also offer up AC repair hacks and handy mechanic tricks as well as letting you know how thieves might try to target your car. It's a little grittier than other channels in a way that really makes it helpful.
Getting chill with Coldwarmotors
Coldwarmotors is all about old-school cars and trucks, hence the name, and they've been doing it since 2010. If you have a classic car or an interest in classic cars, this is the channel for you. Their videos cover things like rebuilding Model Ts, a 1960 Plymouth Fury, a 1951 Chevy Bel Air and lots more. For anyone who's a fan of classic cars and how to get them working again, this is definitely worth checking out.
For the Fords
Sometimes you need a car guy who has a specific set of skills, and FordTechMakuoco is just that guy. This channel is for all things Ford and has been running strong since 2013. If your Ford Explorer has a weird rattle or the engine in your Focus is running rough, this channel has a nearly endless supply of incredibly specific Ford facts and fixes for you.
Getting into the nitty gritty
Some car channels explain the basics, some just show off the talent of their shop team and then some, like Engineering Explained, get into the technical aspects at the heart of what makes a car run. This is the science that explains the fundamentals of how cars work, and that's pretty integral if you want to understand not just how you're repairing a car but why. They can tell you the value of charcoal air filters or what a pothole can do to your Tesla and so much more.
Offroad? Get on this!
If you're a fan of the road less traveled, which is to say going right offroad entirely in a Jeep or similar vehicle, then BleepinJeep is the channel you want to check out. Want to know how to replace your truck's wheel bearings? Or how to make a DIY contour gauge? Maybe a quick and dirty smoke machine to diagnose vacuum and exhaust leaks? Check out what these guys have to offer. Useful info in videos that are easy to follow and fun to watch. What more can you ask for?
What's up, autodoc?
Autodoc.co.uk sounds like a file on your computer that you never open, but it's also a really interesting auto repair channel that is all about DIY repair. They post new videos constantly, sometimes several times a day, and cover a range of topics that can really help you out. If your brake discs are overheating or you're just not sure how to replace your wiper blades, autodoc covers it all for you.
Look to the stars with Astral.
Astral Auto Repairs tries to give you the sort of info you need to handle a wide range of DIY concerns. On the one hand, they can tell you what to do with an overheating car, for instance. On the other hand, they can offer up info on something like dealing with the annoyance and frustration of ordering auto parts on the phone and even what happened when they caught someone stealing their gas.
It's double real!
Real Fixes Real Fast has been providing tips and tricks for fixing your car for a solid decade on YouTube, which is longer than a lot of channels last by far. Their videos are helpful for pros and DIY types alike. They're also good about making sure you understand the methodology behind repairs. For instance, they even go out of their way to warn you against following what you see in a random repair video without first checking every possible option.
Stay in your lane.
Nthefastlane is the kind of channel that's good for both specific and general interest videos. It's not everyone who will ever need to replace the drive train in an '86 Pontiac Sunfire, but say you need to remove rust from some metal parts with no fumes in a way that won't damage your skin. That's the kind of info you can use no matter what sort of car you're working on, and that's what you can find on Nthefastlane's channel.
The mightiest of channels
Mighty Car Mods is a bit of a niche channel but definitely worth checking out. If you have no interest in ever modding your car or seeing anyone mod a car then, well, it's not for you. But if you do like that kind of thing, these guys can show you some really cool stuff. From updated trim to turbocharging your engine, there's a lot of really cool, fun stuff and the Aussie hosts Marty and Moog are just a blast.
Advance isn't too advanced.
The Advance Auto Parts channel only has about 21,000 subscribers, but more people really should take notice. They cover the range of everyday issues like maybe your AC not working in the heat of summer and give a step-by-step tutorial on how to get it fixed all by yourself. They also offer up a lot of repair videos for a Spanish-speaking audience and some fun stuff like commercials and interviews as well.
Hanging with the crew at Cooper
Cooper's Automotive Repair is based in Florida and has been putting repair videos online since 2011. They take a "whatever may come" approach to videos and just bring you along for the ride with a wide mix of issues as they pop into the shop, giving you a real-world taste of what it's like to fix problems from one day to the next that may be wildly different from each other.
John Sadler's Auto Repair channel is here to diagnose a wide range of problems and fix them to a factory standard. John's approach is just like going to work with him. He gets a customer's car in, he diagnoses the problem, he fixes it all while showing you what the problem is and why he's fixing it. He has a clear and concise way of explaining issues that makes it easy to follow as well as simple tips like how to properly remove corroded bolts that are incredibly helpful.
A-OK with S&A
S&A Auto repair is a relatively new channel with only about a year under its fan belt. That said, Corey from S&A makes a good range of videos that don't just show you what to do but what not to do. For instance, the video "Brakes Done Wrong - Don't Shortcut" shows you just how bad a job someone can do when trying to fix a job. Knowing how to do something is just as valuable as knowing how not to do it.
Do what Cyd did.
Cyclone Cyd offers up some simple to follow wisdom on repairing and maintaining a car with the added bonus of a delightful British accent. His approach to DIY repair is about as pleasant and easy to follow as anything you'll ever find, and it's nice to know not everyone on YouTube s going to overwhelm you with technical stuff. Sometimes, the simple stuff is the best!
A tip of the hat
Seems like Auto Repair Tips is a great name for a YouTube channel about auto repair tips, and it really is! Criminally underrated with less than 2,000 followers, this channel is absolutely loaded with great stuff like building an oil catch can out of scrap from around the garage, what to do when you have coolant in your transmission fluid and even what happens when you pull a wheelie in a Buick Roadmaster.
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