Windows, Suspension and Torque Wrenches

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Days 2, 3 and 4 have gotten increasingly better. On day 2, I proved my worth by replacing the window motor on my own Volvo, as well as the ignition and battery. Lewis, the owner, has been giving me more and more jobs every day. Yesterday he had me work on a customer's VW Passat which had a warped wheel and a broken drive axle. The customer had lost the key for the wheel lugs, and Lewis told me to drive the car to the Herzog Meier in Beaverton, about 15 minutes each way. It was pretty nervewracking driving a broken car that belonged to someone who I've never met. After I got the vehicle back to the shop, I learned how to use the tire replacing machine, and how to balance the wheel. I also helped Tom, the main Volvo specialist, with whatever he was doing. Mostly oil changes, but those go very quick. Today I helped bleed brakes on a customer's twin turbocharged 320 horsepower S80 T6. We also replaced the timing belts and flushed the coolant system. Lewis also charged me with remachining and replacing the drum brakes on a 2000 Chevy Cavalier. It was a pretty fun job, though all of the brake springs are pretty fiddly and require some patience. I also helped Tom replace the upper shock mounts on an 850R. Volvo R models are the sport ones which have nice big turbocharged engines. Probably the thing i do most often is tire rotations, so I've gotten pretty familiarized with the lifts and the buzz guns and the torque wrenches. I've found that mechanics are VERY protective of their torque wrenches and like to remind me about the exorbitant amount of money they spend on them. I've been learning a lot about Volvo's and car inner workings in general, which was of course the goal of this internship.