Hello Mr. Kilmer, my name is Josh. I recently graduated from college…


Hello Mr. Kilmer, my name is Josh. I recently graduated from college (Texas Tech class of '18). I have been working as a food delivery driver for various food delivery apps since being furloughed from my regular job from the Covid-19 lockdown. I currently live in San Antonio, Texas and I drive a 2008 Hyundai Accent (1.6 ltr, GLS, 4 door, automatic transmission) that currently has 144,960 miles on it. I have owned it since January 1st of 2013 and it has been a remarkably reliable car. I have reached a point where I have decided I want to keep the car until the wheels fall off, as the saying goes.

The problem is that it is starting to need a bit of work done on it. I recently took it into a body shop to get it repaired from a little bit of a fender bender. I was told that it needs a brake job, the suspension needs work, and a few other things need to be taken care of as well. The engine has also started to shake and shudder while it is turned on and idling(even after changing out the spark plugs and ignition coils). The obvious solution to this is to scrap the Hyundai for what it's worth and get a new vehicle. The only issue is that I am not in the best of financial situations right now, as we all find ourselves in from time to time. The point of this email is if I could take a drive out to where you live and have you show me how to work on my own vehicle. I've always had a genuine interest in vehicles and how they work. I have also always had a genuine interest in learning how to fix them.

Unfortunately, I don't know too many people who are knowledgeable, or patient, enough to show me how to do this. I also, unfortunately, don't have the finances to go get a mechanic's certification from a vocational school. As I mentioned before, I have reached a point where I want to drive this car until it drives no further. I'm just genuinely curious to see how many more miles I can get out of the vehicle. I would pay for all of the parts that I need, and pay you for your time if necessary. I would just like to learn how to become a more self-sufficient man as I get closer to entering my 30s (I am 29). Furthermore, if need be, I wouldn't mind you filming the whole process if you need content for your YouTube channel. My vehicle is my livelihood right now. Until, of course, I can get another steady career started once this Coronavirus economic debacle ends.

Regardless of your answer, I wish you well and hope that you continue fixing cars for another 50 years. Stay happy and healthy during this pandemic. I have been a fan of the channel for a few years now and have learned an immense amount of things about the auto industry from it.