Video of the Week: Rodney Dangerfield's Guide to Auto Repair

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Reading about yet another yahoo automotive technician destroying a sports car on a joyride today, I was reminded of this classic.

Spend a few minutes this afternoon laughing along with the late, great Rodney Dangerfield, Bubba Smith, Morgan Fairchild, and former NFL'er Dick Butkus. My Chicago bias is showing here but may I point out that Butkus, if you're wondering what he's up to these days, is a fun follow on Twitter.

Speaking of fun, have a laugh or two. Make sure your favorite mechanic sees this.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Ajla Ajla on Jan 11, 2023

    1985. Most of you guys were just starting graduate school back then.

    • Tassos Tassos on Jan 11, 2023

      You don't say. I know a certain somebody who was already, in 1985, at 31 years of age, already three years a tenure-track ENgineering Professor in the nation's top (according to a 2022 ranking) public University, and just reappointed with flying colors. Keep your day job, gambling was not meant for you. BTW, I doubt most here ever SAW, much less attended, any Grad School, even at your alma mater, Tin Roof University.

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jan 11, 2023

    As with Office Space, that Dangerfield piece is more documentary than comedy.

  • Wolfwagen Wolfwagen on Jan 11, 2023

    (In a Homer Simpson voice)

    Mmmmmm Morgan Fairchild (drool)

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jan 11, 2023

    It occurs to me that the automotive repair I did this week would have gone much more quickly if I were working on that Nova.