Dan Smolinsky

Dan has been a part of the 1A Auto team for over 5 years and has been writing about cars and car parts for the better part of two years. His first car was a 2001 Chevy Impala but has since upgraded to a 2006 Subaru WRX, while dreaming of one day owning a Porsche 930.

Dan completed his first auto repair at the ripe ol’ age of 22 when he replaced the intake manifold runner control on his Dodge Avenger. He likes to point out that it sounds more impressive than it actually was, but everyone has to start somewhere, Dan!

Today, you can find Dan participating in the occasional autocross or track day event or updating his LinkedIn profile, jk. Although he does have an impressive profile, his real hobby is homebrewing beer. His most successful brew was a dark Belgian ale aged with oak chips. Sound delicious!

For someone about to complete their first auto repair, Dan’s most reliable bit of advice is to prepare. Just like brewing a good batch of beer, you need to make sure that you get a good set of instructions (from someone who has already successfully completed the repair themselves), be prepared for problems (stripped bolts, for example) and put aside more time than you think you’ll need.

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