At work: Auto repair company ramps up Crytzer | New
Julie Crytzer said she and her father were “hip joint” as she spoke about her introduction to the world of auto service.
Growing up with six brothers, she was treated the same as her father who taught them all about cars.
He worked in heavy machinery but was fired from his job. So he bought a property on Market Street and Julie joined him in the automotive business 31 years ago.
He was called back to work and Julie took over Tech Tube ‘N Lube.
She has her own toolbox and is a certified mechanic who has worked on cars for 30 years.
The world of auto repair has changed dramatically over the years, she said, with all of the computerized equipment in vehicles today.
Not all mechanics / technicians are the same, she said, with ratings based on experience and knowledge – from C to AA.
She’s ranked B, she said.
The technician may be more competent in some areas than in others. She is proud of the three mechanics / technicians in her company and has stated that she has her own toolbox and can and has done work on cars, but pays her staff very well, has t she declared, so that she could do other things related to her business. .
Crytzer is a mechanic and business owner, and is also a service writer, test driver, diagnostician, secretary, accountant – and assigns each job to the technician she considers best for it based on her specialist knowledge. She’s the one who will listen to the customer as they describe the “funny noise” the car makes, and then narrow it down to which mechanic / technician would be better.
She said being a mechanic shouldn’t be a dirty job, it could be a clean job.
She also said that being a mechanic doesn’t have to be a female or male profession.
It doesn’t take muscle; you need brains, she said.
As the owner, Crytzer starts working around 5:30 a.m., ordering the necessary parts and getting ready for the day.
Technicians arrive at 6, 7 or 8, depending on their schedules.
Crytzer said the store is open at 7 a.m. so customers can drop off their vehicles and get to work.
The work can range from an oil change to major repair work. In her 31 years of work, she remembers only one vehicle that was towed because it could not be repaired.
One of the best parts of her job, she said, is opening the hood of a car and seeing all the new things – and there are new things in the auto industry every year.
Crytzer also enjoys working with her clients whom she considers to be part of her family.
“I love people,” she said, adding that she really wasn’t afraid to go to work.
When it gets to the point that bothers her going to work, “It’s time to quit.”
The least favorite part of her job is “the paperwork”.
Another downside is that she had to miss some family events because of her job.
She also asked some people to turn to the male techs, assuming she wouldn’t know the answers.
“I take it with a grain of salt,” she said, confident in her ability to diagnose any problems a vehicle may encounter.
She understands that some “are not comfortable (with the mechanic) and do not realize that” I am here to help “.
She said she treated every customer the same, so they could be happy with the job they did.
Crytzer said the use of computers has brought a whole new world to vehicle maintenance, but from cars and vans to trucks and lawn mowers, “We have to make them work.”
She said several computers are used to repair vehicles, noting that even the transmissions in vehicles are not the same and that vehicles today have front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and push-button starters. .
In fact, some computer chips make it impossible to work anywhere other than the car dealership instead of independent stores like Tech Tube ‘N Lube.
She finds that all of the new features – including the engines at the rear instead of the front – “make the auto repair job very interesting.”
Crytzer really likes to feel his customers are like family and said, “Thank you to the Town of Meadville for supporting me all these years.”