For instance, the clip below shows Phoenix... replacing a wheel bearing on his dad’s 2001 Toyota Corolla.
While the kid’s age means he might still get scared by the sound of a wheel nut falling onto the garage floor, seeing him work his way around a torque wrench is more than inspiring.
The miniature mechanic also follows a strict set of rules imposed by his father. You know, stuff like not using rotary cutting tools.
Our favorite part of the DIY job shown in Phoenix’s clip below sees the kid, who was five years and four months at the time, mixing the bearing changing operation with bits and pieces from The Story of the Three Bears - at least we hope we have our Goldilocks facts straight.
The kid’s father added a disclaimer to the YouTube video description. For obvious reasons, we’ve decided to include it here as well - “Phoenix is *NOT* a certified mechanic. Neither is Dad. Consult a qualified mechanic and follow your vehicle's service manual if you should choose to attempt any repair work. Although Phoenix did his best to fix this car correctly, he was five years and four months old at the time we filmed this educational experience. For your own safety, don't assume any part of this video is correct.”
Yes, the video is heavily edited, and yes, the father does plenty of work behind the camera. But this kid is still better at the mechanical game than the average car owner, which is why we find him adorable.