5-Year-Old Kindergarten Mechanic Teaching Us How to Replace a Wheel Bearing Is Cute

Here’s a top tip for all you aspiring super parents out there - once your kid grows old enough to stop giving you a hard time due to teething pain, you two can start a wonderful journey involving the underside of the family car. While it might be difficult to believe your 5-year-old can fix a serious issue your vehicle is experiencing, we’ve brought along an example that demonstrates just that.
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Meet Phoenix, a 5-year-old who’s always ready to play with the internal organs of a motor vehicle. Nicknamed the “kindergarten mechanic” by his dad, who acts as his teacher, the little one seems to know a thing or two about the metallic puzzle that makes up our beloved cars.

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.

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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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