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11/13/2013 7:59:00 AM
Muffler mechanic back at shop after recovering from stroke
Review/Ken HedlerMike, left, and Bob “Wax” Waxler take a break from working on a dune buggy Nov. 6 at Chino Muffler & Automotive. Mike has returned to work after recovering from a stroke.
Review/Ken Hedler

Mike, left, and Bob “Wax” Waxler take a break from working on a dune buggy Nov. 6 at Chino Muffler & Automotive. Mike has returned to work after recovering from a stroke.

Ken Hedler
Special to the Review

Bodies, like cars and machinery, break down.

Mike Waxler, owner of Chino Muffler & Automotive with his father, Robert, faced a medical situation - a stroke - that put him out of commission in February. He said doctors cleared him to return to work in June at the shop at 932 N. Highway 89.

Waxler said he is fully recovered "for the most part," and his father kept the shop open while he was on medical leave.

After returning to work in July, Waxler said he set about remodeling the shop, which he and his father, nicknamed "Wax," bought in 2000.

"We remodeled the inside and changed the office area and painted the building (yellow)," Waxler said. "It used to be white."

During the remodeling, the mechanics used a rented bay on the premises, Waxler said.

Chino Muffler also has reduced its number of bays from three to two.

Waxler said he and his father "do everything except alignments and tires," and are "just trying to stay busy."

Besides working on cars and off-road vehicles, they repair motorcycles, lawn mowers and chain saws.

Robert Waxler, a man who minces few words, said he works well with his son "most of the time."

Chino Muffler maintains business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, log onto, or call the shop at 636-2185.

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