Friday, April 19, 2019
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Tips/Advice

Tips/Advice


Money (And Hassle) Savers

The wise mechanic says: Avoiding the need for repairs is the best way to save money on repairs. Here are a few tips and tidbits along those lines: * Parking brake on...

Make Your Automotive Dollar Go Farther!

There's not much we can do about the cost of buying a new car, but I can give you some advice that may help you reduce the cost of owning (and...

How Government Just Made Your Next Car Less Safe

I recently did a column about the burbling war between the Safety Nazis and the Mileage Mussolinis (see here). Well, here's the first casualty: Your safety. Because your next new car probably...

Avoiding Underhood Quackery

Cows walk willingly up the ramp to get that knock on the head. It is wise not to follow their example when it comes to getting your car fixed. And - it's...

Subprime on Wheels

It’s a good time to be a repo man. . . again. Lots of business picking up used cars people’ve stopped making payments on. According to S&P Global Ratings and an article in...

Long Lived Car

There are two pretty simple things almost anyone can do - no tools required! - to keep almost any vehicle running reliably for many years after the warranty expires. Don't abuse it. And: Use...

Service 101: Manual Transmission Fluid (Lube) Change

Most people know it's important to regularly change their car's oil - the engine's oil, that is. But many forget (or just don't know) that it's as important - for the...

Things You Won’t Find In Your Next New Car

It's almost impossible to find a new car that doesn't come standard with amenities that used to be expensive options such as air conditioning (usually, automatic climate controlled air conditioning), power...

The Hate List

The big things, they've fixed. You know . . .  brand-new cars that won't start - or stall out at the worst possible moment (like in the middle of a busy intersection)....

How to Bleed Brakes

“Bleeding” the brakes just means purging air from inside the lines, master cylinder and wheel cylinders. If the brake pedal feels spongy - especially after you’ve done brake work that involved...
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