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Tips/Advice

Tips/Advice


Not a Four Wheeled-Indenture

The more I work on the ’72 Beetle - aka Sexual Chocolate, the car I am helping my teenage protege learn to work on - the more I realize why most...

“Safe” Today . . . But How About Next Month?

Do state-mandated "safety" inspections ensure a "safe" car? On the day of the inspection, sure. The tires are ok, the brakes check out. Fine. But what about next week? And six months down...

Make Winter Less Cold

If Al Gore is right, all we’d need to do is collectively rev our SUVs’ engines and the cold of winter would shoo away - or at least dial back a...

“No Scheduled Maintenance Needed!” . . and Other Vile Lies

One way that car companies attract business is by advertising that their vehicles are low-maintenace and - sometimes - no maintenance. This sounds too good to be true and - as...

Trannies . . .

Well, no - it’s not what you thought. This column isn’t about Caitlyn (nee Bruce) Jenner. It is about your car’s transmission. About pros - and cons. And about how to...

Oil Change Pratfalls

Changing a car’s oil is pretty simple - so it’s surprising it gets done wrong so often. Sometimes, by “professionals”  . . . who actually aren’t. See that part above about “simple.” Many places...

Gadget Review: INGEAR Flashlight/Emergency Tool

Occasionally, I get sent products to try out - and let you guys know about. INGEAR just sent me a flashlight/emergency tool to have a look at. It’s about eight inches long,...

Avoid a Harvey Hooptie

As the waters recede from Houston, thousands of flooded cars will be aired out - and shipped out - to unsuspecting used car lots all over the country. Their titles as...

Pumping up a Leaking Tire

Every kid knows what happens when you try pumping up a leaking tire. As soon as you stop pumping air into it, the tire begins to go flat. New car sales have...

Another Way Uncle Costs Us . . . Or Several

The fuel delivery system in a new car costs more than the entire engine used to. And still does - if you're lucky enough to own a V8-powered American car or truck...
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