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Is Your Car Cop Bait?

Racial profiling is a law-enforcement no-no, but "automotive profiling" is a going concern in every state across the land. Drive a bright-colored car, or an obviously sporty/performance car, and you dramatically increase...

How to Change Oil & Filter

Here's a nice little vide that shows you the basics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwJ0A...layer_embedded Here are a couple of things not discussed: * If you don't have access to a lift, you will probably need a floor...

They Keep Making Cars Safer…

But what about us? Air bags and crumple zones make a car more crashworthy. But they don't make it less likely we'll crash the car. That's still up to us, to a great...

Can You Read a Sidewall?

What do all those numbers (and letters) really mean? Here's a short primer on tire-related terminology  that should help you get to know your four friends a bit better: * Contact Patch -  As...

New Cop Cars Blend Into The Crowd

For decades, it has been pretty easy to visually pick out cop cars from the crowd. Even without a radar detector, alert drivers knew to slow down when they saw a Ford...

Which Matters More: Reputation or Warranty Coverage?

Two of the factors most people consider when shopping for a new car are its overall reputation for quality and reliability (as well as that of the company which built it)...

How Technology Killed Toyota

Toyota's troubles with run-amok cars is apparently related somehow to the drive-by-wire throttle control used in models like the Prius hybrid. With drive-by-wire, there is no physical connection between the gas pedal...

Roll-up windows work just fine for me!

I have two "modern" vehicles - a '98 and a 2002 Nissan Frontier pick-up. Both basically identical except one is 4WD (manual control, part-time) and one (the '02) has intermittent wipers. The...

The Extinction of Affordable Tires

Have you noticed how expensive tires - even basic tires - have become? Your run-of-the-mill radial now runs close to $100 (less mounting, tire stems and all that). It's easy to drop...

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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