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Tips/Advice

Tips/Advice


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...

Car Quiz!

How much do you know about your car - and what's good (and bad) for it? Take this quick quiz and see! * Regular vs. premium gas? Some cars require premium; others merely...

5 DIY Tips…

If you mess around with cars long enough, you'll figure out ways of doing things that make the job easier. Here are five tips that have worked well for me over...

Goodbye, V-8s. Maybe This Time, For Good

V-8s are on the way out - again. The first mass extinction occurred circa late 1970s/early '80s - as a result of the first round of the government fuel economy edicts...

Does it Make Sense to You?

Some ideas sound great... or at least,  ok - until you think some more about them. Let me give you some examples: * Nitrogen (vs. plain old air) in your tires -  The...

Huskeroos

Ah, the people of Wal-Mart. The kids, too. According to an article in the peer-reviewed journal, Pediatrics, about one out of every six children ages 1 to 6 is too beefy to...

The Risk-Free Used Car

Should you even consider buying a used car that's not "warranted" or "certified/pre-owned" (CPO)? Many people won't - because we live at a time when people have been conditioned to dread risk,...

Things Cars Ought to Have… But Don’t

I've ranted about stuff new cars come with that seem over-the-top, unnecessary - stupid, even. The obnoxious back-up buzzer in the Toyota Prius hybrid, for instance. Headlights that stay on all...

New Car Buying Jedi Mind Tricks

Remember the famous scene from the original Star Wars? Obi Wan and Luke run into an Imperial checkpoint heading into Mos Eisely spaceport. Using his Jedi powers of suggestion, Obi Wan whispers to the...

“Gas Hogs”?

It's taken as gospel that pre-modern cars, especially those made in America, and particularly those with big V8s, were "gas hogs." But were they, really? And are new cars as fuel-efficient as advertised? The answer...
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