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Tips/Advice


Garage OPSEC

If you're a gearhead, you've probably got a lot of stuff in your garage. Expensive stuff. Collectible cars. Bikes. Tools and equipment. There might be more value in your garage than...

Dodge Dart Belly Flop . . . Canary in the Coal Mine for Chrysler?

Will Fiat pull the plug on Chrysler? Just the other day, it was announced that sales of the Dodge Dart - one of the first post-bankruptcy new-design Chrysler products - are down...

Chilling Out. . . Before it Gets Hot!

Air conditioning has become standard equipment because there's no longer an alternative way to cool off the passenger cabin. Cars used to come standard with under-dash vents you could open up...

Shops That Take You For a Ride….

Perhaps the most stressful thing about taking a car in for service is not the prospect of a big bill - it's the prospect of being taken for a ride. How can...

The Car Log

One of the first things I do after I buy a vehicle is buy a small spiral-bound notebook (spiral-bound because a pen or pencil fits nicely in the binding.) On the...

Don’t Depend on Just Gas…

Having a generator for back-up power is great - unless you don't have the fuel to run the generator. The irony of the portable back-up generator - most of them, at...

The Buzzers Cars Don’t Have – But Probably Should

Most new cars have warning buzzers for half a dozen different things. Just not for the important things. Like, for instance, total loss of engine coolant. A friend told me her car’s heater...

A Practical Guide For Dealing With Cops

There are two main schools of thought when it comes to dealing with a cop during a traffic stop (or "safety" checkpoint). One of them is disgustingly obsequious, unworthy of a...

50 MPG Then – and Now

Getting 50 MPG out of a gallon of gas has gotten a lot more expensive over the past 20-something years. Back in 1990, it only cost $5,995 - $10,614 in corrected-for-2012...

Pulling Parts

I got an e-mail (too late) from my sister out in California about a problem she was having with her car. By the time I heard from her, she'd already spent close...
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