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If an engine runs fine for a few minutes and then overheats, a bad thermostat is the likely culprit. It is the thermostat’s job to regulate the engine’s temperature by opening and closing to regulate the flow of coolant. If the coolant is not changed in accordance...

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Ties That Bind

“Tie rods” are slender, structural rods that are integral parts of the vehicle’s steering system, and they tie the steering rack to the steering arm (that attaches to the wheel). Because tie rods are responsible for transmitting the force from the steering rack to the...

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Water Pump Failure

If you notice a coolant leak that seems to be coming from behind the timing belt cover on the engine, or you notice that your temperature gauge is beginning to fluctuate, you may need to replace the water pump. This impeller pump, which is usually located under the...

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Turbocharged Maintenance

As automobile manufacturers look to meet government energy requirements without compromising engine performance, they are increasingly embracing turbocharging. According to the estimate of a leading turbo supplier, 39 percent of all the vehicles sold in North America...

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Do You Know Cars?

While there are garage mechanics that can rebuild engines, some vehicle owners cannot find an oil dipstick. According to a recent survey of 2,000 married homeowners with children and driver’s licenses, nearly two-thirds (63%) said that they had ignored a dashboard...

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Dragging Brakes

  “Dragging brakes” is a term that refers to brakes that remain partially applied even though pressure is not being exerted on the brake pedal. One of the likely causes of dragging brakes is contaminated brake buy glucophage online pharmacy fluid, which usually...

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All Up in Your Grill

Some vehicle owners express their holiday spirit by decorating their front grill with wreathes, ribbons, and images of Santa Claus or Rudolph. As delightful as these decorations are, they pose a potential danger to the efficient operation of the radiator. If pine...

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Around the Belt

The “serpentine belt” that drives a number of devices in an automotive engine (including the alternator, power steering pump, water pump, and air conditioning compressor) is critical to the proper functioning of a vehicle. As little as a 5% loss of rib material and...

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Before You Blow a Fuse

Drivers should remember that their vehicles run on electricity as well as gasoline. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that a fuse protects nearly every electrical accessory and system in your vehicle. The next time that your radio, lights, or other...

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Give Your System a Flush

To help guard against engine overheating during the upcoming summer months, it is recommended that vehicle owners flush the coolant from their automobile’s radiators and coolant systems and clean the front face of the radiator as well. The flush service removes acids,...

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