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Don’t Be Fuelish

Don’t Be Fuelish If you are concerned that you are spending too much money on gasoline to run your vehicle, you might want to check that you are using the appropriate fuel. It is estimated that American drivers wasted more than $2.1 billion during the most...

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Brakes: Wringing Out The Sponge

When a brake pedal has a spongy feel, it can be due to a defective master cylinder or a twisted brake line.  Usually, however, the cause can be traced to air in the hydraulic system, as the elasticity of the air creates the mushy feel of the brake pedal....

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It’s Automatic

The first automatic (self-shifting) transmission using hydraulic fluid was introduced in the 1930s. Prior to that, all cars came with manual (“stick”) shifts. However, as traffic became more pervasive, the driving public became interested in buying...

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Mounting Concerns

When engine mounts become worn, damaged, or broken, they can cause clunking, banging, and other impact-type sounds that result from the weight of the engine shifting excessively to the point of contact. Marks on the radiator indicate that this might be the...

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Into The Spin

As turbocharging becomes an ever more popular means of increasing performance and mileage, owners of turbocharged vehicles should better familiarize themselves with the symptoms of damage. To begin with, in vehicles equipped with a boost gauge, if the...

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Fluid Situation

If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, it makes good sense to have the automatic transmission fluid in your vehicle changed about every three years or 60,000 miles, more frequently if you tow or carry heavy loads.  Inspection of the fluid may show...

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Split Decision

Some car owners may wrongly conclude that since a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water works so well in their cars’ cooling systems, increasing the antifreeze level will provide even more protection. However, under normal circumstances, a 50/50 mixture...

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Ignition Problems

The ignition coil’s job is to transform the low-voltage power from the battery into the thousands of volts required to produce the electric spark in the plugs to ignite the fuel. If the gap in the spark plugs widens due to normal erosion, additional...

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Stat

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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