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Magnets: Your Car Can’t Run Without Them

Magnets: Your Car Can’t Run Without Them

We normally think that cars run on gasoline. But what if I said that cars run because of magnets, and without magnetism our vehicles would be lifeless, expensive hunks of metal with wheels. It would sound like an outlandish statement and a wild claim..
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10 New Year’s Resolutions to Be a Better Car Owner

10 New Year’s Resolutions to Be a Better Car Owner

Your car asked us to write this story. It feels neglected, taken for granted and under-appreciated. Your car carries you around faithfully day to day, but it doesn’t receive much attention from you in return. In fact, you even make it stay outside ..
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5 Emergency Hacks for an Overheated Engine

5 Emergency Hacks for an Overheated Engine

An overheated engine will grab your attention faster than a New York minute. Steam pouring out from under the hood or boiling out from under the dash (failed heater core), bells ringing and warning lights flashing will get your heart pumping and your..
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Your Car Failed Its Emissions Test. Here’s Why.

Your Car Failed Its Emissions Test. Here’s Why.

Phobias and irrational fears, we all have them. From small things to big issues, everybody is averse to something. It is commonly reported that the biggest fear among adults is the fear of public speaking. I’ll bet it is not. The universal phobia h..
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Tackling a Resto-Mod? These Are Must-have Tools

Tackling a Resto-Mod? These Are Must-have Tools

You’ve convinced your significant other that it’s a good winter project to restore or modify that car you’ve always wanted. That’s a pretty awesome first step, but beware – it’s a thousand-mile journey. There are a million steps between n..
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Drum Brakes Repair Secrets

Drum Brakes Repair Secrets

Years ago good mechanics kept a bottle of baby powder in their toolbox. They used it to fix drum brakes. How? After a brake “reline” job, it was not unusual for cars to have a brake pull. Hit the brakes hard and the car would want to chan..
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How to Plan Your Dream Car Build

How to Plan Your Dream Car Build

You’ve finally procured your car build. It could be the late-‘60s Pony car you’ve dreamed about since childhood. It might be the Coke-bottle Stingray that turns your crank. Or, it could be an oddball car. For me, it’s a Wankel-powered Mazda R..
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Finding Those Annoying Rattles, Squeaks and Noises

Finding Those Annoying Rattles, Squeaks and Noises

Most people believe that cars have feelings. Just notice how they act when their car has a dead battery. They will plead with it to start, telling it “Just start one more time, please, please,” and then promise the car they will get it a brand ne..
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Car Electrical Repairs Part 2: Faulty Circuits

Car Electrical Repairs Part 2: Faulty Circuits

Auto parts stores on Saturday mornings can look like they are hosting 12-Step meetings. Men are discussing car electrical problems that they can’t solve, asking for help and insight. They seek advice from the parts people, and receive counsel from..
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Fuel System Care: Avoid Costly Repairs

Fuel System Care: Avoid Costly Repairs

When we think about all the problems that plagued older vehicles, a modern fuel system can seem maintenance free. Those older vehicles, like the Jaguar D-Type pictured above, had carburetors and chokes that needed regular attention. This included c..
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