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Tire Inspection Guide: How to Check Tire Tread & Tire Pressure

With everything that’s going on in the world right now, tires are probably the last thing on your mind. After all, let’s face it—tires are pretty boring. And yet, they...Read more

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Things to Remember When Buying Brake Pads

It takes very little talent to drive fast in any car. All you need to do is mash the accelerator to the floor and watch the speedometer climb. The opposite...Read more

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Should You Switch to LED Headlights?

By 1908 electric headlights were standard across all vehicles. They have continuously evolved to create a brighter and safer illumination beam for all road users. Light-emitting Diodes, better known as...Read more

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New 1914 Ford Model T

I have newfound respect for Henry Ford and his Model T. You see, since 2003 was Ford Motor Company's 100 birthday, Ford decided to resurrect the production line for Henry's...Read more

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Main Components of Your Cooling System

1. RADIATOR: Cools off the anti-freeze/coolant mixture by allowing air passing through the tube/fin area to dissipate the heat generated by the engine. 2. WATER PUMP: Draws the cooled anti-freeze...Read more

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The Ignition System

The purpose of the ignition system is twofold: first to create a voltage high enough (20,000+) to arc cross the gap of a spark plug, thus creating a spark strong...Read more

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On Board Diagnostics (OBD): What Is It and What Does It Mean to You?

OBD, or on board diagnostics, was first introduced by General Motors in 1981. The purpose of OBD was to monitor the emission control system in the car. When the computer system of...Read more

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A Short Course on Automatic Transmissions

The modern automatic transmission is by far, the most complicated mechanical component in today's automobile. Automatic transmissions contain mechanical systems, hydraulic systems, electrical systems and computer controls, all working together...Read more

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Honoring Fallen Comrades, Detroit F.D.: Restoring a 1937 Seagrave Safety Sedan for Use as a Hearse

In 1936 the Seagrave Corporation, building some of Americas finest fire engines in Columbus, Ohio, added a so-called Safety Sedan to its year-old line of Sweetheart series trucks, whose nickname...Read more

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I keep my cars for 3 to 5 years, then trade them in

Under hood checks Once a week or when refueling. New vehicles require less attention and most problems are covered by the warranty, but if the problem has to do with...Read more

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Repair Information

Factory Shop Manuals and Other Repair Information Helm Incorporated Owner's manuals, Factory shop manuals and other publications for GM, Ford, Honda, Isuzu and others. Delmar Automotive repair textbooks for mechanic...Read more

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Hurricane sufferers victimized by illegal car selling scam

Hurricane sufferers of Katrina and Rita who have already been displaced from their homes and lives, are now being further victimized by swindlers who are looking to take advantage of...Read more

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Classic Report: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

When Ford introduced the Mustang on April 17, 1964, the company not only created a new car that gave Lee Iacocca the status of legend in the automotive industry, it...Read more

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Aiming at Altering Alliances: 1969 AMC Javelin SST 290

Growing up in the Sixties, you were a Ford guy, a Chevy guy, or maybeif you were a real free thinkera Chrysler guy. But nobody was an American Motors guyor...Read more

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1970 Dodge SuperBee

This car came out of long term storage in Indiana with 19,000 original miles.  It was brought to Al & Selwyn, a repair shop in Brooklyn NY who specializes in...Read more

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Ahead of the Curve

Bend a Popsicle stick over your thumb. The curve, a neat ellipse, is the shoulder line of the Meyers Manx SR2. Put a spitball on one end of that splinter...Read more

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It was Anything But a Triumph

1949 Triumph 2000 Roadster If ever there was a company with a death wish, it was Triumph. Seldom has a manufacturer so eagerly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory,...Read more

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1957 Ford Fairlane 500 2 Door Hardtop

This was my first real car (actually, I had a 53 Studebaker Commander before this one, but I never got it on the road, so it doesn't count). I bought...Read more

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1953 Studebaker Starliner

In 1953 this car was more radical and turned more heads than anything today. Designed by Raymond Loewy, this 53 year old car still looks good today.Read more

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A Matter of Design

Clark Olivers 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Seville is Elysian green, a color whose name holds a special allure to him. The dictionary defines Elysian as of, relating to, or characteristic of...Read more

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1965 Corvair Corsa

This car was hurt by Ralph Nader's book"Unsafe at Any Speed". In this book, he was referring to the 1960-63 Corvair which had a tendency to lose control because of...Read more

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1970 Plymouth GTX

When a 440 grabs one's ear and says hello, it simply can't be ignored. Up at the other end of those two pipes protruding from under the rear bumper are...Read more

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Is It a Car or a Boat? Amphicars Are Both

LAKE OZARK, Mo. Amphicar drivers are a fun bunch. At a recent gathering of the International Amphicar Owners Club, they plunged their amphibious little cars down boat ramps and into...Read more

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Ralph Reschke turns junkyard Plymouths into classics

Ralph Reschke of Lawrence loves the twins, which is what he calls his matching 1955 Plymouth Belvederes. He has created these red and black beauties from junkyard rejects, and they...Read more

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New 1914 Ford Model T

I have newfound respect for Henry Ford and his Model T. You see, since 2003 was Ford Motor Company's 100 birthday, Ford decided to resurrect the production line for Henry's...Read more

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The 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car

50 of these experimental Gas Turbine cars were built to test the feasibility of this new power source. During a three year period, 200 Chrysler customers were given the car...Read more

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1972 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

An end of season ride The temperature is about 80 degrees, theres no wind and invading clouds promise much needed rain. It is August, the swan song of summer, and...Read more

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1968 Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale

Dancing in the street Like a persistent back-seat driver, the 2.0-liter V8 yammers incessantly. Sucking air and high test spritzed into the velocity stacks and I can see in the...Read more

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Rob Ballard’s 1955 Studebaker Speedster

Check out Tom Strongman's new book, "Wheels of Dreams" Vintage Cars and the People Who Love Them Not only is this collection of beautifully-illustrated true stories perfect for car lovers,...Read more

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A Short Course on Wheel Alignment

In its most basic form, a wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The...Read more

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A Short Course on Automobile Engines

Internal combustion gasoline engines run on a mixture of gasoline and air. The ideal mixture is 14.7 parts of air to one part of gasoline (by weight.) Since gas weighs...Read more

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Charging Systems

As mentioned earlier, the battery is the heart of the electrical system in the car. Something has to keep feeding the battery, or it will lose it's voltage and fail...Read more

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A Short Course on Brakes

The modern automotive brake system has been refined for over 100 years and has become extremely dependable and efficient. The typical brake system consists of disk brakes in front and...Read more

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Understanding Your Car

In this section, we will help you understand how your car works. We assume that you know nothing about how a car works and provide clear, understandable explanations of the...Read more

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A Short Course on Fuel Systems

This article is broken down into two sections: What is a fuel system?How does a fuel system work? What is a Fuel System? The modern automobile fuel system has several...Read more

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The Starting System

The "starting system", the heart of the electrical system in your car, begins with the Battery. The key is inserted into the Ignition Switch and then turned to the start...Read more

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Emission Control Systems

The need to control the emissions from automobiles gave rise to the computerization of the automobile. Hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and oxides of nitrogen are created during the combustion process and...Read more

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Automobile Battery: Everything You Need to Know

The automotive battery, also known as a lead-acid storage battery, is an electrochemical device that produces voltage and delivers current. In an automotive battery we can reverse the electrochemical action,thereby...Read more

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A Short Course on Ignition Systems

The purpose of the ignition system is to create a spark that will ignite the fuel-air mixture in the cylinder of an engine. It must do this at exactly the...Read more

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Automotive Air Conditioning Systems

Today, as we drive our automobiles, a great many of us, can enjoy the same comfort levels that we are accustomed to at home and at work. With the push...Read more

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Timing belt

Certain engines with overhead camshafts have timing belts that have a limited lifespan. Car makers use these belts instead of more durable chains because chains are noisier and cost more...Read more

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A Short Course on Charging Systems

This article is broken down into six sections: What is a charging systemThe AlternatorThe Voltage RegulatorCharging system gauge or warning lampWhat Can Go WrongRepairing Charging System Problems What is a...Read more

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Understanding Your Dashboard Gauges

The minimum number of gauges on a passenger car dashboard are the speedometer and the fuel gauge. The most common additional gauge is the temperature gauge followed by the tachometer,...Read more

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Fuel System

The function of the fuel system is to store and supply fuel to the cylinder chamber where it can be mixed with air, vaporized, and burned to produce energy. The...Read more

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A Short Course on Cooling Systems

This article is broken down into four sections: What is a cooling system?How does a cooling system work?The components of a cooling systemCooling system maintenance & Repair What is a...Read more

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Speed Limits

Here is a police officer's view of this topic: I am a police commander in Pinellas County, Florida. I agree with you that speed laws are not correctly de   ...Read more