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A How-To Guide for Cooling System Maintenance

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Everyone has seen the poor guy sitting on the side of the road with his hood up. Steam is billowing from under the hood and you can tell from his body language that it hasn’t been a good day, and it’s not getting better anytime soon. A cloud of white steam puffing out from the engine bay is just one sign that a cooling system is in disrepair. Like any vehicle system, it required maintenance and repairs to keep it working as it should. Here’s what a cooling system is designed to do, how it works, why it’s important, and...

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Eight Summer Trip Preparations for Your Car You Shouldn’t Miss

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The heat has arrived. Outside, the weather is scorching, and the kids are out of school. What does that mean? A road trip across state lines, of course. This summer, you’ve committed to a family road trip whether that means hotel stops along the way, towing a trailer, or popping up a pup tent in the backcountry. The whole family is ready to hit the road, but is your car prepared? No one appreciates a breakdown, and summer travel isn’t easy on a vehicle. It takes just minutes to get sunburn, so can you imagine the kind of abuse your...

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DIY Oil Change: Have You Been Doing It Right?

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You’re driving along and, suddenly, the ‘oil change due soon’ warning pops up on your dashboard. It feels like you’ve just done it, but truthfully, it’s been a few months and much driving. It’s time to buy the engine oil and filter again and set aside some time on the weekend to get it done. But that gets you wondering again, “Why is an oil change due so often?” And since you aren’t a licensed technician, there’s always the concern that you might not be doing your oil change properly. Here are the ins and outs of an oil change...

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What’s Involved in a Modern Ignition Tune-up?

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Crank the engine over for two seconds, then three…then five. Finally, the engine roars to life. You drop it in gear and mash the gas pedal, but something doesn’t feel right. Your car feels sluggish, like there’s a boat anchor tied to your back bumper. The little yellow light crudely shaped like an engine is glaring at you from the dashboard. And when you come to a stop, your car threatens to stall. For someone with a little background knowledge in cars, the first thing that comes to mind if, “It sounds like it needs a tune-up.” When a car...

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DIY Guide for How to Change Brakes

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Every vehicle has them, and at every wheel. A car’s brakes are the primary safety system for not just the occupants, but for everyone else around the car also. Your car’s braking system has to work reliably – and I mean every single time – you press the brake pedal, or you could be putting someone’s life in danger. Going to a service shop or a dealership to take care of worn-out brakes is expensive. And anyone who has a relatively well-stocked supply of tools in the garage can change a set of brakes in a couple of hours. Here’s...

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