Understanding Automotive Parts

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Save Money On Your Teen's First Car

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When your first son or daughter reaches the sweet age of sixteen, it can mean a new freedom for both you and them – they get the freedom to drive themselves to school, work, friends’ houses, etc. and you get the freedom of getting back the time that you used to use driving them to all of those places. In fact, it can free up even more time for you because you can send them on errands, like going to the grocery store to pick up some milk, instead of having to go yourself. Read More»

How to Check for an Auto-Reverse on the Garage Door in Pre-1993 Homes

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Before you purchase a home, there are many things that you should inspect. One item that you’ll want to carefully check if you’re purchasing a house that was constructed before 1993 is the garage door opener. Here’s why, along with how to inspect it. 1993 Regulations Require Auto-Reverse In addition to making sure the garage door opener is working properly, you’ll also want check that it’s equipped with important safety features. Read More»

Three Used Car Parts That Will Save You Money

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Junk yards are full of totaled cars that nonetheless have many fully functional parts. Following are seven used replacement car parts you may be able to find that will save you significant sums on repair costs. Some mechanics have access to used parts that they glean through area junk yards, so don’t hesitate to ask them for help if you aren’t mechanically inclined. After all, mechanics make their wages on providing labor rather than on the prices of the parts and may be glad to cultivate loyal customers by assisting them in saving money on car parts. Read More»

Diesel Particulate Filters: Separating Fact From Fiction

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Back in 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized new emission standards for a broad variety of diesel-powered vehicles, including heavy-duty highway vehicles and personal pickup trucks. These new standards, which went into effect for the 2007 model year, require diesel vehicles to use diesel particulate filters (DPF) and other tools to achieve cleaner emissions. It’s a move that’s generated mixed reactions among truck buyers, setting into motion a number of myths and misconceptions about DPFs and how they affect engine performance. Read More»

How To Use An Ordinary Board And Cable Ties To Remove A Motorcycle Tire From The Wheel

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If you own a motorcycle with a leaky tire and would like to patch it yourself, then one of the biggest challenges you will face is removing the tire from the wheel. A motorcycle mechanic uses specialized tools to remove the tire, but unless you perform tire work often, it may make little financial sense to spend money on the tools. Fortunately, you can use a few inexpensive items to easily and safely remove a leaky tire. Read More»

All Fueled Up! Diagnosing And Cleaning Dirty Fuel Injectors

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Owning and operating a car is imperative for many people’s daily lives, but it can also be stressful. From the initial purchase and gas costs to cleaning and maintenance, it is easy to see how a car can be overwhelming. While you may be placing enough importance on oil changes and tire rotations, other maintenance is necessary for your engine’s performance. Considering fuel injectors are imperative for optimal engine performance, emissions, and fuel efficiency, ensuring they are clean and in good condition is key. Read More»