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Recall Roundup: Is Your Car On This List?

As of December 2010, certain units of the following vehicle models are under recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address these potential issues (link to report is below the list): 2005-2007 Cadillac CTS for disabled front … Continue reading

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GM Ecotec Engine Ticking Noise – And What To Do About It

Here’s a GM Ecotec engine with an unusual ticking sound…. good for reference if you have say, a Chevy Cobalt or Cavalier, and it starts making strange noises. And maybe what you can do to fix it:

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The Only Reasons To Buy A Used Car

At the root of it there are only two reasons why people buy used cars: 1 (A) Less Money For Same Car Either making an affordable car more affordable or putting a formerly unattainable car within reach. This would be … Continue reading

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Shock Absorbers and Stopping Distance

Springs and shocks control the motion of each wheel of a car. Springs enable the suspension to move up and down over bumps and imperfections in the road. Shocks absorb and dissipate the energy from that motion. Without shocks the … Continue reading

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Wheel Alignment

This clip contains clear explanations of wheel alignment, toe, camber and caster. It also recommends that you should get your car aligned after rotating the tires, which makes sense. But if the interval is pretty short (say 7,500 miles) then … Continue reading

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How to Change A Timing Belt

This is one of the more lively yet informative clips. Scotty Kilmer walks us through the process of replacing the timing belt on a Toyota Camry. The front wheel skid with the motorcycle in the intro is pretty impressive too. … Continue reading

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Runaway Hubcap Replacement: 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla

My mom lost another hub cap from her car recently. I’ve replaced 2 or 3 of them over they years already. This usually occurs as a result of winter driving and vicious potholes, and consequently we have an unadorned black … Continue reading

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Should You Buy A Used Chevy Volt Later?

While the first Chevy Volt only recently rolled off the production line, I’m contemplating how it will stack up on the used car market in a few years. Traits of good used car buys include the use of proven technology, … Continue reading

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Recall Roundup: Is Your Car On This List?

As of November 2010, certain units of the following vehicle models are under recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): 2010-2011 Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne models with V8 engines for starter cables (p. 5). 2004-2011 Chevrolet Colorado … Continue reading

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Tire Rotation: How To – Part 2

Procedure Before doing anything else, check the tire pressures and inflate as needed. Do this for the spare as well. There are several patterns by which you can rotate the tires. Two typical ones are the “X” pattern and front-to-rear. … Continue reading

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