Monthly Archives: December 2009

Serpentine Belt Wear

An interesting tool arrived in the mail the other day. It’s a belt wear gauge from Gates. Serpentine belts are now made of EPDC (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rather than neoprene. EPDM belts last a lot longer, but the wear … Continue reading

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Toyota Recalls 3.8 Million Vehicles

This is somewhat old news but it’s still very much in play so it’s worth mentioning. Toyota has recalled about 3.8 million vehicles citing an issue with floormats that could cause the throttle to stick. The problem is suspected of … Continue reading

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Comparison Shopping For Gas – Is It Worth It?

The current average gas prices and those of the past day, week, month and year for different grades of gasoline, as well as today’s state averages can be found on this AAA site. It’s updated daily using survey data from … Continue reading

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What I Drive

I’ve got a beater of a car. It’s a no frills 1991 Toyota Pickup and I love it. Back in the summer of 2007 I bought it with 168k miles on the odometer for $2,200 (slightly above book value) from … Continue reading

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A Car (Blog) Is Born

Welcome to Ace Auto Advice. This is my “Hello World” post. For years family, friends and colleagues have consistently come to me for auto advice. They do so because I like to talk about cars, my background in automotive engineering … Continue reading

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