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Where’s the Dipstick?

04/06/2016 11:20:28 AM

For newer vehicles, particularly German makes, manufacturers are increasingly ditching the transmission dipstick in favor of electronic oil level monitoring. Others may employ a fluid level plug hole on the bottom of the pan. In other cases, ...

Logo Evolution: A Brief History of a Few Ever-Changing Car Logos

02/26/2016 11:05:18 AM

Trapped in a moment of time, such as we are, it would appear that everything around us is as it has always been. The Hollywood Sign, for example, is a seemingly timeless icon that stands for not only a city but a whole industry known worldwide. ...

Preventing Automotive Problems Caused by Old Man Winter

02/12/2016 16:00:02 PM

Most of us have experienced driving in cold weather and our share of breakdowns. Usually a breakdown is due to the neglect of our vehicle; I’m just as guilty as the next guy. We’re busy people! Things we neglect that can cause us to have ...

Coast to Coast: The History of Transcontinental Travel, Part 5: The Future of Travel

01/22/2016 15:42:13 PM

Undoubtedly, the transcontinental record posted last year will not stand for long, as there are probably teams of people right now plotting their strategy to traverse the country in less time. They will certainly achieve this with new routes, ...

Turbochargers – Pump It Up

12/30/2015 23:26:55 PM

By Jim Marotta

How to Refill the Coolant without a Bleed Tool

11/25/2015 10:36:47 AM

Draining and refilling the coolant is one of the easier maintenance tasks you can do on most vehicles. In addition to saving money, doing your own maintenance is a way to monitor the health of your vehicle. Why Perform a Regular Coolant Flush ...

How To Tell If Your Fuel Filter Is Clogged

10/09/2015 09:47:47 AM

Fuel: your automobile runs on it, obviously, but it’s not the only thing that gets into your car. Contaminants, dirt, and the odd thing make their way into your fuel, which goes all throughout the car. If there’s no fuel getting to your ...

Battery Failure

07/09/2015 15:29:31 PM

Years ago, vehicles were equipped with carburetors and required a longer cranking time to start. In many instances this longer cranking time would reveal a weak battery. You could actually hear the cranking power reduced especially in cold weather. ...

Coast to Coast: The History of Transcontinental Travel, Part 4: The New Record Setters

04/24/2015 13:43:01 PM

By Ryan Lee Price Throughout the history of American transportation, cross-country migration had been based on three things, imperialism — to conquer new lands and expand the country’s boundaries; on necessity — to farm land and achieve ...

Coast to Coast: The History of Transcontinental Travel, Part 3: Better Roads, Please

03/10/2015 13:52:41 PM

By Ryan Lee Price Soon after the turn of the century, some automobile companies were using their products to help promote sales in the shipping industry. In 1908, Packard sent one of its trucks from New York to San Francisco with a three-ton ...

Coast to Coast: The History of Transcontinental Travel, Part 3: Better Roads, Please

03/10/2015 13:14:49 PM

By Ryan Lee Price Soon after the turn of the century, some automobile companies were using their products to help promote sales in the shipping industry. In 1908, Packard sent one of its trucks from New York to San Francisco with a three-ton ...

Coast to Coast. The History of Transcontinental Travel, Part 2: Wheels and Wings

09/30/2014 08:50:29 AM

By Ryan Lee Price Come By Car In October of 1893, General Roy Stone, a Civil War hero and roads advocate, was appointed to be in charge of the new Office of Road Inquiry (ORI) within the Department of Agriculture. With a budget of $10,000, ORI ...

Coast to Coast. The History of Transcontinental Travel: Part 1, The Unknown Horizon

08/04/2014 15:45:43 PM

By Ryan Lee Price John Gast was a painter based in Brooklyn when he was commissioned to paint this picture for George Crofutt, a publisher of a popular series of western travel guides. The images Gast put to canvas represent a historical timeline ...

8 Air Conditioning Service Mistakes That Can Make You Sweat

07/27/2014 15:32:45 PM

Update: Since this article was first published in 2011, R-12 has been phased out and new refrigerants have been introduced in an effort to reduce depletion of the earth’s ozone layer and to minimize the global warming potential of these c ...

Your Neighborhood Service Center

02/07/2014 16:32:06 PM

Have you wondered what has happened to good old-fashioned service? A recent experience caused me to wonder. My daughter’s car needed service as she was planning to drive from Florida to my house in Maryland. She described the problem to me ...

How to Recognize Metric and SAE Bolts

12/13/2013 16:23:40 PM

Oil Change: What is the best maintenance interval?

10/03/2013 10:50:49 AM

By Jim Marotta Update: This article was first published in 2011. Changing your oil too frequently hurts the environment but has no impact on your vehicle’s efficiency. Due to advancements in vehicle and oil technologies, your vehicle may be ...

How Hybrids Sip Gas, Save Money and Sweeten the Air

07/15/2013 12:12:52 PM

  Update: This article was first published in 2010. Today with more than 3 million Toyota Prius models sold as of June 2013 and gas prices hovering around $4 per gallon, the case for hybrids is still strong. Refer to fueleconomy.gov for recent ...

Which Antifreeze is Right for Your Vehicle?

06/06/2013 16:40:53 PM

Story and Photography by Jim Marotta Back in the day, no matter which brand you chose, antifreeze was green. The glycol-based formula contained silicates as corrosion inhibitors. You mixed the antifreeze 50/50 with water and poured it in the ...

Top 5 Brake Complaints and How to Resolve Them

05/28/2013 21:57:40 PM

Story and Photography by Jim Marotta I think we can all agree that the braking system is the most important safety device on any vehicle. Since people place such a high value on their car’s ability to slow and stop, it is smart to pay att ...

Do All Modern Sedans Look the Same?

05/21/2013 17:18:59 PM

Frederick Tudor Was Number One: The Story of the First License Plate in the U.S.

05/15/2013 19:07:21 PM

Under Pressure…Keeping Your Tires Inflated Will Make Them Last Longer and Your Vehicle Will Use Less Fuel Too!

11/16/2012 14:51:40 PM

Even if you have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), as equipped on many newer vehicles, you should check your tire pressures regularly, at least monthly. Most tires lose one pound per square inch (PSI) per month, assuming the temperature ...

Which Basic Hand Tools Do You Need?

10/05/2012 07:54:55 AM

As you begin to perform maintenance on your car or truck, you might need to buy some more tools. Purchase your tools gradually, so that you gain the confidence to use the tools, realize their value, and determine your needs before buying more. ...

How to Replace Tires like a Professional

08/02/2012 07:56:18 AM

So, you’ve got a set of four new truck/car tires and you want them wrapped around the wheels that are already on your vehicle. It’s a common situation, but the trouble is your old bald tires; they’re still on the vehicle, right? If you ...