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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 chemical compounds. Story and photography by Jim Marotta What was once a basic system to… Read more

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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 and it sounded like the front brakes needed service. So I talked to the… Read more

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  Since Ford’s introduction of the Pinto engine in the ’70s and Cadillac’s badging of the 1970 Eldorado as an 8.2L engine, the use of the metric system has become more prevalent in domestic vehicles, and odds are good that the majority of domestic vehicles on the road today have more metric fasteners than the… Read more

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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 able to go longer between oil changes without compromising your vehicle’s engine or sacrificing performance. The… Read more

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  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 tax incentive developments. More than one million hybrid vehicles quietly navigate America’s… Read more