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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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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

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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 radiator. As the engine operated, the antifreeze performed its primary duties of carrying heat to the… Read more

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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 attention when they complain about the brakes. Let’s review the… Read more