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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, such as the 2009 Suzuki Equator, the transmission oil dipstick exists but it’s not easy to find! First,… Read more

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By Jim Marotta   A naturally aspirated automobile engine uses the downward stroke of a piston to create an area of low pressure in order to draw air into the cylinder through the intake valves. Because the pressure in the atmosphere is no more than 14.7 psi, there is a limit to the amount of… Read more

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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 engine, the vehicle won’t go. So how do you prevent this problem?… Read more

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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 climate change caused by these chemical compounds. Story and photography by Jim Marotta What was once a basic system to heat… 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