Category: Fluids

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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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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 problems, especially in the winter months: • Battery • Antifreeze… Read more

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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 and Refill? Coolant loses effectiveness over time, so it’s important to periodically… 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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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