Category: Maintenance

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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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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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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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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