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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

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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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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 to the brakes. Let’s review the five most common… Read more