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What Does an Engine Block Heater Do?

An engine block heater is useful to car owners living in really cold climates. The first time a driver starts a car on a cold morning is when lots of engine damage can happen. To prevent that, it warms the engines oil or coolant to make starting easier and prevent …

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Eveything You Want to Know about the Toyota 4Runner

When Toyota first brought the Toyota 4Runner to market, the Japanese company was trying to take advantage of a trend they had seen in many countries. Aftermarket companies were installing fiberglass bed caps on Toyota trucks for use as a compact SUV. Toyota decided to go one step farther and …

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What Does a Check Engine Light (CEL) Mean?

A check engine light illuminating unexpectedly can quickly ruin a nice drive. Often, the car seems to run fine, but drivers should still be concerned. Fortunately, it is very easy to find out why a check engine light has illuminated. Many companies make scanners for identifying codes stored by a …

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The 2020 Corvette Stingray is Coming- What We Know

Chevrolet has teased the American car-buying public with the idea of a mid-engine Corvette. Chevrolet has batted the idea around the design studio since the late 1950s. Numerous spy reports and unconfirmed sources have hinted at the promise of European-style power plant placement for decades. Chevrolet has announced the first …

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Benefits of A High Flow Air Filter vs. Stock

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In the early 1980s, automobile manufacturers began to ditch the round, paper air filter elements typically used on carbureted engines in favor of flat filters funneling air to fuel-injected engines. Often, factory air boxes reduce power. The air inlet passages provide the engine with enough air for stock output but …

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Is the Toyota Prius a Good Used Car?

Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius Hybrid launched in 2001 in the United States and has become the best selling hybrid in the world. The first generation resembled other subcompacts at the time. When most people think of the Toyota Prius, they think of the oddly-wedge-shaped liftback that debuted in 2004. Not only …

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When is the Right Time To Change Windshield Wiper Blades

  It’s inevitable- the first rain of the season and you are standing in line at the local auto parts store behind fifteen people, and you are all buying the same thing- windshield wiper blades. They are one of those necessary automotive components the average driver does not think about …

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Replacing Disc Brakes is Way Easier Than You Thought

Many people who are comfortable doing basic services on their cars, like oil changes and other regular maintenance, might think that replacing the front disc brakes is too difficult, or are afraid they might do something wrong and lose brakes while driving. Replacing your disc brakes is among the easiest …

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Tips and Tricks to Safely Jump Start Any Car

In the days of motoring infancy, the predecessors to our modern vehicles were unreliable, but easily repaired- even on the side of the road. It became common for motorists to stop and offer aid to broken down fellows back in the days when there were more horses on the road …

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Preserving History: The Acura Integra Type-R

In the late 1990’s, Honda brought it’s track-inspired street fighter to the States. The Integra Type-R, badged by Acura for the North American market, quickly became a coveted car among Honda enthusiasts. Sleek, fast and amazingly agile, the lightened and hopped-up hatchback inspired fanatics and cemented the term VTEC in …

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