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Derek grew up in Southern California and started working on cars when he was a child. He learned from his father and grandfather how to make basic repairs and maintain cars correctly. Derek rebuilt his first engine at 15 years-old, beginning an automotive career that took him to many interesting jobs. Derek has worked as an automotive detailer, managed parts warehouses and auto parts stores, and worked as a mechanic for several years doing brake and suspension work. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in government journalism, Derek worked for an auto museum where he started to write about cars. Today, Derek uses his expertise gained from many years of practical experience to help educate DIYers and share interesting knowledge about various types of automotive repair and service. Writing about cars helps fund his numerous classic car restoration and customization projects.

Best Cheap Cars for Autocross Racing Beginners

Best Cheap Cars for Autocross Racing Beginners

Autocross racing is one of the best ways for average drivers to get into motorsports. And luckily, many cheap cars on the market make great autocross racers without a ton of modifications. This article will share some insight on how to get into autocross racing, how races work, and show …

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How Diesel Engines Work | Auto Mechanic 101

Mechanic repairing a diesel engine

Ah, the dreaded diesel engine. After VW’s dieselgate scandal, people can’t stop hating them, even though they are an ingenious solution.  How is that? Well, for starters, a diesel engine is much more efficient than a gasoline engine – there is no comparison there. Furthermore, diesel produce much more torque …

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Why Mazda MX-5 Miata is a Better Sports Car than Honda S2000

Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Honda S2000

Mazda MX-5 and Honda S2000 are some of the most popular sports cars/roadsters ever made, but which Japanese icon is actually better? Mazda’s MX-5, formerly known as the Miata, reignited sports car design when it debuted for the model year 1999. The lightweight agile roadster was instantly recognizable as a …

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Different Types of Pistons Explained | Tuning 101

Very few engine components are as misunderstood as pistons. Despite offering some of the biggest horsepower and torque gains possible from any upgrade, pistons are typically one of the parts that get put to the end of a list of engine mods. The reason is, in part, that replacing pistons …

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Brake Fluid Change: Why, When And How To Do It

Brake fluid reservoir

Automotive technology never ceases to improve and braking systems are no different. However, no matter how technologically-advanced brake systems are now, they still all rely on brake fluid to do their job, no matter the brand or model. With that being said, it’s quite easy to understand why it’s important …

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How To Push-Start a Car With A Manual Transmission

Push-start a car with a manual transmission

Fewer and fewer car manufacturers are making new cars with manual transmissions these days, which is a real shame. Learning to drive a manual transmission-equipped car gives the driver an understanding of how gear changes impact the way a car moves. Another significant benefit of manual transmission cars is that …

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How To Start A Car With A Bad Starter

Auto mechanic replacing a starter

As automotive technology evolves, engine components transformed from barely mechanical to fully electronic devices. However, this statement is not true for all of them. One well-known automotive part stayed pretty much the same throughout all those years — the starter. Its design and working principle haven’t really changed, mostly because …

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