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Category Archives: Cars 101

How to Save Money at the Mechanic’s with Affordable Car Parts

If you’re not planning to do it yourself for your next car repair, you can still save money at your mechanic’s shop. Is this really possible? Yep, it’s true. While labor costs usually contain the bulk of your mechanic’s bill, there are “padded costs” within the parts & components breakdown. And while this upcharge may…
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The Ultimate Turbocharger Diagram

Turbochargers are one of the most complex components of an automobile. Much mystery surrounds the turbocharger. It's somewhat of a “mechanical monster” to most people - even those folks that actually own a turbocharged engine. And that's somewhat surprising; after all, turbochargers are pretty slick pieces of machinery. They do totally cool things to an…
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Common Car Air Conditioning System Problems and How to Fix Them

It’s 90 degrees outside. Things are really heating up. It’s an inferno out there. Now is not the time to experience car A/C issues. When you hit that little “A/C” button on the dashboard, you expect the cold air, and quick. When warm air arrives instead…well, it’s time to hit the “panic” button, right? Not…
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Five Major Signs of Alternator Problems

Trying to figure out if your car is having battery or alternator problems can be a difficult task, especially if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. In the long list of questionable car issues that are the result of two similar components (starter or battery? brake pads or rotors? muffler or catalytic converter? etc.),…
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Mechanics 101: What is an Alternator?

Ask a casual car enthusiast what an alternator is, and you’ll get one of the following five responses:   1)“It’s a type of battery.” 2)“It powers the car.” 3)“It runs one of those belts inside the engine.” 4)“Isn’t that the same thing as a battery?” 5)“To be honest, I have no idea.”   Technically speaking,…
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Ever Wonder How to Recharge A/C? Keep Reading!

There’s nothing quite so annoying and uncomfortable as getting into your reliable old car on an especially hot day and finding that the air conditioning’s just not what it used to be. It’s easy to give up on it and assume that it would be too expensive or too difficult to fix, leaving you in…
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5 Reasons to Invest in the Best Muffler

You want the best for your car, right? If needed, you’ll put in the 89 or 93 octane fuel. You’re always on top of oil changes, and you regularly perform routine maintenance. When it comes to replacement parts, the same principle applies: given the choice of an average part and an exceptional one, superior quality…
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How to Spot a Radiator Leak from a Mile Away

If your radiator has ever failed while driving, you probably already know the signs of a coolant system leak. Many times, a small leak becomes a major problem, which is followed by an overheated engine. And when your engine overheats, you’re officially out of luck – at that point, you should have one of the…
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Car Anatomy 101: The Muffler – Features, Function & Fundamental Importance

The muffler – it’s the last component of your exhaust system, yet first in the hearts of many “mod crazy” car enthusiasts. Always heard before seen (unless your muffler truly is whisper-quiet), the typical muffler does its job quietly and, quite literally, under the radar. So far under the radar, it’s barely above the road.…
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Car Repair Warning Signs: How I Learned the Hard Way

Before I decided to buy the latest 2013 Accord, I was driving around a pretty beat up 2000 Accord. When I say beat up, I mean the paint was nearly all gone due to excessive sun exposure, it had door dings galore, and I was 67% positive that one of my headlights was ready to…
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