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K03 vs K04 Turbo for the Audi & Volkswagen 1.8T

What’s the last time you saw an Audi on the road older than a first-generation A4? The B5-chassis A4 was a turning point for the brand, and it’s probably the reason Audi is still around today. It was also the first vehicle to use the 20v 1.8T engine, which soon found its way to the…
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The Right Way to Delete Power Steering From Your Honda Civic EG

On the 1992-1995 Civic, trim levels CX, DX and VX came equipped with manual steering, while the higher-spec LX, EX and Si had power steering as a luxury feature. 25 years later, when most of these cars are modified and few are left as humble commuters, the manual steering is more desirable; when the car…
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How to Delete Power Steering From Your Fox-Body Mustang

The Fox-Body Mustang is having a collector car moment right now, probably due to nostalgia, but also because the cars were so undervalued for so long. They’re relatively light, plentiful on Craigslist, and the aftermarket is huge, so you can make it whatever you want; not to mention all the other cars on the Fox…
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How to Replace Your Autoride Shocks the Right Way

The Autoride suspension available on most full-size 2000-2014 General Motors Full-Size SUVs (RPO Code Z55) is a complex, and often misunderstood system. Autoride was available on most Chevy Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon (including XL and Denali), Cadillac Escalade (including ESV and EXT) and Chevy Avalanche. There are two separate aspects to it; air suspension,…
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How to Replace Your Struts

When it’s time to replace your struts, you have two options: 1. Take your car to the mechanic, and prepare to pay for costly parts and labor.2. Buy the struts, do the work yourself and save a boatload of money. BuyAutoParts.com is a great place for do-it-yourself mechanics to find quality parts at low prices.…
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Is it Time to Change Your Diesel Fuel Injection Pump?

If you made a list of all the “It’s time to replace” things about your car, where would the diesel fuel injector pump rank? When it’s time to replace your tires or time to replace your windshield wipers, there’s no doubt that it needs done. But other (typically more complex) components aren’t as easy to…
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4 Common Diesel Fuel Injection Pump Problems

Fuel injection pump performance is closely tied to engine performance. If your vehicle has a fuel delivery issue, it will literally starve to death. Fuel injection problems, therefore, are one of the most pressing engine issues to deal with. Whether you’ve experienced fuel injector failure or not, it helps to understand the fuel injector pump,…
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20 Things You Should Keep In Your Car This Winter.

Have you winterized your car? Snow tires, fresh oil change, fluid refills, battery checks – they’re all important, no doubt about it. But have you really winterized your car? To put it another way, have you winterized your trunk and glove box? No, we’re not talking about a trunk key deicer, a holiday-themed glovebox cover…
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How to Prep Your Car for Winter

Here’s a seasonal saying you don’t hear too often, but is still 100% accurate: winter is hell on your automobile. And that might be putting it mildly, because winter weather (for a large chunk of the country) is anything but mild. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, ice and snow-related accidents are responsible for…
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