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Does That Piece of Plastic Serve a Purpose?

11.24.2016

Alex removed the plastic panel just behind his front bumper after it started dragging. Does it do something vital, or can he just soldier on without it?

This 4Runner's Blower Motor is a Whack Job

10.06.2016

Dale's Toyota 4Runner has a blower that sometimes needs a solid whack to get working. Should he replace it, or just smack it a while longer?

Will Aftermarket Tuneup Parts Save Money or Create Problems?

09.22.2016

Can Robert use cheaper aftermarket parts for a tuneup or will his Monte Carlo pay the price?

In Praise of the Humble Parts Guy

08.11.2016
The last two weeks working on my project 1979 Chevy Blazer have been a constant flurry of activity, punctuated by approximately 27,391 runs to one of the six parts stores within a five mile radius of my house. It's given me a new appreciation for the qualities of a good parts counterman.
How to borrow a trailer

A Brief History of Utility Trailers

07.16.2016

How our blogger survived the 70s' era of DIY trailers and kids riding atop the sacks of garbage on the way to the town dump. Plus, etiquette for the modern trailer borrower. 

Avoiding the time suck of a stuck spark plug

06.23.2016
It took Dan three and a half days to change his spark plugs because of one fussy coil pack. What turned this simple job into an epic quest for fire?

How to Paint a Car With a Bucket of Rust-Oleum and a Roller

07.14.2015
UPDATE: This week, Maaco -- the cheapie respray outfit that paints everything including the license plate -- started running ads that suggest that painting your car with Rust-Oleum and a roller is a bad idea. We disagree, and we proved it.

Today: MIG Welding an Older Truck?

05.05.2015
Car Talk's advice for MIG welding: get the right eye protection, and try not to set your car, your house or your hair on fire. Read the rest, right here.

Vintage DIY Magazines Projects Were Sure-Fire Deathtraps

03.10.2015
DIY magazines like Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated and Modern Mechanics gave men from the 1920s through the 1950s ample ideas for exterminating the entire family.

Today: What's a CHMSL and How Do We Fix It?

09.04.2014
The upper light cover on the back hatch of Brenda's Subaru Outback needs to be changed, but Brenda can't figure out how. This is the only fixture not covered by the owner's manual. Learn what's special about this particular light, and what any of this has to do with acronyms right here. 

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