Cars A-Z

Odds and Ends. Nuts and Bolts.

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Oil Changes on European Cars

If your owner’s manual says to use 5W30 oil with a particular European specification, the ideal thing to do is follow that requirement. Especially whi ...

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No More Carburetor Concerns

The idea of “blowing out the carburetor” is an old-husband’s tale that’s been handed down from father to son over the years. It used to have some vali ...

Back seat of car

Rear Seat Safety Improving

I have never seen any data on a car’s safety in a rear-end collision. Are there standards? Are modern cars like this safe?

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Economics of Trade-ins

My husband and I have an ongoing disagreement about when to sell or trade in his 2016 Toyota Tacoma. I say with the reliability of these trucks, he w ...

Mechanic working under a car

Time for a New Luxury Ride

I own a 1998 Cadillac Eldorado with a V8, 32-valve Northstar engine. It’s in pristine condition and has only 48,000 miles. While driving back home to ...

The Lotus Chronicles book cover

Book Review: The Lotus Chronicles

Rob Siegel’s new book The Lotus Chronicles is the latest in his Hack Mechanic series, and takes the reader through a seven-year process of resurrectin ...

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Get Another Estimate

Should I repair or replace my 2004 BMW 325xi with less than 24,000 miles on it? It’s red and the body and exterior are in excellent condition.

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Mileage is Best Measure of Life

The best measure of a car's useful life? Mileage. It’s not perfect, because some people beat up their cars with stop and go traffic and potholes, and ...

The Dream Edition is the company's $169,900 launch vehicle.

Lucid Take on Electric Car

The upstart EV maker wants to take Tesla down with its 1,080-horsepower, 508-mile-range Air.

The original Mini Cooper, as seen in the classic Italian Job film from 1969.

For the Mini, Variety is the Spice of Life

There have been 50 special editions over the last 18 years. Here are three of the latest.

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Deal on SiriusXM Satellite Radio

How much does SiriusXM cost and what’s the best way to get a deal? We’ll explain.

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Shifting Buyer Preferences Limits Options

Are there any mid-sized sedans that are still available with a manual transmission? The last one I drove was a Saab 9000. If so, could you recommend a ...

man driving with mug of tea

Spilling the Tea

Reader takes his tea for a ride around town and is surprised to see it survived the trip.

Engine assembly line

Modern Engines Work Differently

Since the computer and its associated sensors constantly maintain the optimum fuel/air mixture, it seems that a dirty air filter (within reason) would ...

Man next to broken down car

Reliability Isn't Everything

You also might tell your son this: Reliability isn’t everything. There’s also fun. And cute. And the image of adventure. And being in love with your c ...

Car fusebox

Reader Is on the Right Track

Normally a fuse blows when an electrical device is drawing too much current. The whole purpose of the fuse is to sacrifice itself and cut off the powe ...

yellow car on beach

Why the Boring Car Colors?

A casual look at traffic shows you that almost all cars are either gray, black or white — with a few red sprinkled in. OK, some people call their gray ...

Old Truck

Thwarted by Modern Fuel Design

Have the engineers at Dodge done something to prevent people from getting a hose all the way in the gas tank? Are they trying to thwart young sons’ ab ...

Road raging woman

Fast Lane Isn't for Cruising

The left lane is traditionally for passing, not cruising. If you want to bop along at 53 miles per hour, you should be using the right lane, or the ce ...

Man pushing broken down car

Timing Belt: Rubber or Chain

The reason car makers switched from chains to rubber timings decades ago is because they’re cheap, lightweight and simple. Obviously, a rubber belt we ...

Ray and Tom at the Shop

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What the stars say about your car for 12/4/2020
A mysterious noise will cause your mind to wander. Go with it and it will lead you to new, exciting destinations. After a small repair bill.
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  1. Aries
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  3. Gemini
  4. Cancer
  5. Leo
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  7. Libra
  8. Scorpio
  9. Sagittarius
  10. Capricorn
  11. Aquarius
  12. Pisces
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