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Decoding A Car or Truck VIN Number

What do the characters in the vin number mean?  Most people think a vehicle identification number (VIN) is just a series of random characters. Each of the digits in this highly structured code has its own meaning. In fact, deciphering … Continue reading

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Get Your Car and Truck Recall Announcements and Technical Service Bulletins (TSB’s) For Free

Do you know if your vehicle has a recall notice or what Technical Service Bulletins (TSB’s) have been released for it?  Chances are if you are the average driver you will have no idea unless your car or truck has … Continue reading

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How To Remove Broken Spark Plugs Ford 5.4L Engine

Some Ford 5.4L engines have been found to have an issue with broken spark plugs and the difficult in removing them. ISSUE: Some 2004-2008 F-150, 2006-2008 Mark LT, 2005-2008 F-Super Duty, Expedition, and Navigator vehicles built with a 5.4L 3-V … Continue reading

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Engine Conversion Chart

Have you ever wondered how to convert “old school” engine size to “new school” engine size?  It is actually a fairly simple math formula to do.  It is even easier to just use a conversion chart.

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How To Get Better Gas Mileage

Whether you drive a two-seat hybrid or a three-ton SUV, chances are you can squeeze a bit more distance out of each gallon of fuel — and at today’s gas prices, an improvement of just one or two miles per … Continue reading

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Mustang High Idle

Mustang High Idle Q. Hi, I have an 1989 Mustang LX, 302 (5.0 liter), multi-point fuel injection, 5 speed, 100,000 miles, P/S, P/B, air, cruise. I have found that at times it idles between 2000 and 3000 rpm. It usually … Continue reading

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Oldsmobile Delta 88 Transmission Sticks?

Reader Question I hope you can help me out with a problem I am having with my vehicle.  I need desperate help. I Have a 1986 Delta 88 Oldsmobile Royale Brougham with a 3.8 V6 motor.  My car has 88,980 … Continue reading

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My Car Runs Hot When At A Stop Light

Reader Question My Pontiac Grand AM GT tends to run hot in stop and go traffic, when that happens the tranny shifts hard. This is an automatic. Any other time she runs fine. Any ideas?? Many thanks!

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Chevy Truck Exhaust System Question

Reader Question I have a 1989 GMC. This truck has an excellent maintenance record. the exhaust needs replaced; Y pipe to rear bumper. is it better to replace exhaust manifold also or pay to have it fixed with original manifolds? … Continue reading

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Does RaceTrak Gasoline Have Too Much Ethanol ?

Reader Question I just read your answer about buying gasoline. Someone had told me not to buy gas from RaceTrak or QuikTrip because it has too much ethanol. Do you have any thoughts on that? Also, my driver’s side CV … Continue reading

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