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Ways to Improve Your Truck’s Gas Mileage
At a time when gas prices are at an all time high, people who drive trucks are at a major disadvantage. Depending on the truck size, it can cost anywhere from $40 to $100 every time the tank needs to be filled. Some have reacted by trading in their gas-guzzling

Mar 7, 2006 - 4:45:00 PM

Tips on Preparing Your Car for Summer Driving
Spring is the perfect time to get your vehicle ready for the busy summer driving season ahead. It's wise to have your vehicle checked out before summer's heavy vacation traffic and stop-and-go conditions begin in earnest.

Feb 23, 2006 - 10:28:00 PM

Mario Andretti Discusses Fuel System Cleaners
Fuel system cleaners are designed to help engines run smoothly by removing harmful deposits. Given the dizzying abundance of fuel system cleaners available at auto parts and gas station stores, it can be hard to know which product to buy. Racing legend Mario Andretti, whose career has demanded exceptional performance

Feb 21, 2006 - 7:41:00 PM

Springtime Car Care
Getting your vehicle in shape now will undo the wear and tear of winter driving, and can help prevent unnecessary breakdowns during the dog days of summer. The following tips are from the experts at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the group that tests and certifies

Feb 14, 2006 - 9:12:00 PM

How to Maximize Gas Mileage, and Improve Your Vehicle’s Performance
At a time when gas prices are at an all time high, who wouldn’t want to get the maximum gas mileage and horsepower from their car or truck? It’s easier to do than you may think. Follow this simple advice from expert mechanics and the savings will quickly add up.

Feb 14, 2006 - 9:04:00 PM

How to Be Tire $mart
With nearly 200 million drivers in the United States, it’s no secret that Americans love to move on the open road. But stubbornly high gas prices are forcing motorists to put extra care into their vehicles. One important part of car maintenance that too many Americans take for granted is

Feb 14, 2006 - 8:54:00 PM

The Lowdown On Looking After High-End Autos
As publisher of Celeb-rity car magazine, I see the specs for some of the world's most desirable automobiles. The celebrities that appear in the magazine know how to be seen, and nothing grabs attention like a high-powered vehicle. But owning a cutting-edge vehicle does more than add another accessory to

Feb 7, 2006 - 10:09:00 PM

Get Your ATV in Top Shape for Spring
Spring is just around the corner. You know how it is: One minute you're adding antifreeze, and the next you're wiping spots of sap off the car hood. After being cooped up all winter, the temptation to hit the road- or go off-road - with the first breath of a

Jan 25, 2006 - 7:05:00 PM

Don't Let Potholes Puncture Spring Fun
Many of us eagerly await the arrival of spring every year. But once the spring showers wash away what's left of winter, often we are left dodging potholes on the roads. Potholes form as pavement ages and weathers. The pavement eventually begins to lose its ability to resist water, and

Jan 17, 2006 - 9:14:00 PM

Flush Out Engine Failure
Want to avoid getting stranded by an overheated engine? Take a few minutes to perform a few quick cooling system maintenance activities. Cooling system failure is a leading cause of engine-related breakdowns; however, a simple cooling system flush and fill or top-off can drastically minimize your risk. The task is

Dec 22, 2005 - 6:12:00 PM

This Winter, Don't Get Your Car Stuck Before It Gets Started
NASCAR drivers have it easy; they only race in warm weather. Regular folks like you and me don't have that luxury. We often have to get our vehicles started in very cold temperatures, and we don't have pit crews to help us out if things go wrong. So, it's that

Dec 18, 2005 - 11:50:00 PM

Is it Better For the Environment to Burn Synthetic Oil or Conventional Oil in My Car's Engine
To burn synthetic oil or conventional oil in my car’s engine which is better for the environment.

Dec 15, 2005 - 3:29:00 PM

With A Little Preparation You Can Still Go In The Snow
Getting ready for winter weather can help take the worry out of winter driving. With a little work, you can drive more confidently on icy roads, and you'll be ready if you get stuck in the snow. And remember, if conditions are too hazardous, the best bet is to stay

Dec 5, 2005 - 10:52:00 PM

Put Vehicle Maintenance On Your "To-Do" List
Now is the time, experts say, for motorists to make sure their vehicles are in top-notch condition before hitting the road. Taking the time to have routine vehicle maintenance performed can help improve a vehicle's fuel efficiency and achieve peak performance. "Postponing an inspection or routine service might seem like

Dec 5, 2005 - 10:42:00 PM

Painless Dent Removal Easy way to make extra money
Whether they're from a knock of a shopping cart, a hail storm or a minor fender bender, no one wants to pay a hefty price for small dent repair. For many motorists, the economical answer for repairing this minor damage is...You guessed it, Paintless Dent Removal.

Nov 10, 2005 - 2:37:00 PM

Winter's Coming – Is Your Car Ready?
Dark skies, icy roads and rain or snow coming at you from all directions. Soon, this will be the reality for drivers across the country. How will you and your car handle the challenge? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more accidents happen between October and March

Nov 9, 2005 - 10:48:00 PM

Help Conserve Fuel With Proper Vehicle Maintenance
Higher gas prices are making motorists more conscious about conserving fuel to save money and preserve natural resources. What many motorists don't realize is they can help increase fuel economy by keeping up with their vehicle's scheduled maintenance, which is found in the vehicle's Owner's Manual.

Nov 6, 2005 - 12:11:00 AM

Learn How To Choose The Right Fuel Treatments For Your Car
Choosing the right fuel treatments might be the difference between your car mechanism's receiving bad deposits or not as well as it could reduce the engine's wear or increase it in case it was wrongly chosen. Due to all these reasons, it is very important that you buy the right

Nov 2, 2005 - 9:44:00 PM

How To Check And Change Your Air Filter
You car's air filter is very important since it maintains some parts of your car system clean and free of dirt. If your air filter doesn't work properly and dirt enters your car this might make it go through different problems, and therefore it is important that you check the

Nov 2, 2005 - 9:22:00 PM

Make Sure Your Car is Ready for Winter
Skating, sledding, roasting marshmallows by the fire. These are the traditional activities most people associate with winter, not sitting alone on the side of the road stuck in a broken down car. But if you’re among the estimated 70 percent of Americans who, according to the Car Care Council, fail

Oct 26, 2005 - 11:45:00 PM

A Woman's Guide to Basic Tire Care
Women certainly are not helpless. But sometimes we are a little overwhelmed working a 40-hour week, taking care of the children, cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry. The car is just another added burden when there isn't a man around to tinker with it. For the woman who finds herself in

Oct 21, 2005 - 9:53:00 PM

Start With A Clear View Of The Road
When vehicle owners get their cars and trucks ready for cold weather, most pay close attention to batteries, tires, belts and hoses. Many, however, tend to neglect an important feature of safe driving: clear visibility. According to the Car Care Council, 17 percent of the vehicles passing through check lanes

Oct 16, 2005 - 9:39:00 PM

Get a Grip on Winter Driving
Dashing through the snow can be fun and games, provided you're at the reigns of a one-horse open sleigh. For automobile drivers, however, powder-coated roads are a less merry proposition, inspiring expletives and frayed nerves in lieu of laughter and bright spirits. While winter driving is an annual aggravation for

Oct 1, 2005 - 12:16:00 AM

Prepare Your Car For Mother Nature
The most recent Farmer's Almanac calls for a winter season that is unusually cold with plenty of snow. For drivers, that could mean some difficult and dangerous driving conditions. First, be prepared for winter driving by taking your car to a certified automotive technician, like those at a Firestone Complete

Oct 1, 2005 - 12:14:00 AM

Auto Tips to Follow Before The Temperature Dips
With winter upon us, there is no better time to "Be Car Care Aware" and make sure your vehicle is ready for severe conditions, according to the Car Care Council. "Motorists need to be proactive and take control of their vehicle's maintenance before the weather gets bad," said Rich White,

Oct 1, 2005 - 12:10:00 AM

Cutting Car Care Costs
Congress is debating a bill that experts say could drive up auto repair costs. It would prevent independent repair shops from receiving the technical information necessary to repair today's cars.

Sep 26, 2005 - 8:16:00 PM

Choosing The Best Tires For Your Car
When it comes to putting tires on many of today's popular sedans, drivers may need a dash of Jeff Gordon and a little bit of Ivana Trump. That's the advice from experts who say that technologies traditionally reserved for luxury automobiles are now found in more mainstream vehicles such as

Sep 20, 2005 - 7:23:00 PM

A Few Easy Steps To Flush Your Automobile’s Radiator And Coolant System
One of the most overlooked maintenance items on your car is the coolant system. Most people don’t even think about it until they are on the side of the road with the hood up and steam pouring out of the radiator. This traffic nightmare can be avoided by some simple

Sep 18, 2005 - 12:22:00 AM

Extend The Life Of Your New Or Used Car
You don't think much about your car do you? Your car sits outside 24/7, 365 days a year in all extremes of weather. You routinely drive it at speeds that exceed 70 mph. You stop, start, stop, start through city traffic. You sit idling in traffic jams day after day.

Sep 17, 2005 - 11:39:00 PM

Windshields: We Don't Get any Respect!
You may think it strange to have me, your windshield, offer safety advice, but I take my job seriously. Yes, I know, you look through me as if I'm not even there, but that's precisely my point. To you, I'm just another beautifully clear, awesomely aerodynamic instrument to keep the

Sep 17, 2005 - 10:54:00 PM

Confused About Car Care? Some Guidelines to Follow
Car care can be intimidating, often because people don't know what to check on their vehicles - or when to check it - to keep them in good working condition. A recent survey by the Car Care Council found that 38 percent of cars had low or dirty engine oil,

Sep 16, 2005 - 1:38:00 AM

Who Can You Trust to Fix Your Car?
Trying to find a good mechanic or service center to repair your vehicle can be daunting. How do you know if you’ve found a good mechanic? How do you go about researching a good repair shop?

Sep 14, 2005 - 11:04:00 PM

Where the Tire Meets the Road
Motorized cars have only been around since the early 1900s, but people have been dealing with road noise for centuries. In ancient Rome, they were bothered by the clickety-clank of iron wheels on cobblestone pavement; in 17th century England, people complained about the rumble made by wagons with iron-tyred wheels

Sep 14, 2005 - 10:52:00 PM

Check Engine Light: Not to be Ignored
People tell me all the time that my check engine light is on, but my car is running fine must be a glich or the light comes on but goes right back off can't be much wrong LOL!!. People you need to realize that your check engine light is the

Sep 12, 2005 - 11:12:00 PM

Routine Maintenance Extends Vehicle Life, Adds Margin of Safety for Winter Driving
Undoing the wear and tear of summer driving should be on everyone’s autumn to-do list. For those who live in cold climates or anticipate driving in harsh conditions, maintenance now can prevent deadly breakdowns this winter. Drivers everywhere will benefit from longer vehicle life, increased gasoline mileage and better re-sale

Aug 31, 2005 - 3:51:00 PM

New Technology Protects Your Car’s Finish from the Heat of the Summer Sun
Now that summer is here, you wouldn’t dream of sending your kids out the door for a day of fun in the sun without sunscreen; yet millions of people send their other “baby” out into the elements without protection every day. It seems they’ve forgotten that summer is one of

Aug 31, 2005 - 3:47:00 PM

Drivers: Don't Forget to Check the Antifreeze
One of the easiest and most important tasks to prepare your vehicle for winter driving is to inspect the level and freshness of your vehicle's antifreeze. The Car Care Council recommends that motorists check their antifreeze every 12 months or 12,000 miles to help protect the engine from freezing and

Aug 31, 2005 - 3:25:00 PM

Give Your Car a Checkup for the Cold Weather Ahead
Automobile breakdowns in winter storms can be deadly. As the busy winter driving season approaches, don't forget to take your car in for routine maintenance. Those who live in warmer climates also reap the benefits of periodic maintenance: longer vehicle life, better gas mileage and the ability to spot and

Aug 23, 2005 - 8:39:00 PM

Prepare Your Car for Wintry Weather
Will your car be ready for winter? For Rent-A-Wreck, a company that specializes in renting used cars at lower prices, maintaining a fleet of mechanically sound vehicles is a high priority. The company offers some tried-and-true tips on preparing your car for winter.

Aug 23, 2005 - 8:37:00 PM

Don't "Fall" Behind: It Pays To Stay Ahead Before The Temperature Drops
Seasonal car care planning and preventative maintenance can save you money and time as the weather changes. "Timely maintenance does more than keep your vehicle running smoothly," says Pat Goss, longtime mechanic and owner of Goss' Garage in Seabrook, Md., as well as co-host of the PBS television show "MotorWeek."

Aug 23, 2005 - 8:31:00 PM

Get Your Car Ready for Winter
The leaves are falling and temperatures are cooling off. Another change of season is upon us. Not only is it a good time to check your furnace and seal up the cracks around windows and doors, but to make sure your car is ready for winter as well. The colder

Aug 16, 2005 - 10:23:00 PM

Replacing Brakes: a Matter of Safety, Performance and Style
Do your brakes meet your vehicle's needs? Whether you are concerned with safety, wear or overall performance, industry experts recommend talking to a certified technician about brake replacement options that not only fit your vehicle, but also your driving style. "There are various choices of brake pads for different vehicle

Aug 16, 2005 - 10:18:00 PM

Handy Car Care Tips To Help Keep Your Car Cruising Along
Keeping your car well maintained helps ensure that it stays out of the shop and on the road for years to come. It also helps keep you safe in the process. Here are some nuts and bolts car care tips from the experts at Henkel to help steer you in

Aug 1, 2005 - 10:45:00 PM

The True Culprit Behind Car-Battery Trouble
Here's a hot tip about car batteries: Warm weather is the time for major car-battery problems. Heat, not cold, shortens battery life, says the Car Care Council. The average life of a battery is three and a half years, and even shorter in warmer climates. Excessive heat and overcharging are

Jul 28, 2005 - 9:03:00 AM

Time to Fall Back Into Your Auto Maintenance Routine
As summer winds down and fall begins in earnest, auto-care experts say that getting your vehicle serviced for cold-weather driving should be high on your list of things to do. Here are some tips from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) - the nonprofit group that certifies automotive

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:44:00 PM

Head Back to School Safely With These Auto Tips
Across America, students are jumping in their cars and driving back to class. What better way to send your students back to school than to arm them with proper car care knowledge and a well-maintained vehicle? The following tips will help educate drivers about car care and safety basics -

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:37:00 PM

Now Is The Time To Check Your Wiper Blades
Replacing worn windshield wipers can be a smart idea, but surprisingly few people remember to check them. Out of all the vehicles passing through the 2005 National Car Care Month vehicle check events, close to one-fifth (17 percent) had front windshield wiper failures and 12 percent needed service on their

Jul 24, 2005 - 10:27:00 PM

Simple Driving Tips for a Safe Summer
I often feel like I am the luckiest person in the world. As a young kid, I never imagined that for a living I would one day be driving a stock car in the NASCAR Cup Series. For 36 weekends a year, I get behind the wheel of my No.

Jul 20, 2005 - 11:27:00 PM

Keeping Your Car On The Road At Peak Driving Season
When I sit in the driver's seat, my goal is to be the first to cross the finish line. You can't do that without a car that's in tip-top condition. I make sure before I hit the track that my vehicle won't let me down. You should do the same

Jul 20, 2005 - 11:00:00 PM

Filter In Savings At the Gas Pump
Feeling the pinch at the pump? With record high gasoline prices, many drivers are concerned about their vehicles' fuel economy. The good news is that a simple maintenance procedure can help motorists improve their gas mileage. "One of the easiest ways to substantially enhance a vehicle's fuel efficiency is to

Jun 28, 2005 - 8:39:00 PM

Summer Vacation Season Goes into High Gear -- Is Your Vehicle Ready?
Memorial Day has come and gone and so begins the summer vacation season in earnest. Despite gasoline prices, the old-fashioned auto vacation will once again be a popular choice for families looking for convenience and ready mobility. But with summer weather comes special automotive maintenance challenges; extreme heat, humidity, and

Jun 28, 2005 - 8:25:00 PM

Cool Runnings
These cool tips for helping your car keep on the road to a tip-top transmission come from the experts at the Automatic Transmission Re-builders Association.

Jun 15, 2005 - 10:34:00 PM

What You Should Know Before Replacing Your Car’s Windshield
Most people think of the windshield as the part of the car that prevents them from getting hit in the face by bugs and rocks as they drive down the road; but in reality, it serves an even more important purpose. The windshield is a primary component of your vehicle’s

May 18, 2005 - 11:28:00 PM

The Right Brake Pad For You
Here's some news about brakes you may want to stop and read. If your car's brakes are squealing, they may be sending you a message. Brakes that make noise may be signalling that it's time for much-needed repair work. What's the best way to keep your car's brakes in shape?

May 18, 2005 - 10:43:00 PM

Safer Tires for Only One Penny
Only 14 percent of drivers nationwide properly check their tires, leaving an astonishing 86 percent who are making mistakes. This from the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which annually tracks tire care and maintenance habits among motorists. RMA research also reveals that 45 percent of drivers incorrectly believe that when taking

May 17, 2005 - 1:05:00 AM

Competent Auto Repair Has Never Been More Important
Automotive service and repair has changed dramatically over a generation, according to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), an independent group that tests and certifies the competence of auto technicians nationwide. Today, high-tech systems that were unheard of 30 years ago - anti-lock brakes, electronic engine controls and

May 9, 2005 - 6:26:00 PM

Car Maintenance Tips for Safer Road Trips
People across the country are packing up their cars and hitting the road for their summer vacations. But with gas prices on the rise and AAA predicting more than 7.5 million vehicle breakdowns over the warmer months, it's important to make sure that your vehicle is prepared. Firestone Tire &

May 9, 2005 - 6:19:00 PM

College Students: Don't Forget About Auto Maintenance
College bound? Here is one more item to add to your checklist before heading off to campus this fall: a vehicle checkup. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) recommends that you make sure your vehicle is in good working condition. Unless you are a dedicated do-it-yourselfer, you'll want

May 9, 2005 - 6:16:00 PM

Synthetic or Conventional Oil - Your Engine, Your Baby
One central argument between car enthusiasts and on Internet car forums alike is what oil is better for your car, synthetic or conventional. Before synthetic oils became available for regular automobiles, the argument centered solely on brand types and weight. But now, with the advent of these synthetics all over

May 6, 2005 - 1:25:00 AM

Springtime Presents Ideal Time for Car Care
Spring is here and none too soon. Traditionally, folks toss open the windows and get down to some serious housecleaning; and it should be no different for your automobile. Whether you do the work yourself or depend on a professional technician, getting your vehicle in shape now will undo the

May 4, 2005 - 8:28:00 PM

What Have You Done for Your Engine Today?
If you’re like most Americans, your life revolves around your car. Getting to work , spending a night on the town, traveling for vacations or visiting family and friends (not to mention all those errands) would be impossible without wheels. We ask so much of our cars, but they don’t

May 3, 2005 - 8:07:00 PM

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Summer?
With Summer just around the corner, it's not too early to begin thinking about hot weather driving and even that long-awaited vacation trip with the family. Whether you will drive cross-country or merely across town, it makes sense to take a few minutes now to assess the condition of your

May 3, 2005 - 8:03:00 PM

Summertime Car Care Tips
Undoing the wear and tear of winter should be job number one for motorists as they prepare for warmer weather ahead. Summer's heat, humidity and heavy stop-and-go traffic can cause marginal systems to fail. Why risk the inconvenience and aggravation of having your vacation interrupted? More importantly, any road-side breakdown

May 3, 2005 - 7:58:00 PM

Cars Need Spring Cleaning, Too
Warmer weather and longer daylight hours bring the return of birds and animals to the great outdoors -- as well as the return of the do-it-yourself car mechanic. Out of hibernation the "gear heads" emerge with their brushes, buckets and toolboxes in hand, ready to get their car in top

May 3, 2005 - 7:54:00 PM

Internet Provides Wealth of Information on Car Maintenance
A thorough check of your vehicle's major systems is a good idea before the snow flies, and checking your tires, brakes and battery is a good start. But if you're like many drivers, you may not know enough to recognize a problem when you see one. For instance, do you

May 3, 2005 - 7:39:00 PM

Retreads: The Highest and Best Use for a Worn Tire
Although they may look round and black, retreaded tires are one of the greenest, environmentally friendly products a fleet can buy. Retreaded tires have one of the highest post-consumer contents of all recycled products, and are responsible for saving North Americans more than 400 million gallons of oil every year.

May 3, 2005 - 7:37:00 PM

The Top 10 Rules of High-Mileage Car Maintenance
Americans are keeping their vehicles longer and driving farther than ever before. Today, the average age of vehicles on the road is greater than nine years and more than 68 percent of vehicles have more than 75,000 miles. As a vehicle's engine ages, its performance decreases and oil starts to

May 3, 2005 - 7:31:00 PM

Study Reveals Best Cities For Car Care
If your automobile could talk, it might tell you it wants frequent trips to the car wash, traffic-free commutes and fill-ups with high-quality gasoline. And if it could choose a place to live, it would probably pick The Big Easy. A recent study commissioned by Shell Oil Products U.S. unveils

May 3, 2005 - 6:34:00 PM

Proper Tire Care Helps Keep Your Vehicle Rolling
Experts say that poor maintenance of a vehicle's tires is a risk no motorist can afford. GM Goodwrench is reminding drivers of the importance of maintaining their tires to help avoid uneven wear, poor performance-or even blowouts, which may result in loss of control of the vehicle. Most drivers would

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:10:00 AM

Replace Shocks, Struts at 50,000 Miles For Improved Ride and Handling
It's relatively easy for most vehicle owners to determine when their tires, brakes and windshield wipers are worn out. Shocks and struts, on the other hand, aren't nearly as simple to inspect, despite the fact that these safety-critical components are highly susceptible to everyday wear and tear, which impacts ride

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:06:00 AM

Preventive Maintenance Is The Basic Ingredient To A Long-lived, Reliable Vehicle
Are there bad cars or just badly maintained cars? It's a fact that preventive maintenance is the basic ingredient to a long-lived, reliable vehicle. But how does one define "maintenance"? The dime-store answer is: Read your owner's manual and define your driving habits. The engine is the most expensive part

Apr 28, 2005 - 11:38:00 PM

Car Trouble
Your car's been running fine, no problems that you've noticed. Then, suddenly, no power and no shifts. Time for a new transmission? Maybe, maybe not. According to the folks at the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association, there's a good chance there's really nothing wrong with your car's transmission. Today's automatic transmissions

Apr 18, 2005 - 11:45:00 PM

Automotive Lighting 101
Maintaining and upgrading vehicle headlights is more than just a bright idea. It can be an inexpensive way to help keep you, your family and others safe. The National Safety Council reports traffic deaths are three times more likely to occur at night than during the day. In addition, the

Apr 18, 2005 - 11:41:00 PM

Keeping Your Vehicle On The Road To Safety
Any time of year can be the right time to get your vehicle inspected and serviced. Timely inspection and service can help prevent the inconvenience of breaking down on the side of the road and having to pay for a tow. To help get you on the road to safety

Apr 17, 2005 - 12:00:00 AM

Get Ready for Summer Driving
The busy summer driving season is coming. Will your vehicle be ready? The experts at the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offer the following tips on getting your vehicle ready. * Read the owner's manual and follow the recommended service schedules. * If you are not a

Mar 6, 2005 - 4:02:00 PM

Five Tips to Protect Your Automotive Investment
With a typical family spending a large part of its annual household budget on motor vehicle-related expenses, this much is true: Proper car care is an opportunity to save money. According to AAA, the average annual cost of owning and operating a new car is just over $7,500. This is

Feb 17, 2005 - 9:47:00 PM

Caring for Your Car Helps To Conserve Gasoline
Looking for ways to conserve gasoline? You don't have to move to Walden Pond. Just keep your car in good shape and drive gently. Here's a quick checklist to help you conserve gasoline, from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the organization that tests and certifies automotive technicians:

Feb 17, 2005 - 9:36:00 PM

Fall's a Good Time to Think About Car Care
As summer ends, it's time to start thinking about the colder weather ahead and what that means for your vehicle. According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), autumn is an ideal time for automotive maintenance and repair.

Feb 17, 2005 - 9:29:00 PM

Car Repair Costs Increase If Maintenance is Ignored
For most people, their automobile, truck or sport utility vehicle represents the second-largest purchase they will ever make, behind only their house. So, it makes good sense to protect that investment through regular maintenance. But according to automotive technicians certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), motorists

Feb 17, 2005 - 9:27:00 PM

Oil: Your Car's Third Cooling System
Here's a little-known tip to help prevent your vehicle from overheating: Check the oil. Along with the air conditioning and engine cooling system, oil plays an important role in keeping your vehicle cool.

Feb 17, 2005 - 8:20:00 PM

Seven Tips To Keep Your Snowplow In Top Operating Condition
Is your snowplow ready for winter? For snowplow owners, the key to a safe and productive snowplowing season is preparation and maintenance. Here are seven easy steps to prepare your vehicle and snowplow equipment to prevent you from getting caught out in the cold.

Feb 17, 2005 - 8:14:00 PM

Learn the Truth Behind Common Car-Care Beliefs
True or false: You should always warm up your car before driving on a cold day. False. Although most drivers may consider this to be true, it can actually cause damage to vehicles if done continuously. To shed some light on the truth behind common automotive beliefs, the service specialists

Feb 17, 2005 - 8:13:00 PM

How to Select the Right Tires for Your Vehicle
Wearing sandals in the snow is not appropriate. Running shoes for a formal occasion would be very out of place. Just as proper footwear is important to your comfort and correct body alignment, appropriate tires are vital to the overall performance and handling of your vehicle. An inappropriate tire provides

Feb 17, 2005 - 8:04:00 PM

Tips to Get Your Car Ready for a Summer Trip
With continued uncertainty overseas, the old-fashioned auto vacation is bound to be popular once again this summer. Nowadays, sport utility vehicles and big pickups have replaced the wood-paneled station wagon, but some things remain the same. Good advance planning can make your trip smoother and more enjoyable.

Feb 17, 2005 - 8:02:00 PM

Motorists Can Save Thousands By Repowering Their Engines
A "totaled" engine no longer means having to purchase a new car. Today's car owners have another option: purchasing a repowered engine. Repowering simply means installation of a rebuilt or remanufactured engine by your vehicle service provider or the process of rebuilding your existing engine and reinstalling it. Both are

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:56:00 PM

Restore Cooling To Your Car's A/C
If the air conditioning in your vehicle is not blowing cold in 90-degree heat, you'll probably be running to the repair shop. But should you? If saving money and time are your goals, many car repair experts say maybe not.

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:55:00 PM

Car Care Tips Help Teens, Parents as School Starts
Five Car Care Tips * Always keep tires correctly inflated. * Maintain recommended fluid levels. * Follow the manufacturer's maintenance schedule. * Rotate tires at regular intervals. * Watch for mechanical irregularities, such as misalignment of wheels. Whether they're driving 500 miles to their university or five miles down the

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:49:00 PM

Tips to Keep Your Car In Shape for Road Trips
With gas prices on the rise, there is no better time than now to think about vehicle maintenance. "Proper car care is critical during the travel season," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "With gas prices exceeding an average $2 per gallon for the first time

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:48:00 PM

Inspections Show Most Vehicles Need More Care
Do you have your vehicle's oil changed every 3,000 miles? Do you regularly check the air pressure in your tires or have them rotated on a set maintenance schedule? Are your vehicle's fluids checked regularly? If you answered "no" to any of these questions, you're not alone.

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:36:00 PM

Don't Sweat It: Cooling System Maintenance Is Easy
When AAA reports that millions of vehicles overheat each year, it's clear that people are apprehensive about cooling system maintenance. Compounding the anxiety is the overwhelming number of coolant formulas and colors on store shelves today. It's no wonder that motorists simply don't know which antifreeze/coolant is right for their

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:34:00 PM

Auto Technician Certification A Boon to Motorists
Finding a competent auto technician should not be a matter of chance. A good deal of the guesswork has been eliminated, thanks to the efforts of the independent, nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE tests and certifies automotive professionals in all major technical areas of repair and

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:31:00 PM

Don't Get Stuck Out in the Cold: Prepare Your Car for Winter
Who hasn't slipped and slid across an icy road or struggled to see clearly out of a foggy windshield? The cold winter months bring an increase in dangerous driving conditions. Make sure your car is up to the test. First, think tires. Avoid that frightening feeling you get when your

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:27:00 PM

Tools Women Can Use to Impress Their Auto Technician
Trust, reliability and good communication are not just key ingredients to a healthy and successful relationship with your significant other. They are also instrumental to a balanced and sound relationship with your automobile and its technician. At some point in a vehicle's life, most women will have to take their

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:25:00 PM

It's Time for the '21st Century Tune-Up'
One of the biggest changes in today's automotive industry is the perception of a "tune-up." Ask 10 motorists their definitions of a tune-up and chances are there will be 10 different answers. Contrary to some beliefs, today's modern vehicles still need tune-ups to keep them performing at the most efficient

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:19:00 PM

Be Earth-Friendly: Get Your Car Serviced Regularly
Regular vehicle maintenance and sensible driving habits will help the environment and save you money in the long run, according to the pros at the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Well-maintained vehicles pollute less, last longer and command greater resale values. Follow these tips from ASE to become

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:17:00 PM

It's Time to Stock Your Car for Winter Weather
The colder months have certainly arrived! Just step outside and you'll feel that invigorating chill. As you stock your home with extra logs for the fire and your kitchen with oversized containers of hot cocoa mix, take a moment to stock your car with a few items necessary for any

Feb 16, 2005 - 8:41:00 PM

Avoid Car Trouble: Get a Checkup Before it Snows
Don't let your holiday travels be interrupted by a roadside breakdown. Mechanical failure in the wintertime can be deadly, so it's important to have your vehicle checked out thoroughly at a trusted shop before cold weather sets in.

Feb 16, 2005 - 8:40:00 PM

Get Ready, Get Set, Go Winterize Your Car
Winter's just around the corner and chances are your vehicle needs some preventive maintenance to get it ready for the cold weather ahead. According to AAA, the most frequently uncovered problems in its annual vehicle inspections are improper tire pressure or low or dirty motor oil, anti-freeze, or other automotive

Feb 16, 2005 - 8:37:00 PM

'Get a Grip' This Winter With The Right Tires for Your Car
Do you have the appropriate tires for your car this winter season? If not, AAA recommends that you "get a grip." When snow is on the roads, it is vital for motorists to have tires with good traction. Most vehicles today have all-season tires, which are designed for all weather

Feb 16, 2005 - 8:35:00 PM

Car Care Tips to Ensure Smooth Holiday Travel
Holiday travel can be a bust if your vehicle breaks down on the way to visiting friends and family.With today's busy schedules and high-tech vehicles, most drivers are left with neither the time nor inclination for an afternoon of tinkering on their car. But motorists can still do their part.

Feb 16, 2005 - 8:32:00 PM

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