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    Featured: Do Advertised Fuel Savings Gizmos Really Work?
    AOL's Bunko Patrol at work: Devices that promise to save you money and gas are hawked everywhere. 1312826400

    With gas prices above $3.50 a gallon, companies which manufacture "fuel saving" devices are thriving. These companies are vying for the motoring public's dollars and preying on their ignorance.

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    Ant Infestation Gets Woman New Hyundai Santa Fe
    Ants, Raccoons, Porcupines, Oh My! Critters Can Foul Up Your Ride 1311355800

    Problems facing your car or truck usually range from a hesitating engine to a "thunking" sound you can't identify. Or maybe your minivan door sticks. But some car owners have problems with ants, raccoons, red squirrels and even porcupines. They can be tricky to get rid of, but easier to prevent if ...

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    Featured: Tire Hell: How To Cope With Pot Hole Season
    Harsh winter plus strained state and local budgets mean one of the worst pot hole seasons in memory 1303840800

    Roadways across America are mostly thawed out and revealing their scars and wheel busting craters. Whether you are buying a new car, about to get new tires or trying to avoid big repair bills, we have some advice for you.

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    Quick-Lube Primer: Stop! Don't Go For Your Next Oil Change Before Reading This
    Some services are unnecessary, or better left to dealers and more sophisticated repair shops 1301594400

    Have you ever gone to a quick-lube place for an oil change and, while you're waiting in the lobby for your car, the service bay/sales person informs you that a certain service(s) "must" be performed on the vehicle immediately to avert a disaster of immense proportion?

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    Save Your Money: The 3,000 Mile Oil Change is the Dinosaur of Auto Repair
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    The 3,000-mile oil change has gone the way of the dinosaur. What do I base this statement on given my staunch support of the 3,000-mile oil change for so many years? Today oils and lubricants are so much better compared to several years ago. Under normal driving conditions, viscosity breakdown ...

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    The Best Kind of Repair Shop
    Should You Take Your Car to a Dealer, an Independent Facility, or a Specialty Shop? 1299495600

    Often during my radio show I get the question, "Should I take my vehicle to a dealer, a local independent shop, or a specialist?" It's a good question, but the answer depends on various factors.

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    The Ultimate Insider's Guide To Finding The Best Auto Repair Shop
    Be Early, Be Bold, Be Thorough 1298772000

    When is the best time to look for a high quality auto repair shop? Answer: before you need one. Because making a sound decision is difficult when you are faced with a car problem and time restraints, finding a shop takes time and patience; you want to research and evaluate the facts in a relaxed ...

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    3 Secret Letters Can Help You Save
    Explaining The Technical Service Bulletin or TSB 1297969200

    While everybody understands what a recall is, not many car owners have heard of the Technical Service Bulletin. TSB's are sometimes confused with recalls, but they are not the same thing.

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    Why Does My Car Repair Cost So Much?
    Understanding What Goes Into An Estimate 1297796400

    People ask me all the time how the price of an auto repair is determined, usually phrased something like, "Why does my car repair cost so much?" This is a question worth asking, especially if you've been given a repair quote that runs into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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    5 Dumb Things That Can Void Your Car Warranty
    Follow Your Carmaker's Instructions 1293562800

    Nobody in their right mind would want to void their car warranty. Yet, there are thousands (perhaps millions) who worry that one small thing will crumple their precious warranty up and throw it into the waste basket. A portion of those people have written to me lamenting the fact that they did ...

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    How To Keep Your Headlights Bright For Winter
    Don't Let These Candlepower Killers Darken Your Path 1293325200

    Headlights are crucial safety equipment, yet beyond the fact that they light up when your turn them on, you probably don't give them another thought. But ask yourself, just how effective are they at lighting up your nocturnal travels?

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    Do I Need To Get A Wheel Alignment And Tire Balance When I Have New Tires Installed?
    New Tires Only Solve Part Of A Problem 1291784400

    During my years at the service counter costumers who purchased tires often asked me, “Do I have to have them balanced?” followed by, “Does it need an alignment too?” I understand why consumers ask these questions. Tire balancing coupled with wheel alignment can be expensive. ...

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    Why Buy Snow Tires?
    Snow Belt Drivers Shouldnt Delay 1291438800

    Do you live in the “Snow Belt,” that part of the U.S. where a few inches of overnight white stuff is considered a light snowfall? Then it’s time to buy your snow tires. What’s that? You don’t use snow tires? Then let’s bone up on why these specialized tires ...

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    Car Repairs That Can Wait
    When Is It Okay To Put Off Service? 1289710800

    Over the years folks have come to me with car problems that, though they were truly problems, did not need immediate attention. I know I always harp on getting the job done as soon as possible and having it done correctly by someone who knows what they are doing. However, sometimes it’s just ...

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    Pouring This Stuff In Your Car Is Money Down The Drain
    Automotive Alchemy Is A Fool's Errand 1288929600

    The word “alchemy” is defined as “medieval chemistry.” A survey of synonyms reveals terms like allurement, conjuring, enchantment, hocus-pocus and abracadabra -- all references to magic. But the belief in fantastic fixes for your automotive woes can only lead to one ...

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    Changing Your Cars Fluids Depends On Your Driving: Normal Or Severe?
    Part Two Of Our Hard Drivin Series 1287892800

    Have you ever tried to actually read your owner's manual, especially the part about maintenance and service? As if this kind of stuff isn't confusing enough, there are always two schedules listed, one for a vehicle driven under "normal" conditions and another for "severe." But what exactly does ...

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    Brakes, Suspension, and Tire Maintenance Depends On Your Driving: Normal Or Severe?
    Part Three Of Our Hard Drivin Series 1286683200

    Have you ever tried to actually read your owner’s manual, especially the part about maintenance and service? As if this kind of stuff isn’t confusing enough, there are always two schedules listed, one for a vehicle driven under “normal” conditions and another for ...

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    Parts Is Parts, Right? Part 2
    Choosing The Right Parts For Your Repair 1284782400

    In the first part of this story we talked about the pitfalls of using the cheapest replacement parts. Our overriding message was “Don’t!” But that’s not the end of the story. Today’s article will help make more sense out of the various grades of replacement parts on ...

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    Parts Is Parts, Right?
    Cheap Parts Are Cheap, And Should Be Avoided 1281672000

    The world of auto parts is a murky one. There are so many manufacturers and quite a range of costs that one can easily be misled, and it is a situation that is only getting worse. Back in 2008 attendance by traditional vendors at the SEMA show, the big aftermarket parts trade show, was down over 30 ...

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    Changing Your Engine Oil Depends On Your Driving: Normal Or Severe?
    Part One Of Our Hard Drivin Series 1278475200

    Have you ever tried to actually read your owner’s manual, especially the part about maintenance and service? As if this kind of stuff isn’t confusing enough, there are always two schedules listed, one for a vehicle driven under “normal” conditions and another for ...

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