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    Video: Watch how to charge your car battery using a... chainsaw?
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    This video is neither as dangerous nor as insane as the title indicates, if only because you're only using the chainsaw's motor and not the actual chain itself. Do not take a chainsaw to your engine without first removing the chain. It would be bad. With the chain, frame and sprocket removed ...

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    ETC: Nearly two years later, we get our hands on Lubricheck's "blood tester"
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    In May of 2011, we ran a story about a small company seeking backers for an innovative do-it-yourself device engineered to measure the level of contaminants in a vehicle's motor oil. Armed with the knowledge, consumers could extend oil change intervals, save money and help the environment. Things ...

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    Video: CNN chronicles young girl building Pontiac Fiero
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    At fourteen years of age, Kathryn DiMaria has already done what many self-proclaimed gearheads won't even attempt in their lifetimes. The Dearborn, Michigan teen is rebuilding a car from the ground up. The intrepid youngster asked her parents when she was just twelve to start a Pontiac Fiero ...

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    Light Mine Pro is naval warfare-inspired underhood illumination
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    We don't know how the folks at Risk Racing got from naval undersea mine design to the Light Mine Pro, but we're glad they did. The baseball sized, sci-fi-like accessory is comprised of two LED arrays – one white, one red – surrounded by 11 protrusions topped by neodymium magnets. ...

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    How to build your own hidden racing sim setup and keep your wife happy
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    DIY Racing Cockpit Ottoman – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Two things have prevented us from installing a full-blown racing-wheel, pedals and seat in our living room for the likes of Gran Turismo 5 – the aggravation of having the hardware soak up space in the living room and ...

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    Build your own remote starter with a pre-paid mobile phone
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    There are a lot of reasons for invention that goes beyond necessity, and pure want is right up there at the top. A clever gent named Dave tired of making the 15-minute walk to his freezing cold car, so he built a long-distance remote starter from a prepaid cellphone. To make it work, Dave ...

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    No Mo' Bondo: Hapless Toyota Camry gets its fill of filler
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    The Toyota Camry Bondo Edition - click above for a gallery of images
    Dear readers, this is what you get when you mix some serious damage, an aversion to body shops, a lot of time, and the belief that Bondo and duct tape can fix anything. This sad-looking fifth-generation Toyota Camry was spotted ...

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    SAM is looking for a few good OBD II ports
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    For those of us who like to service our own cars, being able to retrieve the OBD-II codes is important. There are various readers on the market, with some more capable than others. Of course, once the codes are retrieved, you need to know how to interpret them. The common misconception is that the ...

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    Toolkit upgrades - some simple things we find handy
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    We've all got the standard wares of the trade: wrenches (open end and box), sockets (inch, metric, regular and deep), various and sundry screwdrivers, etc. Those things are expected when building a tool kit. In the years since I started wrenching on cars with a simple Craftsman kit, I have done a ...

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