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    Autoblog Maintenance 301: Transmission R&R, Part IV

    A plan is finally in place for rebuilding the broken Tremec T56 transmission from our 1996 Impala SS; now it's time to carefully assemble some components in such a way that it'll survive the sort of abuse that we dish out every time the car hits the racetrack. Follow along as we walk through the ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance 301: Transmission R&R, Part III

    When we last visited this project*, we'd torn down a couple of Tremec T56 transmissions - the F-body/Viper hybrid that was making nasty rock-crushing noises from under the floorpan of our Impala SS, and one from a Chevy SSR that was presumably still in good working order, and perhaps could serve as ...

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    Nostalgia - Flexstones and Flatheads

    With it getting colder here in New England, us Yankee Autobloggers have to prepare for winter. This often entails a final running of the yard equipment, just today I mulched the rest of the leaves that'd fallen on the back yard. There's nothing quite like the roar of an air-cooled "one-lunger" ...

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    Autoblog Project Garage: Axle swap, Part III

    In the previous installment of this epic saga, we started reassembling the axle that will be going underneath a 1996 Buick Roadmaster. In case you've forgotten the point of this exercise - and you'd be forgiven, as the scope of this project has suffered mightily from feature creep - we're trying to ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance 101: In-tank fuel pump R&R

    If you own enough vehicles with an electric fuel pump, eventually it's likely that your luck will run out and you'll find yourself with a vehicle that refuses to operate properly due to a lack of go-juice. Most modern vehicles place the pump in the tank where it can be kept cool with a constant ...

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    Determining oil change intervals via analysis

    John's post on Valvoline's oil change interval survey results got the attention of our readers, so perhaps now it's time for a slightly different perspective on the topic. If one accepts the fact that each combination of driver and engine is likely to require its own oil change interval, then the ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance 301: Transmission R&R, Part II

    With the defective transmission finally removed from our Impala SS, it's time to tear it down to inspect for damage and replace any components that are deemed defective. Although we usually shy away from messing with automatic transmissions, manuals are usually simple enough to be serviced with a ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance 301: Transmission R&R, Part I

    Several of our readers have been requesting tech topics of a higher level of complexity, and so we went and broke a transmission just so we could show you how to fix it. OK, that's not quite how things went; the Tremec/BWA T56 six-speed manual in our '96 Impala SS started making some seriously bad ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance 201: Brake pad replacement, Part II

    In the first half of this particular write-up, we showed the basic process of replacing the front rotors and pads on a VW Jetta. Now we'll go ahead and hit the rear brakes, since the car is already up in the air and we're already covered up to our elbows in grease and brake fluid. We'll also go ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance 201: Brake pad replacement, Part I

    While many aspects of maintenance can be put off until the odometer rolls past 100K, odds are that you'll be doing some work on your vehicle's brakes long before then. Vehicles continue to get heavier and our highway speeds are ever-increasing, both of which put an incredible amount of strain on ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance 101: Transfer case fluid change

    With an oil change and transmission fluid swap out of the way, it's now time to exchange the oil transfer case lube for some fresh stuff. For those of you with manual transmission, you'd follow most of the same steps to service that unit, so please don't feel slighted (there will be a few ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance: Improving economy and decreasing emissions the DIY way

    When it comes to increasing fuel economy and minimizing the amount of pollution that your vehicular activities create, there is no better bang-for-the-buck than proper maintenance. A variety of sources state that the worst 10% of vehicles on the road emit nearly 50% of total automotive pollution, ...


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