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    Motorsports: Spygate mechanic Nigel Stepney killed in crash
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    The international motor racing community was bereaved this weekend to learn of the untimely passing of Nigel Stepney, a well-known (if controversial) racing mechanic who worked for 30 years in Formula One. The 56-year-old Brit appeared to have pulled his Volkswagen Caddy van over to the side of ...

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    Report: Industry bracing for shortage of top-skilled auto mechanics [w/video]
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    What do you want to be when you grow up? If you answered, "mechanic," you're in the minority. But that could be a good thing for your chances of getting a job. As USA Today points out, a shortage of mechanics and an increase in the complexity of today's cars means there's big demand for ...

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    Report: "Right To Repair" law would force automakers to share data with independent mechanics [w/poll]
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    "Right To Repair" laws have been debated for years, with automakers and dealers steadfastly opposed to any legislation requiring them to divulge the electronic secrets of their vehicles to independent repair shops. The little guys continue to cry foul, insisting that dealership mechanics get ...

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    Haynes officially releases car manuals online [w/video]
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    Chances are if you've ever spun a wrench on a vehicle, you've likely had a Haynes service manual in your hands at some point as well. The company prides itself on producing inexpensive and informative volumes on just about every late-model vehicle manufactured these days. Now, the company's ...

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    Video: Mercedes-Benz takes a look at blind auto mechanic Bart Hickey
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    The world is full of enigmas. How else would you explain a composer like Ludwig van Beethoven, who continued to compose and perform even after he went deaf? Chances are you've heard of Beethoven, but you probably haven't heard of Bart Hickey. Bart, tragically, is blind. Which sadly enough means ...

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    Video: Man born without arms changes brakes on car with his feet
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    Judging by the fact that you're reading Autoblog right now, you most likely love cars. Yet spending all your time ogling the latest in auto news doesn't make you a mechanic, and we're guessing there are a significant number of you (and a few of us on here on staff) who don't change their own ...

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    Video: The very worst kind of lift-off close call
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    Hmm, that doesn't seem centered anymore – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Working with a car on a lift can be a dangerous if you don't understand what you are doing. Procedures have to be followed and safety is the name of the game. As one very lucky mechanic learned, even when ...

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    Audi Cam streams video of your repairs
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    Audi Cam in action – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Handing your pride and joy over to a service tech is a nerve fraying experience. While the vast majority of service personnel out there are well trained, courteous and quick about their work, there are bad apples in every bushel, ...

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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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    Classic prank: Preying on the naive auto owner
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    In high school my best friend and I convinced his sister that the sphincter valve on her car was broken and leaking blinker fluid all over the driveway. She freaked and offered us money to drive it up to their family mechanic and have it fixed. We took the money and blew it on Golden Tee. We know, ...

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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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    Nostalgia - Flexstones and Flatheads
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    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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    Master Mechanics vote for 3,000-mile oil change interval
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    In a survey conducted by Valvoline, sixty-percent of ASE certified Master Automobile technicians questioned said that a vehicle's oil should be changed every 3,000 miles. Twenty-nine percent said between 3,000-5,000 miles is acceptable and just two percent voted that between 5,000-10,000 miles is ...

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    Audi headlight switch recalled again
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall this week on the 1998-2000 Audi A6. This recall is interesting, though, because it's on the fix of another recall. The first one (recall 0413000) was issued on a faulty headlight switch. However, Audi technicians could, ...

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    Home Depot to sell auto parts
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    10 Home Depot stores in Florida are on an auto parts test run for America's largest home-improvement retailer. The stores each have about 500 square feet chock-full of auto parts at discount prices, undercutting competitors by more than 20 percent in some cases. The company ...

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