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    Report: How Ford plans to handle insurance and repair questions surrounding new aluminum-bodied F-150
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    Building a car out of aluminum has a number of benefits - the lighter weight allows the vehicle to be more agile, more fuel efficient, make better use of its power and be more resistant to dings and dents. The downside to the advanced construction, though, is that repairs are both challenging and ...

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    Video: Creative SUV axle repair not MacGyver approved
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    Proving once again that you never know what you're going to come across on the road in Eastern Europe is the video we've pasted after the break. In it, you'll see an old beat-up SUV of unknown origin plodding its way through a residential area in Kazakhstan, a former member of the USSR. Sounds ...

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    Is your city among the best or worst places to get your car fixed?
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    Akin to other doctor-themed sites like WebMD, the recently-launched AutoMD wants to make you your own health official, this time overseeing the pain-free running of your car. The site's tools include diagnostic assistance, cost estimates, finding a shop, or DIY repairs with pictorial instruction ...

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    ThrottleGate: Toyota will now send needed pedal repair components directly to dealers
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    In an effort to stem the flow of potentially defective accelerator pedal parts at the source, Toyota announced earlier this week that replacement pedal components had begun shipping directly to its factories. While the announcement was a welcome step in the right direction towards a long-term ...

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    REPORT: BMW, Mini to let Mercedes-Benz inspect, prep its vehicles at port
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    The Mercedes-Benz Baltimore vehicle process center has secured a five-year contract to inspect, process, and repair pre-delivery BMW and Mini vehicles arriving in the United States. It's a deal that makes economic sense for both companies, say that automakers. BMW models currently arrive in ...

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    Tiger Woods' Escalade owned by GM, will be fixed and eventually sold
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    Tiger Woods GM-owned Cadillac Escalade, post crash – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The world's most infamous 2009 Cadillac Escalade, the one Tiger Woods drove into a hydrant and then a tree early in the morning of November 27, is heading to the body shop for repairs. Interestingly ...

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    GM reportedly holding up some shipments of Buick LaCrosse over quality concerns
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    2010 Buick LaCrosse - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    The high-profile 2010 Buick LaCrosse, the vehicle the automaker hopes will lure younger buyers into its showroom, is being delayed a few weeks due to manufacturing quality concerns. Mark LaNeve, GM's VP of U.S. Sales, told reporters ...

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    UK entrepreneurs open Pit Start, the country's first self-service garage
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    If you're a London gearhead and want to work on your car but have no place to do it, you'll want to check out Pit Start, a new self-service garage. It is exactly what it sounds like – a communal pay-by-the-hour workspace. Would-be tinkerers can pre-book a space or drop in, and upon arrival, a ...

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    HiQ garage goes for Coolest Auto Repair Shop honors
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    click above for more images of the HiQ service centerAs some of us are pretty sharp with a wrench, we loathe taking our cars elsewhere for repairs. Most of the time, we want to watch the guy doing the work, and that's usually not possible so we end up chain-drinking burnt coffee in the waiting ...

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    Will there be anything left? Tulsa Belvedere set to be de-rusted
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    The SS Belvedere emerged from its not-so-dry-dock almost two months ago, in all its ferrous oxide glory. Apparently the offer of restoration by Boyd Coddington has either been refused or rescinded, but either way, the Mopar is headed to New Jersey for a spa treatment. Safest Rust Remover, a product ...

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    Ford officially extends oil change interval to 7,500 miles
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    Ford has been studying the question of when to suggest oil changes, and they've hit upon 7,500 miles for 2007 and newer cars. Not only are modern oils better, modern engines are also better. You don't have carburetors metering poorly on winter mornings, tolerances are a lot tighter, and operating ...

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    Toolkit Upgrades Round Two - more fun toys
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    A while back, we expounded on some simple items that brought more joy to the automotive arts. Spring is just around the corner, and we've compiled a big ol' list of things to address in celebration of the Vernal Equinox. Unpacking the tools from their long winter nap is a ritual here, and it's like ...

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    Sticky Fingers: DIY carbon fiber
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    Fake trim is for the birds. Of course, there are cost considerations, and a piece of lower-cost injection-molded plastic is a lot cheaper than actual wood, metal, or laboriously laid carbon fiber. Faux trim can be awfully convincing – the metal-look trims in my S60 T5 are a far nicer touch ...

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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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    Autoblog Maintenance/Project Garage: 2006 wrap-up
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    In 2006, we spent a lot of time spinning wrenches here in the Autoblog Garage in the process of taking on common maintenance tasks and a few performance upgrades. For your convenience, we've compiled links to each of the posts after the jump.We already have some things in the works for 2007, but ...

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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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    Autoblog Project Garage: Underbody rust mitigation
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    Quite simply, rust sucks. Most any vehicle regularly driven during winters in the Salt Belt will fall victim to corrosion, and the various spray-on undercoatings available from the aftermarket have their shortcomings. Specifically, the spray-on application of these coatings often results in ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance 201: Brake pad replacement, Part II
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    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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