Tag Archives: Car Repair

What Do You Do When You Have A Low Car And A Very Steep Driveway?

The cars: we love them! But the world itself often does not, and not all of it is made to accomodate their car-needs. This is a shame and a tragedy, especially if you have a car that’s low to the ground (and not just grounded to the ground, okay?) and a very steep driveway. What do you do in this situation?

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Here Are Some Easy Jobs To Get You Started With Working On Cars

If you’d like to learn to fix cars, you probably don’t want to start out by rebuilding an engine or replacing a clutch in a transmission, much like you wouldn’t start elementary school math learning Laplace Transforms. Better to start off with something a little less intimidating.

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A Video Guide to Getting Your Car Fixed Without Getting Ripped Off

Some car maintenance is easier than you’d think, but there’s still a lot that goes on under the hood that can leave you scratching your head. This video breaks down some basic rules to avoid a car repair ripoff.

In the video, financial expert Jean Chatzky interviews a mechanical engineer who offers some advice. He says the first step is avoiding a shop that pushes you out the door quickly:

You can look around and see everything’s loud and everything’s bustling and getting in and out fast. That’s never a good sign. It usually lends itself to every shortcut under the sun. If you want a cheaper job you can get cheaper parts. There’s a huge difference in the quality of these parts. There’s a reason why they are cheaper.

Another solid tip: your mechanic should be familiar with your unique driving habits.

Your mechanic should tailor your maintenance to how you drive — if you’re a city driver, if you’re a country driver or do you do long-distance? Good, experienced mechanics will be able to tell a lot just by looking at the car.

The video offers other great tips, so check it out above or head to the link below.

3 ways to avoid car repair rip-offs | Bankrate

A Video Guide to Getting Your Car Fixed Without Getting Ripped Off

Some car maintenance is easier than you’d think, but there’s still a lot that goes on under the hood that can leave you scratching your head. This video breaks down some basic rules to avoid a car repair ripoff.

In the video, financial expert Jean Chatzky interviews a mechanical engineer who offers some advice. He says the first step is avoiding a shop that pushes you out the door quickly:

You can look around and see everything’s loud and everything’s bustling and getting in and out fast. That’s never a good sign. It usually lends itself to every shortcut under the sun. If you want a cheaper job you can get cheaper parts. There’s a huge difference in the quality of these parts. There’s a reason why they are cheaper.

Another solid tip: your mechanic should be familiar with your unique driving habits.

Your mechanic should tailor your maintenance to how you drive — if you’re a city driver, if you’re a country driver or do you do long-distance? Good, experienced mechanics will be able to tell a lot just by looking at the car.

The video offers other great tips, so check it out above or head to the link below.

3 ways to avoid car repair rip-offs | Bankrate

Why Do Braided Fuel Lines Suck So Much? Am I Missing Something?

Recently, I was driving in my Beetle and noticed two things: it was running a bit rougher than it should and it was dumping a little more gas on the ground than I’m generally comfortable with. Personally, I like to keep the level of gasoline drooling out of my car to somewhere between none and not-about-to-be-a-fireball. Both were caused by the same thing: braided-cloth-covered rubber hoses.

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What Are You Doing With Your Extra Hour Today?

The daylight savings time change is either horrible and garbage (the one in spring where we lose an hour) or awesome and wonderful (the one last night where we get an extra hour of Halloween partying.) If you didn’t do that, you have a whole extra hour on Sunday to do whatever you want with your car!

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Ten Sounds That Tell You When Your Car Is Broken

Clank, clack, whoosh — here’s a guide to 10 ominous, common sounds coming from your car and what causes them.

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What To Do If Something Gets Stolen From Your Car While It’s In The Shop

I have written previously about what to do if your car is damaged while in for service. The Garagekeeper Liability Act is the law in Michigan which shifts the burden onto the shop for damage that happens to your car while it is in their possession, and many states have similar statutes. But what about stuff stolen from your car while it is in their possession?

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How To Make The Most Out Of Your Amazing Local Junkyard

Don’t be afraid of junkyards. They’re loads of fun, filled with cheap parts, and offer some of the greatest wrenchin’ you can find in this great nation of ours. Come check out an awesome junkyard with us and we’ll show you the ropes.

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How A Quick Repair Turns Into A Parking Lot Mechanic Quagmire

It was supposed to be an easy fix.

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