Tag Archives: Wrenching

These Crazy Volvo Fans Built The AWD Polestar C30 We Always Deserved

The C30 Polestar concept was everything Volvo’s little fun-hatch should have been, with all-wheel-drive and 405 horsepower. But the car buying public only ever got the front-wheel-drive C30, even when Polestar tuned it up. That is, unless you took matters into your own hands and Frankenstein’d an all-wheel-drive C30…

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Watch Us Work Overtime To Get My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer In Shape For Its Epic 1,700-Mile Trip To Moab

Last fall, I bought an $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer that hadn’t run in 12 years. After months of wrenching, in March, I drove with my coworker Andrew Collins on a grand journey from near Detroit, Michigan to the off-road trails of Moab, Utah. Here’s video of that trip’s first leg—the Jeep’s first highway voyage in over a…

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How Much Preventative Maintenance Is Too Much?

Right now, I’m trying to get my 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle on the road, and I’m struggling to answer a question: How much preventative maintenance should I do? (Because this is getting expensive).

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This Is The Worst Small Damage A Car Can Have

Not everything that happens to your car over the course of its life is a big deal. Things break over time. Parts wear out. Small things fail. We either ignore and accept them or fix them and move on. But there’s one bit of small-scale damage a car can incur that, while relatively insignificant, makes life awful: the…

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Here’s The Best Guide On How To Paint Your Valve Cover

Engine bay decoration is an under-appreciated art because, well, it sits in the dark under the hood most of the time. But painting your valve cover and other engine parts are a great way to add automotive easter eggs to your car and this video is the best guide I’ve ever seen on how to do it easily.

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This Lifted Prius Trolls Jeeps

The Toyota Prius has been written off for years by enthusiasts as too slow and dull to be any fun, but thanks to a Russian lift kit and a can-do attitude, a team who goes by “The Regenerates” finally made theirs fun. They took their Prius to the Gambler 500—the insane navigational rally for cheap, impractical cars—and…

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How Not To Fix Something

It’s been a while since I last dug into my car, which might explain why I got antsy and decided to tear into another fiddly old machine instead: an old camera with a seized lens. This will be a fun little project, I thought, picking up some lithium grease at the hardware store. Needless to say, not only has everything…

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This Crusty Fiero-Based Ferrari F40 Replica Is A Race Car And That’s Probably For The Best

Pontiac Fiero-based replica cars talk a lot of visual smack with their racy bodywork, but rarely back it up. Fortunately for us all, the current owners of this Fiero-based Ferrari F40 replica did the right thing and took it racing. Hey, replica owners everywhere: put up or shut up.

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There Should Be Two Check Engine Lights

I had just gotten my 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross, and had been only been driving it for a couple of days. It made it the 800 miles from South Carolina, and a few dozen more around New York, with nary a problem. And then, while sitting and waiting to pick up Raphael Orlove to go on a little trip, the check engine light…

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That College Kid Whose Jeep I Saved Has Three Days To Fix His Vehicle Or It Gets Towed

Last summer, I drove eight hours to pick up a Jeep that a reader named Matt had offered me for free. But after fixing the boxy SUV, I didn’t have the heart to take it from the college student. A few months later, Matt blew up the engine, but planned to install a new one. Sadly, now he’s got even more problems.

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