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  • Safety a priority in Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    Almost all cars on the market are now equipped with safety equipment such as airbags, stability control, ABS braking and the old mainstay: seatbelts. Some manufacturers incorporate a lot more safety into their vehicles than others and one of these is Mercedes-Benz. One of their safety systems, and I call …

    August 22, 2014

  • Q. I have a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt and the parking brake isn't working. I had brake pads replaced a few months ago and it was working then but stopped working this past spring. The parking brake inside the car moves and feels OK but it won't hold the car on …

    August 14, 2014

  • Brake technology has come a long way

    Brakes are something we seldom think about. They have become so reliable and sophisticated, we know they can stop the vehicle smoothly every time. It wasn't always the case. When Henry Ford first started building cars, the brakes were applied by a series of rods and links between the pedal …

    August 8, 2014

  • Q. I am restoring a 1971 Plymouth Duster with a 340 wedge motor. I can't get the oil-pressure gauge to work in the rally dash. I was told I need to install a Mopar sending unit for the gauge instead of the aftermarket one I have, and I have done …

    August 1, 2014

  • Ford's new SuperDuty diesel pumps up power

    There is a power race going on in the truck world, and Ford has upped the stakes again with the 2015 SuperDuty 6.7 diesel engine.There are several changes to the engine to give it more power and torque, which in the work world where these trucks are used for towing …

    July 25, 2014

  • Question: I have a 2000 Mazda Protege with a 1.6L engine and the car is a complete rust bucket. Recently, part of the fuel tank shield rusted off and as a result it is now partially attached with the other part touching the ground. I was wondering how essential this …

    July 18, 2014

  • Increase your towing safety

    Summer holidays are soon upon us and some of us will be hooking up a trailer for the first time. It can be intimidating. Even the smallest trailer can alter the handling characteristics of your vehicle, and heavier trailers can move you around significantly. Usually everything is fine as you …

    July 11, 2014

  • Q. I have a 2004 Chevrolet Cobalt and I am having problems. It just started to have the engine rev suddenly when I am driving down the street even though I am not stepping on the gas. The car doesn't accelerate but the engine revs just like I shifted down …

    July 10, 2014

  • Question: I recently bought a custom car, a 1970 SuperBee, and plan on driving it in the summer on nice days and to car shows. It was working fine till I gave it a tune-up with new spark plugs and plug wires, and installed a chrome air cleaner …

    June 27, 2014

  • The last time I filled up my vehicle, I put in racing fuel. No, I didn't have to go to a secret location or buy it in barrels. I simply filled up with V-Power gas at my local Shell.How can that be racing fuel you ask?Shell has had a fuel-development …

    June 27, 2014

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