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  • QUESTION: I have a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with a 318 engine and full-time all-wheel drive. I have maintained the vehicle in "as new" condition since I purchased it new. Recently, it has developed a whine on coast, which can be made to come and go by feathering the …

    February 7, 2014

  • AUTO TECH: Welcome to the new age of aluminum

    While there were many interesting and substantial announcements at the recent Detroit Auto Show, one of the more interesting was Ford's presentation of its 2015 F150 pickup with a new aluminum body. Ford has forged a solid reputation for building "Tough Trucks" -- witness its years of sales leadership with the …

    January 31, 2014

  • Mountain air robs horsepower

    Q. A few years back, I went on a trip to Colorado with a Ford Windstar with a V6 engine. I drove up to 14200 foot elevation. This year, I'm planning on renting a car with a 1.6L engine for the same trip. Do you think I will have a …

    January 23, 2014

  • Toyota has introduced a new variable-valve technology, and unlike most new technologies that first appear on higher-priced vehicles, Toyota is introducing this on their Corolla Eco models. They call this new feature Valvematic. In almost all vehicles, engine speed is controlled by the throttle. Open the throttle to let more air …

    January 10, 2014

  • Question: I have a 2007 Accent GS. I bought it from a dealership about 2 months ago and I'm having pretty awful gas mileage, half a tank will give me about 70km; 80km if I'm lucky. Mind you I am driving almost exclusively in town so there is a lot …

    January 10, 2014

  • QUESTION: I own a 2009 Honda CRV. The air that comes into the cabin is smelly when I first start things up. I know enough to shut off the AC a few minutes before I stop the car so the hoses dry out but it has happened anyway. I think …

    December 20, 2013

  • Weaving sugar byproducts into autos

    Both Ford and Coca-Cola are large worldwide companies; they share some of the challenges of delivering products to diverse marketplaces. Now they are sharing technology. Its called plantbottle and it will have a huge impact on many products in the future. Plantbottle technology entered the marketplace in 2009 as the first …

    December 20, 2013

  • BACKYARD MECHANIC: Your battery -- there's a charge for that

    QUESTION: I sometimes leave my RV plugged into electricity for some time to keep the battery charged. Will it overcharge if I leave it plugged in? Is it better to unplug and disconnect the positive battery terminal so it cannot drain the battery? ANSWER: The small, portable battery chargers you would …

    December 13, 2013

  • AUTO TECH: Don't overlook your wiper blades

    Every vehicle has them. Some have one, most have two, and there are even some with three. Windshield wipers are an important safety feature on our vehicles, but they usually only get attention when they don't work. With winter slush and snow on the way, your vehicle's wipers will be put …

    November 29, 2013

  • QUESTION: I recently switched a 263 six-cylinder engine with a power glide cast iron transmission to a 1978 305 V8 with a 350 tranny. The only problem now is my 1960 Pontiac speedometer does not match with the 350 transmission. When I am travelling 60 m.p.h., the gauge is showing …

    November 22, 2013

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