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  • 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

  • Question: I just rebuilt the engine on my classic 1970 Pymouth Roadrunner and am now having problems with it. Most of the machine work was done by a local machine shop but I did the assembly. It is a 440 V-8 with a four-barrel carb and four-speed transmission. When I …

    June 13, 2014

  • High-tech driving enters mainstream

    The introduction of new technologies to automobiles keeps occurring at a faster and more affordable pace than ever before.In the past, new technology was introduced on top-end luxury vehicles first because they built fewer of these vehicles and could evaluate the acceptance of the technology by the public in a …

    June 6, 2014

  • QUESTION: On a snowy, rainy day, I dropped the back wheels of our 2002 Toyota Highlander into a seven-inch rut in the back lane. Using two steel grids under each back tire, the front wheels spun on the icy surface and the back wheels ignored the grids. Next, with the …

    May 30, 2014

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