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Which Snowmobile Oil Should I Use: AMSOIL INTERCEPTOR® or DOMINATOR®?

Snow has finally arrived. Your snowmobile should be prepped and ready to hit the trail or carve the mountainside. One question we get a lot around here is, “Should I use AMSOIL INTERCEPTOR Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil or DOMINATOR Synthetic 2-Stroke Racing Oil in my sled?”

Never Overlook This When Maintaining Your Snowblower

Snowblower won't start? Try this.

Thanksgiving day. While my family was gathered in my dining room, imbibing spirits and making merry, I was in the shed disassembling the carburetor on my snowblower, reeking of petroleum as rivers of gasoline flowed under my jacket cuffs and saturated me to the elbows. Here’s what happened, and here’s how to avoid it.

Common Fixes for a Transmission that Jerks or Hesitates

automatic transmission - do transmission fluid additives work?

Here are a few common reasons why your transmission may shift erratically, jerk or hesitate. • Low fluid level • Depleted fluid frictional properties • Poor cold-temperature fluidity

7 Expert Ice Fishing Tips with Pro Angler Pete Maina

Ice fishing tips with Pete Maina

Before you embark on your first ice fishing trip of winter, check out these tips from professional angler Pete Maina, one of Outdoor Life magazine’s “20 Best Anglers on the Planet.” Based in Hayward, Wis., one of North America’s best fisheries, Maina boasts decades of experience landing musky, walleye, bass and just about every other

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Is Premium Gasoline Worth the Money?

You probably saw the AAA report announcing that motorists wasted $2.1 billion last year using premium gasoline in vehicles that don’t require it. Maybe a few of those billions came from your wallet.

What Does Horsepower Mean?

You’ve likely heard of eighteenth-century Scottish engineer James Watt. He’s credited with coining the term “horsepower.” In a stroke of marketing genius, he used the term to help sell London industrialists on the ability of his new steam engines to more efficiently produce one of our most precious resources. Beer. Steam power drives beer boom

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How Often Should I Change Transmission Fluid?

automatic transmission - do transmission fluid additives work?

It depends on your vehicle and driving habits. That’s a cop-out. But, it’s true. Automatic-transmission-fluid-change recommendations vary from one original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to another. Plus, if your driving habits are like most motorists and fall under the “severe” designation (towing, hauling, daily short trips less than 10 miles, etc.), many OEMs recommend changing transmission

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5 Ways to Boost Horsepower for Under $500

Boost horsepower in your car or truck

More power. It’s the rallying cry of gearheads across time and place, whether you secretly wish you were Brian O’Connor when passing cars in your Mitsubishi Eclipse or Cole Trickle when tossing your 1984 Camaro around town.

Do Motor Oil Additives Work?

Should I use motor oil additives in my engine?

Remember the Saturday-afternoon infomercials for the latest “revolutionary” motor oil additive? I enjoyed one in which a group of mechanics added a bottle of additive to an engine they’d suspended from a hoist. Then they drained the oil, started the engine and lowered it into a tank of water. There it sat, gurgling away and

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5 Expert Chainsaw Maintenance Tips

Chainsaws are great tools – when they’re working properly. Here are five helpful tips to keep your chainsaw cutting strong.