How To Choose the Right Battery for Your Car

Most of us have a car battery story we could resurrect if asked. I have a few, but the most memorable was in 1986 when my son was born. On our seventh anniversary, my wife and I had dined at the now-forgotten Lemon Drop Restaurant on London Road in Duluth, Minn.

Synthetic Oil Filters vs Regular Oil Filters

Early automobile engines didn’t use oil filters, or air filters for that matter. For this reason frequent oil changes were a must. Motor oil quality wasn’t really that important in those days, anyway. It was the discarded by-product of processes designed to create other products from crude oil, like fuel, benzene and other petrochemicals.

11 Easy Tips to Make Your Car Last Longer: Advice from AMSOIL Gearheads

Jeep Wrangler - Car Maintenance Tips

I’ll be honest – I can’t drop a new set of gears in a rear differential or install a performance cam. I have lofty dreams of owning a red Jeep Wrangler, but real wrench turning might lie beyond my particular skill set. Luckily, I work among a legion of gearheads. Our generous car gurus offered

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Common Fixes for a Transmission that Jerks or Hesitates

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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

Why Does My Engine Knock? 3 Possible Explanations.

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There are a few different reasons your engine might make a knocking, ticking or pinging noise. Let’s break each down and talk about what might be happening.

Top Five Car Maintenance Myths

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Today’s blog theme is car maintenance myths. When we talk about myths, we’re not making reference to the characters who populate ancient Greek and Roman mythologies, like Apollo, Hercules and Medusa. In this context the word myth has evolved to simply mean “beliefs that are not true.”

How to Test Engine Compression

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Engine compression = engine power. A simple equation even we non-engineers can understand. Compression refers to the pressure your engine generates inside the cylinders while it’s running. How much pressure the engine produces and how well it converts that pressure into usable work influence your engine’s efficiency and power. How it all works and how

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8 Overlooked Maintenance Services that Can Help Extend Vehicle Life

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Despite the hassle and cost of unplanned maintenance, too many of us neglect our vehicles until something fails. These eight often overlooked services can not only help avoid expensive repairs, they can boost vehicle performance, too. Change Transmission Fluid Changing motor oil is the poster child for good vehicle maintenance, and for good reason. But

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A DIY Car Repair, or a Job for an Expert? Five Questions to Ask Before Doing It Yourself

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Guest post by retired ASE master technician Mark Gittelman. It happens to the best of us: We take on a car repair only to find out the hard way that it’s more involved, more time-consuming and more expensive than we thought.

Is an Engine Flush Good or Bad?

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To flush or not to flush. It’s a question whose answer is obvious in the bathroom, but vigorously debated in the garage. Let’s get right to the point. Is it safe to use an engine flush in an engine with high miles?