How Engine Sludge Forms. And How To Prevent It.

Sludge. It’s a disgusting phenomenon. Even the word sounds gross, like the thing it’s describing.

8 Overlooked Maintenance Services that Can Help Extend Vehicle Life

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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How to Increase Torque in a Diesel Engine

Torque – the end game for every diesel enthusiast I bet if I asked six different people how much torque is enough, maybe, just maybe, two of them would agree that stock is enough. I would be in the group of four devising ways to build more torque. But, then again, I’m the guy who can’t leave

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5 People Who Need to Become AMSOIL Preferred Customers

So you love to rave about how AMSOIL synthetic lubricants boost your mpg, or how many miles you’ve gone with your 1992 Taurus, but if you’re not an AMSOIL Preferred Customer (P.C.) and you regularly buy AMSOIL products, you ain’t doing it right.

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

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?

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?

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Motor Oil Additives

It’s been a long, long time since motor oil was “just oil.” In the 1930s, someone decided to begin putting wax modifiers in the oil to address the problem of wax residue after the refining process. Thus was born the motor oil additive market. Today, motor oils, whether petroleum or synthetic, contain a variety of

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Turbocharger vs Supercharger: What’s the Difference?

An engine is nothing more than an air pump. The more air it ingests, the more fuel it can burn. And more fuel equals more power.

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.

Snow Tires vs. All-Season Tires: Worth the Cost?

Snow Tires - Winter Driving

During my last post on preparing your vehicle for winter, one of the comments that came up was the use of snow tires. Of course if you’re living in the desert or tropics, heavy snowfall is likely the least of your worries. But, if you’re a winter road warrior, a set of snow tires can be

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