The simple answer: In small doses and used properly, it can be effective in hard-starting gasoline engines. But it can be bad for two-stroke or diesel engines. The real question to ask is, “Why does my engine need starting fluid in the first place?”
Changing your own oil may not always be enjoyable, but it is fulfilling and worthwhile. DIY projects such as changing your own oil promote self-reliance and extra peace of mind that the job was well done.
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
Owning and operating your own business leaves little time or energy for thinking about lubricants. Growing up around my family’s construction business, my dad always brought me along on “Sunday Funday.”
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.
Old man winter is making his official entrance this weekend with the season’s first snow storm lumbering across the Midwest. Winter enthusiasts have been anxiously awaiting the chance to take their first snowmobile rides of the season, and the time has nearly come to execute plans and trail routes that have been laid out for weeks.
Skid-steers are built for tough, professional projects. Whether you’re clearing land, moving rocks or tearing down a wall, a skid-steer is an excellent piece of equipment for many different jobs. But these nimble machines can be expensive to repair and replace if neglected. Companies such as Timberline Landscaping keep their skid-steers going strong with good
If you’re like me, you like things to work when you want to use them. That’s why one of the responsibilities of owning mechanical toys or tools is to take care of them. It’s called maintenance. Whether it’s a diesel truck, chainsaw or compressor, everything requires its own kind of TLC if you want it
As fun as it is to own a boat, they can create several headaches if you neglect maintenance. Following these tips can help you stay on the water and out of the garage performing unplanned, expensive repairs.
To borrow a famous slogan, just do it. There is still some confusion about changing to a different type of oil in vehicles, particularly older models that have accumulated many miles. A small group of ill-informed individuals in garages and on blogs still cling to old beliefs that synthetic motor oils cause roller followers to