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Troubleshooting car lighting problems

Let’s assume your car or light truck is plagued with a lamp or two that isn’t working properly. Where exactly do you begin? Let’s start at the beginning and examine how the lighting circuits work. Car headlights The headlight circuit is comprised of the headlight switch, a circuit breaker or the dimmer

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Keeping up with car maintenance

Timely seasonal car maintenance does more than keep your vehicle running smoothly. It will save you money in both the short and long term because you are improving your vehicle’s trade-in value, getting the most out of its mileage and preventing costly repairs down the road. In addition to keeping

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Nitrogen in tires

Today, you’ll notice green nitrogen “filling stations” at tire shops across the continent. Typically, filling a tire with nitrogen costs in the range of $10 per tire (although a few shops include it for free when they sell you a new set of tires). Using compressed nitrogen instead of compressed

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Engine assembly: Completing the assembly

Lifter installation If you can apply lubricant to the body of a lifter, you can install it. Essentially, you should apply motor oil (liberally) to the lifters. Slip the lifters into their respective bores. If the engine is equipped with roller tappets, install the lifter pairs with the associated connecting links.

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Car maintenance safety tips

When you tackle any DIY car maintenance or repair job, your primary concern should be safety. This goes for both you and your vehicle! Knowing the right tools, methods and safety equipment that you will need is always the first step. Keep in mind that not every repair and maintenance

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Brake performance improvement

One area of car maintenance that hot rodders, racers and custom car (and truck) builders tend to ignore is the brake master cylinder and, in particular, the actual brake pedal ratio. After all, it doesn’t make the car one bit quicker or faster, and if the thing eventually stops, why

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The importance of coolant

Coolant, or antifreeze, is generally a half-and-half mixture of a form of glycol and water. The glycol represents the antifreeze element of the mix, guaranteeing that the fluid doesn’t turn into ice under harsh winter conditions. Glycol also prevents the coolant from reaching the boiling point in extreme heat. It

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What are run-flat tires?

“Now,” says the engineer, “go take a lap.” What? Here we are in the pits of the famous Circuit Paul Ricard Grand Prix race course, a ribbon of asphalt set amid the green hills and rocky outcrops of southern France with a view that almost cannot be believed – and this

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Engine assembly: Fitting rods and pistons

In this segment, we’ll look at fitting piston rings, installing and locking (in place) floating wrist pins, and installing the piston-ring-pin-rod combination in the block. Essentially with this portion of the build complete, you’ll end up with a relatively complete short block, aside from the camshaft and cam drive. Tedious but

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