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  • The Best Kind of Repair Shop
    The Best Kind of Repair Shop

    Often during my radio show I get the question, "Should I take my vehicle to a dealer, a local independent shop, or a specialist?" It's a good question, but the answer depends on various factors.Time To Head To The Dealer......

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  • The Ultimate Insider's Guide To Finding The Best Auto Repair Shop
    The Ultimate Insider's Guide To Finding The Best Auto Repair Shop

    When is the best time to look for a high quality auto repair shop?Answer: before you need one.Because making a sound decision is difficult when you are faced with a car problem and time restraints, finding a shop takes t......

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  • When Gremlins Strike, Car Breakdown Insurance Is Ready

    At one time or another, everyone has lived this nightmare: You are driving along and suddenly a disturbingly loud sound rises up from deep inside your car.It may be a rasp from the transmission, a rattle from the engine,......

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  • Why Does My Car Repair Cost So Much?
    Why Does My Car Repair Cost So Much?

    People ask me all the time how the price of an auto repair is determined, usually phrased something like, "Why does my car repair cost so much?" This is a question worth asking, especially if you've been given a repair q......

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  • Car Repair Prices Finally Exposed Through Web Apps
    Car Repair Prices Finally Exposed Through Web Apps

    No matter how smart you are or how hard you try, you have the feeling you're get taken for a ride, don't you? For decades, car shoppers had that sinking feeling in their stomachs when they approached the dealership. Eve......

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  • Changing Your Cars Fluids Depends On Your Driving: Normal Or Severe?
    Changing Your Cars Fluids Depends On Your Driving: Normal Or Severe?

    Have you ever tried to actually read your owner's manual, especially the part about maintenance and service? As if this kind of stuff isn't confusing enough, there are always two schedules listed, one for a vehicle driv......

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  • 5 Auto Maintenance Procedures You Don't Need
    5 Auto Maintenance Procedures You Don't Need

    P.T. Barnum said "There's a sucker born every minute," before the dawn of mass-produced automobiles, but peddlers of bogus mileage-enhancers and proponents of unnecessary auto maintenance procedures are carrying on Barn......

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  • Brakes, Suspension, and Tire Maintenance Depends On Your Driving: Normal Or Severe?
    Brakes, Suspension, and Tire Maintenance Depends On Your Driving: Normal Or Severe?

    Have you ever tried to actually read your owner’s manual, especially the part about maintenance and service? As if this kind of stuff isn’t confusing enough, there are always two schedules listed, one for a v......

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  • Parts Is Parts, Right? Part 2
    Parts Is Parts, Right? Part 2

    In the first part of this story we talked about the pitfalls of using the cheapest replacement parts. Our overriding message was “Don’t!” But that’s not the end of the story. Today’s article......

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  • Parts Is Parts, Right?
    Parts Is Parts, Right?

    The world of auto parts is a murky one. There are so many manufacturers and quite a range of costs that one can easily be misled, and it is a situation that is only getting worse.Back in 2008 attendance by traditional ve......

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  • Changing Your Engine Oil Depends On Your Driving: Normal Or Severe?
    Changing Your Engine Oil Depends On Your Driving: Normal Or Severe?

    Have you ever tried to actually read your owner’s manual, especially the part about maintenance and service? As if this kind of stuff isn’t confusing enough, there are always two schedules listed, one for a v......

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  • DIY Garage: Car Cleaning

    So you think you know how to wash your car? Let's find out. If you're going to be using dish soap, you're off to a bad start. We'll give you a few tips on how to effectively get your car clean and shining like new this w......

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  • DIY Garage: Vision Basics

    If your windshield is dirty, driving your car will feel like you're looking through contacts that haven't been cleaned in a month or dirty glasses. We'll tell you how to keep your vision sharp and unobstructed on the ro......

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  • How Long Can You Drive On a Donut Spare Tire?
    How Long Can You Drive On a Donut Spare Tire?

    Dear Tom,I own a 2004 Chevy Aveo. The other day I got a flat tire and I had the spare installed. It’s a fake tire (one of those “donut” spares). I haven’t had a chance to buy a new tire yet, and I......

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  • DIY Garage: Oil Basics

    When the time comes to change your vehicle's oil, walk into any major store and you'll find dozens of brands. How do you know which to choose? AOL Autos has teamed up with AutoZone to bring you a series of DIY car ......

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  • DIY Garage: Auto Lighting Basics

    Now that Americans are keeping their cars longer than ever, more of us are going to have to deal with burnt out headlights, tail lamps, and turn signals. Find out how to keep your lights and indicators working ......

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  • DIY Garage: How To Change A Flat Tire

    There's never a good time to have a flat tire, but the key is to be prepared. Find out how you can avoid being stranded by a flat this week in DIY Garage: How To Change a Flat Tire. AOL Autos has teamed up with Aut......

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  • DIY Garage: How To Improve Your Fuel Economy

    If you're looking to improve the mileage of the vehicle you drive now, where should you look first? Find out how to save money on gas as we explore a few simple ways to improve your gas mileage this week in DIY Gar......

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  • DIY Garage: How To Change Your Air Filter

    AOL Autos has teamed up with AutoZone to bring you a series of DIY car maintenance tips and tricks, straight from our garage to yours. The DIY Garage video series covers common questions like how to change your own o......

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  • DIY Garage: Fluid Basics

    AOL Autos brings you a series of DIY car maintenance tips and tricks, straight from our garage to yours.The DIY Garage video series covers common questions like how to change your own oil, or what the source of that pesk......

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