Do Advertised Fuel Savings Gizmos Really Work?

Do Advertised Fuel Savings Gizmos Really Work?

Published Aug 08th, 2011 By Tom Torbjornsen

With gas prices above $3.50 a gallon, companies which manufacture "fuel saving" devices are thriving. These companies are vying for the motoring public's dollars and preying on their ignorance.Whenever the price of gas g......

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Video: Confused Snake Hitches A Ride Down The Highway

Video: Confused Snake Hitches A Ride Down The Highway

Published Aug 03rd, 2011 By Michael Zak

Last week, AOL Autos Maintenance Editor Tom Torbjornsen reported on the high incidence of critters like squirrels, chipmunks, ants and even porcupines making a home out of your car. This family in Memphis found that even......

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Ant Infestation Gets Woman New Hyundai Santa Fe

Ant Infestation Gets Woman New Hyundai Santa Fe

Published Jul 22nd, 2011 By Tom Torbjornsen

Problems facing your car or truck usually range from a hesitating engine to a "thunking" sound you can't identify. Or maybe your minivan door sticks. But some car owners have problems with ants, raccoons, red squirrels a......

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How To Get 300K Miles Out Of Your Car

How To Get 300K Miles Out Of Your Car

Published Jun 21st, 2011 By Tom Torbjornsen

It is possible to achieve this longevity. Just as with humans, genes, or in this case the quality of the car and engine are key....

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Tire Hell: How To Cope With Pot Hole Season

Tire Hell: How To Cope With Pot Hole Season

Published Apr 26th, 2011 By Tom Torbjornsen

Roadways across America are mostly thawed out and revealing their scars and wheel busting craters. Whether you are buying a new car, about to get new tires or facing potentially big repair bills, we have some advice for ......

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Quick-Lube Primer: Stop! Don't Go For Your Next Oil Change Before Reading This

Quick-Lube Primer: Stop! Don't Go For Your Next Oil Change Before Reading This

Published Mar 31st, 2011 By Tom Torbjornsen

Have you ever gone to a quick-lube place for an oil change and, while you're waiting in the lobby for your car, the service bay/sales person informs you that a certain service(s) "must" be performed on the vehicle immedi......

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Save Your Money: The 3,000 Mile Oil Change is the Dinosaur of Auto Repair

Save Your Money: The 3,000 Mile Oil Change is the Dinosaur of Auto Repair

Published Mar 29th, 2011 By Tom Torbjornsen

The 3,000-mile oil change has gone the way of the dinosaur. What do I base this statement on given my staunch support of the 3,000-mile oil change for so many years? Today oils and lubricants are so much better compared ......

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The Best Kind of Repair Shop

The Best Kind of Repair Shop

Published Mar 07th, 2011 By

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

Published Feb 26th, 2011 By Tom Torbjorsen

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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3 Secret Letters Can Help You Save

3 Secret Letters Can Help You Save

Published Feb 17th, 2011 By Tom Torbjornsen

While everybody understands what a recall is, not many car owners have heard of the Technical Service Bulletin. TSB's are sometimes confused with recalls, but they are not the same thing.Recalls come about from vehicular......

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Why Does My Car Repair Cost So Much?

Why Does My Car Repair Cost So Much?

Published Feb 15th, 2011 By Tom Torbjornsen

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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5 Dumb Things That Can Void Your Car Warranty

5 Dumb Things That Can Void Your Car Warranty

Published Dec 28th, 2010 By Tom Torbjornsen

Nobody in their right mind would want to void their car warranty. Yet, there are thousands (perhaps millions) who worry that one small thing will crumple their precious warranty up and throw it into the waste basket. A p......

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How To Keep Your Headlights Bright For Winter

How To Keep Your Headlights Bright For Winter

Published Dec 25th, 2010 By Tom Torbjornsen

Headlights are crucial safety equipment, yet beyond the fact that they light up when your turn them on, you probably don't give them another thought. But ask yourself, just how effective are they at lighting up your noct......

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Do I Need To Get A Wheel Alignment And Tire Balance When I Have New Tires Installed?

Do I Need To Get A Wheel Alignment And Tire Balance When I Have New Tires Installed?

Published Dec 08th, 2010 By Tom Torbjornsen

During my years at the service counter costumers who purchased tires often asked me, “Do I have to have them balanced?” followed by, “Does it need an alignment too?” I understand why consumers ask......

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Why Buy Snow Tires?

Why Buy Snow Tires?

Published Dec 04th, 2010 By Tom Torbjornsen

Do you live in the “Snow Belt,” that part of the U.S. where a few inches of overnight white stuff is considered a light snowfall? Then it’s time to buy your snow tires. What’s that? You don’......

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Car Repairs That Can Wait

Car Repairs That Can Wait

Published Nov 14th, 2010 By Tom Torbjornsen

Over the years folks have come to me with car problems that, though they were truly problems, did not need immediate attention. I know I always harp on getting the job done as soon as possible and having it done correctl......

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Pouring This Stuff In Your Car Is Money Down The Drain

Pouring This Stuff In Your Car Is Money Down The Drain

Published Nov 05th, 2010 By Tom Torbjornsen

The word “alchemy” is defined as “medieval chemistry.” A survey of synonyms reveals terms like allurement, conjuring, enchantment, hocus-pocus and abracadabra -- all references to magic. But the b......

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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?

Published Oct 24th, 2010 By Tom Torbjornsen

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

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

Published Oct 10th, 2010 By Tom Torbjornsen

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

Published Sep 18th, 2010 By Tom Torbjornsen

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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