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Solving Automotive Electrical Problems

Electrical Issues

Electrical issues are a mystery to many DIYers, as well as some technicians. I think it’s because you really can’t see or touch electricity in the same way you can with other working components on your vehicle. Sure, …

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performance and driveability 2

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Solving Automotive Performance Issues

Performance Issues

This topic covers a broad range of issues, including anything from a rough-running engine to a failed differential. For that reason, I’m just going to cover the basics of how to go about finding the source of a …

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brakes

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Solving Brake Problems

Brakes

Brakes are one of the most popular DIY repairs. It seems like a natural progression from doing oil and fluid changes. Personally, I was afraid to do brakes when I started out, especially drum brakes. All those springs really …

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Transmission issues

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Solving Transmission Problems

Transmissions

It doesn’t matter if you have a manual or automatic transmission; they both do the same thing. Transmissions, or gearboxes depending on where you’re from, provide a reverse gear and mechanical advantage to the engine’s power output. Your engine …

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idle issues

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Solving Automotive Idle Problems

Solving Idle Problems

I might get more requests about idle issues than any other topic. I think part of the reason is that there are so many possible causes of an idle problem, so it ends up being a common …

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no start

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Solving Automotive No-Start Problems

No-Start Problems

When your vehicle isn’t starting, you first need to make an important distinction as to the type of no-start you have. There are two basic types of no-start conditions: crank/no start and no crank/ no start. When an …

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noises

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Diagnosing Noises in Your Car

Noises

Noises can indicate a great many things with your vehicle. They can mean everything from an engine that’s about to scatter all over the road to the need to secure the stuff in the trunk. When looking for the …

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hvac

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Solving Automotive HVAC Problems

Solving HVAC Problems

I’m going to split this article into two parts: one part on heating, the other on AC.

One important note before I get into this article: Be sure to check your local laws before working on your …

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