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Is My Mechanic Honest?

Is My Mechanic Honest?

How Do I Know If My Mechanic is Honest?     Considering there are some 800,000 auto mechanics in the US, about one for every 316 cars, it makes sense that most drivers don’t know much about cars. Unfortunately, dishonest mechanics might exploit that inexperience, overcharging for auto repairs or suggesting unnecessary and expensive services, to name a few. How do you know if your mechanic is being honest? How Dishonest Mechanics Work Dishonest mechanics may exploit the unaware by hyping up a service, with confusing technobabble, or suggesting “shotgun” repairs. If you hear, “Your car is going to (explode, burn, die) if you don’t do this,” be wary and get a second opinion. Rarely is a repair such a dire emergency. Dishonest mechanics and hack mechanics might suggest shotgun repairs. There’s almost no chance that your no-start problem will need a starter, battery, and alternator to fix. Similarly, there’s almost zero chance t ... read more

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Epic Car Repair Fails

Epic Car Repair Fails

Today it's time for a bit of light hearted fun. We're going to look at what happens when do-it-yourself car repair goes, really, really wrong! If you ever see anything like these on the road or in a parking lot, snap a shot of it and send it in to us, we'd love to see it

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Fuel Injector Operation Demystified

Fuel Injector Operation Demystified

Most modern vehicles use some form of fuel injection, as opposed to earlier cars that employed a carburetor to mix gasoline and air on it's way into the engine. Normally most car owners never see more than the exterior of the fuel injectors under the hood. Here's your chance to catch a glimpse of what's going on inside each of those fuel injectors that sit atop the engine. About This Video The above video the operation of the automotive fuel injector. It goes into how to test the fuel injector, theory of operation and other aspects of reading the injector waveform on the automotive scope. Finally, coverage is also given as to the specific current flow characteristics for automotive fuel injectors. Schools may use this automotive technology video as an in-class companion

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Buying A New Vehicle With Your Taxes?

Buying A New Vehicle With Your Taxes?

Dealerships are packing on the heat with multiple advertisements towards appealing to consumer's who are looking to buy or lease a vehicle with their hard earned tax refunds. It's no wonder; the IRS speculates that a majority of Americans receive about $3,000 back in their taxes each year. That lump sum is enough to get you into a comfy and stylish new car, but is it worth it? For some yes, for others, they're better off staying with the car they've already invested their money and time into. If you are in need of a new set of wheels, here's some mistakes you'll want to avoid: Mistakes To Avoid Avoid walking into any dealership with no set budget. Likewise, make sure you do your homework on the dealership and the vehicle you're interested in before getting emotionally attached. Don't spend money you don't have...well you might have a huge lump sum to spend, it doesn't mean you should feel pressured in spending all of your hard-earned cash at one particular place. There are ... read more

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Avoiding Common Auto Repair Mistakes

Avoiding Common Auto Repair Mistakes

Scotty Kilmer, a mechanic for the last 42 years, shows how to avoid some common auto repair mistakes. This time, Scotty talks about avoiding common mistakes with removing and replacing your oil filter, safely doing any kind of electric work on your car, changing spark plugs, and the motor oil you use in your car

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Keep Your Car Running Like a Champion Without Breaking the Bank

Keep Your Car Running Like a Champion Without Breaking the Bank

Expert Advice and Savings Tips for Maintaining Your Car on a Budget Many of our customers worry about their cars breaking down, so they buy a new one. That's fine if you really want a new car, but thanks to improved engineering and technology, you can keep the car you have on the road longer than ever before. The trade off for the improved quality found in today's vehicles is higher maintenance and repair costs to keep their sophisticated systems running. The upside for customers who choose to drive their cars a few years longer is that it costs much less than the alternative of getting locked into a monthly car payment on a newer car, which also comes with higher auto insurance costs. If you choose to keep your car instead of buying a newer model, you'll need to keep it well maintained to make it last. Sometimes unexpected repairs will crop up for your car too, but there's no reason to get stressed out about it. The secret to handling routine car maintenance and unexpecte ... read more

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