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Snow Job: Prepping Yourself And Your Car For This Week's Winterpocalypse

Snow Job: Prepping Yourself And Your Car For This Week's Winterpocalypse

Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of winter didn’t offer much relief for drivers hoping for an early spring. With much of the country about to get walloped once more, drivers need all the help they can get to safely navigate snow, slush and ice. Paying attention to winter...

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2011 Nissan Leaf

Electric Car Maintenance: 5 Tips

Here's the amazing thing about electric cars: They really don't need much maintenance at all. In fact, electric-car owners tend to say that "all you ever need to replace is... read more November 14, 2013 by

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Car Fluid Levels: How to Check and Maintain

Fluids are the lifeblood of your car. Besides being necessary for many of the mechanical components in your car to serve their tasks, fluids also cool, lubricate, and protect... read more October 3, 2013 by


Top Car Maintenance Mistakes

Ask any owner of the several well-documented, million-mile cars how their vehicles lasted so long. We presume none will advocate years of car maintenance mistakes as the key... read more October 3, 2013 by

Oil Change Monitor

Car Maintenance Checklist: The 5 Other Essentials

Most car nuts consider themselves good stewards, but even the most common checks get overlooked in between regular maintenance intervals. If you're already on top of oil... read more October 2, 2013 by

Glass repair -- mechanic works on cracked windshield

Car Windshield Repair or Replacement: Do It The Right Way

You see your windshield every time you get behind the wheel, but do you pay much attention until a problem appears? Most of us do not. A rock chip while driving, hitting an... read more September 29, 2013 by

Evans Waterless Coolant

Heloise Rotates the Tires

Q--I recently had occasion to change a tire. These events never happen at a good time and I was wondering how I was going to clean my hands after the job was done. It dawned... read more July 7, 2010 by 0

Onsite service by Tesla Motor technicians on 2013 Tesla Model S, upstate NY [photo: David Noland]

Silencing the Windows

Q--Although I read many times that rustproofing was a waste of money, the salesman convinced my wife that it would make a much quieter ride so I went along with this add-on... read more July 7, 2010 by 0

Self-healing polymers

More Idiots

Q--I wish you would write a column directed to the automakers about how incredibly stupid that “check engine” message is. You would think they could show some other... read more July 7, 2010 by 0

BS&F Auto Parts, Bronx, New York

Idiot Lights for Beginners

Q--If a faulty or missing gas cap can signal a “check engine” warning light, what else can? I suspect a low fuel quantity will as well, but how about a low oil pressure... read more July 7, 2010 by 0

Joe Ferrer, owner of BS&F Auto Parts in the Bronx, New York

The Letting Go

Q--I regularly check my tire pressure and adjust as needed. I notice when I go to my local Jiffy Lube they always seem to let air out of my tires. When I check the tires the... read more July 7, 2010 by 0

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Gas Brands

Q--Should you use the same brand of gasoline all the time? A--It is neither necessary nor feasible--especially if you are traveling and your favorite brand is not available... read more July 7, 2010 by 0

2016 Jeep Cherokee FWD 4-door Sport Side Exterior View

Jeep Cherokee: Cherokee Plugs

Q--I have a Jeep Cherokee 4.0 liter-engine that's approaching its recommended spark plug replacement mileage (intervals of 30,000 miles per the owners manual). I'm interested... read more July 7, 2010 by 0

First Ride: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac: Caddy Changes

Q--According to the owner’s manual for my new Cadillac, oil is to be changed when indicated by the DIC program. However the dealer insists the oil be changed every 3 months... read more July 7, 2010 by 0

Audi Adaptive Headlights


Q--You mention adding a can of fuel injector cleaner to your tank occasionally. A mechanic told me that on any vehicle over a couple of years old, adding an injector cleaner... read more July 7, 2010 by 0

Engine Maintenance Mode screen on 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Training Day

Q--I work 9-5 behind a desk, but would like to learn how to work on automobiles during the next few years as a hobby. Could you recommend a program or training facility that... read more July 7, 2010 by 0


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