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WHAT IS A TURBOCHARGER?

A turbocharger is an exhaust-driven air pump consisting of a pair of turbine wheels, not unlike pinwheels, on a single shaft. One turbine is positioned in the exhaust stream; when the engine revs, the exhaust makes it spin. This turns … Continue reading

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Types of Exhaust Smoke

Blue/Gray Smoke: Blue/gray exhaust smoke is an indication of oil burning in the combustion chamber. These are possible symptoms and causes: Valve Seals: Leaking valve seals will cause blue/gray exhaust smoke. Valve Guides: Excessive clearance between the valve stem and … Continue reading

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Does My Car Need Synthetic Oil?

If your car’s owner’s manual says it does, you do. For many consumers, whether to spend extra money for synthetic oil for an oil change is a difficult question to answer. Manufacturers of synthetic oil promise more miles and better … Continue reading

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How Often Do I Need to Change My Brake Fluid?

The recommended intervals for changing brake fluid are all over the board depending on the manufacturer, from as often as every two years to never. Really. For example, Chevrolet says to change the brake fluid on most models every 45,000 … Continue reading

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How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

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How To Properly Check and Fill Tires

While it may seem like a mundane task, inflating tires is much more crucial to your car than you may think, and it results in a safer and more economical experience on the road. Your vehicle’s handling also will be … Continue reading

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Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

Yes, though how often this service should be performed varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it’s open to debate. The manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn’t call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some Ford transmissions, … Continue reading

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