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Can You Guess the Tool?
Gene Hannon Jr
Can you guess the tool in the photo? Back in the day, I used this little rascal a lot. Photography by Gene Hannon. When disc brakes first came on to the scene, we would overhaul them inhouse. We took things apart and repaired them instead of just replacing parts! We didn't...
10 Aug 2016
How to Uniquely Identify Your Vehicle with RPO and VIN Codes
Do you know anyone who’s had a DNA ancestry blood test? Many people are surprised to learn that their genetic code includes ancestors from locations they never expected. Likewise, your car can have a global history, as increasingly, vehicle makers source the world for parts. Like your DNA, your...
22 Jul 2016
Chilton Releases Ford Factory Service Information for Cars, SUVs, Vans, & Trucks - 1996-2015 Model Years
Announcing ChiltonDIY factory service information specified by Ford. Included in this new release: Ford Lincoln Mercury Key data in this release: Comprehensive factory diagnostic and service information Service manual graphics Technical service bulletins (TSBs) and Recalls...
30 Mar 2016
Chilton Releases General Motors Factory Service Information for Cars, SUVs, Vans, & Trucks Covering 1998-2015 Model Years
Announcing ChiltonDIY factory service information specified by General Motors. What's included in this new release: Buick Cadillac Chevrolet GMC Hummer Oldsmobile Pontiac Saturn Key data in this release: Comprehensive factory diagnostic and service information...
16 Mar 2016
Gasoline Direct Injection
Gasoline direct injection. (Courtesy of Bosch) A conventional fuel-injected engine supplies all cylinders with a mist-like mixture of air and fuel that is flushed into the cylinders during the intake stroke and ignited by the spark plug. The throttle valve determines how much of the air/fuel mixture...
19 Feb 2016
How To Tell If Your Wheel Bearings Are Bad
Gene Hannon Jr
You Hear Noise While Driving When a wheel bearing or hub assembly is bad, it will usually make a noise. The noise can vary when you turn, and also with speed. A grinding noise indicates that your wheel bearings are bad, and you should replace them. Common noises are squeaks, chirps, squeals...
5 Feb 2016
RE: Fuel cap not venting and creating negative pressure in tank
Emission controlled vehicles from approximately 1972 to 2015 use mainly non-vented fuel caps. Check your vehicle year’s application and replace the fuel cap. Scan your vehicle for related DTCs , such as EVAP (evaporative emission constrol system) codes. Check for TSBs on your vehicle. Check...
24 Aug 2015
RE: Don't know what's wrong with my car
Hi Sierra. Have the LeSabre's front and rear suspension checked for loose or worn suspension components for your clunking noise. Check the tires for uneven wear, balance and alignment. There is a technical service bulletin (TSB) that might apply. It is called "Info on popping or thunk noise...
29 Sep 2014
Top 5 Brake Complaints and How to Resolve Them
Story and Photography by Jim Marotta I think we can all agree that the braking system is the most important safety device on any vehicle. Since people place such a high value on their car's ability to slow and stop, it is smart to pay attention to brake issues. Let's review...
25 May 2011
Which Antifreeze is Right for Your Vehicle?
By Jim Marotta Back in the day, no matter which brand you chose, antifreeze was green. The glycol-based formula contained silicates as corrosion inhibitors. You mixed the antifreeze 50/50 with water and poured it in the radiator. As the engine operated, the antifreeze performed its primary...
23 Oct 2015
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