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Brake pad replacement is a normal occurrence in all motor vehicles- brakes wear out. When it happens too often, it becomes expensive and reduces the value of the vehicle. This article explains why this happens on the 2009 Dodge Journey.
Having a car breakdown can send family budgets into a tailspin, especially in a low-income family. This article describes some of the programs that are available around the United States which attempt to alleviate the financial stress of a vehicle in need of repairs.
Vehicles are lasting longer. This is a look into the issues related to the extended age of cars and trucks. The author offers an opinion as to the next step car makers should take.
Auto repair shops always monitor their bottom line very closely. This article looks at a major expense item that the shop turns into income, which is the disposal of spent or failed auto parts.
Winter temperatures provide the perfect environment for vehicles to overheat. Although it seems counter-intuitive cars and trucks overheat when the engine freezes up. This article talks about how this can happen and how to handle it if it does.
Tire replacement is a big investment on today's vehicles. It is not uncommon for four tires to cost over $1000. So when a tire leaks, it is important that it is repaired in a way that ensures that you will protect your investment. This article instructs the reader how to…
The sale of automotive parts in the course of repairing cars is the mainstay of the auto repair industry. This article discusses those parts and explains the different supply channels shops use to acquire their replacement parts.
Editorial and Opinion
February 13, 2016
Automotive technology is constantly changing. This article traces the beginnings of some of the features of automobiles and discusses how quaint they seem now, as we move to the driverless car.
The auto repair environment can be daunting since the repair facility definitely has the upper hand. Don't make it worse! Here are five mistakes often made by auto repair consumers that you should try to avoid.
The features your new car comes with play a big part in determining the cost of repairing it as it ages. It's sort of the vehicle's DNA. This article explains some of the things to look for when buying a car or truck that may cost you big bucks down…
In most cases vehicle longevity is a good thing, but when being very fond of a vehicle sways your decision to trade or sell it, it can be costly. This article discusses what you should consider when you own a "seasoned' vehicle and the repair bills are mounting.
Not all auto repairs are equal, not in price or importance. This article talks about the importance of being able to prioritize repairs with an eye toward those that have to do with safety.
January 16, 2016
Some car owners describe an auto experience as distasteful as going to the dentist. Here are some markers that should indicate to anyone that you may have chosen the wrong place to get your car repaired.
It doesn't matter if your not mechanically inclined or hate to get your hands messy. This article presents sound advice that can save you money when maintaining your vehicle.
Since the 2008 model year vehicles have been required to be manufactured with a system that alerts the driver of low pressure in a tire. This article looks back on consumer attitudes about the systems and the shortcomings of the safety feature.
January 09, 2016
This article shows the reader how to choose a good repair shop by recognizing the "good" things it is doing, instead of mistakes it is making.
A vehicle's ability to inform the driver of the condition of its motor oil has been around since the late 1990's. This article talks about this feature's history and basis as well as the impact of this valuable information on the well being of cars and trucks.
The auto repair industry is based on the business model of charging for parts plus labor. This article is about what happens when a consumer insists upon acquiring the parts to repair his vehicle elsewhere.
You have to do your homework prior to buying a vehicle. Some existing problems should be considered deal-breakers. This article points out some things you may never have considered.
Sometimes something small like adding a fluid to a vehicle can be an indication that something more serious is afoot. This article shows how this can apply to a vehicle's brake system.
In auto repair knowledge is power. This article demonstrates how doing your homework can make a difference in the cost of your repairs, as well as the difference gender can make.
In some cases, there are evident vehicle conditions that are never good. If they exist on a car your are considering to buy, you should run not walk away from the purchase. This article discusses four such conditions.
When a new driver gets behind the wheel it is very stressful for parents. This article spells out the vehicle orientation that should take place prior to taking that first trip.
Your owner's manual came with the price of your car. Now is the time for it to make some money for you. This article tells how this often ignored publication can save you money when referred to properly.
Replacing your vehicle's engine is a major investment. You need to be aware of the pitfalls and the procedure to avoid costly mistakes. Check this article out prior to purchasing a new engine.
February 21, 2015
The automotive environment is notorious for using unusual jargon. This article defines some unusual terms.
This poem is the culmination of a discussion with a race car driver concerning his difficulty keeping a girlfriend/wife. Sadly, he was killed about 6 months after I wrote this for him in a racing accident.
A bus driver in a city. His fears. His anguish. His every living moment of existence. Have you ever considered it? What is he to do? What else can he do? He's as close to a robot as one can get. In fact, robots have already proven themselves better. What…
Religion and Spirituality
February 24, 2014
This book tells of God’s goodness, his mercy, his grace, and his love for the human race. This book offers encouragement, and hope for a brighter tomorrow. Are you facing difficult challenges in your life? Are you going through hardships? Do you have questions about faith, and why God sometimes…