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How Tires Work

Posted by Brian Brown on March 19, 2010 at 3:46 PM Comments comments (0)

How Tires Work

by Karim Nice

 What All the Numbers Mean

Each section of small print on a tire's sidewall means something:

Tire Type

The P designates that the tire is a passenger vehicle tire. Some other designations are LT for light truck, and T for temporary, or spare tires.

Tire Width

The 235 is the width of the tire in millimeters (mm), measured from sidewall to sidewall. Since...

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Automotive Brakes

Posted by Brian Brown on March 13, 2010 at 2:38 PM Comments comments (0)

Automotive Brakes

Summary: Nothing stinks worse than having brake trouble and getting taken for a ride by your mechanic. Get the best information on brake repair so you do not get scammed at the garage. The braking system is a complex system which needs proper maintenance and care over the lifetime of your car.


Before you start work, make sure you have a good repair manual. We recommend an online manual from ALLDATA for step-by-step instructions on ch...

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Why Rotate My Tires?

Posted by Brian Brown on March 12, 2010 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (2)

Why Rotate My Tires?

No matter how well your car or truck is in alignment, it will never be perfect. Front tires will tend to wear unevenly from side to side due to the minor changes in alignment as well as from the forces involved when turning. Also if your vehicle is rear wheel drive, the rear tires will wear quicker than the front.


What is the proper Tire Rotation Pattern for My Car?

The best pattern is found in your car's ow...

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Tips to Save on Transmission Repairs

Posted by Brian Brown on March 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM Comments comments (0)

1- How do I check the transmission fluid level?

Always check the fluid level with the engine running (except Honda), the transmission in "park" (except Dodge products which should be in neutral with the emergency brake applied), and with the engine at operating temperature. Remove the dipstick and wipe with a rag. Insert the stick fully and remove. Look at both sides of the stick to verify the same indication. Repeat the process.

The reason to check both sides of ...

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My "Check Engine" light is on. What does it mean?

Posted by Brian Brown on March 8, 2010 at 11:28 AM Comments comments (0)

It means your vehicle's onboard computer system has self-diagnosed some kind of problem. The "Check Engine" light, which is also called a "Malfunction Indicator Lamp" (MIL) or "Service Engine Soon" (SES) lamp, is there to signal you when a problem occurs that may require attention. This can include anything from a momentary hiccup that has has little or no noticeable affect on engine performance or driving safety to a failure of a major electronic component. There's no way to know what the li...

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