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What type of fire extinguisher to get for a car?

February 3, 2019
What type of fire extinguisher to get for a car?

For automotive uses, we are generally concerned with Class A, B and C fires.   Dry Powder: Without a doubt, the cheapest fire extinguisher type is dry powder. These fire extinguishers use mono-ammonium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate (Purple K). Apart from making a mess, the problem with them is that they are...
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Technical evolution 02, E21, E30, E36, to E46 (56k warning, lots of detail)

February 1, 2019
Technical evolution 02, E21, E30, E36, to E46 (56k warning, lots of detail)

Crash Testing: Body Structures: Front and Rear suspension systems: Standard equipment and order-able options:   Aerodynamics and weight:   Emissions, Alternator and Headlights:   Dimensions and overall vehicle detail:     Engine Materials: Heating, Ventilation and AC:   MISC:
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How to find an exhaust rattle using a rubber mallet

December 30, 2018
How to find an exhaust rattle using a rubber mallet

So you suspect a rattle in your exhaust system, but how do you know which heat shield or which component is the culprit? 95% of the time a true rattle that exhibits itself at certain RPM’s is attributed to a loose exhaust heat shield. The sound is most pronounced at specific RPM’s because of...
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Who makes genuine oils for Toyota, BMW, Honda, Nissan and others?

November 11, 2018

“Genuine” oil is a money making cash cow for most car brands. The reason is simple; they are able to buy the oil in bulk, slap their name on it and therefore charge more then something you could buy from any number of places that sell oil. It should be no surprise that the...
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How to remove seized rotor screws

August 1, 2018
How to remove seized rotor screws

A rotor screw is used to hold the rotor against the hub face without the wheel on. It is removed only when changing the rotor after removing the caliper carrier. Being so small, and in such a rust prone area however, it is very likely to become seized. This one screw often translates a...
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How to remove a stuck subframe bushing on an E30

August 1, 2018

When removing the rear subframe on an E30, there is always a possibility that either of the two old bushings will be oxidized and therefore seized/stuck in the body. The OE subframe bushings are made up of an aluminum sleeve with a thick rubber coating around it. The aluminum sleeve protrudes at the top...
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How to change brakes correctly in a few easy steps

July 24, 2018

Bringing it back to the basics this week. Changing brakes on any car with disk brakes is a routine maintenance item and is certainly a job for a novice DIY’er. However, for something so routine, there are multiple ways to perform the job. However, even though there are multiple ways to theoretically get to...
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What are parking lights and how do you use them?

July 4, 2018

If you don’t know or understand how parking lights work; you’re not alone. Your use or need for parking lights greatly depends on where you’re from, North Americans are the least likely to have experience with parking lights because of our well lit roads and ample dedicated parking space. In Europe and many other...
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Should you put anti seize on your lug nuts or wheel bolts?

June 8, 2018
Should you put anti seize on your lug nuts or wheel bolts?

When you hear or read someone say not to put anti-seize or another lubricant on your threads just remember; torque is just the means to getting appropriate tension. The problem is, tension goes both ways, and dry torque specs assume clean new threads. As this video illustrates, a less than new bolt yields only...
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Diesel oil vs Gasoline oil: what oil to run in old cars?

June 7, 2018
Diesel oil vs Gasoline oil: what oil to run in old cars?

As technology has advanced, you would assume that oils and their ability to lubricate have improved; and they have, but that development is a double edge sword. The agenda behind oil development is as much about lubrication as it is a battle against environmental impact, catalytic converter health, and fuel efficiency. If you look...
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