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What type of fire extinguisher to get for a car?

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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)

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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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Who makes genuine oils for Toyota, BMW, Honda, Nissan and others?

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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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What are parking lights and how do you use them?

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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?

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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?

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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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How to balance a tire properly: use the yellow and red dots

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March 21, 2018
How to balance a tire properly: use the yellow and red dots

Every rim and tire is slightly different and all have their unique high, low, light and heavy spots. On a rim, naturally the spot that is the ‘heaviest’ is where the valve stem resides as the stem adds weight to one side of the rim. On a tire, its not as obvious because a...
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Resettable automotive fuses

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December 25, 2017
Resettable automotive fuses

Inevitably if you own any car long enough, it will likely blow a fuse, and it may blow it again and again because of an underlying problem. Resettable automotive fuses are a great tools in chasing a problem, as you can trouble shoot and not have to pay nor reinstall a new fuse every...
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How to prevent a balljoint (tierod, control arm, A-arm, etc) from spinning when trying to remove balljoint nut

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October 26, 2017
How to prevent a balljoint (tierod, control arm, A-arm, etc) from spinning when trying to remove balljoint nut

One of the most frustrating parts of doing suspension work, especially for someone who doesn’t have a ton of experience is loosening or tightening the nuts on balljoints; because they spin. They are designed to spin, and sometimes need to be persuaded to not rotate so the ball joint nut can be tightened or...
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Car dies after jump starting: Different types of alternators; self exciting vs non self exciting

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September 22, 2017

So you go to jump start a car, and soon after you disconnect the jumper cables the car dies, what gives? Is it a bad battery? Bad alternator? If you do a quick google search you will think you have a bad alternator, but often this isn’t the case, and its not the battery...
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