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Timing Chain Versus Timing Belt: A Primer

Knowing if there’s a timing chain versus a timing belt in your car, and what exactly they both do, can help you save on expensive maintenance, costly repairs or both. Although it might seem like an overly technical subject, understanding a timing belt versus a timing chain is a fairly simple concept to grasp once you strip away all the jargon…

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Your DIY Mechanic Toolbox Should Have These 4 Tools

Working on your own car is as rewarding as it is practical. The DIY mechanic industry is huge and includes everyone from expert mechanics to parents who want to learn more about cars to keep the family vehicle in good condition. You don’t need a lot of tools to start working on cars, but there are a few basics every new DIYer needs in their mechanic toolbox. Here are four essential sets for both the casual DIYer and avid hobbyist…

A bucket and hose on the ground by a red car

How to Spring-Clean Your Car

The sun is finally shining, meaning it’s time to spring-clean your car. Winter is hard on a car, and a good cleaning makes it look good as new inside and out. Also, a nice bath helps your car last longer by removing the winter buildup on paint and interior fabrics. It doesn’t take long to do the job and, once it’s done, you’ll have months of summertime weather to enjoy. Here’s how to spring-clean your car…

Six Easy Vehicle Maintenance Ideas To Pass The Time

Spare Time Solution: Six Easy Vehicle Maintenance Projects

Have you suddenly found yourself with some free time on your hands? If so, there are a few easy vehicle maintenance projects that you can do with minimal prep right at home. These aren’t complicated projects and most need only basic tools and supplies. So before you start watching the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy again, take some time for easy vehicle maintenance that will pay off dividends later…