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Close-up of a dirty brake rotor

How to Clean Brake Rotors

If there’s one thing you want your brakes to be, it’s dependable. Good brakes are important no matter what you drive and need to be maintained no matter how much of a DIY mechanic you fancy yourself to be. Learning how to clean brake rotors and staying on top of it is an easy way to help maintain your brake system’s safety.

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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…

An automotive mechanic reaches to out-of-the-way places under a vehicle's hood

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…