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Transmission Fluid: What You Need to Know

Transmission fluid keeps the parts in your automatic transmission moving smoothly together. Like other vital automotive fluids, it can deteriorate over time. Hard use – such as frequent stop-and-go city driving, hauling heavy loads, trailer towing – will accelerate that … Continue reading

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What’s a Cabin Air Filter and When Should You Replace It?

The cabin air filter, a feature found on most late-model vehicles, cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. It catches dust, pollen and other airborne material that can make riding in a … Continue reading

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Struts and Shock Absorbers: What You Need to Know

A shock is a suspension component that controls the up-and-down motion of a vehicle’s wheels. Though the devices provide some shock absorption, the job of absorbing shocks is actually handled mostly by the springs. More accurately referred to as dampers, … Continue reading

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Fuel Pump: What You Need to Know

The fuel pump sends fuel from your car’s gas tank to its engine. Fuel pumps are usually electrically powered and located directly in or on the fuel tank. The ease and cost of replacement depends on the car’s design, and … Continue reading

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Drive Belt: What You Need to Know

The drive belt is a reinforced rubber belt that allows the engine’s rotating crankshaft to drive components such as water pumps, alternators, air-conditioning compressors, power-steering pumps or superchargers. Your car may use separate belts for one or more components or … Continue reading

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Head Gasket: What You Need to Know

The head gasket not only contains the pressure of controlled explosions within the cylinders, but it also isolates the cylinders, oil and cooling channels from each other. It provides a seal between the engine block and the head that caps … Continue reading

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