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Catalytic Converter: What You Need to Know

The catalytic converter is part of your car’s emissions systems, and it plays a crucial role. It’s located upstream of the muffler, close to the engine, and it changes environmentally damaging pollutants in the exhaust stream into more benign gases. … Continue reading

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ABS System: What You Need to Know

The antilock braking system control module is a microprocessor that runs diagnostic checks of a vehicle’s ABS. It processes information from wheel-speed sensors and the hydraulic brake system to determine when to release braking pressure at a wheel that’s about … Continue reading

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How Do I Know My Headlights Are Aimed Properly?

It may not seem obvious at first, but the adjustment on your headlights might be all wrong. How do you know for sure? Among obvious signs that your headlamps aren’t properly aimed are oncoming drivers flashing their lights at you … Continue reading

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How Long Should Shock Absorbers Last?

The answer to the question question of when to replace shock absorbers and struts hinges on several variables, including how many miles a vehicle is driven, on what kinds of roads it’s driven, and whether it’s driven gently or with … Continue reading

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How I Can Tell What That Leak in My Driveway Is?

Whether you spot a puddle under your car or just a few drops, there are several possible culprits, and color alone might not explain what it is. How can you figure it out? To be sure, you’ll need to pinpoint … Continue reading

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What’s Included in a Tuneup?

A car tuneup is an outdated service consisting of replacing parts to bring the ignition and fuel systems up to spec for maximum engine performance and efficiency. A traditional tuneup hasn’t been available or necessary for years. Today’s remaining tuneup … Continue reading

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How Long Will My Belts and Hoses Last?

Maybe forever, if you rely on an overly liberal interpretation of the maintenance schedules set by some vehicle manufacturers. That doesn’t mean you should ignore them or even accept the manufacturer’s recommendations, though; instead, add them to your list of … Continue reading

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