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11/09/13 Help pinpoint a heater problem by understanding the symptoms
By Doug McAllister - Most of us have probably turned the heater in our cars on at some point over the last couple of weeks. It's very possible that heater did not work the way it should. Here are some of the various problems we have seen with heater systems on some of... FULL STORY
10/27/13 Repair industry has seen many changes over the years
By Doug McAllister - I was thinking the other day about all the changes I have seen in automotive technology since I got into this business back in the early '70s. For the most part all of these improvements have been good and the reliability and drivability of today's... FULL STORY
10/19/13 Weighing repairs versus replacement
By Doug McAllister - Q. I have a '97 Mazda Protege with 156,000 miles on it. I keep up regular oil changes and the car has been good for the most part. With my recent oil change, they told me both the transmission and a valve gasket are leaking . nothing serious yet;... FULL STORY
09/29/13 Improve your fuel economy in minutes
By Doug McAllister - Some of the simplest maintenance items can save you the most amount of gas. For example, underinflated or bald tires can cause you to use a lot more fuel than you would with good, properly inflated tires. FULL STORY
09/22/13 Computer code is not full diagnosis
By Doug McAllister - Q. When the "check engine" light went on in my car, I took it to the parts store and they gave me the fail code for the evaporative system. When I took the car to the repair shop to get it fixed, they said they would need to charge for diagnostics... FULL STORY
09/08/13 Car that burns oil will damage parts
By Doug McAllister - Q. If your car burns oil and you fill it back up on a weekly basis, do you still need to get an oil change? FULL STORY
08/30/13 Get your brake repairs done before winter
By Doug McAllister - Under the Hood column FULL STORY
08/25/13 New shocks, struts will be noticed
By Doug McAllister - I was driving down Route 14 the other day and I was following a car that was bouncing up and down like a basketball. It was almost scary to be behind it because the car looked like it was on the verge of being out of control. FULL STORY
08/18/13 Problems with long oil change intervals
By Doug McAllister - I feel like a broken record on this but I feel like it bears bringing up again because we continue to see cars coming into the shop with little or no oil in the crankcase. The longer car manufacturers push out the oil change interval, the more... FULL STORY
08/11/13 Leaking head gasket can spell doom for car
By Doug McAllister - Q. I have 2000 Eldorado with 82,000 miles. I bought it new and have always kept up the service. About a month ago it overheated. FULL STORY
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