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A Pulsing Problem

On: Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 10:48AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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There are many reasons for vehicle brakes to pulsate, or move up and down (you can feel the pedal actually moving). This is often most noticeable when you have to slow down quickly from a high speed, and it can be unsettling.

As with any other repair, the first thing to do is eliminate the most obvious and easy reasons why this is happening. If your car has ABS brakes, are you sure that it isn’t that system causing the problem? If you know what the wheel speed sensors look like and see a bad connector or some other ABS-related component, it could be the source of your troubles. This is a long shot, but you never know.


How To Detect Drunk Drivers

On: Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 2:29PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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Even with all the stigma attached to driving under the influence (DUI), public warnings, increasingly stiffer sentences, etc., people just don’t seem to get the message. Tens of thousands of people still die each year because of drunk-driving—and it could be anyone. You really can’t assume that there are particular classes of people who DUI.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has put together a booklet that lists visual clues that can be used to identify whether a nighttime driver is likely to be drunk or not, based on the results of field studies in which clues were observed in more than 4,600 patrol stops correlated with driver blood-alcohol concentrations (BAC). These clues or cues account for more than 90 percent of all DUI detections.

I‘ve listed the cues below. The number given with each visual cue is the probability that a driver exhibiting that cue has a BAC equal to or greater than 0.10.


Oil Change Basics - You Can Do It!

On: Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:43AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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The oil change is probably the most basic automotive procedure. You may ask, why bother, since it costs only $20-25 at the local service station. And sometimes, it’s even less at some of the big tire places.

Probably the best reason for doing it yourself is saving time. You don’t have to make an appointment or take the time out to drive to a service station. You also have the choice of installing whatever brand of oil filter you want and, just as important, whatever brand and type of oil you want. And once you get into the habit of changing your own oil, you’re apt to take the little extra time to check the rest of the car out.


How To Make Your Car Last Forever (Or Close To It)

On: Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 11:02AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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Some cars have a reputation for running forever, Hondas, for one, or some of those old Dodge Darts with the Slant Six engine. Even those cars, though, eventually make it to the junk heap. But don't get depressed; you can extend your car's life by following some rather simple procedures. Most of them seem very commonsensical, but the key is how often you do them. The following applies to all vehicles.

First, follow the service schedule. This seems pretty simple, but you'd be surprised how many car owners don't follow the manufacturer's maintenance schedule. Maintenance intervals are getting longer and longer, so it is, therefore, much more critical that they followed. A lot of cars today have warning lights to remind you, should you forget. Considering the investment most people make to own a car, it is inexcusable not to take care of it properly.


 

Quest For A Good Mechanic

On: Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 1:00PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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There’s no question about it, finding a good mechanic is about as hard as finding a good doctor or dentist—probably harder! At least with a doctor you’ve got some recourse, mostly legal, if there’s a problem. But with a mechanic, there’s not much you can do about it if you’ve been had.

The best source of information regarding reliable and professional service at fair prices (and with it, a measure of trust), is through word of mouth. But even if a shop gets rave reviews from your family or friends, it’s best to also find out if the facility specializes in certain types of cars, and how long the shop has been used by the person who made the recommendation.