Category Archive: Maintenance

Nov 17

Winter is coming! Snow Tires save lives.

      Winter Tire Safety Tips Transport Canada and the Rubber Association of Canada advise motorists to think about safe driving in winter. Vehicle handling will be improved when tires of the same type, size, speed rating and load index are installed on all four wheels. Snow Tires Tires marked with the pictograph of a peaked …

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Mar 02

DIY bolt-on engine modifications

DIY bolt-on engine modifications can make our vehicles more powerful and more fun to drive, and there are lots of after-market companies that have come up with some great ideas. Thanks to their innovations, there are many changes you can make if you have the money and the time.   One bolt-on engine mod that …

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Mar 02

Can Motorheads DIY Garage save you money on car repairs with our concept? Yes we can!

The Economy is Driving More Car Owners to Do Their Own Auto Repairs, according to AutoMD’s “2010 DIY Report” Nearly 40% Doing More DIY than in 2008; 1 in 3 Report Saving over $1000 a Year; 84% of Those Who Usually Head to the Shop Likely to Attempt Repairs with More How-To Guides/Information Carson, CA …

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Mar 02

Wheel Studs and what you should know about them.

Wheel Studs and what you should know about them. Never use an Impact gun to torque wheel studs. Always use a torque wrench with the manufacturers recommended torque value. Over zealous mechanics without regard for “doing it right” use the impact gun to speed up their job which in the process over tightens the nuts …

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Jan 03

Quick car tip: avoid excessive idling.

Quick car tip: avoid excessive idling! We all like to slip into a warm car in winter. But leaving the car on and letting the engine idle burns up to 20% more gas. It also creates more wear and tear on the engine and reduces overall engine life. An idling car is also more vulnerable …

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Apr 23

Tell me about that “Check Engine Light”.

Tell me about that “Check Engine Light”.  The automotive service industry calls the Check Engine light on your dash an “MIL” or Malfunction Indicator Light. It shows three different types of signals. Occasional flashes show momentary malfunctions. It stays on if the problem is of a more serious nature, affecting the emissions output or safety …

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Apr 14

DIY Cabin Filter Replacement

DIY Cabin Filter Replacement How many of you actually know if your car has a cabin filter? What is a Cabin Air Filter?  The cabin air filter is a filtration medium that is attached to the outside air intake of your vehicle’s ventilation system. This device helps to improve air quality and filter out pollution …

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Apr 11

Do it Yourself Brake Job

Do it Yourself Brake Job With the ever-rising cost of auto repairs, it’s harder to keep older vehicles in proper operating condition. Brake pad/rotor replacement is big profit for most shops, as the brake pads/rotors are typically low cost. A garage/dealer are paying the mechanic one hour labor (which runs about $20-$30) that means the …

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Apr 11

Do It Yourself Timing Belt Replacement

  Do It Yourself Timing Belt Replacement Your six-year-old econobox is starting to show a bit of wear and tear, but everything mechanical still works fine. Until it doesn’t. Specifically, the engine suddenly goes dead silent one fine day. Your mechanic says your timing belt failed, then he chuckles into his shirt pocket. Now he …

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Mar 11

Drive Axles (CV constant velocity)

Drive Axles (CV constant velocity)     Imagine your surprise, from an annoying clicking to an all out panic stop in traffic.     That clicking noise that your front-wheel-drive car makes as you accelerate around low-speed righthand corners has been getting a little louder for weeks. One afternoon, just as you pull out of …

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