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I may not be the newest car on the block, but I have needs, too. All I hear blasting out of the radio you listen to all the time is how bad the economy is. I hear you tell your friends that you would gladly get rid of me for a “greener” model if only the economy would turn around.

A road trip with your family is often marked by those four words parents cringe to hear—”Are we there yet?” So, imagine driving down the road with no interruptions, no complaints of boredom, no requests for milkshakes or hamburgers, and no questions about whether or not you are actually there yet. Wouldn’t that be heaven?

There are many factors which combine to make a great automobile repair technician, but all truly great technicians will have the following four characteristics:

Some of you are too young to remember “back in the day” when you went to the gas station to fill up. Back then, a nice attendant would come running out, pump the gas for you, lift the hood, take a look around, and check your oil. If you were a little low on oil, he would fill it up. 

For those of us who don't know very much about cars, we may hear of things like "suspension" or "emissions" and kind of understand what they are and what they do, but not really know for sure. If you want to hang with the big boys and really know your stuff, then take some time to check out our series of articles explaining the systems you find in modern vehicles.

Hopefully, you will never need any of the following advice, but the fact is 1 in 100 people will be involved in a car accident at some point in their lives. While hoping for the best though, it’s still good to prepare for the worst. Though not an exhaustive list, here are some things to remember if you are in a car crash.

I recently performed some repairs on my 1994 GMC Sonoma pickup. Along with replacing the fuel injector due to a leak from the fuel pressure regulator, I also replaced the spark plugs, air filter, and fuel filter. Not long after these repairs were completed, I began to notice a slight engine misfire when pulling away from a stop.

Black ice is not really black—it’s a transparent layer of ice that looks black because it’s so thin that you can see the road surface below it. Any ice is dangerous to drive on, but black ice is especially bad because it fools you into thinking the road is only wet, not icy.

We spend a lot of time in our cars. When customers bring in their cars for service, they always want to know how long we need to repair it because they need it back. In the U.S., 92 percent of us say we just don’t want our cars … we need our cars!

I rejoined the Denver Roadster Club and needed an open car. We found a 1925 Dodge touring car in northern Colorado that is very complete and solid. I have always liked something out of the ordinary and this fits the bill.