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General Interest

Gas prices? The future of hybrids? Find out what's in the news today!

There are a lot of people behind the scenes at RepairPal who do wonderful and amazing things—Roy Preston is one of them. Roy is our parts expert and he spends a lot of time and effort making sure that the cost of parts in our RepairPrice Estimator are up-to-date and accurate. He has also been building and showing muscle cars for 25 years.

 As a society, we have come to trust the opinions of organizations like AAA, Consumer Reports, and Kelley Blue Book. In the automotive repair industry, having national certifications is a strong symbol of approval.

 

During the regular use of your vehicle, the fluids that protect critical components wear out, causing unneeded corrosion and wear. Harmful deposits like carbon, scale, sludge, and rust sneak in and steal the vitality and life from your vehicle. But, if maintained regularly, your vehicle can exceed 200,000 miles or more without incurring expensive repair bills. 


I am sure you have all seen it, that yellow Check Engine Light (CEL). And now it’s on again, for perhaps no apparent reason. There are many different faults that can cause the CEL to turn on; each will set a different “fault code” in the engine control computer.

 

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.

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.

On my way to work today, I had a warning light go off in my Audi A3 that I had never noticed before. Apparently my daytime running right side light had gone out. The funny thing is, I didn’t even realize I had daytime running lights. I also noticed that I have fog lights, but in my ten years of driving, I don’t think I’ve ever used them. 

I was looking for a "retirement project" and since over the years I had collected many additional parts from other '39 Dodges, I had fenders and lots more to start something else. I had always longed to have another open car (I had a '30 Ford touring car and a "T" bucket and sold them) and I wanted to cut the top off a car and make a big convertible.

In 1965, I went to Oregon with the Coast Guard and ended up in a small town, Depoe Bay, which had about 300 residents in the winter. The station was small, so we had to find an apartment in town. We had to be on the boat within three minutes of a boat call (siren), so I needed quick transportation to the station. I decided to buy a car, so I bought the only car for sale in town—a 1939 Dodge Coupe for $65!