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Matthew Wright

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Have You Checked Your Lugs ... Lately?

Friday May 30, 2014
I've seen a lot of damage over the years that was caused by loose lug nuts. The lug nuts hold your wheels in place. Needless to say they're pretty important. Losing a wheel can cause all sorts of problems, not to mention cause an accident. Be safe and check your lug nuts today.

Trailer Wiring Colors - Quick and Easy

Friday May 30, 2014
I get a lot of requests for standard passenger car and truck trailer wiring color codes. So here's a quick, direct link to that information for you. It's standard, simple, and a click away. Trailer Wiring Color Chart

The Soapy String Trick?

Wednesday May 28, 2014
Seasoned auto repair guys will tell you all sorts of tricks of the trade. Or maybe they won't, but regardless the tricks are out there. One such trick, known as the "soapy string trick," involves installing a windshield. It works!

Brake Bleeding: A Maintenance Necessity

Tuesday May 27, 2014
When I was a kid I did all kinds of things to avoid having to bleed my brakes. Looking back, I'm not at all sure why I did that. Bleeding your brakes is super easy, and the difference in safety and drivability your vehicle will experience with strong brakes is more than worth the effort. Learn how to bleed your brakes today.

Tow Strapping For Winners

Monday May 26, 2014
If you're left in the unfortunate position of having to tow a dead vehicle with another car or truck, be sure to do it safely. Knowing how to use a tow strap is important to keeping things safe for you and other drivers having to deal with your non-op wagon train moving slowly down the road. It's never worth risking damage or worse.

Playing the Powerball Again

Sunday May 25, 2014
It's been some time since I reviewed the Mother's PowerBall polishing system, but since I got it out the other day and used it on some hard-to-reach corners of a vehicle I thought I should talk about how much I enjoyed using it. The Powerball is a genuinely useful tool when you are doing this type of work. So, again, I recommend it!

Pump It, Hotty

Tuesday May 13, 2014
The weather is heating up, and so is your engine coolant. If you're looking forward to a summer of reliable driving, it may be time to replace that aging water pump. The good news is you can replace your water pump at home and save lots of money. It's cheap insurance if your vehicle is past the 75,000 mile mark and you've never replaced it.

Tow, Safely

Friday May 9, 2014
Tow if you must, but if you must be towed, be sure to do it safely. There are all sorts of issues that can arise when something as powerful as an automobile is pulling something as heavy as a stranded automobile with nothing more than a thick ribbon of fabric. Tow straps are very useful for going short distances or dragging a car or truck out of the mud. Before you hook up, be sure you know how to do it safely.

Air Boxing, Not Just for Mathletes

Wednesday April 30, 2014
If your air box has seen cleaner days, you may want to consider giving it a thorough once-over, including but not limited to a new air filter. Your engine's efficiency starts in the air box, and if things aren't running as efficiently as they should be, you are using extra fuel, compromising engine power, and throwing money into the street. If it's been a while since you serviced your air box today is the day to make it up to your car or truck.

Don't Suffer Warm Air Conditioning This Summer

Tuesday April 29, 2014
If you live in an area that is expected to experience any level of extreme heat, you know how valuable your car's air conditioner can be. If you've spent one of these seasons with an AC that's on the fritz, you've suffered more than you deserved. Don't relive the horror, you can recharge your AC system yourself and save lots of money in the process. Never let them see you sweat.

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