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Automotive Questions and Answers


Real-world answers to car, truck and SUV questions from an ASE Certified Master Technician.

Troubleshoot Auto Repair and Maintenance Problems with help from the ShopTalk archive. Browse by Make and Model or Auto Repair Category and Topic.

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If it's broke, you gotta fix it, just like everybody else. Here's a place to Discuss Auto Repair and Consumer-Technical Issues with readers like yourself, dealing with their own four-wheel dilemmas—plus a little help from ShopTalk.


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auto repair manuals

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How much should you tighten the water pump bolts on an '02 half-ton Dodge Ram with the 5.9-liter V-8? The answer is 30 foot-pounds of torque. If you weren't quite sure, find out how to get torque specifications, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting charts and a whole lot more from Auto Repair Manuals and Online sources of Service Information. See what's available from ALLDATA for your car, truck or SUV.

automobile safety

Major Two Car Accident

How did your car or truck rack-up during impact testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety? It's important stuff to know.

technical service bulletins

Brake Rotor and Caliper - Technical Service Bulletin (TSB)

Learn about Automotive Recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSB), and get a heads-up on car and truck problems that have a big affect on auto-owners across the U.S., and around the world.

fuel economy (mpg)

Fuel Gauge Reads Empty - Fuel Economy (MPG)

Best places to find out which cars get the Best Miles-Per-Gallon, and news about the technology that makes it possible such as Hybrids, fuel cells and alternative fuels.

auto repair shops

Auto Repair ShopWhether you've got an H1, an H2 or a Kia, how do you choose an honest auto repair shop with experienced technicians to work on your ride?


It's always been a tough question. Here are some tips to help find a reputable Auto Repair Shop in your neck of the woods.

reliability ratings

Tow Truck - Automotive Reliability RatingsNothing's perfect, but certain passenger cars and trucks do hold up better than others...
 
So it's smart to look at Automotive Reliability Information from knowledgeable sources, and learn about the History of Manufacturers and where to find vehicle Dependability Ratings by category.

 

Worst case scenario -- Lemon Law -- is something which can be avoided.

 

This stuff can help grade the vehicle you're driving, or the one you're getting ready to buy.

car and truck values

Car Keys and Cash

 

The value of any car or truck is contingent upon a number of variables, including mileage, condition, service history, dings, dents and so on. Here are some resources to help narrow down the Fair Market Value on the vehicle you want to buy, or sell.

cost of fuel ($)

Gas Station Sign Shows High Cost of Fuel
Where's the perfect gas pump?


With today's rising cost-of-fuel, it may be worth the hunt. Here's help in finding the Best Price-Per-Gallon in your area.

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