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Car Emergency Kit for Summer: Top 20 Items to Keep In Your Trunk.

Jun 19, 2017 12:28:54 PM / by Karen Maus posted in Summer Travel

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Recently, I had to drive to Kansas and I was in the car for about 9 hours each way. Before I left, I checked my box of emergency items and was left feeling pretty unsure of what I should have in case of a break down along the way. I had some jumper cables, a wrench, and a quart of oil. I threw in some bottles of water and hoped for the best. I joked with my boyfriend about taking more tools but not knowing what to do with them if a part broke and I wondered out loud if I should be taking duct tape and pantyhose. Luckily, I had no issues in either direction of my trip but I was left feeling a little uneasy about being unprepared to handle a breakdown situation when traveling.

You always hear reminders of keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle just in case something happens but what does that emergency kit need to have inside? No matter how well we keep our car maintained, they break down! Tires go flat, batteries die, hoses bust and mechanical issues can happen at any given moment. We all know to throw a blanket in the trunk with a shovel and an extra pair of gloves during the winter months, but what should we have for a summertime side-of-the-road event?

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10 Tips To Help You Find An Honest Repair Shop

Jun 5, 2017 6:30:00 PM / by Karen Maus posted in Honest Mechanic

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Finding an honest repair shop should not be so difficult! In any area of life that we do not have specific expertise in, we are subject to being taken advantage of. From our plumbers to our doctors, we must always do our due diligence when it comes to paying for services from others. Dealing with a repair shop can be intimidating but if you follow some of these simple tips, you can help protect yourself and your investment.

Here are 10 tips to help you find an honest repair shop:

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What's the Meaning Behind Your Car Emblem?

May 22, 2017 10:04:52 AM / by Karen Maus posted in Contests - Fun Stuff

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The car emblem was meant to bring unity to a brand and to make one automotive company stand out from other manufacturers. Considered the finishing touch, emblems have become incredibly important for brand identity. They are used to represent the company, much like the mascot of your favorite sports team. The emblem is one way for a company to stand out from another. Emblems and inscriptions have been around since the 15th century and each one has a specific meaning.

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America's Foundation: The Automakers of the 20th Century

May 15, 2017 11:07:00 AM / by Karen Maus posted in Contests - Fun Stuff

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From unfortunate to world changing, so many different events shaped the 1900's into one incredible century. World War I and II. The stock market crash and following great depression took place. Albert Einstein's theory of relativity was formulated. There were advancements in public health in regards to sanitation and hygiene improvement and we landed on the moon. The 1900's saw the dream of the airplane come to fruition. The 1900's also saw the automobile empire began to take shape. The invention of the automobile created an economic revolution. Let's take a look a the Automakers of the 20th Century.

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The (Fascinating) History of the Car Radio

May 8, 2017 10:23:00 AM / by Karen Maus posted in Contests - Fun Stuff

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CAR INVENTIONS THAT DIDN’T QUITE MAKE THE CUT

May 1, 2017 8:46:00 AM / by Karen Maus posted in Contests - Fun Stuff

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The automobile is an amazing invention! There are so many bells and whistles that make up all the working parts of a vehicle and like everything, people are always striving to improve upon previous creations. While many inventions for the automobile were life changing, like windshield wipers, some ideas were less than perfect and other ideas were downright crazy.

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KNOW YOUR PARTS: WHAT IS A BALL JOINT?

Apr 24, 2017 10:01:00 AM / by Karen Maus posted in Auto Repair

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KNOW YOUR PARTS: WHAT IS A BALL JOINT?

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OIL CHANGES: The Most Important Service For Your Vehicle

Apr 17, 2017 7:45:00 AM / by Karen Maus posted in Car maintanance

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Growing up, I had a Dad who liked to remind me how important it is to change the oil in your car. He would always open the door and check the oil sticker and current mileage to be sure his words were not traveling through one ear and out the other. I never wanted to hear those dreaded words, “I told you so.”   I listened and have faithfully changed my car’s oil at every 3000-mile mark.This faithful maintenance procedure is why I think my current car, a 1998 Toyota Camry, is still running with 243,000 miles on the original engine.

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WHAT DO THE NUMBERS AND LETTERS ON YOUR TIRES MEAN?

Apr 10, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by Karen Maus posted in Car maintanance

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Have you hit a pothole recently? Run over a nail? Is it time to purchase a new set of tires? How do you know which tires are best for your automobile? In fact, what are all those numbers and letters on the sidewall? The numbers and letters are not top secret. Those numbers tell you everything you need to know about your tires! The numbers indicate size, type and performance of the tire. Let’s deconstruct the information.

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Illuminated Tires? Tires Made With Dandelions? Who Knew Tires Could Be So Interesting!

Apr 6, 2017 7:49:00 AM / by Karen Maus posted in Contests - Fun Stuff

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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TIRES

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