The Truth About Cars » Maintenance/Repair http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 04 May 2016 20:39:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Five Simple Technologies For The Long Haul http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/five-simple-technologies-for-the-long-haul/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/five-simple-technologies-for-the-long-haul/#comments Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:10:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453706 Everybody wants a deal. But precious few people are willing to change their habits to make their deal last longer. The casualties of the rough and reckless are expensive and almost always preventable. For every person who complains about an automatic transmission giving out, there are ten people who still insist on shifting from reverse […]

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Everybody wants a deal. But precious few people are willing to change their habits to make their deal last longer. The casualties of the rough and reckless are expensive and almost always preventable. For every person who complains about an automatic transmission giving out, there are ten people who still insist on shifting from reverse […]

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Product Review: Harbor Freight Hydraulic Scissor Lift http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/product-review-harbor-freight-hydraulic-scissor-lift/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/product-review-harbor-freight-hydraulic-scissor-lift/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2010 20:22:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=341031 Having lead a life of high adventure in my youth, scaling pinnacles of rocks and ice, I never imagined that I’d meet my end, flat on my back crushed beneath a falling car. I was setting a new land-speed record for butt-shoulder-shuffling on my way out from under the creaking, swaying mass of 1999 Volkswagen […]

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Having lead a life of high adventure in my youth, scaling pinnacles of rocks and ice, I never imagined that I’d meet my end, flat on my back crushed beneath a falling car. I was setting a new land-speed record for butt-shoulder-shuffling on my way out from under the creaking, swaying mass of 1999 Volkswagen […]

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Product Review: Optima Batteries http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/product-review-optima-batteries/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/product-review-optima-batteries/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2009 22:20:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=339529 Perhaps you’ve seen the advertisement: an Optima battery survives the rigors of a demolition derby, then goes into the vehicle taking it’s owner home. But is it pure advertising hyperbole or is there something to the claim? To find out I tested the Optima Red Top and Yellow top batteries in situations ranging from daily-driving […]

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Perhaps you’ve seen the advertisement: an Optima battery survives the rigors of a demolition derby, then goes into the vehicle taking it’s owner home. But is it pure advertising hyperbole or is there something to the claim? To find out I tested the Optima Red Top and Yellow top batteries in situations ranging from daily-driving […]

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“I’m gonna get you sucka!” Product Review: Mityvac 7201 Fluid Evacuator Plus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/im-gonna-get-you-sucka-product-review-mityvac-7201-fluid-evacuator-plus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/im-gonna-get-you-sucka-product-review-mityvac-7201-fluid-evacuator-plus/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2009 14:46:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=329632 I’m not a very good mechanic, but I enjoy working on my cars. Part of it is because I’m cheap and don’t like spending money on things I can do myself. Additionally, every time I have any interaction with any part of a car dealership I walk away feeling like a rape victim. Silkwood showers. […]

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I’m not a very good mechanic, but I enjoy working on my cars. Part of it is because I’m cheap and don’t like spending money on things I can do myself. Additionally, every time I have any interaction with any part of a car dealership I walk away feeling like a rape victim. Silkwood showers. […]

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Sears DieHard 10/2/50 amp Automatic Battery Charger Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/01/sears-diehard-10250-amp-automatic-battery-charger-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/01/sears-diehard-10250-amp-automatic-battery-charger-review/#comments Thu, 03 Jan 2008 19:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/product-reviews/sears-diehard-10250-amp-automatic-battery-charger-review/ 02871222000.jpgLike most middle aged men, I had a car crisis. So, after convincing my wife that an Imola Red BMW M Roadster isn’t “chick magnet red,” I bought my dream car. Of course, the dream is never the reality. I rarely drove the M. Summers were too wet and hot (real men don’t drive a convertible with the top up and the a/c on). Fall was too wet. Ah, winter in Florida! It’s the best ‘vert weather but… I just got a new daily driver. So Emily became a garage queen. And died.

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02871222000.jpgLike most middle aged men, I had a car crisis. So, after convincing my wife that an Imola Red BMW M Roadster isn’t “chick magnet red,” I bought my dream car. Of course, the dream is never the reality. I rarely drove the M. Summers were too wet and hot (real men don’t drive a convertible with the top up and the a/c on). Fall was too wet. Ah, winter in Florida! It’s the best ‘vert weather but… I just got a new daily driver. So Emily became a garage queen. And died.

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Poorboy’s Spray & Rinse Wheel Cleaner Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/12/poorboys-spray-rinse-wheel-cleaner-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/12/poorboys-spray-rinse-wheel-cleaner-review/#comments Thu, 27 Dec 2007 12:19:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/product-reviews/poorboys-spray-rinse-wheel-cleaner-review/ sprayrinse.jpgGo into any parts store and you’ll see rows of products that claim to clean wheels. Just spray and rinse! After buying, spraying and rinsing, you end-up with half clean wheels that beg you to take out the scrub brush and clean them the old fashioned way. And here’s the really horrible bit: OCD pistonheads keep after the cleanliness is next to godliness spray ‘n wash wheel cleaning Holy Grail until their garages are littered-- OK, carefully arranged with half empty bottles of wheel cleaner. So, is there a genuine no-brush wheel cleaning solution? 

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sprayrinse.jpgGo into any parts store and you’ll see rows of products that claim to clean wheels. Just spray and rinse! After buying, spraying and rinsing, you end-up with half clean wheels that beg you to take out the scrub brush and clean them the old fashioned way. And here’s the really horrible bit: OCD pistonheads keep after the cleanliness is next to godliness spray ‘n wash wheel cleaning Holy Grail until their garages are littered-- OK, carefully arranged with half empty bottles of wheel cleaner. So, is there a genuine no-brush wheel cleaning solution? 

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OBD-II Actron 9135 Scanner Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/11/obd-ii-actron-9135-scanner-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/11/obd-ii-actron-9135-scanner-review/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2007 10:59:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/product-reviews/obd-ii-actron-9135-scanner-review/ cp9135-4.jpgDriving my new 2004 Audi with the family on a vacation to Sanibel Island, the check engine light (CEL) illuminated. We were 125 miles from home. In the past, an engine warning light would trigger panic, confusion and nameless dread. (Owners’ manuals are no help; they simply tell afflicted drivers to take the car to an official dealer.) All I could do was find, phone and visit a local dealer (if they were open) or limp home, knowing that every mile might be making an unknown situation worse. These days, I have an alternative: the OBD-II Actron 9135 scanner.

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cp9135-4.jpgDriving my new 2004 Audi with the family on a vacation to Sanibel Island, the check engine light (CEL) illuminated. We were 125 miles from home. In the past, an engine warning light would trigger panic, confusion and nameless dread. (Owners’ manuals are no help; they simply tell afflicted drivers to take the car to an official dealer.) All I could do was find, phone and visit a local dealer (if they were open) or limp home, knowing that every mile might be making an unknown situation worse. These days, I have an alternative: the OBD-II Actron 9135 scanner.

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