Oil Price Illusion

The price of finished oil products continues to climb. Our business and others like us are staring down the barrel of our fourth price increase this year of 8%, 8%, 10%, and now 6%. Those increases are just for the…

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Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

This is not going to be a treatise on the book written by Charles MacKay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds about the tulip bulb mania in Holland in the 1600’s, but it does have a parallel in…

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How to Save Money on Car Repairs

There is a an easy way to save money on auto repair and here it is – pick a shop you trust and do all of your business there. Why not shop around? There are a number of reasons why…

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Ethanol and you

As the government continues to meddle in the free market, unintended consequences pop up all over the place. Now we have the EPA, after much lobbying from big agriculture, approving the use of E15, which is a blend of 15%…

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How Often Should I Change My Oil?

How Often Should I Change My Oil is a question that doesn't have a one answer fits all solution. But there really is no mystery to this most common of maintenance services. We know we need a periodic oil change, but…

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Look Out! A Pothole!

How to Eliminate or Minimize the Damage Sooner or later everybody hits one of these things. In the majority of cases even a deep pothole can be a non event. The natural reaction when someone sees one of these monsters…

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Fluid Leaks

Should you fix that minor oil seepage coming from the valve cover? If you spend a lot of time on the road, yes. If you use the car locally, maybe you can live with it. I make that statement at…

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Preventive Maintenance- Oversold Hype?

Does changing the fluids in a car really help? Well, it helps, but you have to consider your plan for how long you will keep those wheels and how they will be used. If you trade every couple of years,…

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What Noise?

Believe it or not noise problems are some of the most difficult problems to cure. It starts with the customer’s vague description of the situation which results in a lot of time being spent by the technician who sometimes cures…

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Replace that Timing Belt

A couple of months ago we recommended a timing belt to one of our customers based on the age of the belt. It hadn’t reached the end of its life in mileage terms, but after over 30 years in the…

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Electronic Parking Brakes

If you own a vehicle with an electronic parking brake, make sure you actuate it from time to time. Otherwise, you may be in for an expensive surprise when it comes time to replace the rear brake pads. A $200…

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Drivers and Aging

Consumer Reports cites research published by the American Psychological Association, on the online journal Neuropsychology that finds as we get older our reaction times slow down. No surprise there. Making people aware of that fact is a good thing, but…

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Electric Cars and Government

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the AASP-PA meetings in Grantville PA. It was an interesting and informative experience and gave me some insight into the concept of momentum. I came to the conclusion…

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Money Saving Tip for November

When your car needs repairs, make sure you set aside enough time to give the repair shop all of the information it needs to successfully repair it. Perversely, many folks don’t do this. A case in point is noise complaints.…

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Money Saving Tip For September

Fill up the gas tank before it hits reserve. Running the tank low creates two problems. The fuel pump can overheat causing it to fail intermittently or outright and creating a very expensive repair, typically $500 or more. At any…

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Here Come the Motorcycles

One way to tell that spring is in the air is by the number of motorcyclists you are seeing. For the great majority of them, the warm weather and price of gas creates an urgency to dust off the old…

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Winter driving tip

The roads are slick out there today in the east and there is more snow on the way. A trick I learned from racing cars is to control the steering wheel with one hand when things get slippery. Keep your…

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Safe Holiday Travel

Okay, so you did all the required maintenance, have a AAA membership and are ready for that long holiday trip to Grandma’s house. You are half way into a trip of hundreds of miles when……..well, as Robert Burns so aptly stated in…

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