How to Change a Flat Tire in Canada in Three Easy Steps

Yeah, this is pretty long. I'm pretty sure that I overdid it. Maybe you'll enjoy it, maybe you won't. Whatever. I'm not going to edit it now, but I hope you like it. It's a mostly-true recent experience of mine, and I just had to share it. Most of the blue links are Canuck references for y'all, eh.

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My Resolution: To Be A Better Car Owner In The New Year

In 2013, I'm not going to promise to eat better, or quit smoking, mainly because I don't smoke. Instead, I'm going to do what I should've done years ago and resolve to become a better car owner. It's time that I pay more attention to my cars and take care of them. » 12/30/12 12:00pm 12/30/12 12:00pm

Replace Spark Plugs

Along with swapping out the air filter and changing the oil, replacing the spark plugs is one of the few things left that require service on a modern gasoline engine. Some newer than the twenty-year old junk classics in our garage have negated even this task with spark plugs made of space-age materials that can live… » 8/10/07 1:00pm 8/10/07 1:00pm

Weekend Projects Roundup

With the weekend nearly here, it's time to pop open the hood and take a trip down the trail of parts. Those battery terminals and posts that look like a high school science experiment gone wrong need to be cleaned. As long as you're there, find the right dipstick and check the oil. If it looks as if it could be… » 8/03/07 12:30pm 8/03/07 12:30pm

Replace Axle and Oil Seals

The automobile contains a number of fluids that should all stay where they're supposed to be. Oil spots, coolant leaks, mystery drips, and other tell tale signs of fluids leaving their rightful place in the automobile are a sign to take heed of maintenance. Denying the existence of the ever-growing number of oil spots… » 7/27/07 12:15pm 7/27/07 12:15pm

Replace Brake Pads

While there is a difference between brake pads and shoes, the desired result is always the same when the foot goes down on the brake pedal. Brake pads clamp down onto a rotating disc. Brake shoes push out Flintstones-style onto a rotating drum. Inertia gets turned into heat via the miracle of friction. If all goes well … » 7/06/07 12:30pm 7/06/07 12:30pm

Bleed the Brakes

The fluid that exists as brake fluid is in reality hydraulic fluid. The helpful property of brake fluid is that it cannot be compressed. This comes in handy when the brake pedal is pushed down. Brake fluid links the parts of the brake system together as one. Brake pedal goes down. Friction is achieved! A hydraulic… » 6/29/07 1:00pm 6/29/07 1:00pm

Rolling Time into a 50-Dollar Paint Job

Back when we used to paint houses, movie sets, and the occasional old Plymouth instead of making it big in automotive journalism, a great deal of time was spent sanding, scraping, and sanding again. Preparation is the larger part of a paint job. Armed with a a roller, a can of rustoleum, and a pile of sandpaper, the… » 6/07/07 1:00pm 6/07/07 1:00pm

Wheel Cleaning Tips in Detail


Whichever crackpot invented the wheel had no idea what it would lead to. Land speed records. Plus one measures of gravity on a skidpad. Four-second quarter miles. 30-inch spinners! Multiple volumes of unmentionable bad craziness. And dirt crusted wheels. While filthy wheels may not be of great concern for ox-drawn… » 6/01/07 12:00pm 6/01/07 12:00pm