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Starting A Mysterious Engine For The First Time Is An Amazing Feeling That Everyone Should Experience

Have you ever fired up an engine that sat for a year? What about five years? What about 10? What about a motor that you’ve rebuilt yourself? If the answer is No, then you’re missing out on the single greatest feeling in all of car-dom. If you’re not convinced, just watch this.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Sometimes The Solution To A Stupefying Electrical Problem Is Simply Jiggling A Wire

Since I purchased my 2005 Suzuki Burgman 650 back in March it’s been my hard-ridden daily motorcycle. It’s also suffered from two major issues that drove me insane: I couldn’t get the headlights to stay on, and one cylinder just wouldn’t fire. (It also blew two brand new tires, but we don’t need to get […]

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How Fixing Even The Smallest Defect Can Make Your Old Car Feel Like New

Some days, starting my 1997 BMW 318ti is less “sheer driving pleasure” and more “dammit, now what?” I used to get frustrated about running into one (or more) of the failings in my hatch, but I’ve made peace with the fact that things are bound to break in my beater Bimmer and that taking the […]

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How I Finally Got My Glorious 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle Back On The Road

I’ve owned my 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle for almost three years, but I’ve only ever driven it a total of five miles. For far too long, the Jeep sat in my driveway bothering my neighbors’ blight-sensitive eyes, but this weekend, that changed. Here’s how I got my glorious Golden Eagle back up and running, […]

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This Fun Science Experiment Is The Ultimate Way To Remove Rust From Car Parts And Tools

Rust removal has been my specialty ever since I moved to Michigan in 2013 (out of necessity). My normal method for getting rust off my cars is simply to lightly blow on their chassis or to drive over small bumps. But last week I tried a more effective method of rust removal: electrolysis. And it […]

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My 250,000-Mile Chrysler Minivan’s First Test Since The German Inspection Was A 500-Mile Trek To Belgium

A few weeks ago, the 250,000-mile diesel manual Chrysler Voyager that I’d bought sight unseen for $600 narrowly squeezed through Germany’s absurdly strict safety inspection. But as trying as that ordeal was, to really learn what my van was made of, I had to hit the road. So that’s what I did, pointing “Project KrasslerRead […]

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My 250,000-Mile Chrysler Minivan’s First Test Since The German Inspection Was A 500-Mile Trek To Belgium

A few weeks ago, the 250,000-mile diesel manual Chrysler Voyager that I’d bought sight unseen for $600 narrowly squeezed through Germany’s absurdly strict safety inspection. But as trying as that ordeal was, to really learn what my van was made of, I had to hit the road. So that’s what I did, pointing “Project KrasslerRead […]

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This Seemingly Beautiful Jeep Cherokee Is A Nightmare Example Of Why Mandatory Safety Inspections Make Sense

Mandatory safety inspections can be a threat to car culture and to the livelihoods of low-income families. As an enthusiast, it’s hard for me to support such measures without reservation. But after taking a $600 minivan through Germany’s rigorous inspection and then returning to the U.S. to find a Jeep that I thought …Read more… Continue […]

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