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Reconstructing classic cars to their former glory is a popular hobby, and as such, there are many reasons why millions of passionate enthusiasts get involved. But can every classic car be saved?

By Jacob Clifton

If you're tired of getting lost when driving somewhere new, perhaps it's time figure out how to buy the right GPS for your car. Read this article to learn how to buy the right GPS for your car.

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You're ready to go out on your motorcycle when you find that the battery needs charging. Learn how to charge a motorcycle battery in this article.

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Visiting a junkyard could mean finding a quarter-panel for a dinged VW Beetle or salvaging a motor from a totaled new-model sedan. But what about gangster cars or even space junk?

By Terri Briseno

Classic cars have been an American passion since the 1950s, and the hobby demands a lot of time and attention. Unfortunately, sometimes a car is a goner, and there's little you can do to save it. How do you know when it's time to call it quits?

By Jacob Clifton

Floods have drenched much of the U.S. in recent years, and when subject to deep flood levels, soaked cars are often classified as totaled and are demolished. Some flooded automobiles, though, end up on used car dealer lots. How can you spot one?

By Cherise Threewitt

You'd like to learn how to polish the aluminum valve covers on you car's engine and restore their shine. Let's show you in this article how to polish aluminum valve covers.

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You want to check ball joints, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to check ball joints in this article.

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Would you like to find out the history of your vehicle? Learn about how to find the history of a vehicle in this article.

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Learn how to clean your leather car seats and your car will feel like new. Learn about how to clean leather car seats in this article.

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There is a sudden vibration in your car and you suspect it's time to learn how to clean the wheel bearings. This article will save you money by teaching you how to clean wheel bearings.

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A good dealer can restore flood-damaged cars so they look almost new, but don't let the good looks fool you. Buying a damaged auto can be a huge risk. So, how do you decide whether to gamble on a car with a watery history?

By Denise Harrison

Visit an online classifieds Web site, and mixed into the glowing descriptions of vehicle histories are two words that can quickly throw a wrench into your dreams of finding the auto deal of the century: "salvage title." What does this mean?

By Matt Cunningham

If you're wondering if you need tire warmers for your motorcycle, there's just one question you should ask yourself: street or track? For one of these, tire warmers are an important piece of safety equipment. So which one is it?

By Garth Sundem

If you're planning to be away from home for an extended period and no one will be using your car in the interim, it's important to know how to properly store your car's battery. Read this article to learn how to store a car battery.

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If you know how to install lowering springs you can improve your car's handling as well as the comfort of the ride. In this article we will discuss how to install lowering springs.

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Junkyards salvage parts and whole vehicles for reuse, crush stripped or intact autos into scrap metal, and serve as a final resting place for wrecked cars. But is it worth your time to rummage through one to find an old replacement part for your car?

By Terri Briseno

You may need to learn how to gap a spark plug if you get a new one for your car's engine. Learn how to gap a spark plug in this article.

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You're sick and tired of your car getting stolen, so you've decided to learn how to install a car alarm in your car. Learn how to install a car alarm from this article.

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If your front end is not aligned, you may find your car veering to the right or left. Here's how to fix that.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

It's not hard to learn how to match auto paint exactly. Learn about how to match auto paint in this article.

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When your car overheats, the best thing you can do is head to a garage for coolant. But in a pinch, you can add water to the radiator if you're careful. We'll tell you how.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

The difference between hot and cold spark plugs lies in their ceramic insulation. Learn how hot and cold plugs are different in ignition systems in this article.

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You need new tires, and would like to measure your car's tire size before going shopping. Here is a guide how to measure car tire size.

You'd like to learn how to use a dial bore gauge so you can measure the inside diameter of a pipe. This article will teach you how to use a dial bore gauge.

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