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Turbochargers can increase an engine’s horsepower and are relatively lightweight. Find out how turbochargers help engine performance in high altitudes, in this article.

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On one hand, it seems obvious that a little extra padding and the rigidity of a carbon-fiber rod here and there would do good things for you when bouncing along the pavement. But is full-on body armor really necessary for motorcyclists?

By Garth Sundem

Often, riding a motorcycle comes down to physics. A frame slider can stretch out the time it takes for a collision to occur, spreading out the force of the impact by letting the bike slide to a more natural stop. So how can this help save your bike?

By Jacob Clifton

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The fact that driving a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving a car is no news flash. What is newsworthy is that, increasingly, motorcyclists can do something about the dangers they face. How can body armor help keep them safe?

By Garth Sundem

If your car's gas tank is full, but the engine isn't getting any gas, it may be time for you to learn how to replace the fuel pump in your gas tank. This article shows you how to replace the fuel pump in a gas tank.

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You have a voltmeter, and would like to learn how to use it. Learn how to use a voltmeter in this article.

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You suddenly hear a grinding noise coming from under your hood and you think it's time to learn how to remove the air from the power steering pump. You're lucky you found us to find out how to remove air out from power steering.

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Your car keeps stalling at traffic lights and you think the idle air sensor control motor needs to be cleaned. Learn here how to clean the idle air sensor control motor.

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Electrical contact cleaner can be used in an ignition. Find out if it’s okay to spray electrical contact cleaner in an ignition from this article.

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Knowing how to pack your bearings with grease is an important skill. Learn about how to pack wheel bearings in this article.

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It's very difficult to steer your car, you think your power steering pump may need replacing, but you don't know how to do this. This article will make replacing a power steering pump just a little bit easier.

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You think your oil pain is leaking, and would like to learn how to fix an oil pan leak. Learn how to fix an oil pan leak in this article.

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Lots of people like to keep their car clean. It's a good feeling to drive around town in a shiny car. But do you ever think about what your car looks like under the hood? Not just on the surface, but inside?

By Cherise Threewitt

With all the hype about hybrid, electric and alternative fuels, it's easy to think the age of the gasoline engine is over. But the fact remains that the vast majority of cars are still powered by gasoline.

By Jamie Page Deaton

One of the services an oil change technician might suggest is an engine flush to clean the gunk out of your engine. While this procedure has the potential to harm an engine, there are some benefits, too.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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When used correctly, oil provides a number of benefits for the way your engine functions. Wouldn't it be nice to know exactly how much oil your car's engine needs to be filled to its capacity?

By Christopher Lampton

In a typical auto supply store, you'll find bottles of aftermarket engine oil additives that claim to improve performance and make your engine run cleaner. But are these additives really worth buying?

By Christopher Lampton

Did you know that the condition of your car's engine oil can actually provide clues to its health? It helps if you think of it like a blood test for humans.

By Akweli Parker

Did you know your driving habits have a direct effect on the lifespan of your vehicle? In fact, there are several easy ways to modify your driving habits to make sure your engine will last a long time.

By Patrick E. George

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It's unfortunate that the same thing that makes an internal combustion engine work so well (combustion) can eventually hurt the engine. Over time, engine deposits build up and cause your engine to lose power and efficiency. Do you know your options?

By Christopher Neiger

Despite a bewildering array of oils on the market -- with various additive packages and performance standards -- finding the right oil for your car is relatively easy. But finding the best oil out of the array is a little more difficult.

By Eric Baxter

Most drivers know that an engine needs a check-up every now and then. In fact, all engines require regular maintenance to remain in good condition. But do you know how to proactively protect your engine?

By Christopher Neiger

Poor diet and lack of exercise cause sticky deposits called cholesterol to block our arteries. But what's the culprit behind oil gumming up our engine? What are the clues an engine is harboring oil deposits?

By Akweli Parker

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Heat is your engine's worst enemy. In fact, internal heat can cause a chemical reaction in motor oil that causes its viscosity to change. Do you know the steps you can take to prevent thermal breakdown?

By Cherise Threewitt

The same basic principles of early car engines still apply today -- combustion of air and fuel create rotational force to move a car. But how have modern car engines evolved to meet the needs of today's drivers?

By Jamie Page Deaton