Category: Tips & Advice

Ultimate Hot Rod Glossary – The D’s

  D   Drag Plates: Metal plates that have a car club’s name and logo identifying the vehicle and its driver as a member of that club.   Dago: A dropped front-end.   Decked: Chrome details and...

Ultimate Hot Rod Glossary – The C’s

“I’m gonna give my mouse some laughing gas, add some zoomies, throw on some big baloneys, and hit the quarter-mile with my tri-five.” Okay, who talks like that really? Probably no one, although hot...

Ultimate Hot Rod Glossary – The B’s

“I’m gonna give my mouse some laughing gas, add some zoomies, throw on some big baloneys, and hit the quarter-mile with my tri-five.”   Okay, who talks like that really? Probably no one, although...

Ultimate Hot Rod Glossary – The A’s

“I’m gonna give my mouse some laughing gas, add some zoomies, throw on some big baloneys, and hit the quarter-mile with my tri-five.” Okay, who talks like that really? Probably no one, although hot...

Checking Under the Hood

Do you know your way around under the hood of your car? While not as critical as it used to be, checking under the hood periodically can head off problems before they become costly....

Tires

Buy a decent tire gauge and keep it in your car. Improper tire pressure can affect tire wear, ride and handling, and fuel economy. You should always check your tires when they are cold....

Belts & Hoses

In most cases your mechanic can check your belts and hoses when you bring in the car for an oil change. However, if you get your oil changed by some quick lube center, belts...

Batteries

Most batteries today are “maintenance free” which simply means that you can’t check the water level. This doesn’t mean however that there is nothing to check. The main things to check are the top...

Coolant (Antifreeze) Levels

Never open the radiator of a car that has just been running. The cooling system of a car is under high pressure with fluid that is usually hotter than boiling water. Look for the cooling system reserve tank, somewhere...