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The Mandela Effect

Prepare to have your mind blown (if you’re of my generation). Who was Ed McMahon? If you said Johnny Carson’s side-kick on The Tonight Show, you’d be right. Probably, you said the celebrity spokesman for Publisher’s Clearing House who surprised winners with huge prize checks, and… you’d be wrong. Ed never worked for PCH. He […]

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Difference Between Snow, Sleet, and Freezing Rain

I don’t know about you, but sometimes the forecast intrigues me. Why do we get snow in cold weather occasionally, but other times, under seemingly the same conditions, we get sleet? And, under what seems to be the same conditions, we get freezing rain? And, isn’t sleet frozen rain? So, what’s freezing rain? The difference […]

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Why Put Nitrogen in Tires, Especially in Winter

As we enter cold weather, you may notice your tires become a bit slack (to avoid this, people put Nitrogen in tires). That’s because the ambient air that was pumped into your tires contains nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, water vapor, and various other trace compounds. It’s a well known fact that gases contract as they […]

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Time to Winterize Your Vehicle

If you haven’t done so already, you should begin to winterize your vehicle. Below are the steps you should follow, but not necessarily in chronological order. Some may save you money, some may save you time, and some may save your life. All will save you some hassle. 1. Check your coolant/antifreeze level. Make sure […]

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Easiest Ways to Improve Fuel Economy

As of late, gas prices have decreased again, but, I don’t know about you, I’ve still been wanting to lessen the amount of money I spend per week on gasoline. So, I’ve been surfing the web to find the easiest ways to improve fuel economy. Well, it’s not very practical to drive less; after all, […]

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Mechanics are Scientists Without Lab Coats

Recently, I drove to the gas station for fuel, and the last thing on my mind was the thought that mechanics are scientists. Whatever, I was thinking, I noticed as I reached to turn off the ignition that the instrument panel flashed quickly. Although I noticed this, I turned the key before I could stop […]

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What Do Octane Ratings Mean? Or, What Are Those Numbers on Fuel Pumps?

Have you ever pulled up to the gas pump and found yourself wondering, “Should I buy the less expensive 87 Regular or the 93 Premium? I mean, c’mon- what do octane ratings mean?” If so, you’re not alone. After all, if one fuel is regular and one is premium, shouldn’t the premium be much better […]

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5 Things Every Driver Should Know

No, this list doesn’t cover things like using turn signals or identifying road signs; it deals with the 5 things every driver should know as it concerns car ownership. The list isn’t long, and I’m sure there are other items that could be added, but I’ve found that many new, and a good deal of […]

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How to Change a Flat Tire

One thing you don’t want to have to learn on the side of the road is how to change a flat tire, so it’s best to learn the steps, and even practice, before you’re faced with a flat. If you’ve never changed a tire before, it may seem daunting, but it really is not that […]

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How to Check Your Car’s Oil Level

As I stated in a post on tire pressure, often, we jump into our vehicles and motor off without thinking about checking anything on our cars beforehand. It is important to know how to check your car’s oil level. To be sure, cars have a warning light to signal low oil pressure, but do you […]

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