Auto Repair: The Steering Linkage

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The steering linkage is composed of all the parts of the steering system that connect the steering wheel to the front wheels (see Figure 16-1). When you turn your steering wheel, the steering linkage causes your front wheels to respond by moving in the proper direction. The principal parts of the steering linkage are the tie rod ends, ball j... more

Auto Repair: Checking Anti-Lock Brakes

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Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) vary from one vehicle to another, and most require no special maintenance. Manufacturers install a warning light — usually yellow or amber in color — in the instrument panel that, under normal circumstances, goes on briefly during engine startup and turns off in a short amount of time. If it goes on while you'... more

Auto Repair: Adjusting Your Parking Brake

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These instructions for adjusting your parking brake work only if you have drum brakes on your rear wheels. If you have a manual transmission, you may have a transmission-type parking brake, which should be adjusted professionally, and parking brakes on rear-wheel disc brakes should be left to professionals, too. Your service manual may tell ... more

Keep Your Sunroof Working

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Content provided courtesy of USAA. Spring is in the air, but a malfunctioning sunroof can put a damper on an otherwise beautiful day. Over time, exposure to the elements and mechanical wear and tear can cause your sunroof to leak or get hung up. But a little periodic maintenance can help keep it in good working order. Lauren Fix and Steve Ford... more

8 Ways to Save on Your Next Rental Car

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Content provided courtesy of USAA. Renting a car is one of those things you don't give much thought to until the need arises. And when that happens, it's best to know what to expect. USAA recommends a little planning, research and careful examination before you drive away in your rental. These steps will help you avoid busting your budget when... more

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