3 Types of Spark Plugs: What’s the Difference?

Old Spark Plugs

By Blair Lampe / Originally Published April 5, 2017 / National Automotive Parts Association / Gasoline-powered engines come in different shapes and sizes, but they all require three essential elements: air, fuel and spark. The spark makes its way through a distributor, which sends an electrical current along an insulated wire to the individual spark plugs, timed

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Is a Grease Gun Missing From Your DIY Toolbox?

Sailor Using a Grease Gun

By Benjamin Jerew / Originally Published March 6, 2017 / National Automotive Parts Association / From the engine to the axles and everything in between, there are tens of thousands of metal and plastic parts moving you down the road or through a field. Without lubrication, those moving parts would quickly wear out and grind to a screeching

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Headlight Restoration in 4 Easy Steps

Classic Ford Patina

By Benjamin Jerew / Originally Published February 8, 2017 / National Automotive Parts Association / Every mile you drive, your plastic headlight lenses are under chemical and radiation attack. Your headlight lenses don’t stand a chance against ultraviolet rays from the sun and volatile compounds in vehicle exhaust, which is why they start to yellow and “fog” over

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Why Choose a Four-Door Over a Coupe

Oldsmobile Omega

By Benjamin Preston / Originally Published December 21, 2016 / Hagerty / If you’re into cars, there’s a good chance you’ve lusted after some sort of sporty two-door coupe at some point in your life. I’m 38 years old, and like many people my age, grew up watching “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Night Rider” and other

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Can You Use a Car Jack Without Stands?

Vehicle on Jack Stands

By Blair Lampe / Originally Published January 25, 2017 / National Automotive Parts Association / To do anything underneath a car, you have to jack it up first. The process is pretty straightforward: Drive the car onto a hard and level surface, place a car jack under a suitable spot (individual jacking points can be found in

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Brake Cleaner: Why You Can’t Live Without It


By Erich Reichert / Originally Published January 17, 2017 / National Automotive Parts Association / There’s no denying it, your vehicle’s brakes can be a very dirty place. Between brake dust, petroleum-based brake fluid, grease, grime and road debris, it’s never long before your brakes are in need of a good cleaning. Keeping your brakes clean not only

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The 5 Best Knots for Securing Your Belongings


By Matthew C. Keegan / Originally Published December 26, 2016 / National Automotive Parts Association / Your pickup truck, SUV, trailer and boat each come with tie downs, composed of rope, straps, chains or cords to secure your items. When properly fastened, your equipment or cargo is kept firmly in place, protecting your investment. Beyond loop and ratchet

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Auto Repair Projects You Can Do at the Same Time

By Matthew C. Keegan / Originally Published December 1, 2016 / National Automotive Parts Association / Not all auto repair and maintenance projects should be done alone. If you’re replacing a timing belt, for example, then it often makes sense to change the water pump, too. While an extra job does take time and costs money, in the

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Water vs. Antifreeze: Which is Safest for Your Car?

Radiator Cap

By Benjamin Hunting / Originally Published November 30, 2016 / National Automotive Parts Association / Have you had the internal debate water vs. antifreeze for your car’s cooling system? Depending on where you live, the choice may have already been made for you by the weather you’re forced to deal with. Cold winters mean antifreeze is necessary to

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Dirty Air Filter: How to Check and When to Change

Clean vs Old Car Air Filter

By Benjamin Jerew / Originally Published September 21, 2016 / National Automotive Parts Association / If your vehicle gets 36 mpg, you’ll burn one gallon of fuel on the average daily drive of an American, along with some 9,000 gallons of air, enough to fill a 12 x 20-foot pool to five feet. That air isn’t just air,

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Troubleshooting Brakes: When to Call the Mechanic

Old brake rotor

By Matthew C. Keegan / Originally Published November 8, 2016 / National Automotive Parts Association / You may regularly work on your car, handling a variety of tasks yourself. The more you’re able to do on your own, the stronger your skills get. When it comes to troubleshooting brakes, there may be a line you’re just not willing

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Oil Change: Does Oil Quality Matter?

Motor Oil

By Benjamin Jerew / Originally Published October 18, 2016 / National Automotive Parts Association / You probably already know you should change your engine oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, and it’s a job that even a green DIYer can do in about 30 minutes. It seems like such a simple job, and maybe you don’t even

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