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Serpentine Belt Replacement

Today’s STAR Automotive article focuses on your serpentine belt. Your serpentine belt is a long belt that’s driven by your engine. It winds around several accessories that power important automotive systems. Let’s take a look at them. First, the serpentine belt drives...

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What Is That Smoke Coming From Your Tailpipe?

Every car that uses gasoline, diesel, or any other source of combustible fuel, has a tailpipe and gives off exhaust. However, some cars just go too far. You see them driving down the street every day – cars with thick, smelly smoke billowing from their tailpipes. Not...

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What Are The Signs That You’ll Need New Tires?

Modern vehicles, with all of their elite technical refinements, still need four healthy hunks of round rubber on the wheels to make use of that fuel injected, computer controlled engine under the hood. Whether it’s a slow leak or a dangerous freeway speed blowout,...

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My Brakes Are Making Noises. Do I Need New Brakes?

The piercing, high-pitched squeal of defective brakes.  When you hear it next to you from another car, it’s annoying.  When you hear it from your own car, it’s scary. When is a little squealing just a natural mechanical sound of brakes doing their job, and when is it...

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What to Do If You Get Into an Accident?

Perhaps one of the most terrifying happenings in a driver’s life is the nearly-guaranteed-to-happen-at-least-once-before-you’re-too-old-to-drive car accident. When this happens, be prepared, be safe, and be smart. Follow these simple instructions if you happen to find...

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Should You Repair Your Car Or Buy A New One?

Unless you’re James Bond and sitting behind the wheel of a brand new, $250,000, gadget armored V-12 Aston Martin Vanquish, it’s natural to dream of driving a better car, a newer model or just a more reliable vehicle – depending on the status of your current wheels....

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How Do You Prepare Your Car For A Long Trip?

It’s bad enough when you have car trouble in your local neighborhood – or even in your own driveway. However, nothing could be worse or potentially more scary than have your car break down hundreds of miles from home. Vacations are supposed to be a time for fun and...

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How To Save Money On Gas

$3.60 – Is that a lot of money? Well, that depends, a lot of money for what? A stick of chewing gum, yeah. A car? Jump at the chance. The nationwide average price for a gallon of regular gas hit $3.60 in 2012, according to AAA. The average price now on the West Coast...

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