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What It’s Been Like Driving In a Michigan Winter With a Broken Heater Blower Motor

Electrical systems. I hate them so much. They are among the only parts of my cars that I’m, frankly, incompetent at repairing. So when my 1995 Jeep XJ went from “Beater With a Heater” to, well, “Beater,” I bundled up instead of trying to mend the issue. Here’s what that’s been like so far. My …

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Why You Should Keep the Receipts From Every Automotive Repair

Image art: Jason Torchinsky Every time you take your car in to a dealership for a repair or even a minor service, you get a receipt. Over 20 years, those receipts can pile up into a thick wad that you may be tempted to throw away. Don’t. Keep those receipts forever, especially if you plan …

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A Pre-Road Trip Inspection Might Have Just Saved My Thanksgiving

Last night I was wrenching on the $600 Jeep Cherokee in my ice-cold driveway, preparing for a road trip, when I decided to track down a little squeak I had heard in my front suspension. What I found was a major mechanical fault that could have left me stranded on the highway—or worse—this Thanksgiving. Today …