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How to Fix the Tiny Things That Break On Your JDM Car

Ever since I got my Nissan Pao, I’ve been getting emails from people who also want to own some exciting obscure JDM machine, and they all want to know the same thing: how hard it is to find parts? For the Pao, so far it’s been pretty good—lots of mechanical things are Nissan parts-bin items …

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How One Man Turned His Fiat 500 Abarth Into an Offroader That Nearly Killed Him

All photos: Zachary Parfrey Around the country, people have been lifting their cars and installing big tires as part of the blossoming “safari” trend, and San Diego native Zachary Parfrey wanted in on it. So he decided to lift his daily driver, a 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, and to install mud-terrain tires. The result was a …

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Plastic Christmas Tree Fasteners Are The Bane of My Existence

Image: Amazon Christmas time is upon us, meaning its time to gather your friends and family around the Christmas tree that you recently broke while removing your door panel, and sing songs about how crappy a fastener that little plastic thing is. I like bolts. Mostly because I don’t have to be careful removing them …

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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 …