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Mini Cooper Repair: How to Replace the Side Mirror of a 2001-2006 Model

This repair takes about 10-20 minutes. It is not very complicated and does not need much in the way of tools. Tools you need for this Mini Cooper repair are: Allen wrenches Small flat head screwdriver (optional). Note: The repair steps are provided in three groups, a, b, and c, depending how much of the […]

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How to Change Your BMW Hood Ornament (aka Roundel Emblem)

One of the defining features of a BMW is its roundel emblems, on its hood and trunk. These ornaments are eye-catching when the car is first purchased new. However, they will wear over time, fading and potentially cracking – in large part because of long-term exposure to the UV rays of the sun. Getting a […]

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PACE Certification Embraces Sustainability in Boulder County

Independent Motors just received PACE Certification. This certification, locally based, is similar to LEED and Energy Star. It is a way of expressing a commitment to sustainability and an alignment with Boulder’s values. This article looks at PACE, as well as LEED and Energy Star, with which it shares core principles and objectives. What is […]

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How to Get Recall Info for Your Car

A report from Carfax revealed that there are a somewhat incredible 57 million cars on the road that have an unrepaired recall. The states with the highest numbers of unfixed recalls, said Carfax, are California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York. To put that into perspective, 17.2 million cars were sold in the United States […]

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Jeep Repair: How to Change Your Cherokee Ignition Switch

It is important that the ignition switch on a Jeep Cherokee continue to work well if you want to maintain safety on the road. If the switch ever begins to malfunction, you could end up stuck somewhere with the car stalled. You might not even be able to start it. You will get the first […]

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Toyota Camry Repair: How to Change Your Radiator

Note: These repair steps apply specifically to older Toyota Camry model years, 1997 through 2001. A Toyota Camry can often live to an old age and continue to be reliable. You will help the car make it farther along the rode by performing routine maintenance. One key maintenance element is to repair a radiator that […]

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VW Repair: How to Change Your Serpentine Belt

The alternator, air conditioning compressor, and other engine accessories in your Volkswagen are provided power by a v-ribbed belt or serpentine belt. The good news is that you will not need special tools in order to replace this part. You will not always be able to access the serpentine belt immediately, though: in the Jetta […]

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Subaru Repair: How to Break in Your New Engine + Oil Change Schedule

Many car owners do not realize that when they drive a new car off the lot, their engine’s long-term health will be greatly influenced by their treatment of the car during the first few weeks on the road. You may have any of three different engines in a Subaru –turbocharged or naturally aspirated 4-cylinder, or […]

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Toyota Repair: How to Reset Your Oil Change Light

For a few years, just about every new car that has been built contains an oil change reminder light. This light simply notifies the owner of the vehicle when it is time to get oil service. Oil should be changed routinely according to schedules listed within car manuals. The way the light works is by […]

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VW Repair: How to Change Your Thermostat

VW Repair: How to Change Your Thermostat The Jetta model, with a liquid-cooled engine, was first released by Volkswagen in the early 1980s. Volkswagen reintroduced the Beetle model as the New Beetle in 1996. Along with the Golf and the Passat, these two models keep the engine cool using radiator fluid instead of air flow. […]

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