Motor Age Garage

  • Sometimes in life, people make things harder than they have to be. There's always someone who goes around making mountains out of molehills. Then again, there are those times when that molehill is a little hard to climb.
  • If you've been reading my articles, you'll know that I recently took a teaching job at a local technical college.
  • I'm not the first automotive technician who has put words on paper about many of our customers' pie-in-the sky ideas about that mythical, all-powerful 'Machine' we have stashed in the service bay...
  • This was the last real Saab, or at least that’s what some of the faithful will say, because the 9000 model has a side-winder engine.
  • A 2000 Jeep cherokee with low oil pressure
  • Contributing Editor Mark Giammalvo tackles an intermittent problem on a Buick LeSabre that has taxed the owner's patience for the last time.
  • Contributing Editor Curt Marsh tackles a Ford F-150 pickup that comes in needing a "tune-up."
  • Contributor Richard McCuistian
  • Dad came in the shop the other day and said, "Todd called and Tyran told him that the speedometer on the truck quit working and the transmission doesn't shift right." Todd is my brother-in-law and Tryan, or Rufus as I call him, is my nephew.
  • Weak links abound in just about all vehicles; some more serious than others. Some are covered by technical service bulletins (TSBs) and some aren't. Late 1990s Ford single overhead cam (SOHC) Explorers came with intake gaskets that leaked air when th
  • Click here for the June 2007 Motor Age Garage Answer Key. (Available Aug. 15, 2007)
  • This poor customer had been in twice before with the same complaint. When coming to a stop, the engine would die like she had turned the key off, but only occasionally. The car would not restart when this happened, and she would have to have the car
  • The survival of a $5,000 engine rests on a 1-inch piece of colored plastic, a Chinese-made replacement part, and some painted marks. How crazy is that?
  • Motor Age Garage Test #520 6/07: 1991 Chevrolet Camaro RS that lacks power.
  • It was a high-mileage pickup that ran just fine until the owner installed a remanufactured engine...
  • Test for "In the Clutch of An Explorer"
  • Just the facts, please — even the ones that might not seem significant.
  • In my part of the world, business is cyclical, like the phases of the moon or the changing tides. Some days you are busy, and some days you're slow. And sometimes, you are slammed. This Mustang came in on one of "those" days: I've got 10 cars on my s
  • Aging vehicles with quirky electronics are the spice of a diagnostician's life.