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The trouble with trouble lights
Full Throttle May 23, 2016

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The trouble with trouble lights</br>Full Throttle May 23, 2016

When you start your car in the morning, the dash lights up like a Christmas tree. With some luck, they all go out once the engine is running.
Sometimes you’re not lucky and then you’re forced into ignore-the-light-it-until-later mode, or you spend some time trying to research your three-pound manual for answers.
The symbols aren’t exactly intuitive and even if they were, the manual will spell out, in detail, tales of terror and expensive catastrophe should you continue for any length of time in ignore mode.

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If you actually love your cat, read this
Full Throttle May 16, 2016

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If you actually love your cat, read this</br>Full Throttle May 16, 2016

I love animals, just like most people. But can we claim to love animals when we let them roam around inside a moving vehicle? While steering my way out of the grocery-store parking lot, I couldn’t help but notice a woman parked, blocking the main entrance with a half-dozen cars stopped behind her honking their horns.

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A classified ad that will help sell your car
Full Throttle May 9, 2016

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A classified ad that will help sell your car</br>Full Throttle May 9, 2016

Your main goal is to get people to read your ad and learn more about your car, not to say how much you love your car.
Start by covering the basics, including: make and model, year, body style, motor, transmission, mechanical condition, previous use, power equipment, color and miles showing. Most online classified sites won’t even let you post without this basic info, so don’t forget it when it comes to print advertising. Beef it up by mentioning the really hot selling features. Maybe you’ve spent a bundle to fix ‘er up. Low miles? Awesome torque? Aftermarket sound system?

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NASCAR still has this woman’s heart
Full Throttle May 2, 2016

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NASCAR still has this woman’s heart</br>Full Throttle May 2, 2016

As a big fan of NASCAR, I have been to many races at different tracks over the past few years. I’ve also been to open-wheel races on the Indycar and Formula One circuits.
It amazes me how two forms of auto racing can be so incredibly different. Of course there are the clear, fundamental differences. Formula One cars are small, light, have no fenders and drive on twisty road courses.

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Without a plan, this project really is never ending
Full Throttle April 25, 2016

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Without a plan, this project really is never ending</br>Full Throttle April 25, 2016

If you have ever built a house, or a shed, or a table . . . or attempted a home renovation of any kind, you know what kind of a planning disaster it all can be.
There are endless decisions to make and remake, often on the most seemingly insignificant details as well as organizing and scheduling of the trades (you did hire someone to do this, right?) so that everything gets done well and on time. And you wouldn’t dream of beginning without a plan and a budget.

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Scratching the summer itch with a road trip
Full Throttle April 18, 2016

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Scratching the summer itch with a road trip</br>Full Throttle April 18, 2016

Do any of you love to drive as much as I do? I’m not talking about fast cars at the racetrack. I mean just simple daily driving.
Our culture does not only have a love affair with cars that seems to keep growing, but we also have a passion for driving them. Why? Many factors contribute to the giddiness that many of us get when sliding behind the wheel of our rides.

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Scratching the summer itch with a road trip
Full Throttle April 11, 2016

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Scratching the summer itch with a road trip</br>Full Throttle April 11, 2016

It’s the middle of summer, but have you booked off for some serious cruising seat time yet?
All of you with your hotrods, classics and convertibles that you probably don’t dare uncover during the winter months are finally back on the road, but where are we headed?
Me? I plan to put the convertible top down and indulge in many relaxing rides up the gorgeous Pacific Coast Highway north of Los Angeles, Calif.

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Are you an enthusiast or an elitist?
Full Throttle April 4, 2016

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Are you an enthusiast or an elitist?</br>Full Throttle April 4, 2016

Some old-time musclecar guys and gals scoff at what kind of “performance” cars the kids are driving these days and some of the kids chuckle at the old-tech, gas-sucking barges that some people kludge up traffic with.
It’s beginning to sound like two soccer moms bickering about their kids at every game. Somewhere along the way they forget they’re all there for a common interest.

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This is where the rubber meets the road
Full Throttle March 28, 2016

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This is where the rubber meets the road</br>Full Throttle March 28, 2016

It’s interesting what a new set of tires will do for your car and what mechanical ailments can seemingly be “fixed” by their installation.
A vehicle I was driving was in need of new tires, although they weren’t completely shot. As well, strange sounds were coming from the front of the car, especially while slowing down, a sort of growling noise accompanied by a wobble in the steering wheel.

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Does the actual test drive meet the fantasy?
Full Throttle March 21, 2016

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Does the actual test drive meet the fantasy?</br>Full Throttle March 21, 2016

Sometimes in life, getting what you want can be, well, not what you thought it would be. That applies to that gray area of how you think a certain new car will be versus the sometimes crushing reality of how it actually is during the test drive. It reminds me of a familiar pattern in my life: the post-payday shopping spree. All month long I would eye a gorgeous ensemble, strolling through the mall, picturing myself in that periwinkle mohair sweater set and those brushed cotton khakis. Or that tailored leather blazer.

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