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Detroit geology: all about Fordite, an automotive gemstone

Ever heard of Fordite? Fordite, often called Detroit agate or motor agate, isn’t a rock at all. In fact, it has nothing at all to do with geology—but it’s not very different than a sedimentary rock. Unlike sedimentary formations, Fordite is not composed of layers of...

Meet the best auto tech in the United States

When Logan Brown first heard about a national auto technician skills competition, he was slightly skeptical. “Who the hell’s going to pay a technician $40,000 to show off his skills?” he said recently. The answer was the first annual U.S. Auto Tech National...

Can ICE vehicles be outlawed?

Since I was small, one of the things I've found marvelous about cars in America is the concept that old cars are always allowed. By this, I mean that once a car rolls off the assembly line in the USA, its owner can use it to traverse the roads of the nation and that...

You don’t need a moonroof, either.

Drew Magary recently said I don't need a sunroof. OK, Magary, I'll take your bait. You're right, but you're also totally wrong, buck-o. I'll explain how in just a moment. The premise of the article is correct: you definitely do not want a huge hole in your car’s top....

Are daytime running lights really a bad idea?

I’ve kind of had it with headlights. I mean, headlights are grand. Heck, I need them more than ever; I’m no spring chicken. Driving at night has become harder for me as my vision has deteriorated. However, other drivers operating their headlights incorrectly or...

Should you use anti-seize when installing spark plugs? (VIDEO)

Using antiseize when installing spark plugs was once common practice, but today, you might want to think twice before adding anything to your spark plug threads.

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What are your least favorite repair jobs? (VIDEO)

What are your least favorite repair jobs? (VIDEO)

Life can’t all be brake jobs and pre-delivery inspections. Beating time is the name of the game, but it doesn’t always work out. Watch as a few Dorman mechanics talk about the jobs that make more sweat than bread in this video.