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Waxing Your Car At Home: What You Need To Know

Waxing Your Car At Home: What You Need To Know

Getting your car looking as good as new — or as close to new as possible — is easier than you might think. An at-home wax job might do the trick. Waxing your car does more than making it look shiny. It can also protect the exterior of your vehicle. The sun’s rays, dirt and mud, and weather can wreak havoc on your car’s paint job. But a simple wax job can protect against all of that harm. For a show-room ready shine that will last, be sure to follow the steps below. Select Your Wax Before you begin waxing...

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The Ten Most Commonly Replaced Car Parts

The Ten Most Commonly Replaced Car Parts

Cars are built to last a long time. Unfortunately, they aren't built to last forever and require regular maintenance and replacing certain parts of your car. Several factors go into when these parts need to be replaced. We’ve rounded up the ten most commonly replaced car parts below — keep reading to find out which.   1. Battery Your car relies on its battery to help start it and power the electrical system. Signs it may be time to replace your battery can include if your car is slow to start, the check engine light is on, it needs a...

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How to rebuild the Mini Cooper 1.6L Vacuum Pump found on the N12 and N14 engines

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How to rebuild the Mini Cooper 1.6L Vacuum Pump found on the N12 and N14 engines

We have a new video up on how to rebuild the 1.6L Mini Cooper vacuum pump with the RKX premium vacuum pump rebuild kit. . Stop your Mini vacuum pump from leaking oil and leaving a mess.  The N12 / N14 vacuum pump is a little different than many of the other vacuum pumps. The front cover plate is not a flat cover like most others. Instead it is more of a cup and houses the internal rotating vanes / rotor. This adds a little complexity to the rebuild, but not by much. The most important thing to remember is to not...

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My Car Won’t Start: Is it My Battery or My Alternator?

My Car Won’t Start: Is it My Battery or My Alternator?

If your car is having trouble starting or turning over, it typically has something to do with your car’s battery or its alternator. Because the operation of one directly affects the operation of the other, determining which of the two is causing the issue can be a bit tricky. Thankfully there are a few things you can look for and some signs that can point you in the right direction in determining if the problem is your battery or your alternator. Continue reading to learn more about determining whether it’s a battery issue or a problem with your alternator. Signs...

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RKX HOW TO: 2.0T TSI Vacuum Pump rebuild for VW GTI, GLI, Passat, Audi A3, tt

RKX HOW TO: 2.0T TSI Vacuum Pump rebuild for VW GTI, GLI, Passat, Audi A3, tt

We have a new video in our how to series on rebuilding the 2.0T TSI vacuum pump with the RKX premium vacuum pump rebuild kit. Our kit has just been updated for 2020 and now features our DLT style gasket for the ultimate seal. Stop your Volkswagen and Audi Vacuum pump from leaking oil and leaving a mess.  The TSI (TFSI for Audi) pump is a little different than many of the other vacuum pumps. The front cover plate is not a flat cover like most others. Instead it is more of a cup and houses the internal rotating vanes...

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