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Steven Cole

Steven Cole

I have been called a jack of all trades and a master of none. Love to tinker with just about anything. If it needs to be fixed I will try and repair it. I am a middle aged nerd who likes to joke around and work on cars, computers and houses.

How fast does a Turbo Spin?

What is a turbocharger? Ever heard of the word turbochargers? Sound familiar? You likely did so when you were having a discussion about sports cars or race cars! Turbochargers can also be found in large diesel engines. The basic purpose of a turbocharger is to increase the vehicle’s horsepower by …
Is there a grace period for expired tags in Ohio?

America has services for those who want to pay. Automated services are taking over, and this includes a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registration renewal as well. There are a few inspections like smog checks, VIN inspections, and auto-maintenance which have to be performed for you to meet the registration …
What happens if I don’t stop at a weigh station?

What is a Weigh Station? A weigh station is a chosen location that is normally found right off the highways. In here the Department of Transportation checks the weight of the vehicle. Its main purpose is to look out for potentially overweight vehicles that inflict damage upon the roads. The …
How far from a fire hydrant can I park?

Fire hydrants are a common sight around us. You probably see them almost every day and anyone with common sense understands that it is a water source for emergency purposes. Their most common purpose although, is to assist firefighters when they need water supply to put out fires. If you …
How to fix an exhaust leak on the flange?

What is the function of your exhaust system? The first and foremost goal of the exhaust system is to guide the gases from the combustion chamber to the atmosphere or a safe space. This might seem to be a simple task but this simple goal is often achieved by a …
How to tell if a harmonic balancer needs replacing?

What is a harmonic balancer and what is its purpose? A harmonic balancer? Is it something related to music? When I first heard the term, it sure felt like some sort of an instrument that Daft Punk might use to create the alien noises or the sound of the future …
What will happen if I pull the handbrake on whilst driving?

At some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a police chase scene in a movie.  Dozens of police cars are chasing down a single car that is weaving in and out of traffic, going the wrong way down the highway.  There are theatrical 360 degree turns and spectacular explosions. …
How do cars measure the distance traveled? You’ll be surprised!

Before the days of GPS, there was a time when drivers had to print out directions to their location before leaving their house. And before that, without the internet at all, they had to bring along a map to find their way to their destination (gasp!).  With both modes of …
Is there a minimum height size to drive a car?

Not everyone is endowed with the height that they want.  In fact, many don’t even reach a full adult height of five feet.  Although being short brings some great advantages, those who top out at 4’9” or 4’10” have a few disadvantages as well.  One of the main disadvantages is …
Can a Car Ever Be Used Again After Being Flooded?

It’s one of the worst things that can happen. You go to your vehicle only to find that it is flooded. Now the questions start. How bad is the flooding? Did water get into the engine block? Is it even worth it to get the vehicle fixed? Before you panic …