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Car Culture-Tip of the Month-Tired of Problems?

TIRED OF PROBLEMS? How many nights have you laid awake in bed thinking of a problem car that you just can’t fix? Well, it may be the tires that are making you tired! Problems with mismatched brands, wrong size, or low pressure can create a problem with a transmission. One example taken from the Automatic…

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Car Culture-Tin Can Toys

Tin Can Toys! If you were a child in the 50’s or 60’s, the chances are you owned some type of battery operated tin toy. There were character toys, holiday toys, and vehicle toys! Most of these toys were produced in Japan. After World War II ended, the treaty with the Japanese limited the type…

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Car Culture-Tip of the Month-Cars to Christmas Trees!

From Cars to Christmas Trees What do cars and Christmas trees have in common? LED light! More and more, LED lights are replacing standard filament bulbs in every area of our lives. Those of you who enjoy hugging trees and see a tint of green when you look in the mirror will be proud to…

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Car Culture-Tip of the Month-Charge it!

Charge it! No, we’re not talking about your wife wanting to use your credit card. We’re referring to the problems low voltage can have on today’s highly technical automobiles. Poor cable connections, loose or dirty grounds, and bad batteries can wreak havoc for today’s technicians. Here are a few examples. EXAMPLE 1.  A Saturn Vue…

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Car Culture-Muscle Bikes!

No, I’m not talking about fitness machines. When muscle cars and hot rods gained in popularity in the mid sixties, those of us kids that couldn’t drive were stuck watching these cool rides cruise down the streets, filled with envy. Well, it didn’t take long for the Schwinn bicycle company to cash in on our…

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Car Culture-Tip of the Month

Strange Daze! Some weird things start happening this time of year. Soon ghosts and goblins will be knocking on our doors exclaiming “Trick or Treat!” Strangely, some weird stuff shows up in the cars and trucks we are working on. Vehicle lights are one of the goblins I’m referring to. One little demon haunts Hyundai…

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Car Culture-Born of a Cartoon

A sidecar is a one-wheeled device attached to the side of a motorcycle, scooter or bicycle, creating a three-wheel vehicle. A sidecar was first seen in a cartoon by George Moore in the January 7, 1903, issue of the British newspaper “Motor Cycling”. three weeks later, a provisional patent was granted in England. Graham Brothers…

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Spare Some Change? We Take Plastic!

Carl C. Magee of Oklahoma City, OK is credited with inventing the parking meter in May of 1935. Mr. Magee was with the traffic committee of the Oklahoma City “Chamber of Commerce”. It was his job to find a solution to downtown parking problems. Th e parking meter solved the problem of cars parked all…

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Stuck on you!

Probably one of the most recognizable logos is the STP insignia. Any kid who grew up in the late 60’s had a STP sticker stuck on their notebook or bicycle seat. Th e STP sticker was born out of a marketing phenomenon called “Contingency Sponsorship”. Common in all forms of automobile racing, this is a…

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Who’ll stop the rain?

With the heavy rains this season, some of you may have noticed a flood (no pun intended) of late 90’s, early 2000 Volkswagen Passat, Jetta, & Golf transmission problems. Be careful in your diagnosis! Many of these cars have problems beyond just the transmission. At Leon’s we have seen cars come in with the computers…

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