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In this day and age, buying a car and maintaining it is expensive. With rising car prices and interest rates on loans, you will want to find ways to cut costs.One way to cut costs is by doing some car maintenance at home. DIY-ing your way through this maintenance work will not only help you save on service costs but also help you hone your skills.So, let’s look at what parts of the car can be fixed and maintained at home.

1.     Engine Oil Change

Changing your engine oil is like feeding a human. The engine oil ensures the smooth running of the engine and maintains its overall health. If you’ve been getting your oil changed regularly, then you already know how expensive this can be. So doing it at home is a cost-effective option.

Step-By-Step Guide On Changing Engine Oil

The first step is to choose the right oil and oil filter for your car. For this, we recommend reading the owner’s manual to understand the oil viscosity suitable for your engineOnce you’ve bought the oil filter and oil, it is time to change the engine oil. Spread plastic under the car where the engine is to prevent oil spills; this will minimize the cleanup required after the oil changeThe second step is to jack up your car. Once jacked, you can use the jack stands and lower the car onto them. Never work under the car when it is only jacked up and not on the standThe next step is to place a large container to drain the old engine oil. Place the container close to the oil plug, where the stream of oil will be coming fromUnscrew the oil plug and let the oil drain into the container. In the meanwhile, you can clean the drain plugOnce the oil is drained, you need to remove the oil filter. When removing the oil filter, ensure the rubber gasket comes off with it; if not, you can peel it off from the engine. You can use an oil filter wrench to do this; make sure the wrench is the right sizeReplace the old oil filter with a new filter. Use a good quality oil filter as this will help maintain oil quality between oil changes. When screwing the filter back on, don’t use a wrench but screw it on by handOnce the oil is drained, place the drain plug back, ensuring it is screwed on tightNow you can add the fresh engine oil from the top of the engineOnce you’ve added the fresh oil, close the cover and start the engine for 30 seconds to warm the hot, and have it move in the engine system

2.     Changing The Air Filter

Changing your air filter is another car maintenance task that can be performed at home. Let’s take a look at how you can change your air filter.

Step-By-Step Guide On Changing Your Air Filter

The air filter can be found under the car’s hood in a black box. Usually, the box has clips to hold it in place. You can easily identify the box by searching for the clipsOpen the clips and remove the

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By: Automotive Addicts Contributor
Title: Mechanic Skills to Master to cut down on Repair Shop Costs
Sourced From: www.automotiveaddicts.com/77077/mechanic-skills-to-master-to-cut-down-on-repair-shop-costs
Published Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2022 20:43:57 +0000

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Mama Tried Brings the Ruckus Back to Brewtown in 2024

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Although technically distinct events, Mama Tried wouldn’t be the same without the Flat Out Friday races. Maclain “The Bear” Drucker (24) holds off Daniel Bromley (64) in the AA (Pro) races.
Although technically distinct events, Mama Tried wouldn’t be the same without the Flat Out Friday races. Maclain “The Bear” Drucker (24) holds off Daniel Bromley (64) in the AA (Pro) races. (Cathy Drexler/)

Since 2014, the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show and the Flat Out Friday race have been a showcase for builder culture, custom bikes, and lighthearted mayhem. It’s not everyone’s cuppa, as the English say. Some folks huff and puff about the pointlessness of choppers and custom bikes and the rowdy atmosphere. It’s not that they’re wrong. They’re just not partying correctly.

For the less dogmatic among us, it’s a welcome break from the Midwest winter and a great excuse to party in Cream City (aka Milwaukee). It’s about imagination and engineering running riot in flake paint and TIG welding. Calling Mama Tried a “chopper show” is only half right. There are also EVs, ‘70s survivors, Franken-bikes, and plenty of real dirt and patina. Plus, dozens of hopeful vendors with parts, accessories, gadgets, and new gear.

It all kicks off with the Flat Out Friday races at Fiserv Arena. It’s usually clad in a parquet floor for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. But one night every year, aspiring racers and various ne’er-do-wells fill the arena with exhaust fumes and lay down rubber on the Dr Pepper syrup-prepared surface. Last year was a hoot, but this year brought out even finer costumery and livery concepts. Tea time while racing? That’s rich.

Photographer Cathy Drexler has been shooting the event since 2016. What’s her take on Mama Tried?

“It’s a uniquely Milwaukee experience that has a happy way of bringing us together over our love of bikes.”

Truer words were never spoken. So take a load off, grab a cold one, and check out the 2024 edition of Mama Tried and Flat Out Friday in glorious color and pixels.

Flat Out Friday always brings high class and fashion in equal measure.
Flat Out Friday always brings high class and fashion in equal measure. (Cathy Drexler/)
James “Jimbo” DeLisle (963) boxes out Dan “Dangerous Dan” Jacobson (39) in the Masters class, Flat Out Friday.
James “Jimbo” DeLisle (963) boxes out Dan “Dangerous Dan” Jacobson (39) in the Masters class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
An unidentified future 50cc champion holds their own on the track, Flat Out Friday.
An unidentified future 50cc champion holds their own on the track, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Kaleb Zink (15) applies Team Green grit to his orange Harley-Davidson in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday.
Kaleb Zink (15) applies Team Green grit to his orange Harley-Davidson in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Where my zip-ties at? Donovan LeVan’s BSA puts power (and pipe) to pavement in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday.
Where my zip-ties at? Donovan LeVan’s BSA puts power (and pipe) to pavement in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Conflict of interest? Andrew Clark (52) and an unidentified race official team up on the parade lap, Flat Out Friday.
Conflict of interest? Andrew Clark (52) and an unidentified race official team up on the

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Mama Tried Brings the Ruckus Back to Brewtown in 2024
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/photo-galleries/mama-tried-motorcycle-show-2024/
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 21:36:17 +0000

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Level Up: A BMW K100 café racer with a John Player Special vibe

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BMW K100 café racer by Motocrew
Despite its increasing popularity, the 1980s K-series BMW remains a difficult bike to customize. There’s hardly an inch of it that isn’t blocky, angular, or just plain awkward—so it takes a sharp eye and deft hand to massage it into a slick and cohesive café racer. Enter Chris Scholtka.

Based in Cottbus, Germany, Chris splits his time between his job as a firefighter and his after-hours custom bike-building endeavor, Motocrew. He cracked the code for building razor-sharp BMW K-series café racers a while ago, and he’s produced a handful of them since. But his latest build—a 1984 BMW K100 café racer—hits a little differently.

BMW K100 café racer by Motocrew

The project was commissioned by a friend who had found a 1984 BMW K100 that was in great shape and wanted it customized. He naturally called Chris first—but Chris was hesitant to take the job.

“My first thought that it wasn’t a good idea,” he explains, “because I don’t want to build the same shit again and again. But this time my customer had a big enough budget to build something unique. So I said yes, and, after a couple of hours brainstorming with him, we settled on a basic setup.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Level Up: A BMW K100 café racer with a John Player Special vibe
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bmw-k100-cafe-racer-motocrew
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 18:56:31 +0000

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Honda’s Updated 2024 CBR600RR Not Coming to America

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Back in November, we previewed a notable update to Honda’s CBR600RR platform for the European market. It now appears that version won’t be debuting in the US in 2024. Honda has announced a 2024 CBR600RR for the States, but as a carryover from last year, which is actually a continued carryover from the last major US update made in 2013. The 2024 US version of the CBR600RR will be priced at $12,199, a $100 bump over the 2023 MSRP.

The 2024 Honda CBR600RR in Grand Prix Red.
The 2024 Honda CBR600RR in Grand Prix Red. (Honda/)

It should be noted that the revised CBR600RR that will be available in European markets is an extension of the work Honda did on the platform a few years prior, when it released a revised version for Japan back in 2020. It’s likely those changes will eventually make it to the US, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer.

That said, Honda’s 599cc supersport remains an appealing option for riders in the US thanks to its deft combination of comfort, ease of use on the road, expertly calibrated braking package, and solid suspension setup. The extra horsepower of the overseas version and revised chassis would obviously be nice additions, but such is life sometimes.

We last sampled the CBR600RR in 2020, and despite some of its shortcomings (such as in the electronics department), the platform still proved its worth. Particularly for road riders who want a bike that is as great around town as it is on the track.

For those who want to enjoy the benefits of ABS, expect to pay $13,199. Both editions will be available to US customers in Grand Prix Red colors.

2024 Honda CBR600RR Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$12,199–$13,199Engine:599cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:67.0 x 42.5mmCompression Ratio:12.2:1Fuel Delivery:DSFI w/ 40mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectorsClutch:Wet, multiplateTransmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainFrame:Twin-spar aluminumFront Suspension:41mm USD Big Piston Fork; fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travelRear Suspension:Unit Pro-Link HMAS shock, fully adjustable; 5.1 in. travelFront Brake:4-piston calipers, 310mm radial-mount full-floating discs (ABS optional)Rear Brake:220mm disc (ABS optional)Wheels, Front/Rear:17 in. / 17 in.Tires, Front/Rear:120/70-17 / 180/55-17Rake/Trail:23.5°/3.9 in.Wheelbase:53.9 in.Seat Height:32.4 in.Fuel Capacity:4.8 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:417 lb.Available:March 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: Honda’s Updated 2024 CBR600RR Not Coming to America
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cbr600rr-not-coming-to-america/
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 11:00:00 +0000

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