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Smart Car Structural Repair

Smart Car Structural Repair

Kody, ASE certified auto repair technician, is replacing a front cross member on this Smart car. He’s all smiles going deep to fix a Bellingham Smarite

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Service Your Cars Cooling System

Service Your Cars Cooling System

Your Cars Cooling System Your Cars Cooling System Your Cars Cooling system removes heat from the hot engine and allows it to dissipate in the air passing through and over the radiator. When the engine reaches the proper operating temperature, generally around 82 degrees Celsius the thermostat opens allowing the hot coolant into the top of the radiator. The coolant flows down channels in the radiator core where with the help of the fins in the radiator is allowed to cool. The thermostat in the engine does exactly what the thermostat in your house does. It keeps the engine at the correct temperature. When the engine gets hot the thermostat opens and allows the coolant to flow to the radiator. When it gets too cool the thermostat closes to help maintain the engines proper operating temperature. Heat is the means of generating power so while too much heat will cause engine damage to little heat will cause your engine to be inefficient resulting in poor gas mileag ... read more

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Smart Car Fun

Smart Car Fun

I joined about 26 other Smart car owners for some Smart car fun on a trip from Monroe WA to Levenworth. There are all sorts of car owners from the A type and the obsessive compulsive to those who just run their car into the ground and go buy another. I like Smart car owners because for the most part they are just plain fun. To a person they seem to love their cars as if the vehicles were some kind of mechanical little pet. Not a lot of bragging about performance. All the cars are about the same, 67 horse power, about the same as a Harley 1449 and though heaver than a Harley not by much. But the Smart is the favorite whipping you for the elitist car snob types. I guess I got over that when I saw a Smart parked in the employee parking lot at McLaren. Some folks worry about the safety of such a small car and there is more security in a truck SUV or well designed sedan like a Mercedes E class but for a small car they test quite well in crash testing. Since my other car is a BMW RT ... read more

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