China, Russia or Europe? Features and differences of engine preheaters
Like any equipment, automotive pre-heater is offered by manufacturers in different price segments and has “regional features” depending on the country of origin and brand. There is a choice, and…

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Awesome rust, insidious step, call a friend: Cadillac Escalade 3 gen with a range of 200,000 km (part 2)
Simple, but change the oil! The “handout” of the previous Escalade is simple in design, and although it does not have clutches, and the differential is free, the oil has…

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Buses from the USSR - serial and experimental
Open resort buses on the ZIS-5 chassis for the health resorts of the Crimea and the Caucasus produced several small factories on imported and domestic AMO and ZIS chassis. In…

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China, Russia or Europe? Features and differences of engine preheaters

Like any equipment, automotive pre-heater is offered by manufacturers in different price segments and has “regional features” depending on the country of origin and brand. There is a choice, and differences in cost and quality can be very significant … We will study the features of preheater with different “pedigree” and determine what is right for you!
Prestarting heater – not to say that a mandatory but extremely useful device for any car allows you to make trips more comfortable, save time and fuel on warming up and significantly extend the life of the engine with warm winter starts. For some (as a rule, expensive cars of the upper price segment) this unit can be installed from the factory as a standard option. Continue reading

Dangerous filters: how to distinguish a fake from the original? (part 1)

We usually take two things lightly: separate waste collection and timely replacement of filters. And any – both oil and air, so fuel and salon. We will not talk about garbage now, but we’ll talk about how bad filters destroy the car.
The oil filter is luckier than anyone: it is changed with the oil. But with the rest, negligent owners often get worse. The air filter can be replaced when it starts to be sucked into the manifold, the fuel filter – when the engine stops responding to the gas pedal, but the cabin… Well, if it gets too cold in the winter, and starts to rot out of the “stove”.

The task of any filter is to clean the environment in which it works. Everyone knows this, and you should not remind about this for the hundredth time. We will take a different path: take a set of original filters and their analogues of not the highest quality, compare them and see what consequences the consumable for two rubles made in garages can lead to. Continue reading

The muscles of the world. Why, after 70 years, a descendant of the Land Rover Series I got an aluminum body again? (part 1)
In 1946, the outstanding British design engineer Maurice Wilkes began developing the Land Rover Series I. For many decades, this car will remain the most popular SUV in the world.…

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Solaris alternative for comparable money: is it worth buying a Kia Cerato II for 600 thousand
A few weeks ago, we were thinking about buying a used Hyundai Solaris, arguing along the way that, given the fluctuations in the exchange rate, these cars today are not…

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Like a Niva, it’s only better: is it worth buying a Toyota RAV4 II for 500 thousand rubles (part 1)
Just a month ago, we thought about buying a third-generation Toyota RAV4 and found out that one of the main problems when choosing is a considerable price level for such…

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Additional marking of rusty and broken VIN: to whom, when and how to do it
A few days ago, government decree No. 1653 “On approval of requirements for additional marking of a vehicle, the procedure for applying and applying it” was officially published, which introduces…

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