When I began covering the auto industry you could still buy cars with carburetors, and SUVs accounted for less than 5% of the new-vehicle market. Along the way I served as automotive editor of Consumer Guide for more than 15 years, as an auto writer for the Chicago Tribune for eight years and as a freelance writer for several more, contributing to newspapers, Reuters, Automotive News, Cars.com and others. I have an on-again-off-again interest in racing that during an “on” period led to an opportunity to write a history of the Indianapolis 500. If it’s warm enough in the Chicago area, I’m probably playing golf in my free time or watching White Sox games.
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Transmission fluid lubricates and cools the transmission. It may not need to be checked or changed often, but it’s not something you want to overlook.
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Car engines are designed to operate around 210 degrees Fahrenheit (99 degrees Celsius) and require a fully functioning cooling system to prevent the engine from…