When the dreaded “check engine” and other dashboard warning lights flare, discover what’s wrong without a costly trip to a mechanic. The Innova 1000 Car Scan Mobile turns smartphones into advanced OBD2 diagnostic tools. It pairs with the RepairSolutions 2 app for systems health checks of most cars made since 1996.
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Extend the life of your gadgets with iFixit’s toolkit. It comes with an extendable 4mm driver and 64 steel screwdriver bits that fit even the most unusual screwheads, along with tweezers, spudgers, a suction handle, and other tools that will help you disassemble and fix most laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
Often, the best gear is the stuff you use most frequently. But regular use can lead to wear and breakage. Everyday Carry offers up some great tips on keeping your favorite pocket knives, wallets, bags, watches, and other items in great shape for as long as possible.
With the advent of pay stations and mobile parking apps, meters are becoming a rare sight. But these coin-collecting dinosaurs still have some neat mechanical bits worth exploring inside of them, as Rescue & Restore shows when he tears down a 1960s Duncan meter and makes it like new again. That shiny red coat is a thing of beauty.
Gadgets from the 1980s were lots of fun, but the plastics they used back then had a tendency to yellow, and look awful over time. Watch in awe as Odd Tinkering takes a grubby old Nintendo Game Boy and makes it like new. That soldering iron trick to fix the lines on the screen is nifty.
Auto body mechanic Arthur Tussik shows how – with the proper skills, time, tools, and parts – a totaled car can be made to look just like new. Here, he takes a horribly smashed up BMW 7 series, and brings it back to life. We can’t speak to its structural integrity, but it looks good.
After showing us what it takes to rebuild a couple of V8s, Hagerty Classic Cars captured the restoration of a V-Twin Ironhead engine from a 1957 Harley-Davidson XL sportster motorcycle. The time-lapse condenses what was surely days of work down to just 5 minutes.
“Hazard lights are not only for your safety, but they’re really cute whenever they’re flashing, and can draw attention to you.” Brittany Hornick and Rachael Acosta poke fun at female stereotypes in this sarcastic video which does ultimately show how to change a tire.
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