Author Archives: Kristi Burns

About Kristi Burns

I've been married to a car fanatic for 20 years, and together for over 25. He and I share a passion for owning classic cars, working on them, participating in car club events & shows, and writing about things automotive.

A look back at color-matched wheels and wheel covers. A design feature worthy of a comeback…

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For a very small manufacturing cost, applying paint to a car’s wheels or wheel covers that matches body color can add a lot of visual interest to a vehicle’s profile.  And if chrome trim or brightwork is applied tastefully with … Continue reading

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Commentary – Can Cars of the Future Be Classics, Too?

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by contributor Kristi Burns… At Classic Cars Today Online, our interest and focus  gravitates towards classic cars.  However, at one time all of these classics were “cars of the future” that someone dreamed up and pushed the proverbial envelope to … Continue reading

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The basics of installing a car stereo

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The purchase of a new radio and speakers brings the promise of better sound, the excitement of new features, and the enjoyment of simply feeling the music that wasn’t possible with a factory stereo.  In this article, we’ll give you … Continue reading

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On Parking – 5 Ways I Kept the Same Car Dent-, Ding- and Scratch-Free For 10 Years

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 (by contributor Kristi Burns) When I began dating my husband many years ago, he let me use his car, providing that I follow a few “rules” to keep it free from dings, scratches, and dents. Since I was able to … Continue reading

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What is the difference between a “transaxle” and a “transmission”?

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In this article we’ll look at the differences between a “transaxle” and a “transmission”.  In short, a transaxle performs both the gear-changing function of a transmission and the power-splitting ability of an axle differential in one integrated unit.  A transmission … Continue reading

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An overview of hybrid and electric vehicle powertrains

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Today, hybrids are everywhere.  But what exactly is a “hybrid”?  Technical definitions define hybrids as, “Any vehicle combining two or more sources of power which can directly or indirectly provide propulsion.”  That can include diesel-electric hybrids as well as gasoline-electric … Continue reading

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Some basic but effective tips on wheel care

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Wheels that catch your eye because they really set off a vehicle do so because they are clean and sparkling, not dirty.  If turning back to gaze at your own rims brings disappointment, the time is now to clean them … Continue reading

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How to check and replace fuses

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Fuses are designed to stop excess current flow that can overheat circuits, damage equipment, or even cause a fire.  To account for normal electrical spikes and surges, vehicle designers typically specify fuses with amp ratings of double the current flow … Continue reading

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Commentary – My “Must-Have” Car Accessories

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My name is Kristi Burns and I am NOT a mechanic, so I don’t mind being spoiled by “modern” car accessories as my husband does. In fact, this can be a bone of contention when we both look for a … Continue reading

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Not sure what your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number signifies? A guide…

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Before 1981, vehicle manufacturers created their own vehicle identification (vin) numbers of varying lengths to signify facts about their vehicles as they saw fit. During the 1970s to ease confusion, the United States Department Of Transportation (DOT) mandated all vehicles … Continue reading

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How to Service and Replace a Car Battery (an Easy Guide)

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By definition, an automotive battery is an electrochemical device that stores and provides electrical energy on demand.  Such energy is produced inside batteries by a chemical reaction that occurs between two dissimilar plates immersed in an electrolyte solution.  When a … Continue reading

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