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Brad Sears


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All automotive including antique and collectible. However if the car has been modified I can only answer in general terms and maybe get you pointed in the right direction.

Experience in the area

Automotive tech instructor. Syndicated auto columnist 1970's though the early 1990's. Syndicated auto radio talk show, Ask Brad About cars, CBS Radio 70's through 90's TV Show "Last Chance Garage" 1980's PBS-TV syndicated. Auto instructor for the following companies: Fram Autolyte Holly Carter AMF Ford Motor University Of Conn Blue Hills Technical School Sugar River Technical Center Grew up in a family garage in Needham Mass and turned wrenches from the age of 14.


Manchester Union Leader, Nashua Telegraph, Motor Service Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Popular Mechanics (Saturday Mechanic early 80's), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and lots more.


More than I care to remember. Basically Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, Northeastern University, Fitchburg State Teachers College, Tufts University, and a lot of factory schools along the way.

Awards and Honors

Moto Award winner. And much more.

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What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I learn every day and a day without learning is waisted.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

In the history of the world the auto industry is just a fly speck on histories time line but perhaps the single greatest invention for the benefit of mankind.

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Recent Answers from Brad Sears

2016-04-25 62 Comet Clutch:

Engine swaps quite often have these types of problems. Sound like you are on the right track about the throw out bearing being a bit short. Might have to go to the parts store and check out the throw out

2016-04-19 Maintenance Question:

On this car where you know the history and the mileage I would personally leave the transmission alone as long as the fluid on the dip stick is clear and does not smell burned. As far AS OTHER MAINTENANCE

2016-04-18 1982 Dodge K Car brakes:

The booster can cause a hard brake and diminished braking. The test that I use to give a quick booster check is simple. With the engine off press the brake pedal hard and hold it. While holding the pedal

2016-04-16 1982 Dodge K Car brakes:

You should be able to lock up the brakes in a panic situation. I have seen this before and there are  several causes. The first is the of the brake pads used. They will all act differently. I use the top

2016-03-07 axle code:

According to my information, which is factory specs there were two ratios offered for that car. Code #1 the standard ration of 2.89:1 and code #3 which is 3.11;1.I can find no listing on that car for a


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