Matthew Wright

  • Automotive repair expert with three decades of experience
  • Former newspaper reporter and editor
  • Specializes in vintage European vechicles


Matthew Wright is a former writer for ThoughtCo. He has experience in both journalism and auto repair. Wright has worked in the automotive industry since 1989, specializing in European auto repair and rebuilding. After almost a decade in the business, he began working as a reporter in 1996, and has held positions as a newspaper staff writer and magazine editor. After some years in journalism, he returned to the automotive world, opening an exclusive repair and restoration facility for vintage European vehicles.


Matthew Wright attended Georgia State University. His automotive education came from three decades of maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing cars.

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    How to Troubleshoot Your Car Heat/AC When Your Fan Isn't Working

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    Adjusting Ignition Timing for Many 4-cylinder Cars

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    Getting a Tahoe V8 Distributor Right

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    How to Check or Refill the Coolant in Your Car

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    Fixing a High Idle Problem on a Nissan Truck

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    Can You Use ATF in a Manual Transmission?

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    Fixes for Smearing and Streaking Wiper Blades

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