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Oil Pan Leaks: What are the Causes and How to Fix

Oil is considered one of the most critical fluids in a car because it lubricates (and provides a barrier between) the internal engine components. Without oil, friction between these components...Read more

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How to Change Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid serves to cool, lubricate, and provide a barrier between the moving parts of your car’s transmission. In an automatic transmission, the fluid is also used to create hydraulic...Read more

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What are the Symptoms of a Bad Speed Sensor?

The vehicle speed sensor (VSS) is also commonly referred to as a transmission speed sensor or output shaft speed sensor. It is a small device—typically mounted somewhere on the transmission—that...Read more

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How to Test a Blower Motor Resistor

If your car’s blower has only 4 or 5 different speed settings, it likely uses a simple electric resistor to control the fan’s speed. The resistor limits electrical current so...Read more

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Bad Tie Rod End Symptoms

A tie rod end is one of the lesser-known components of a car—but that doesn’t make it any less important. Tie rod ends are essential to the safe operation of...Read more

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How to Detail Your Car’s Exterior: Get a Showroom Shine with These Key Detailing Tips

National Car Care Month, which is celebrated every April, acts as a reminder to take care of all aspects of your vehicle—including the exterior. Although many owners think a quick...Read more

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How to Tint Headlights: A Step-by-Step Guide

As most of the population shelters in place in the next few weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many are choosing to keep a positive mindset and look for...Read more

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Bad Motor Mount Symptoms

Just imagine driving along, when suddenly you hear a clunking sound coming from your car’s engine compartment. This noise, which usually occurs when you accelerate or slam on the brakes,...Read more

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Essential Underhood Maintenance Tips from Our Chief Mechanic

In the past, cars required constant adjustments to mechanical bits, such as carburetors and ignition points. Thankfully, today’s vehicles are governed by computers and other electronics—and that means far less...Read more

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How Long Does a Catalytic Converter Last?

A catalytic converter is an emissions control device located in your car’s exhaust system. You probably know that much already. But what you might not know is—just how long is...Read more

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Symptoms of a Bad Power Steering Pump

An average vehicle weighs about 2,900 pounds. That, of course, will vary depending on what type of vehicle you’re driving. On average, a midsize car can weigh up to 3,400...Read more

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Bad Cooling Fan Relay Symptoms

Most vehicles rely on a liquid-cooled cooling system to regulate their engine temperature. A mixture of water and antifreeze flows through channels and absorbs the heat produced by the engine....Read more

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Do You Need an Alignment After Replacing Shocks and Struts?

Every so often, car owners are faced with the task of replacing their shocks and strut assemblies to ensure proper ride height and maximum ride comfort. While knowing when to...Read more

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When to Replace the Timing Chain on Your Vehicle

Your car’s engine contains many components, one of which is either a timing belt or a timing chain. Although the timing chain doesn’t get as much attention as some other...Read more

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How to Remove Blind Spot Mirrors

A blind spot mirror is an accessory that you can attach to the side mirror of your car to increase your visibility of the road. Also known as a fish-eye...Read more

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How to Clean Bugs Off Your Car

If you live in a state where there is a dense population of bugs, such as Florida or Louisiana, it’s inevitable that your car will get splattered with bugs on...Read more

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What is Brake Fluid and What Does it Do?

Every driver knows what brake fluid is, and you’ve probably topped up once or twice already. But have you ever wondered what it does or how it functions inside the...Read more

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How to Clean a Radiator

You can tell that you have a clogged radiator once you start observing signs such as overheating and inefficient cabin heating. But why wait for this to happen when performing...Read more

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Car Maintenance Tips for Spring

The chill of winter is finally wearing off and spring is just around the corner. That means rebirth and rejuvenation for not only nature but your vehicle, as well. Although...Read more

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Power Steering Not Working: Why This Happens and What to Do

Imagine you are driving at highway speed jamming to your favorite song when suddenly, you feel this weird resistance from the steering wheel. You find yourself having to exert more...Read more

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Fog Lights: What They Do and When to Use Them

Heavy fog, rain, and other weather conditions that reduce your visibility on the road can make driving difficult—if not downright impossible. If your vehicle isn’t equipped with the right lighting...Read more

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How to Tell If the Catalytic Converter is Clogged

More than 90% of cars today are powered by internal combustion engines (ICE)—and until electric vehicles completely take over, this type of engine is likely here to stay. However, it...Read more

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Can You Put Seat Covers on Heated Seats and Is it Safe?

There’s nothing more satisfying than stepping inside a warm and toasty car after freezing outdoors on a cold winter day. In addition to cranking up the heater, you can turn...Read more

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How Often Do Brakes Need to Be Replaced?

A vehicle’s brake system is one of its most critical safety features. It allows you to slow down or bring the vehicle to a complete stop when necessary. But as...Read more

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How Long Do Shocks Last?

Your car’s suspension system is made up of various components that work together to keep the vehicle from bouncing around when driving over bumpy roads—and one such component is the...Read more

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Radiator Fluid Colors Vary and How To Pick the Right One

Radiator fluid, also known as engine coolant or antifreeze, was first used in military vehicles during World War I. Ethylene glycol was initially used as an alternative to glycerol to...Read more

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How to Close Car Hood Properly

Exercising care when closing the hood of your car is important in keeping it in good working condition. The hood protects the most essential components of your vehicle, which includes...Read more

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How Long Do Brake Rotors Last?

The braking system is one of the most hardworking components of your car. And because it takes a lot of abuse, certain parts of the brake assembly will need to...Read more

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[Infographic] What to Consider Before You Start Doing Your Own Auto Repairs

YouTube makes fixing your own car look easy. Undo a couple of bolts here, unplug a few electrical connectors there, and the job is done. But in reality, auto repair...Read more

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How to Get Moisture Out of Headlights

Condensation is a natural occurrence that happens when water vapor condenses into a liquid. In regard to your car’s headlights, the phenomenon takes place when the outside air is cooler...Read more

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How to Remove Scratches from Your Car Bumper

Getting scratches out of your car bumper can be costly if you get it done at an auto body shop. But if the scratches aren’t too bad, you can opt...Read more

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How to Pass an Emissions Test: 7 Tips That May Help

Note: Please check your local and state laws regarding exemptions and coverage of car emissions testing in your area. Emission testing, or smog check, ensures your car meets the emission...Read more

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How to Get Dog Hair Out of Your Car

Driving with your dog, whether on a short jaunt or on a long road trip to the beach, is always special. But having a furry companion in the car isn’t...Read more

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Brake Dust: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Wheels Clean

You know that black residue that builds up on your car’s wheels? Yup, that’s brake dust. It’s a naturally occurring phenomenon that’s hard to eliminate. But with a few helpful...Read more

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Can You Make Your Mustang as Rad as the Bullitt GT?

Last week, history was made when the most famous—and now the most expensive—Ford Mustang sold at Mecum Auctions for $3.4 million. The car on the block? The iconic 1968 Ford...Read more

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Wheel Bearing Noise: Do You Have a Bad Wheel Bearing?

You’re driving along on a warm, sunny day listening to your favorite song. Life is good. But when you turn down the radio, you hear an unusual noise that coincides...Read more

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How to Clean Foggy or Oxidized Headlights

At one time, you were in love with your car—just the sight of it made you swoon. But now, thanks to those yellow, oxidized headlights, your car is, well, ugly....Read more

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How to Remove Ice From Your Car and Windshield

Nobody enjoys starting their day by scraping ice off their windshield. It’s tedious work, and it can be tempting to remove just enough ice to see from the driver’s side...Read more

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How to Keep Rats Out of Your Car During Winter

Summary: Rodents love the heat that your car produces especially during the winter, therefore attracting them towards the insides of your vehicle.They can cause a range of damage, from gnawed...Read more

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Squeaky Brakes: What Do They Mean & How to Fix Them

Nothing—except, perhaps, 90s boy band music—sounds worse than squeaky brakes. Every time you press the brake pedal, the unnerving sound fills your ears. Besides turning up the radio, and masking...Read more

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I have a leased car – all I’m interested in is keeping my costs to a minimum when turning it back in.

Assuming your lease is for 3 years or less. Under hood checks Once a month. New vehicles require less attention and most problems are covered by the warrantee, BUT if...Read more

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Bad Catalytic Converter Symptoms: Signs to Watch Out For

When I was 20 years old, I owned a Pontiac Trans Am. Of course, it was bright red because, at that age, I wanted something flashy. The car also had...Read more

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What are the Signs of a Bad Heater Core?

The heater core, which is part of the cooling system, helps transfer heat from the hot engine coolant into the cabin.An inoperative heater, a slimy film on the windows, a...Read more

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What is a Distributor?

Thankfully, today’s cars no longer have distributors. Modern engines use individual coil packs, which are far less complicated, instead. But there are still countless vehicles on the road with a...Read more

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How to Replace Your Tail Light Assembly

There are several reasons why you may want to replace your entire tail light assembly (not just the bulb). Maybe you got into a fender bender and the lens is...Read more

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Understanding Tire Speed Rating & Tire Load Index

Tires are essential in keeping your vehicle maneuverable on the road. They’re made of vulcanized rubber—which is rubber that has been hardened and cooked—so that they can grip the ground...Read more

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Keeping Your Cool Behind the Wheel: How to Deal with Road Rage

Imagine driving on the highway with your kids strapped in the backseat, and suddenly a car cuts into your lane without their turn signals on. You step on the brakes...Read more

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How to Prepare for Hazardous Winter Driving

It’s that time of year again—Old Man Winter is here. And he’s angry. If you live in a part of the country that sees real winter conditions (60-degree temperatures and...Read more

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How to Replace a Side Mirror

There are several reasons why you might want to replace one of your car’s side mirrors. Maybe some dimwit sideswiped you and knocked off your mirror. Or perhaps you’ve got...Read more

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How to Replace a Halogen Headlight Assembly

There are several reasons you might want to replace your entire headlight assembly (not just the bulb). Maybe you got in a fender bender and the lens is broken. Or...Read more

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How to Avoid Thanksgiving Traffic Jams: When is the Best Time to Travel and Other Tips

Travelling on the road during the holiday season can get really stressful really quickly. Traffic, just like turkey and stuffing, has now become part and parcel of every Thanksgiving. It...Read more

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How to Install Power Folding Mirrors on a 2015 Ford F-150

Upgrading from standard mirrors to power folding mirrors (standard or tow) on any 2015+ Ford F-150 may seem like a difficult task, but it really isn't. With the Kool Vue...Read more

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How to Replace a Front Lower Control Arm

Control arm replacement can be difficult—especially if the vehicle’s suspension is rusted and corroded. Separating the ball joint from the steering knuckle can be tricky, too, if you’ve never done...Read more

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How to Diagnose a Faulty Control Arm

Control arms are basically just big hunks of metal. Unless they suffer impact damage from, say, a collision, they rarely fail. Instead, what usually require replacement are the bushings and...Read more

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Hand Turn Signals for Driving

Your vehicle is equipped with various lights and warning devices to allow you to communicate with drivers and pedestrians on the road. Turn signals allow you to visually warn other...Read more

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Common Control Arm Symptoms

When it comes to car parts, control arms don’t get a lot of attention. Instead, it’s all about engines and transmissions. You know, the big, expensive stuff. But control arms...Read more

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A Wake-up Call Against Drowsy Driving: Serious Signs and Prevention

Most of us underestimate the benefits of a good night’s sleep. We live in a time where being overworked and sleep-deprived are proudly worn as badges of honor. But what...Read more

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School Bus Safety Guide: Common Safety Rules and Stop-Arm Laws

According to the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, children are 70 times more likely to get to school safely if they ride a school bus instead of...Read more

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How to Replace a Brake Disc

Changing a set of brake discs is usually one of the easier automotive repairs. Many people attempt a brake job shortly after learning how to perform other basic tasks, such...Read more

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How to Diagnose Faulty Front Brake Discs

Rotors don’t take fancy equipment to diagnose. Most professionals test-drive the vehicle to see how the brakes feel. Then they perform a visual inspection of the rotors and, if necessary,...Read more

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Think You’re Ready to Build the Car of Your Dreams? First, Consider This.

Building a project car can be a lot of fun—if you think ahead and plan things out. Like any other undertaking, it helps to be organized and have a strategy...Read more

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8 Tips for Finding a Great Mechanic or Repair Shop

Is your car’s check engine light on? Or maybe there’s a clunking noise coming from the undercarriage? Uh-oh—it sounds like you need to visit a mechanic, a.k.a. automotive technician. But...Read more

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How to Replace Front Brake Pads

Brake pad replacement is usually one of the easier automotive repairs. Many people attempt it shortly after learning how to perform other basic tasks, such as changing engine oil. But...Read more

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How to Diagnose Worn Brake Pads

Diagnosing a set of worn brake pads is pretty easy. Generally, all you need are your eyes and a few simple tools. Note: The following is a general guide for...Read more

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Safety Tips for Parents of New Teen Drivers

Watching your kid transition from a learner’s permit to a driver’s license may give you a feeling of de ja vu, like a reboot of a John Hughes movie unfolding...Read more

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Common Symptoms of Bad Brake Pads

Brake pads are a crucial yet frequently neglected part of your car. All too often, you’ll hear a vehicle that makes a horrendous grinding noise while braking. That sound usually...Read more

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Common Symptoms of a Bad Brake Disc

Here’s a novel concept: Disc brake systems contain brake discs, which are also referred to as rotors. Like brake pads, rotors are considered wear items that require periodic replacement. I...Read more

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[Infographic] 15 Tips to Prep Your Car for the End of Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday, November 3rd, the clocks get set back, marking the end of daylight saving time. That means hoodies and hot cocoa—along with pumpkin everything—are just around the corner. And...Read more

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10 Halloween Driving Safety Tips

It's almost Halloween--that time of the year when kids in costume flock the streets for candy and a night of spooky fun. Despite its festive vibe, statistics show that Halloween...Read more

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[Infographic] How to Prevent or Deal with Deer-Vehicle Collisions: A Complete Guide

We're a few weeks away from deer migration and mating season, when deer roam and forage for food in preparation for the long winter. A time of year that, unfortunately,...Read more

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How to Replace a Brake Caliper

Brake caliper replacement is pretty simple – until you get to the bleeding part. Then you’ll need a friend (and possibly a whole lot of patience) to finish the job....Read more

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How to Diagnose a Faulty Brake Caliper

Before spending your hard-earned money on a new caliper, you’ll want to make sure the old one is bad. The good news is that caliper diagnosis is straightforward and doesn’t...Read more

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[Infographic] The Ultimate Guide for Child Passenger Safety: Car Seats, Booster Seats, and More

Every 32 seconds, an American child is involved in a crash while inside a passenger vehicle. In a year, the total number of children injured in motor vehicle accidents is...Read more

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What to Do if Your Car Gets Flooded

One of the most exasperating causes of car damage is a flood, especially if the floodwater reaches the engine. Floods can rise overnight and leave cars parked on the streets...Read more

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Five Fall Car Care Tips: Preparing Your Vehicle for the Changing Seasons

Fall is officially here—time to break out our comfiest sweaters and bundle up as temperatures start to drop. Now is the perfect time to brush up on fall car care...Read more

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Bad Brake Caliper Symptoms: 7 Signs to Watch Out For

If you’re like me—and almost everyone else on the planet—you rarely think about your brake calipers. While brake pads must be replaced periodically, calipers should last the life of the...Read more

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Checklist for Purchasing a Used Car: 10 Tips to Live By

When the time comes to purchase a used car, you might feel overwhelmed and confused. It's perfectly normal to experience uncertainty as you navigate the used car world. Even as...Read more

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How to Replace a Wheel Hub

Wheel hub assembly replacement is easy—at least, that's what YouTube leads you to believe. But the job doesn't always go smoothly in the real world, and I can personally attest...Read more

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How to Diagnose a Faulty Wheel Hub

A lot of other car problems can mimic a faulty wheel hub assembly. So, before you dive into any repairs, you'll want to diagnose the problem thoroughly. On some vehicles,...Read more

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4 Signs Your Mass Air Flow Sensor is Failing

Fuel efficiency has become a major consideration when purchasing a vehicle. With gas prices rising, every drop of fuel counts. While driving style greatly affects fuel efficiency, maintaining your car’s...Read more

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Common Wheel Hub Symptoms

Nothing's better than listening to your favorite song while cruising down the road. But if you have the tunes cranked full blast, as I often do, you may not hear...Read more

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How to Replace a Fuel Pump

Fixing your car yourself can create a great sense of accomplishment. On the other hand, a repair job that goes awry can lead to frustration, swearing and bloody knuckles. The...Read more

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Maintenance You Should Perform on Your Vehicle to Increase Its Resale or Trade-In Value

With Labor Day weekend fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start thinking about selling or trading in your current vehicle and purchasing a new one. The end of...Read more

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Car Safety for Dogs: How to Keep Your Dog Cool for Your Next Road Trip

Summer is the best time to explore the outdoors and go on road trips. For pet lovers who can’t bear to leave their dogs behind, bringing them with you on...Read more

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How to Diagnose a Faulty Fuel Pump

So, you think you may have a faulty fuel pump? Troubleshooting the problem is usually pretty straightforward. But occasionally, a tricky diagnosis will have you pulling out your hair and...Read more

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Rav4: The Small SUV that Grew Up with a Generation

The 90s is best described as the golden age for sports cars. It was a time when almost every automaker took a shot at making a sports car. Acura had...Read more

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Bad Fuel Pump Symptoms

It's a frigid winter morning and you go to start your car—it cranks and cranks but doesn't fire. Sound familiar? Then you may have a bad fuel pump. But don't...Read more

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Signs Your Vehicle Isn’t Running Properly: 10 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Many modern cars feature high-tech diagnostic systems that monitor the health of the vehicle. Still, drivers will ignore common warnings that something is wrong. While it's okay to prolong a...Read more

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Dash Cover Installation Guide

Extreme heat is not only bad for you, but it's also bad for your car, especially the parts that are directly exposed to intense sunlight. Your dashboard, in particular, can...Read more

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The Essential College Readiness Automotive Checklist for Parents

It's back-to-school season and you're about to hand your college bound son or daughter the keys to the old family car. It's been a trusted car for many years, but...Read more

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Nerf Bars vs. Running Boards: What’s the Difference

Nerf bars and running boards are commonly found on trucks, which are built to be larger than regular vehicles. They have taller ride heights and are higher off the ground,...Read more

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Oil Filter Housing: A New Perspective on an Old Solution

A large amount of R&D in car manufacturers are geared towards making their products more friendly to the environment. The evolution from larger than life vehicles to smaller and greener...Read more

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Finding the Best Steering Wheel Cover for Heat Protection

Summer is the best time for scenic trips and long drives. But before going on an adventure, preparing your vehicle for rising temperatures is a must. You’ve checked your batteries, engine,...Read more

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Shocks vs. Struts: What You Need to Know

Have you ever owned a car with such a bumpy ride that every road imperfection was sent straight to the seat of your pants? Perhaps, the rough ride was accompanied...Read more

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How to Replace a Faulty Radiator

You've done all the checks needed and you've determined that your cooling system troubles stem from a faulty radiator - now what? You have several options depending on how severe...Read more

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How Loud is Too Loud for an Exhaust System?

Performance vehicles have always been associated with how beautiful their exhaust notes are. Muscle cars give off a loud and throaty V8 bellow while supercars give off a higher pitched,...Read more

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6 Signs of a Bad Radiator

You know that the radiator is an essential part of your cooling system, but how can you tell when something is wrong? Spotting the signs that the radiator is failing...Read more

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6 Simple Car Checks to Prevent Heat Wave Disasters

2019 is set to be one of the hottest years in history. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the month of June has already set a global...Read more

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How to Replace a Faulty A/C Condenser

When your air conditioning isn't working right, things get pretty heated. Okay, it was corny, but we had to make light of the situation - mainly because we understand that...Read more

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Bad A/C Condenser Symptoms

Many drivers simply can't live without air conditioning, especially on a hot summer day. If you’re one of those drivers, then having a busted A/C probably sounds like the worst...Read more