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Why are My Headlights Flickering?

Driving with a flickering headlight can create unsafe conditions on the road as they can create distractions not only for you but for other drivers as well. If you’re wondering...Read more

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Ignition Lock Cylinder Replacement: How-To Guide

A faulty ignition lock cylinder can be a real bummer. Sometimes, when the lock cylinder starts going out, you can jiggle the key to get it to turn. But eventually,...Read more

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Nearly $7,000 Tax Credit for 2020 Ford Escape PHEV

The larger the battery, the bigger the tax credit. This is exactly how the federal government in the United States is rewarding automakers that produce vehicles with low emissions. On...Read more

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How to Replace a Windshield Wiper Motor

One potential cause for inoperative wipers is a faulty windshield wiper motor. But the good news is, usually, replacing a broken wiper motor is relatively easy. On most vehicles, all...Read more

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How to Check Your Car Battery & Battery Cables

Nearly every driver is familiar with automotive batteries and the all-too-common occurrence of needing a jumpstart. Much like the batteries in a flashlight or any other household device, a car...Read more

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5 Signs of a Bad Starter

When a car doesn't start, many people assume that the starter motor is to blame. After all, the component has the term "start" right in its name. But in reality,...Read more

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How Does a Car Battery Work: What You Need to Know

Even though your car’s battery might seem simple, it’s quite complex and important. Anyone who’s needed a jumpstart understands the critical role the battery plays in getting (and keeping) your...Read more

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Why Won’t My Car Start?

It never fails—when your car refuses to start, it happens at the most inopportune time. It’s always when, say, you’re running late for a critical doctor’s appointment or a big...Read more

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PSA: Tips for Storing Your Vehicle During COVID-19

Many states and large cities have now implemented shelter-in-place orders to help curb the COVID-19 outbreak—meaning everyone has to stay home. And while there are exceptions to this mandate, such...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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How to Tell if Your Alternator is Bad

Powering your vehicle’s electronics isn’t solely the job of your car battery. The alternator provides the necessary electrical energy whenever your car’s engine is running. Plus, the alternator charges the...Read more

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Reduced Engine Power Mode: What Does it Really Mean?

Is your Chevy or other General Motors (GM) vehicle displaying “Engine Power Reduced” on the instrument cluster? Maybe the check engine light is on as well? Don’t panic and trade-in...Read more

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10 Essentials: The Pre-Road-Trip Car Maintenance Checklist

Memorial Day weekend’s coming up, and we hope you’re just as thrilled as us for the opportunity to go on a road trip. (LA to Cayucos for this writer! Where...Read more

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How Long Can a Car Battery Sit Unused

More and more people are compelled to save on gas expenses by opting to ride public transportation than using their cars or even owning one. If you have a car...Read more

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A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Test a Car Battery

“What should my battery voltage be?” you may ask. On a full charge, automotive batteries have 12.6 volts or above. When the engine’s running, the battery should have 13.7 to...Read more

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How to Tell Positive and Negative Terminals on a Car Battery

So, you’re stranded in a strip mall parking lot with a dead battery. Thankfully, there’s a kind passerby who’s willing to give you a jump start, and you’ve got jumper...Read more

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Hybrid Power Systems for the New Millennium

The Concept -- How Hybrid Cars work in simple terms The Cars -- What it's like to drive them The Nuts & Bolts -- How the hardware works in technical...Read more

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The Ignition System

The purpose of the ignition system is twofold: first to create a voltage high enough (20,000+) to arc cross the gap of a spark plug, thus creating a spark strong...Read more

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Common Questions Asked by Motorists

Q: Every once in a while I can hear a squeak or metal grinding noise coming out of the front wheels. It happens mostly at low speeds while turning. When...Read more

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Understanding Your Car

In this section, we will help you understand how your car works. We assume that you know nothing about how a car works and provide clear, understandable explanations of the...Read more

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Underhood Checks

Back to Car Care Do you know your way around under the hood of your car? While not as critical as it used to be, checking under the hood periodically...Read more

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Automobile Battery: Everything You Need to Know

The automotive battery, also known as a lead-acid storage battery, is an electrochemical device that produces voltage and delivers current. In an automotive battery we can reverse the electrochemical action,thereby...Read more

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A Short Course on Charging Systems

This article is broken down into six sections: What is a charging systemThe AlternatorThe Voltage RegulatorCharging system gauge or warning lampWhat Can Go WrongRepairing Charging System Problems What is a...Read more

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The Starting System

The "starting system", the heart of the electrical system in your car, begins with the Battery. The key is inserted into the Ignition Switch and then turned to the start...Read more

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What Happens When You Use Jumper Cables Incorrectly?

Knowing how to use jumper cables could be the difference between being stranded with a flat battery and being able to drive to the nearest repair shop. The car battery...Read more

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