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What are the Signs of a Blown Head Gasket?

The head gasket, which is located between the engine block and cylinder head, seals the combustion chambers to prevent compression loss. It also plays a role in sealing the coolant...Read more

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Bad Spark Plug Symptoms

Spark plugs are vital components of internal combustion engines. They are responsible for producing the “spark” necessary to ignite the engine’s fuel. Although the spark plug is considered vital to...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P2002 Code: Diesel Particulate Filter Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)

Diesel engines have a lot of advantages aside from providing better torque. The catch is, they produce more soot, which is a black, carbon-based substance that is damaging to the...Read more

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Fix Your Car Right the First Time: Why You Should Always Consult a Repair Manual

There’s a common misconception that anyone can pick up a wrench, jump right in, and fix a car. While that may have been closer to the truth 40 years ago,...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0137 Code: Oxygen Sensor Circuit Low Voltage (Bank 1, Sensor 2)

OBD-II codes help you find out what’s wrong with your car. If your scan tool is showing a P0137 trouble code, this points to a problem with one of your...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0136 Code: O2 Sensor Circuit (Bank 1, Sensor 2)

The performance of your vehicle’s engine relies heavily on maintaining the right air-to-fuel mix for combustion. The engine control module (ECM) determines the proper ratio by collecting data from different...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0134: O2 Sensor Circuit No Activity Detected (Bank 1, Sensor 1)

Poor fuel economy, a failed emissions test, and engine problems—these are symptoms that a lot of automotive issues share. Run your OBD-II scanner to narrow down the problem. If it...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P2096 Code: Post Catalyst Fuel Trim System Too Lean (Bank 1)

There is an ideal ratio for the mixture of air and fuel that your car’s engine burns in its combustion chambers. An excessive amount of oxygen in the mixture means...Read more

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P0102 Code: Mass Air Flow (MAF) Circuit Low

Lately, you’ve been noticing that your car stalls or runs rougher than before. You eventually decide to use an OBD-II scanner to help you determine whether there’s an issue, and...Read more

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Best Car Upgrades

If you’re like most enthusiasts, you simply cannot leave your car alone. You have to add a set of aftermarket wheels, a performance exhaust system, a set of fuzzy dice—something...Read more

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Catalytic Converter Theft is on the Rise: How to Protect Your Vehicle

In Mountain View, CA, thieves have cut catalytic converters out of dozens of hybrid cars within the last couple of months. The story is similar in Lincoln, NE, where converter...Read more

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Bad Throttle Body Symptoms

The throttle body is the device in your vehicle that opens and closes to regulate the amount of air entering the engine. When it gets dirty, clogged, or damaged, you...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0138 Code: O2 Sensor Circuit High Voltage (Bank 1, Sensor 2)

Is your vehicle triggering a P0138 trouble code on your OBD-II scanner? If so, read on to find out what this code means, what the symptoms and possible causes are,...Read more

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Can You Drive Without a Catalytic Converter?

The catalytic converter is tougher than most parts found in your car. That’s because it needs that toughness to withstand high operating temperatures. But it can still break down or...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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10 Ways to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

It might be hard to find a silver lining in the situation our world is facing today, but here’s some good news: since social distancing and stay-at-home orders have been...Read more

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What are the Best Catalytic Converters?

A lot of people doubt the importance of replacing a bad catalytic converter. Many car owners are also not that eager to replace their faulty catalytic converters because replacement could...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0141 Code: Oxygen Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1, Sensor 2)

There are around 11,000 different trouble codes in the most recent OBD-II index. So what makes the P0141 code stand out from the rest? This article will cover the details,...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0174 Code: System Too Lean (Cylinder Bank 2)

While the P0174 OBD-II trouble code is not manufacturer-specific and is considered a generic powertrain code, it can be more common in certain car makes than others. More specifically, a...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0420 Code: Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)

There are many issues that could trigger the Check Engine Light to illuminate. However, if you use an OBD-II scanner and get a P0420 code, you may be having issues...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0430 Code: Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 2)

Your vehicle starts belching smoke. The engine might stall, lose power, and idles roughly. Finally, the Check Engine Light switches on. When you plug the OBD-II scanner into the connector,...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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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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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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Fact or Fiction: Can Catalytic Converters Catch Fire?

In 2018, approximately 90,000 acres of the Sierra National Forest near the Yosemite were burned to the ground. The Ferguson fire burned for over a month before it was fully...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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How to Unblock a Catalytic Converter

There may be something wrong with your catalytic converter when your car starts to feel sluggish and your gas mileage becomes poor. Catalytic converters don’t just wear out on their...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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Emission Control Systems

The need to control the emissions from automobiles gave rise to the computerization of the automobile. Hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and oxides of nitrogen are created during the combustion process and...Read more

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