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Back to School (While at Home): Car-Inspired Activities for Learners of All Ages

As plans for reopening schools leave many American families uncertain about when and if they should send their kids back to school this fall, many parents are considering continuing their...Read more

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How to Replace an Ignition Coil

Are you a newbie looking for an easy repair project that you can do yourself? Many late-model cars have individual coil-on-plug (COP) ignition coils that are easy to replace⁠—with the...Read more

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How to Change Spark Plugs

Spark plug replacement is one of the most common maintenance procedures. The job seems easy in theory, which is why many vehicle owners want to attempt it themselves. And it’s...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

P0306 Code: Cylinder 6 Misfire Detected

Engines contain cylinders that convert fuel into mechanical energy. Combustion within the cylinders fire at the right time to maximize the power they generate. When the engine’s 6th cylinder suffers...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0122 Code: Throttle Position Sensor/Switch A Circuit Low Input

When the Check Engine Light on your car’s dashboard lights up, it’s time to use a diagnostic scanner to determine what faults triggered the CEL. Typically, there are a variety...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0304 Code: Cylinder 4 Misfire Detected

The P0304 engine code can compromise your driving experience, so resolve the underlying cause (or causes) immediately. If your check engine light is on and the OBD-II scanner reads a...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0302 Code: Cylinder 2 Misfire Detected

The P0302 engine code can cause serious drivability issues, so you’ll need to address the underlying problem (or problems) right away.  If the check engine light has popped up on...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

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0303 Code: Cylinder 3 Misfire Detected

A misfire occurs when there is an insufficient amount of fuel burning in a cylinder. Since the way the engine runs relies heavily on the proper functioning of its cylinders,...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0301 Code: Cylinder 1 Misfire Detected

A P0301 is one of a series of OBD-II error codes that are triggered when your vehicle’s computer has detected a “misfire.” What exactly does this diagnostic code entail? Read...Read more

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Car Care Month & COVID-19: Prep Your Vehicle for Emergencies

April is National Car Care Month—and it’s less than two weeks away. Now, with the exception of our brave health workers and other frontliners who are working hard to fight...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0300 Code: Random or Multiple Cylinder Misfire Detected

If you’ve got a P0300 on your hands, buckle up—you might be in for a complicated diagnostic and repair process. In terms of severity, this OBD-II code is critical and...Read more

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Iridium vs. Platinum Spark Plugs

Over 90% of cars on the road are equipped with internal combustion engines, and a vast majority run on gasoline. Some of the most critical components of a gasoline engine...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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How to Clean a Spark Plug

Oil on spark plug threads is not something you should ignore because it could impair the functionality of your spark plugs over time. You may need to replace your spark...Read more

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How to Gap a Spark Plug?

Gapping your spark plugs is crucial as it affects the performance of your ignition system. An incorrect gap will cause poor mileage, misfires, and a lousy engine performance. Truly—and we...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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A Short Course on Automobile Engines

Internal combustion gasoline engines run on a mixture of gasoline and air. The ideal mixture is 14.7 parts of air to one part of gasoline (by weight.) Since gas weighs...Read more

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Tune Up

Back to Car Care Prior to 1975, a tune up consisted of replacing the plugs, points and condenser; then setting the timing, adjusting the carburetor and checking or replacing the...Read more

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A Short Course on Ignition Systems

The purpose of the ignition system is to create a spark that will ignite the fuel-air mixture in the cylinder of an engine. It must do this at exactly the...Read more

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