P0301 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

code P0301

For vehicle owners, few circumstances can be as aggravating as the sudden appearance of a check engine light across a car’s dash. In the minds of many, this signals an impending breakdown or otherwise cataclysmic event.  However, the illumination of a vehicle’s check engine light is seldom as dire as one might think, and can … Read more

V6 vs V8 Engine (Which is Better?)

v6 vs v8

Whether shopping for a new vehicle (especially a truck), you’ll often be presented with more than one engine option. Right up there with the 4-cylinder vs 6-cylinder debate, is the V6 vs V8 argument. Should you go for the extra power of a V8 or for the better fuel economy of a V6? Unfortunately, it’s … Read more

19 Best Online Auto Parts Stores (Ranked by Car Enthusiasts)

best online auto parts store

Gone are the old days of having to visit a parts store just for them to tell you they don’t have what you’re looking for. Now when you’re looking for the best place to buy car parts, the search has to start online. Whether you’re looking for something as simple as brake pads or something … Read more

Brake Lights Won’t Turn Off? (3 Common Causes)

The brake (or stop) lights are part of the rear light installation on your car, truck, or SUV. Brake lights began to appear on automobiles around 1905. Drivers then were using hand signals to indicate to cars behind that they were about to stop or turn. Hand signals remain in vogue today for bicyclists and … Read more

P0178 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

P0178 code

When you’re driving down the road, the last thing you want to deal with a check engine light that pops up on the dash. But when it does happen, it can be a panic-inducing. You rush it to the parts store, and they give you the code. But then what? The good news is that … Read more

4 Symptoms of a Bad Oil Control Valve (and VVT Solenoid)

variable valve timing engine

To understand the variable valve timing (VVT) solenoid and associated oil control valve (OCV), it will help to know the history of this device and how it benefits our cars, SUVs and light trucks today. The valves in the engine of your car, SUV or truck operate to control the flow of air, fuel and … Read more

P0122 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

P0122 code

While there are tons of diagnostic trouble codes that spell disaster, a P0122 code is one the least expensive or damaging DTCs you’ll encounter. So, if you use your trusty OBD2 scanner to discover code P0122 is the reason for your check engine light, you can take a deep breath and relax. It’s not that … Read more