Speedometer Not Working? (Causes and How to Fix)

speedometer not working

We seldom give even a passing thought to the operation of our vehicle’s speedometer, until a malfunction of one type or another has rendered it inoperable. Without a fully functioning speedometer, one is left with little recourse when attempting to travel at the appropriate speed. This, in itself, can be quite concerning. While many crafty … Read more

P0332 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

P0332 code

Manufacturers fill modern vehicles to the brim with sensors. And while those sensors can help detect problems early, that still doesn’t keep you from having a mini heart attack when the check engine light comes on. But once you’ve diagnosed the code, you’re still not out of the woods. Because what on earth does a … Read more

How to Remove Car Decals (from Paint or Windows)

how to remove car decal

Everyone has this thought at least once through their car ownership lifetime. Maybe you just purchased that car and there’s still a dealership sticker on the window. Maybe you think:  “A window banner? That would look so cool! That way my car will look like a real racecar!” If you’re into NASCAR, maybe you’ll even … Read more

SOHC vs DOHC (What’s the Difference?) 

SOHC vs DOHC engine

Single overhead and dual overhead camshafts have been a part of automotive, marine, motorcycle and aircraft engines since the early 20th century. Some of the first cars with a single overhead camshaft (SOHC) were the British designed 1902 Maudsley and the American 1903 Marr Autocar. Dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) appeared in a French Peugeot which … Read more

P0402 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

P0402 code

Few vehicle-related issues can be quite as maddening as the sudden illumination of a check engine light. Issues of this type arise for a number of reasons, though the vast majority relate to operational or emissions failures. In essence, the onset of a check engine light is a vehicle’s way of calling attention to an … Read more

What is Flex Fuel? (Pros, Cons, and FAQs)

what is flex fuel

While flex-fuel might not be a new thing, it is gaining popularity, and many people still don’t know what it is. Should you be looking for a vehicle that uses flex-fuel, and why is it usually cheaper at the pump? More importantly, what is flex-fuel anyways? Whether you’re looking at buying a new vehicle or … Read more

P0325 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

P0325 code

The last thing you want to see when you’re driving down the road is the dreaded check engine light. But when it does happen, you need to quickly figure out what’s going on to make sure that you’re not going to cause any further damage by ignoring it. If after using your OBD2 scanner you … Read more

How Long (and Fast) Can You Drive on a Spare Tire?

how long can you drive on spare tire

It happens. You’ll replace your tire with a spare and drive on it to get home after a long day of work. It’ll be late by the time you parallel park a few blocks away because everyone else took the close spots. You go to bed thinking “I’ll go to the tire shop tomorrow” and … Read more

5 Causes of Brakes Locking Up While Driving

brakes locking up

Almost every motorist understands the true value of a properly functioning brake system. However, few are as keenly aware of this as those that have been left to contend with brake failure of any type, while in the midst of day-to-day travel.  We all too often take proper brake operation for granted. After all, it … Read more

How to Change Spark Plugs (Step-by-Step)

Spark plugs may be simple to replace or annoyingly difficult. It all depends on how many covers, hoses, wire harnesses and other miscellaneous parts you must either move or remove to gain access to the plugs. And if the engine is jammed into a tiny space, that can make getting to the plugs even more … Read more