Losing Coolant But No Visible Leaks? (Here’s What to Do)

losing coolant but no leaks

While you should check your fluid levels every time you fill-up the gas tank, most people leave it to the mechanics. It’s a huge mistake. Just because you don’t see any fluids on the ground doesn’t mean that everything is working as it should.  There are multiple places your coolant could be ending up, and … Read more

What To Do If Your Car Breaks Down (How to Be Prepared)

what to do if your car breaks down

Sometimes, your car just won’t start or it stops working in the middle of an intersection. You may hear strange sounds as the car slowly grinds to a halt, or you can’t turn your steering wheel because the security lock has been turned on. All of these scenarios mean your car has “broken down”, but … Read more

5 Causes of Inside Tire Wear

inside tire wear

There are few situations as aggravating as being forced to purchase a new set of tires, solely because a particular portion of tire has worn quicker than its remaining tread. This can be a costly issue to be faced with when considering the ever-increasing price of tires. Few such tire wear issues are as prominent, … Read more

6 Symptoms of a Bad Timing Chain (and Replacement Cost) 

bad timing chain

Almost every vehicle with an internal combustion engine uses either a timing chain or timing belt. These are critical components which over the life of a vehicle CAN fail. This article will cover timing chains in particular. See “Symptoms of a Bad Timing Belt” in case your vehicle uses that instead. What is a Timing … Read more

Eco Mode: How It Works and When to Use It

what is ECO mode

With newer cars, it’s an eventuality. You’re going to look down at your dash or steering wheel and see a control you don’t fully understand. Don’t fret it. With all of the innovations that manufacturers are plugging into new cars at breakneck speed, it can be hard to keep up. One of the newer and … Read more

KYB vs Monroe (Shocks and Struts Comparison)

KYB vs Monroe

Where your tire is the connection between you and the ground when you are driving, your shocks are the pillow that softens any blow your tires take. Your springs may lighten the initial “thwack” of that pothole, but your shocks are needed in order to keep your tires in contact with the road, and you, … Read more

How to Clean Car Battery Corrosion (Easy 6-Step Process)

how to clean car battery corrosion

Have you ever raised your vehicle’s hood, and noticed a chalky white, green, or blue substance deposited around the exterior of your battery? If so, what you observed was a case of battery corrosion.  This corrosion is typically found on battery posts, as well as corresponding battery cable terminals. Unfortunately, battery terminal corrosion is extremely … Read more

Causes of a Car That Shuts Off While Driving (and What To Do)

car shuts off while driving

Decades ago, my dad taught me a great deal about automobile problem diagnosis and repair. One thing he repeated time and time again: “For an engine to run it must have three things. Fuel, spark and compression. And these three must each happen at the right time”. These three factors apply to conventional gasoline-fueled not … Read more

Black Friday Tool Deals for 2020

Black Friday tool deals

Whether you’re a beginner when it comes to car maintenance and repairs, have years of automotive repair experience, or simply looking to add some tools to your collection, November (and specifically Black Friday and Cyber Monday) is the best time to buy. Below are what we consider some of the best Black Friday tool deals you … Read more

5 Engine Running Lean Symptoms (and Common Causes)

engine running lean symptoms

While it can be a pretty straightforward process to diagnose an engine that’s running rich, accurately diagnosing an engine that’s running lean can be a little trickier. But just because it’s harder to spot the culprit doesn’t make it any less severe. Failure to address a lean running engine can lead to unrepairable engine damage … Read more