9 Reasons Your Project Car Pays for Itself

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Trying to convince the wife to let you buy a Miata? Does the phrase “built not bought” sound like a pipe dream? Allow me to help. Buying a project car was one of the best financial decisions I’ve ever made. A few years ago, a friend of mine happened to be selling his 1994 Mazda … Read more

7 Causes of a Car That Won’t Go in Reverse

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A car’s transmission is one of the most important components of any car. You simply can’t operate a motor vehicle without the gears functioning as they should be. But sometimes, you may encounter an issue that causes one or more of the gears to malfunction. The reverse gear in particular, is easy to take for … Read more

6 Symptoms of a Clogged or Bad Radiator (and Replacement Cost)

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As an engine runs, it produces heat. The purpose of the radiator is to cool the engine and prevent it from overheating. A car’s engine uses coolant to absorb the heat and transfers it to the radiator where it cools down. Once it cools, the coolant is sent back into the engine and the process … Read more

6 Symptoms of Low Transmission Fluid (You Don’t Want to Ignore)

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When you’re running low on transmission fluid, your vehicle cannot function the way it’s supposed to. This is because transmission fluid lubricates the surfaces and components of the transmission system to reduce friction and prevent them from wearing out. Transmission fluid is supposed to remain in your vehicle for its entire lifespan without changing it, … Read more

Symptoms of Having the Wrong Engine Oil in Your Car (What Happens?)

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Engine oil is the lifeblood of your car’s engine. Without it, vehicles simply wouldn’t function. Motor oil protects your engine by lubricating parts which in turn minimizes heat and friction; the two biggest enemies of engine components. As oil breaks down and becomes contaminated through normal use, it’s critical to follow the car manufacturer’s recommended … Read more

9 Reasons Your Car Shakes When Accelerating (and How to Fix)

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If you car shakes when accelerating, it could be the result of various issues. Often, the cause of the vibrations is a fairly simple issue that is actually a warning sign of a much bigger (and more expensive) failure if not fixed soon enough. A car shaking when driving can often mean something different than … Read more

7 Symptoms of a Bad Camshaft Position Sensor (and Replacement Cost)

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The camshaft position sensor (CMP) is just one of the many electrical parts found in a vehicle. We’ll go over what this component is, the symptoms of a bad camshaft position sensor, and what you can expect its replacement cost to be when it’s faulty. A lot of people confuse the camshaft position sensor with … Read more

9 Reasons Your Car Jerks When Accelerating

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Cars have become increasingly complex over the years, and with that have been a growing number of symptoms that can mean multiple things. Thankfully, many of these symptoms can be diagnosed and remedied without specialty equipment. If your car jerks when accelerating, it can be an indication of several current or potential problems. Here we’ll … Read more

9 Causes of Grinding Noise & Vibration When Braking

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Brakes are one of the most crucial parts on any vehicle. While it’s important to handle any engine problems that come, it can be argued that brake problems are even more critical since they determine whether your car actually stops. A hydraulic system is used to manage the brake at each corner of your vehicle … Read more

8 Reasons Your Car Vibrates When Stopped or Idling (and How to Fix)

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Diagnosing a car that shakes when stopped or idling but not while driving is much easier than trying to figure out why it’s vibrating while accelerating. This is simply due to the fact that the only part moving while you’re stopped is the engine. The good news is that you can be confident the rough … Read more