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

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

16 Best Tire Brands (Ranked by Auto Enthusiasts)

best tire brands

Tires are the most important part of your car, period. If you don’t have tires, you can’t roll down the road or move over obstacles. Your tires determine how quickly you go, stop, turn, slow down, speed up, burnout, skid, drift, and slide. In a winter storm, are you going to be happy with your … Read more

4 Causes of Blue Smoke From Exhaust (and How to Fix)

blue smoke at startup

Maybe you’ve seen it: accelerating from a stoplight, a car ahead is spewing a bunch of blue-colored smoke from the tailpipe. It’s not extreme, like a smoke bomb, but it also isn’t normal like everyone else’s exhaust smoke. Or maybe you experience blue smoke coming from your engine bay upon startup every morning, no matter … Read more

Straight Pipe Exhaust Systems (Pros, Cons, and Cost)

straight pipe exhaust

Straight piping your exhaust is a religion. It was brought forth by the Israelites on the seventh coming of the Lord’s name, wherein they exclaimed: “Thou shalt eliminate all resistance from thine exhaust system, so as to spit fire and therefore create more burning bushes, bro.” Shortly thereafter, as we all know, horse-drawn carriages were … 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

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

4 Symptoms of a Bad Knock Sensor (and Replacement Cost)

bad knock sensor symptoms

You’re thrumming along a long country road, of course, and you can’t really tell what’s going on in your engine bay. That’s because everything is so quiet nowadays. But you do see a check engine light that wasn’t there before or maybe you feel a strange bumping sound upon acceleration. Maybe your mileage has gone … Read more