Black Friday / Cyber Monday 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

Understanding the Behavior of Your Theft Protection Steering Lock System

The Automobile Safety Foundation argues that steering wheel lock systems are inherently unsafe. This information leads me to believe that all US manufacturers have discontinued this anti-theft feature, replacing it with the electronic immobilizer system. However, that doesn’t seem to be entirely true. It appears that Toyotas still had this feature as recently as 2018 … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Charcoal Canister (and Replacement Cost)

bad charcoal canister symptoms

You’ve probably never considered what happens when the charcoal canister in your car goes bad. That’s because it’s possibly one of the most reliable parts of your vehicle. The charcoal canister (aka: EVAP canister) is an essential part of the Evaporative Emission Control System (often shortened to “EVAP”). This system helps ensure that dangerous fumes … Read more

5 Best Oil Filters for Synthetic Motor Oil

best oil filters for synthetic oil

Oil is the blood of every gasoline or diesel vehicle. They need to have high-quality oil that is properly filtered in order to keep the engine running optimally. The oil is really a lubricant for the engine which passes through its moving components and keeps them running smoothly and without overheating. As you drive, motor … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Hydraulic Lifter (and Replacement Cost)

bad lifter symptoms

Your vehicle’s hydraulic valve lifters, or hydraulic tappets, are small cylinders right beside each of your engine’s valves. It ensures your vehicle runs efficiently and silently. Over time, the lifter mechanism will wear out (especially with dirty oil or not enough of it), leading to a lifter tick or tapping sound. If you ignore this … Read more

5 Brake Fluid Leak Symptoms (and Repair Cost)

brake fluid leak symptoms

Brakes are one of the most important components of any vehicle. Keeping your brake system in good condition is one of the best ways to ensure that a vehicle has a long lifespan and keeps you safe at the same time. When the braking system fails, there can be a variety of possible causes for failure. A common … Read more

How to Clean a Catalytic Converter (2 Methods)

how to clean a catalytic converter

If your vehicle has a working catalytic converter, it drastically decreases pollution and your carbon footprint. Catalytic converters turn carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, and other exhaust engine emissions into less harmful compounds, so they don’t hurt you or the environment. To keep your car eco-friendly and running in optimal condition, you should know when … Read more

9 Best Car Covers for Hail, Snow, and Ice Protection

best car cover for hail

Protecting your vehicle from the weather becomes a top priority if you’ve ever suffered damage from hail, ice, or snow. Your vehicle is too valuable to leave it exposed to these elements which can cause damage. It’s especially crucial if you don’t have a garage, carport, or other covered area to protect your vehicle. The … Read more

8 Symptoms of a Dirty Air Filter (and Replacement Cost)

dirty air filter

Every car engine has a combustion chamber, and this chamber requires air to generate adequate power to run your car engine. However, the air flowing through the engine must be clean and uncontaminated. Here is where an air filter becomes critical as it keeps your engine free from contaminated air. Due to its central function, … Read more

What is Toe? (Toe-In vs. Toe-Out Effects)

what is toe

Vehicle technology continues to improve, allowing people to have and enjoy dynamic systems and in-vehicle handling, such as toe angle improvement. But you may ask: “What is toe?” What is Toe? Toe, or tracking, is when a car’s wheels point to the right or left side in an asymmetric angle. Toe-in, also known as positive … Read more