What is Camber? (Positive vs Negative Camber Effects)

what is camber

Camber refers to the angle of the wheel and tire relative to a perfectly flat road. The tops of the wheels can lean either towards or away from the center of the car when viewed from behind.  The ideal camber balances tire traction and tire wear, and thus varies for each vehicle depending on how … Read more

3 Intake Manifold Leak Symptoms (and Replacement Cost)

intake manifold leak symptoms

The components of an engine have gaskets that are placed between them before they’re assembled. These gaskets act as a seal between the components so they can do their jobs properly. You’ll find gaskets are usually made out of metal, rubber, paper, or all three combined together. Out of all the gaskets in the engine, … Read more

What is Caster? (Negative vs Positive Caster Effects)

what is caster

A vehicle’s suspension geometry has three common measurements, which can often be adjusted, called caster, camber, and toe. Caster is measured on the steering wheels (i.e the front wheels) as an angle which evaluates the forward or backward tilt of the steering axis when viewing the car from the side. This axis connects the lower … Read more

7 Symptoms of a Blown Transmission (and Repair Cost)

blown transmission symptoms

Imagine traveling at one speed throughout your journey. It’s not an appealing thought. The transmission is the part of your vehicle that helps you change speeds smoothly. When a specific gear is selected, the transmission controls how much power feeds through to the engine. It doesn’t matter if it’s an automatic or manual transmission; they … Read more

DOT 3 vs DOT 4 Brake Fluid (What’s the Difference?)

DOT 3 vs DOT 4

Brake fluid is something that all vehicles have, no matter if you’re driving a car, truck, or motorcycle. The job of brake fluid is to move the crucial components of your braking system which are responsible for slowing down your vehicle when you press on the brake pedal. Basically, the fluid causes the pistons in … Read more

6 Symptoms of a Bad PCM (and Replacement Cost)

bad PCM symptoms

The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) is a sophisticated piece of machinery. It receives data from a range of sensors. The Engine Control Module (ECM) and the Transmission Control Module (TCM) are both examples of systems that the PCM monitors. Remarkably, the PCM also analyzes the data it collects. It uses that information to control the … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Transmission Mount (and Replacement Cost)

symptoms of bad transmission mount

We take our cars for granted. When you think about all the moving parts that work together, they are amazing inventions. What we find the most interesting, though, is how the cars handle vibration. We’re talking about thousands of small parts that are rattling around in the body of the car continually. You’d think that … Read more