Preparing For Your First Lap of the Nürburgring (Tips and FAQs)

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There’s no racetrack more famous in the world than the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It’s a Mecca in the auto racing industry. Every self-respecting race fan should come here at least once. Its specific architecture and character are simply unique! With a length of 20.8 km (12.9 miles), the track is a demanding combination of 33 left, … Read more

P0175 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

P0175 engine code

When you drive, your engine uses a combination of sensors to know exactly how much air and oxygen to release into the combustion chambers at any given time. The fuel and oxygen needs change as you speed up, rev the engine harder, or travel at higher altitudes. Specifically, the powertrain control module (PCM) receives information … Read more

6 Symptoms of a Bad Alternator (and Replacement Cost)

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An alternator, sometimes known as a synchronous generator, is a vital component of the charging system of a vehicle. Along with the battery, it ensures that your vehicle starts and continues working as it should. Symptoms of a bad alternator make themselves apparent quickly. Keep reading to know what signs to look for, how long … Read more

P0135 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

P0135 engine code

Some oxygen sensors contain a heating circuit to reduce the time it takes them to reach operational temperature after the vehicle is started. The P0135 code is activated when the heating circuit in the air-to-fuel ratio sensor, also known as the front oxygen sensor in bank one, malfunctions. Code P0135 may also indicate a bad … Read more

5 Best Brake Pads for Cars, Trucks, and SUVs

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Brake pads are found in cars, trucks, SUVs, and even motorcycles. They are what create friction against the disc brake rotors of your vehicle. This happens every time you step on the brake pedal and this friction allows the vehicle to slow down and stop. Because of the amount of times we step on the … Read more

How Long Do Brake Pads Last on Average?

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When you step on the brakes, hydraulic fluid converts the brake pedal movement into a strong clamping force that stops your vehicle. Your brakes should be strong and reliable, since a short stopping distance could mean the difference between life and death if a small child or animal were to suddenly dart out in front … Read more

P0014 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

P0014 engine code

A vehicle’s variable valve timing (VVT) system improves engine performance and fuel efficiency. It regulates the opening and closing of the exhaust and intake valves, in turn, controlling the fuel-air mix. This control allows for more power, better fuel economy, or a balanced approach depending on the demand on the engine at any given time.  … Read more

PCM vs ECM vs ECU vs TCM (What’s the Difference?)

PCM vs ECM vs ECU vs TCM

Before vehicle computers were invented, cars and trucks used a system of mechanical and pneumatic devices to manage systems such as valve timing and idle speed.  Now, modern vehicles have a complex system of sensors and actuators connected to computers which enable the vehicles to perform well and efficiently. These electronics are confusing enough without … Read more

6 Symptoms of a Bad Power Steering Pump (and Replacement Cost)

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Power steering was created in 1951 to help drivers turn their vehicles with ease. During a time when cars started getting bigger and heavier, this was a welcome advancement in technology. It takes more energy to move something with more mass, especially at low speeds. Classic power steering uses a power steering pump that moves … Read more