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?

how long do brake pads last

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

6 Symptoms of a Bad Radiator Cap (and When to Replace)

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Combustion engines generate a lot of heat just from normal operation. Without removing heat from the engine, the vehicle will encounter a slew of problems that eventually lead to engine failure. A failure of the cooling system could leave you stranded, and may even cause total engine failure in extreme cases. Fortunately, a common and … Read more

6 Symptoms of Bad Spark Plugs (and Replacement Cost)

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Spark plugs are crucial components to an internal combustion engine. Without them, there would be nothing to ignite fuel within the combustion chamber. It’s no surprise that dirty or fouled spark plugs are a common cause for many engine issues. Here you’ll learn how a spark plug works as well as common symptoms of a … Read more