How to Clean Car Battery Corrosion (Easy 6-Step Process)

how to clean car battery corrosion

Have you ever raised your vehicle’s hood, and noticed a chalky white, green, or blue substance deposited around the exterior of your battery? If so, what you observed was a case of battery corrosion.  This corrosion is typically found on battery posts, as well as corresponding battery cable terminals. Unfortunately, battery terminal corrosion is extremely … Read more

Causes of a Car That Shuts Off While Driving (and What To Do)

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Decades ago, my dad taught me a great deal about automobile problem diagnosis and repair. One thing he repeated time and time again: “For an engine to run it must have three things. Fuel, spark and compression. And these three must each happen at the right time”. These three factors apply to conventional gasoline-fueled not … Read more

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

5 Engine Running Lean Symptoms (and Common Causes)

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While it can be a pretty straightforward process to diagnose an engine that’s running rich, accurately diagnosing an engine that’s running lean can be a little trickier. But just because it’s harder to spot the culprit doesn’t make it any less severe. Failure to address a lean running engine can lead to unrepairable engine damage … Read more

Steering Wheel Locked Up While Driving? (Causes and What to Do)

steering wheel locked up while driving

For most motorists, few things could be more terrifying than having the steering lock up while driving. With little or no warning you suddenly cannot control your car. It’s fortunate that automobile steering systems are designed to greatly minimize the occurrence of this heart-pounding event.  In this article we will discuss two modes of steering … Read more

Car Window Won’t Go Up? (Causes and How to Fix)

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Few situations are quite as aggravating as being forced to contend with a car window that won’t roll up. What would have otherwise been a normal day, is often spoiled, when being forced to worry over the slightest chance of rain, or dread a brutally cold trip home. If you’re currently experiencing a similar issue, … Read more

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

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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

Car Won’t Shift Out of Park? (3 Causes and How to Fix)

automatic transmission stuck in park

Have you ever attempted to leave for work in the morning, only to find that your automatic transmission is stuck in the park position? If so, you are certainly not alone. While indeed troubling, this issue is far more common than one might think. Luckily, when a transmission is stuck in park, a minor mechanical fault … 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