What is Limp Mode? (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

what is limp mode

Limp mode is a self-preservation feature programmed into most vehicles. Your car will activate this feature when it detects abnormal readings from sensors, or improper mechanical part operations.  Limp mode is also known as “limp home mode”, and is designed to protect your engine and transmission from catastrophic failure. Performance of your vehicle will be … Read more

7 Symptoms of a Bad Transmission Control Module (and Replacement Cost)

symptoms of a bad transmission control module

The transmission control module (TCM) is a vital component of any vehicle with an automatic transmission system. Rather than relying on hydraulic or mechanical control over a transmission system, newer vehicles use a transmission control module instead. A car’s TCM will likely never need replacing, but if you have a bad transmission control module, immediate … Read more

10 Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change (and/or Tune-up or Service)

signs you need an oil change

Engine oil is like the blood of every car. The engine needs oil to lubricate its moving components and keep them operating smoothly. In fact, engines of all kinds need oil in order to function. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a motorcycle, generator, or even a lawnmower. If it’s got an engine, then it … 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

10 Essential Car Accessories Worth Investing In

car accessories

Whether you’re the proud owner of a brand new car or thinking of buying one soon, there are a few “must have” car accessories you should definitely consider investing in. They range from safety features to small knick-knacks to make your car the sanctuary that you’ve always desired. Some of these accessories may be obvious, … Read more

P0172 Code (System Too Rich Bank 1)

P0172 engine code

Air and fuel are the heart of the internal combustion process. The proper amount of air and fuel must enter the internal combustion chamber if the ignition is going to be successful. Otherwise, you might have a situation where your engine either consumes too much fuel or under performs. The engine control unit (ECU) normally … Read more

7 Common Engine Running Rich Symptoms

engine running rich symptoms

A vehicle’s fuel mixture refers to the ratio of fuel and air in the combustion process. When you have too much fuel and not enough air, your car is considered to be running “rich”. When you have too much air and not enough fuel, your vehicle is considered to be running “lean”. The engine computer … Read more

5 Easy Ways to Remove Window Tint

how to remove window tint

Tinted car windows are a wonderful thing. Not only do they protect you from glare, they also provide privacy and style. Unfortunately, the tint has a lifespan and if you don’t know how to remove window tint properly, you’ll end up with a big, sticky mess. There are two basic ways to remove tint: heat … Read more

5 Bad Flywheel Symptoms and Replacement Cost

flywheel replacement cost

A flywheel is a round-shaped mechanical device that connects to the crankshaft which generates energy from rotation and then stores that energy for later use. In situations where the engine torque is intermittent, the flywheel will supplement this with its own stored rotational energy. You would find flywheels in cars with manual transmissions rather than … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Ground Strap (Ground Wire) and How to Replace It

symptoms of bad engine ground wire

The ground strap is the heavy black wire which connects to the car battery’s negative terminal to the chassis of the car. Some other names for the strap include: negative battery cable, ground wire, or ground cable. The ground strap is the foundation of the entire vehicle’s electrical system. All of the electrical currents that … Read more