How to Fix a Seat Belt That Won’t Retract (or Pull Out)   

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The occasional accident is an unfortunate, yet often unavoidable, part of spending time behind the wheel of a car. While some might drive their entire lives without experiencing so much as a fender bender, most motorists have been involved in at least one accident at some point throughout the years.  As most are well aware, … Read more

4 Causes of Blue Smoke From Exhaust (and How to Fix)

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Maybe you’ve seen it: accelerating from a stoplight, a car ahead is spewing a bunch of blue-colored smoke from the tailpipe. It’s not extreme, like a smoke bomb, but it also isn’t normal like everyone else’s exhaust smoke. Or maybe you experience blue smoke coming from your engine bay upon startup every morning, no matter … Read more

Sunroof vs. Moonroof (What’s the Difference?) 

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Sunroof versus moonroof. How are they the same? How are they different? It’s not as straightforward as it may sound. Let’s first look at some background in this regard. Then we’ll consider the numerous sunroof (moonroof) types and how one of them might best fit your future automobile needs. Sunroof History The automobile was initially … Read more

P0101 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

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When faced with the abrupt onset of a check engine light, many motorists are left confused and in despair. It is only natural to assume that the awaiting trouble code forebodes costly repairs and vehicle downtime. However, this is simply not always the case. A vehicle illuminates a check engine light when its PCM has … Read more

P0011 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

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Few circumstances can be as aggravating, as those surrounding the sudden onset of a check engine light on your vehicle’s dash. For many, the very sight of a check engine light conjures up frustration and dismay, as one is left to contemplate the thought of expensive repairs and costly downtime. However, the onset of a … Read more

3 Symptoms of a Bad Starter Motor (and Replacement Cost)

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For automobiles, the electric starter is a boon to easily getting on the road. It was invented by Clyde J. Coleman and first patented in 1903. Coleman soon sold his patent rights to Delco which was subsequently absorbed by General Motors. When Delco joined GM, the brilliant engineer, Charles Kettering, came along for the ride. … Read more

Are Wheel Spacers Safe? (and Their Pros and Cons)

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At times, conflicting views are formed in relation to the worth of a particular aftermarket automotive modification. A prime example of this exact scenario relates to the debate which surrounds whether or not wheel spacers are safe for use. While one faction states that wheel spacers are not only safe, but extremely useful, others feel … Read more

KYB vs. Bilstein (Shocks Comparison)

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your shocks to take your vehicle off-roading or your OEM shocks are worn out, your shocks aren’t a component that you want to skip on. Not only does it control the comfort of your ride, but it also helps to keep other components in your vehicle working as they should. … Read more