Brake Pads vs Brake Shoes Replacement Cost

Today, cars are more customizable than ever. There are options for colors, interiors, features, screens, seats, almost everything. One thing that the modern consumer doesn’t always consider is the fact that even your brakes are customizable. There are two systems, brake pads, and brake shoes. But which one you want depends completely on how you … Read more

3 Common Causes of a Car That’s Hard to Start When Cold

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Have you ever noticed that your engine can be hard to start sometimes? This problem is known to happen more frequently when it’s cold outside. Starting Problems (Hot vs Cold Temperatures) Well, there are various reasons why engines have trouble starting in different temperatures. When an engine is hot and hard to start, the problem … Read more

Difference Between a Dead Battery vs Bad Alternator

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We have all been in situations with our cars when we try to start up the engine, but the car won’t start. This doesn’t mean the engine is faulty, but rather the battery or the alternator is having problems. But which one is it? People can easily misdiagnose their power problem by thinking they have … Read more

Symptoms of a Bad Radiator Cap (and How to Inspect)

Although the name suggests that the radiator cap is just a normal cap holding the coolant inside the radiator, that’s only half of its function. The radiator cap is actually a two-way valve, holding the coolant inside, like we said, but also maintaining system pressure. How Does a Radiator Cap Work? When you heat a … Read more

Symptoms of a Bad Idle Air Control Valve

The idle control valve, or idle air control valve as it is most commonly known, is an important engine management component found in most road vehicles. It’s charged with a rather crucial job. Namely, it controls and regulates the engine’s idle speed, increasing and decreasing it based on the operating conditions and demands. The location … Read more

Variable Valve Timing Engine Advantages

Most modern engines are equipped with variable valve timing. This technology improves performance and efficiency at the same time, but how does it really work? Well, before we get into that, let’s explain the terminology. You see, the technology is widely used by most manufacturers, but a lot of them have some variations on it, … Read more

4 Causes of Too Much Black Smoke From Exhaust in Diesel Engines

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Diesel engines have a bad reputation when it comes to emissions and cleanliness. The large diesel trucks spewing out large amounts of black smoke (rolling coal as they say) have always been frowned upon. It also doesn’t help that the recent scandals involving Volkswagen have vehicles with diesel engines on the receiving end of a … Read more

Things You Should Know About Manual Transmissions

Studies show that only 10% of drivers still use manual transmission vehicles. The biggest reasons why these drivers say they like manual transmission more than automatic transmission is because manual gives them better gas mileage and it is much cheaper to maintain. With that being said, there are still some unique problems that manual transmission … Read more