6 Symptoms of a Bad Transmission Valve Body (and Replacement Cost)

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A transmission valve body is a major component of an automatic transmission. It’s essentially a maze-like control center made up of valves, passageways, and solenoids that diverts transmission fluid to where it’s needed for gear changes. While not a common part to fail, when you do have some type of malfunction in the transmission valve … Read more

5 Symptoms of Engine Immobilizer Problems

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An engine immobilizer system is a common anti-theft feature in most cars produced in the past 20 years or so. When it works like it’s supposed to, it greatly reduces the chances of your car getting stolen. When problems arise with your car immobilizer, it can cause major headaches. Keep reading to understand how an … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor (and Replacement Cost)

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A fuel rail pressure sensor (commonly known as a fuel pressure sensor) is used in many diesel and some gasoline engines. This sensor is usually located near the middle of the fuel rail and is linked to the engine control unit (ECU), which is the central computer of a vehicle. It shouldn’t be confused with … Read more

9 Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Injector (and Cleaning/Replacement Cost)

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Most vehicles from the 1980’s and newer are equipped with advanced electronic fuel injection engines (replacing the carburetor). A major part of this system is the fuel injector. While you may never have a problem with your fuel injectors (especially if you regularly use a fuel injector cleaner), sometimes they get dirty, clogged, or completely … Read more

How Much to Tip a Car Wash or Auto Detailing Service

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A car wash, whether done professionally or on your own, is one of the most important things to do for your vehicle on a regular basis. Aside from just cleaning your car, it can prevent dirt and residue from building up on the exterior over a long period of time. After all, the longer you … Read more

5 Causes of a Steering Wheel That’s Hard to Turn

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Every vehicle has a steering system which gives the driver control over the direction in which they are driving. If you don’t have a functional steering system, then it will create all kinds of problems for you. More importantly, it will make your vehicle unsafe for yourself and the other people on the road around … Read more

6 Easy Steps to Hotwire a Car in an Emergency

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Hotwiring is basically when you start up the engine of a vehicle without a key. We’ve all see those movies where the a car thief (or the hero) goes underneath the steering column and twists two wires together to start up a vehicle. Is it really that simple in real life? Well, before there were … Read more

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

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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