Brake Shoes vs Brake Pads (and Replacement Cost)

brake pads vs brake shoes

Today, cars are more customizable than ever. There are options for exterior color(s), interiors, features, technology, seats, and almost everything in between. While disc brakes with pads are pretty much standard on any new car these days, it wasn’t always like that. Those looking to buy a specific type of used car need to understand … Read more

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

car is hard to start when cold

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

Bad Alternator vs Bad Battery (Which is to Blame?)

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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

Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Engine Advantages

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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 to 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

Ceramic vs Organic Brake Pads (How Do They Compare?)

ceramic vs organic brake pads

The brake pads of an automobile are what grip the disc brake rotor in order to allow the driver to slow down and stop the vehicle. While semi-metallic brake pads are the most popular brake pad type, they aren’t necessarily the best brake pads. Two common, and arguably better, brake pad types are organic brake … Read more

Common Brake Problems in Cold Weather

brakes in cold weather

If you live in climates where cold weather is common, then it could cause problems for your brakes. Now mechanically speaking, cold temperatures don’t actually ruin your vehicle’s brakes. But what they can do is cause your brake rotors and pads to wear out faster. The reason for this has to do with the slippery … Read more

Cracked Cylinder Head Repair Cost

cracked cylinder head repair cost

Cylinder heads are located on top of the cylinders that are inside an internal combustion engine. The pistons close the heads on top of the cylinders, creating a combustion chamber that compresses the contents of the cylinder. Cylinder heads obviously provide an important role in the combustion process, but what many people don’t realize is … Read more