5 Symptoms of a Bad Coolant Temp Sensor (and Replacement Cost)

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Today’s vehicles utilize an elaborate network of sensors, modules, and wires to assist an engine in achieving the highest degree of operational efficiency. The sensors contained within this network monitor a number of values related to critical engine operation, and relay data to their corresponding modules for interpretation.  However, as is often the case with … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Charcoal Canister (and Replacement Cost)

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You’ve probably never considered what happens when the charcoal canister in your car goes bad. That’s because it’s possibly one of the most reliable parts of your vehicle. The charcoal canister (aka: EVAP canister) is an essential part of the Evaporative Emission Control System (often shortened to “EVAP”). This system helps ensure that dangerous fumes … Read more

10 Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Pump (and Replacement Cost)

Gasoline and diesel automobile engines are dependent on a moderately complex fuel delivery system. This system brings fuel to the engine at the precise flow and pressure to enable proper operation. For most modern cars, one or more fuel pumps are the heart of this arrangement. When one of these pumps fails to perform properly, … Read more

4 Symptoms of a Bad Brake Booster (and Replacement Cost)

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If you’re not a mechanic, you might’ve never heard of a brake booster before. But the truth is that your car likely has one, and if it stops working, you’re going to notice. Whether you’re curious about how they work, signs to look for in a faulty brake booster, or you’re trying to figure out … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Hydraulic Lifter (and Replacement Cost)

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Your vehicle’s hydraulic valve lifters, or hydraulic tappets, are small cylinders right beside each of your engine’s valves. It ensures your vehicle runs efficiently and silently. Over time, the lifter mechanism will wear out (especially with dirty oil or not enough of it), leading to a lifter tick or tapping sound. If you ignore this … Read more

How to Clean a Catalytic Converter (2 Methods)

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If your vehicle has a working catalytic converter, it drastically decreases pollution and your carbon footprint. Catalytic converters turn carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, and other exhaust engine emissions into less harmful compounds, so they don’t hurt you or the environment. To keep your car eco-friendly and running in optimal condition, you should know when … Read more

8 Symptoms of a Dirty Air Filter (and Replacement Cost)

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Every car engine has a combustion chamber, and this chamber requires air to generate adequate power to run your car engine. However, the air flowing through the engine must be clean and uncontaminated. Here is where an air filter becomes critical as it keeps your engine free from contaminated air. Due to its central function, … Read more

What is Toe? (Toe-In vs. Toe-Out Effects)

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Vehicle technology continues to improve, allowing people to have and enjoy dynamic systems and in-vehicle handling, such as toe angle improvement. But you may ask: “What is toe?” What is Toe? Toe, or tracking, is when a car’s wheels point to the right or left side in an asymmetric angle. Toe-in, also known as positive … Read more

6 Symptoms of a Bad Alternator (and Replacement Cost)

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An alternator, sometimes known as a synchronous generator, is a vital component of the charging system of a vehicle. Along with the battery, it ensures that your vehicle starts and continues working as it should. Symptoms of a bad alternator make themselves apparent quickly. Keep reading to know what signs to look for, how long … Read more