Brake Lights Won’t Turn Off? (3 Common Causes)

The brake (or stop) lights are part of the rear light installation on your car, truck, or SUV. Brake lights began to appear on automobiles around 1905. Drivers then were using hand signals to indicate to cars behind that they were about to stop or turn. Hand signals remain in vogue today for bicyclists and … Read more

Electronic Throttle Control Light On? (Here’s What it Means)

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During the development of the automobile, several different methods to control engine speed were utilized. Hand throttles were initially popular, but this method faded over time. Eventually the engine speed and car speed control became the work of the driver’s right foot. Thus the accelerator pedal (or gas pedal) emerged. It was connected to the … 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

How to Reset a Check Engine Light Yourself (3 Methods)

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Vehicle exhaust emissions have been a contributor to air pollution since the automobile first appeared on the dirt roads of the early 1900s. But it was not until the mid 60’s that efforts were initiated to reduce those emissions. By the mid-90’s, refined improvements to automotive engines and related systems had made major strides in … Read more

How to Clean Car Battery Corrosion (Easy 6-Step Process)

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Have you ever raised your vehicle’s hood, and noticed a chalky white, green, or blue substance deposited around the exterior of your battery? If so, what you observed was a case of battery corrosion.  This corrosion is typically found on battery posts, as well as corresponding battery cable terminals. Unfortunately, battery terminal corrosion is extremely … Read more

Causes of a Car That Shuts Off While Driving (and What To Do)

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Decades ago, my dad taught me a great deal about automobile problem diagnosis and repair. One thing he repeated time and time again: “For an engine to run it must have three things. Fuel, spark and compression. And these three must each happen at the right time”. These three factors apply to conventional gasoline-fueled not … Read more

Car Window Won’t Go Up? (Causes and How to Fix)

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Few situations are quite as aggravating as being forced to contend with a car window that won’t roll up. What would have otherwise been a normal day, is often spoiled, when being forced to worry over the slightest chance of rain, or dread a brutally cold trip home. If you’re currently experiencing a similar issue, … Read more

How Long Does It Take to Charge a Car Battery?

Nothing’s worse than getting into your car on cold morning and having a dead battery. It’s especially frustrating if you’ve jumpstarted it multiple times, and the mechanic keeps saying that there’s nothing wrong with it. You might be tempted just to toss the battery and start all over with a new one. Don’t. One of … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Car Battery (and Replacement Cost)

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As you turn the key to start up your vehicle’s engine, the battery of the vehicle produces an electrical current which goes into the ignition system and starter motor. If another current is needed which the alternator cannot provide, then the battery will provide this extra current. After all, the battery is the vehicle’s reservoir … 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