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

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

PCM vs ECM vs ECU vs TCM (What’s the Difference?)

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Before vehicle computers were invented, cars and trucks used a system of mechanical and pneumatic devices to manage systems such as valve timing and idle speed.  Now, modern vehicles have a complex system of sensors and actuators connected to computers which enable the vehicles to perform well and efficiently. These electronics are confusing enough without … Read more

6 Symptoms of Bad Spark Plugs (and Replacement Cost)

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Spark plugs are crucial components to an internal combustion engine. Without them, there would be nothing to ignite fuel within the combustion chamber. It’s no surprise that dirty or fouled spark plugs are a common cause for many engine issues. Here you’ll learn how a spark plug works as well as common symptoms of a … Read more

7 Symptoms of a Bad MAP Sensor (and Replacement Cost)

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A MAP sensor, or manifold absolute pressure sensor, is a type of engine sensor that measures the amount of air pressure present in a vehicle’s intake manifold. This pressure reading is used along with engine speed (measured in revolutions per minute, or RPM) to determine engine load, which allows the vehicle’s engine control unit (ECU) … Read more