5 Symptoms of a Bad Air-Fuel Ratio Sensor

bad air fuel ratio sensor symptoms

If you’re like most people, you probably know very little about your car’s air fuel ratio sensor. But what if I told you that this little piece of equipment is responsible for ensuring that your engine runs smoothly and efficiently? Let’s go over what an air-fuel ratio sensor is, where it’s located, what it does, … Read more

7 Symptoms of Too Much Transmission Fluid (and How to Fix)

too much transmission fluid

If some fluid is good, more must be better right? That couldn’t be farther than the truth when it comes to transmission fluid. You don’t want too much, and you certainly don’t want too little. For optimal performance, it needs to be just right.  But how do you know if there’s too much transmission fluid … Read more

How to Find a Vacuum Leak (and Fix It Yourself)

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On occasion, even the heartiest of vehicles are plagued by mechanical issues of one type or another. Of these possible issues, few are as common as vacuum leaks of one assorted variety or another. Vacuum leaks are not only aggravating but can cause a number of secondary issues as well, many of which can prove … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Vacuum Leak (and Repair Cost)

loose vacuum hoses

The typical vehicle can be plagued by a number of mechanical issues throughout its lifespan, some of which tend to be more severe in nature than others. Understanding how to diagnose and repair such issues can serve as the difference between a minor hiccup, and substantial frustration. One common, yet often misunderstood, of all mechanical … Read more

Why is There Oil in My Intake Manifold (or Throttle Body)?

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This article will discuss engines installed in automobiles sold in the United States since 1961. Engines built since that year will include a positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system, developed to help reduce engine emissions under regulations placed in effect at that time by the Federal Government. Positive crankcase ventilation eliminated crankcase venting systems that simply … Read more

Fuel Gauge Reading Incorrectly? (Here’s What It Means)

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When you get behind the wheel you expect all the gauges and lights in front of you to work. So it can be more than a little disconcerting when one of those helpful gauges stops working as it should. What do you do when your fuel gauge starts reading incorrectly, and what does it mean? … Read more

6 Symptoms of an Oil Pan Gasket Leak (and Replacement Cost)

oil pan gasket leak

Given enough time and mileage, every engine will eventually begin to leak oil. This stems from the fact that no gasket is impervious to fatigue, at the hands of repeated and prolonged exposure to heat. Unfortunately, a leak here or there is to be expected from any engine. Oil leaks can originate in many different … Read more

7 Reasons Your Car Starts Then Immediately Dies

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Every day, we count on our vehicles to start and operate as intended, without even the slightest issue. In many ways, we often take our vehicle’s reliability for granted. After all, most motorists give their vehicle additional thought, until something goes awry. When the occasional mechanical issue does inevitably arise, one is often left scratching … Read more

10 Common Causes of a Rough Idle (and 9 Less Common Causes)

rough engine idle

When resting at a stoplight, you might notice your car making slight pops and burbles through the floorboard. If you look at your tachometer, you may see the needle move up and down periodically even if you’re just idling in your driveway. Sure, it normally runs weird when it’s cold out, but it’s a 20 … Read more

6 Bad Throttle Body Symptoms (and Replacement Cost)

bad throttle body symptoms

When you hit the throttle you expect your car to move. And while you might not realize exactly what’s going on, the throttle body is what starts that entire process. But over time your throttle body can wear out or just get plain dirty. So, how do you know it’s time to clean or replace … Read more