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

4 Symptoms of a Rear Main Seal Leak (and Replacement Cost)

rear main seal leak symptoms

Try as we might, it is simply impossible to wish away all that can potentially ail our vehicles. If one drives enough miles, they will eventually face mechanical hardship of one sort or another. However, not all mechanical issues are the same, either in type or severity, which creates a “luck of the draw” type … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Pump Relay (and Replacement Cost)

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When you turn your key to start your vehicle, you expect everything to turn over. And when it doesn’t you probably jump to the most common culprits, the battery, the starter, or the alternator. But what do you do when all those parts check out? We’ll dive into some other potential causes like a faulty … Read more

Why is Your Car Stalling While Driving? (8 Common Causes)

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Few scenarios insight panic while driving, quite as quickly, as having your vehicle stall during transit. A mix of frustration and bewilderment sets in, as you contemplate whether or not to call a wrecker. A situation of this nature is not only aggravating but can also prove costly to remedy under certain circumstances. Stalling can … Read more

How to Remove a Stripped Oil Drain Plug (and Repair the Oil Pan Hole)

stripped oil drain plug

Regular oil changes are essential to extending the life of any engine. Luckily, changing a vehicle’s oil is typically a straightforward affair that generally takes no longer than 30-minutes to complete. With a little bit of know-how and a few basic hand tools, most motorists can change their own oil without even the slightest of … Read more

How to Remove a Stuck Oil Filter (3 Easy Methods)

how to remove a stuck oil filter

Typically, an oil change is a quick and easy process, but that quick job can quickly turn into a project when you can’t get the oil filter off. But what leads to the oil filter getting stuck in the first place? And more importantly, how do you get it off once it is stuck? We’ll … Read more

7 Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket (and Repair Cost)

blown head gasket symptoms

With time, aging internal combustion engines become prone to a number of possible failures. While some of these failures are quite minor in scope, others can lead to severe drivability issues, which often necessitate costly repair. This, of course, is never a desirable situation.  Of these more severe issues, few are as despised as a … Read more