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

testing relay with multimeter

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)

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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

4 Symptoms of a Valve Cover Gasket Leak (and Replacement Cost)

valve cover gasket leak symptoms

In a perfect world, an engine would remain clean and free of leaks, for an indefinite period of time. However, the notion of such is little more than wishful thinking. With age, and ample mileage, every engine becomes susceptible to pesky leaks which can lead to a number of aggravating issues. Leaks of this nature … Read more

What is a Hydrolocked Engine? (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

In a perfect world, every engine would run as intended for an indefinite period of time, free of significant issues. Unfortunately, mechanical devices of any type are prone to failure in time, with the internal combustion engine being no exception. Though unpleasant to think about, a vehicle’s engine can fail in several specific ways, leading … Read more

How to Check Spark Plugs (9 Conditions to Look For)

how to check spark plugs

Quite a variety of gasoline-fueled piston engines are offered in today’s automobiles. One thing all have in common is spark plugs. And spark plugs are a periodic maintenance item in your car. A properly functioning spark plug will take the electrical signal from the car battery to the ignition coil and create a spark to … Read more

Metal Shavings in Oil (Why It Happens and What To Do)

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On certain occasions, a particular sight will catch the eye of an observant vehicle owner. Those who are meticulous toward the care of their vehicle seem to know when something is awry and warrants a closer look. While that which is observed often turns out to be of little concern, there are times when one’s … Read more

6 Causes of Oil on Spark Plug Threads (and in Wells)

oil on spark plug

Maybe you’re completing some routine maintenance and you discovered the oil on your spark plug threads. Or perhaps you were troubleshooting why your vehicle had low oil and discovered that you had spark plugs covered in oil. Either way, now that you’ve found it, you’re sure to have a few questions. Are you supposed to … Read more