Diesel Particulate Filter Warning Light Is On (What Does It Mean?)

DPF warning light is on

Today’s diesel engines are far more complex than those of yesteryear. Though the principle of compression-ignited combustion remains unchanged, most modern diesel engines come equipped with an array of secondary components, intended to reduce noxious emissions output. While the notion behind the use of these components is novel, at times, such efforts prove problematic. Aftertreatment … Read more

What is an Oil Catch Can? (And Do I Need One?)

oil catch can

Car enthusiasts have a number of qualities in common. They tend to be DIY people. They appreciate well-maintained automobiles. They generally favor high performance engines and/or spirited handling. And they often add aftermarket options to their cars. The oil catch can is just one aftermarket product that a number of enthusiasts have considered for their … Read more

AWD vs 4WD (Is There a Difference?)

AWD vs 4WD

Go shopping for a vehicle, especially an SUV, and you may find all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) recorded as the available choices. In both cases, power goes to all four wheels when these systems are running. While these two approaches work well in slippery conditions, handling is not always improved, and there is … Read more

What Does Engine Derate Mean? (and What Causes It?)

what is engine derate?

For decades, the diesel engine has tirelessly served the heavy-duty transport industry. Diesel engines, or compression engines as they are also known, can be found powering everything from ¾-ton pickups to locomotives and barges. Known primarily for its reliability, the diesel engine has moved more raw tonnage of shipped goods throughout the last 100 years … Read more

What is VTEC and How Does It Work?

how VTEC works

How can you have the extra power of a turbo, but not have a turbo? The answer—VTEC, baby. What is VTEC? “Don’t mess with VTEC bro.” We’ve all heard it one time or another at a car meet. The idea is that VTEC is this mysterious beast that shall not be trifled with and will … Read more

How to Cover a Broken Car Window (4 Methods)

how to cover a broken car window

How did your car get broken into? You left it in covered parking at your apartment complex, you wake up (coffee in hand) and reach for the handle only to realize your entire passenger seat is covered in broken glass. Someone has just tried to steal from you, so hopefully, you don’t keep anything of … Read more

How Long Does Clear Coat Take to Dry (and Cure)?

Unbeknownst to many motorists, a vehicle’s paint job is multifaceted, showcasing a number of individual coats and treatments. When combined, these coats culminate to enhance a vehicle’s appearance, with a rich, vibrant look. Like pieces of a puzzle, the absence of any particular coat of paint leaves something to be desired. Of these individual paint … Read more

Water Leaking Into Your Car When It Rains? (4 Causes)

water leaks in car when it rains

We usually envision our vehicles as a safe haven from the rain, where we can seek cover during a rain shower, or drive from place to place without fear of becoming soaked. When equipped with functional wipers, and a quality set of tires, one can generally expect to travel about in their vehicle, relatively unaffected … Read more