5 Causes of Brakes Locking Up While Driving

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Almost every motorist understands the true value of a properly functioning brake system. However, few are as keenly aware of this as those that have been left to contend with brake failure of any type, while in the midst of day-to-day travel.  We all too often take proper brake operation for granted. After all, it … Read more

How to Change Spark Plugs (Step-by-Step)

Spark plugs may be simple to replace or annoyingly difficult. It all depends on how many covers, hoses, wire harnesses and other miscellaneous parts you must either move or remove to gain access to the plugs. And if the engine is jammed into a tiny space, that can make getting to the plugs even more … Read more

16 Best Tire Brands (Ranked by Auto Enthusiasts)

best tire brands

Tires are the most important part of your car, period. If you don’t have tires, you can’t roll down the road or move over obstacles. Your tires determine how quickly you go, stop, turn, slow down, speed up, burnout, skid, drift, and slide. In a winter storm, are you going to be happy with your … Read more

Straight Cut Gears vs Helical Gears (Pros and Cons)

straight cut vs helical gears

Today, gears are a major part of our lives. Mostly hidden by appropriate enclosures, they do their work in all manner of servile devices from washing machines to laser printers to chainsaws. Many aspects of life would be far different and more difficult without gears. Two specific types of gears are in common use worldwide. … Read more

LSPI: Low Speed Pre-Ignition (and What to Do About It) 

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Around 2012 or so, the first of the small displacement and high performance turbocharged four cylinder engines began to emerge in scaled-down sports sedans and hatchbacks. The Ford Focus ST and the Mazdaspeed 3 come to mind. Manufacturers were then attempting to squeeze a bunch of brake horsepower (bhp) out of small displacement engines and … Read more

6 Causes of Spongy Brakes (or Soft Brake Pedal)

causes of spongy brakes

Every driver knows how it’s supposed to feel when they hit the brakes. So, when something doesn’t feel right, it’s essential to track down the problem’s cause and fix it right away. The good news is that while spongy brakes are a common concern, it’s usually a pretty straightforward fix, and if you know what … Read more

V6 vs V8 Engine (Which is Better?)

v6 vs v8

Whether shopping for a new vehicle (especially a truck), you’ll often be presented with more than one engine option. Right up there with the 4-cylinder vs 6-cylinder debate, is the V6 vs V8 argument. Should you go for the extra power of a V8 or for the better fuel economy of a V6? Unfortunately, it’s … Read more

19 Best Online Auto Parts Stores (Ranked by Car Enthusiasts)

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Gone are the old days of having to visit a parts store just for them to tell you they don’t have what you’re looking for. Now when you’re looking for the best place to buy car parts, the search has to start online. Whether you’re looking for something as simple as brake pads or something … Read more

Brake Lights Won’t Turn Off? (3 Common Causes)

The brake (or stop) lights are part of the rear light installation on your car, truck, or SUV. Brake lights began to appear on automobiles around 1905. Drivers then were using hand signals to indicate to cars behind that they were about to stop or turn. Hand signals remain in vogue today for bicyclists and … Read more

6 Do-it-Yourself Car Detailing Tips

DIY car detailing tips

Car detailing can be a great way to get your car looking like new again. The benefit of car detailing is that it cleans your car more thoroughly than a simple car wash would. It ensures that every little spot of your car is looking sparkling new. This process could involve polishing and waxing the … Read more