“Service AdvanceTrac” Warning Light (What it is and How to Reset)

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If you are the owner of a Ford vehicle, you might have come to notice a curious, yet somewhat concerning message displayed upon your car, truck, or SUV’s dash. Ford owners the world over have been greeted by a “Service AdvanceTrac” message at one point or another during daily commutes.  AdvanceTrac problems are commonly described … Read more

Bleach in a Gas Tank? (Short and Long Term Effects)

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While it’s unlikely that you’ve intentionally poured bleach into your own gas tank, it’s not unheard of for people to try and get back at someone they don’t like by mixing things into their gas tank. But what do you do if you suspect you’re a victim of someone that has bleached your gas tank? … Read more

How to Change Your Brake Pads (Step-by-Step)

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Loosely interpreted, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics tells us that everything is inexorably wearing out. And that is true for the brake pads on your car. Though possibly in good condition today, in a few weeks or months they will demand replacing. And if you are a moderately skilled DIY guy or gal, you can … Read more

How to Fix a Seat Belt That Won’t Retract (or Pull Out)   

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The occasional accident is an unfortunate, yet often unavoidable, part of spending time behind the wheel of a car. While some might drive their entire lives without experiencing so much as a fender bender, most motorists have been involved in at least one accident at some point throughout the years.  As most are well aware, … Read more

4 Causes of Blue Smoke From Exhaust (and How to Fix)

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Maybe you’ve seen it: accelerating from a stoplight, a car ahead is spewing a bunch of blue-colored smoke from the tailpipe. It’s not extreme, like a smoke bomb, but it also isn’t normal like everyone else’s exhaust smoke. Or maybe you experience blue smoke coming from your engine bay upon startup every morning, no matter … Read more

Sunroof vs. Moonroof (What’s the Difference?) 

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Sunroof versus moonroof. How are they the same? How are they different? It’s not as straightforward as it may sound. Let’s first look at some background in this regard. Then we’ll consider the numerous sunroof (moonroof) types and how one of them might best fit your future automobile needs. Sunroof History The automobile was initially … Read more

3 Symptoms of a Bad Starter Motor (and Replacement Cost)

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For automobiles, the electric starter is a boon to easily getting on the road. It was invented by Clyde J. Coleman and first patented in 1903. Coleman soon sold his patent rights to Delco which was subsequently absorbed by General Motors. When Delco joined GM, the brilliant engineer, Charles Kettering, came along for the ride. … Read more