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MechanicBase.com is your resource of automotive-related information. We write about all kinds of repair information and tips on how to repair your car the easiest and fastest way. Check our different categories down below, and I’m sure you will find what you are looking for.

Ac Compressor

AC Compressor Clutch Symptoms & Replacement Cost

For people who live in hot climates, the air conditioning in the car is definitely a blessing. While many people take car air conditioning for granted, its importance is clear when the air conditioning fails or the compressor is damaged.

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R12 To R134A Conversion

R12 to R134a Conversion, Information & Necessary Parts

So you want to get rid of your old R12 AC system and be able to fill it with R134A? Due to the regulations on R12 gas, this is a fairly frequent change. But is it possible to convert it

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Car Blower Motor Resistor

Heater Blower Motor Resistor Symptoms, Function & Location

When the heating or air conditioning in your car is turned on, the fan turns on and forces air out of the car’s vents. The motor that turns the blower is called the blower motor. It is located in the

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Obd2 Trouble Code

P0456 OBD2 Trouble Code: Evaporative Emissions System Small Leak Detected

The P0456 trouble code appears in your engine control unit when there is a small leak in your EVAP system. It could be many causes of why this happens, and in this guide, you will find out everything you have

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Obd2 Trouble Code

P0455 OBD2 Trouble Code: EVAP System Leak Detected (Large Leak)

P0455 is a trouble code that appears in your engine control unit when it detects a leak in the EVAP Emission system. There could be many different reasons for this. Here is everything you have to know about the P0455

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Obd2 Trouble Code

P0700 OBD2 Trouble Code: Transmission Control System TCS Malfunction

A P0700 Code is stored in the engine control module when it got a signal from the transmission control module, telling something is wrong with the transmission. In this article, we will discuss the common symptoms, causes, and how to

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Best Carburetor Cleaner

10 Best Carburetor Cleaners

Is your car running a little sluggish?  Are the black fumes from the exhaust worrying you? Perhaps it is time you check your carburetor.  The solution to all your problems lies in cleaning and maintaining the carburetor. If your vehicle

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Best High Mileage Motor Oil

6 Best Motor Oils for High Mileage Engines

Do you own a motor vehicle with high mileage? Are you tired of oil sludge and want to let your high mileage engine live for many more years? A high mileage engine oil the answer to the questions above. As

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Best Gps Tracker For Cars

10 Best GPS Trackers for Cars

Are you afraid of your car being stolen? Do you always want to stay updated about your car’s whereabouts? Vehicles are valuable, and you wouldn’t want a street burglar stealing yours. Getting the best GPS trackers for cars will help

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Airbag Light

How to Reset Airbag Codes/Light – With or Without a Scanner

Did your airbag light pop up on your dashboard, and you want to know how to reset it? The engine and airbag lights are some of the dashboard lights you need to pay extra attention to if they light up,

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Broken Seat Buckle

How to Fix a Broken Seat Belt Buckle?

The safety rating of a vehicle is not always the first thing you look at when you go out to buy one. In a perfect world, checking the safety rating of a vehicle would be your first consideration but we

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Drive With Airbag Light

Is It Safe to Drive With the Airbag Light on?

You are starting your car, and suddenly the airbag light appears on your instrument cluster. You are wondering if you can continue to drive your car, but what will happen if you get into an accident with the airbag light

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Resurface Brake Rotor

Resurface vs. Replace Brake Rotors/Discs – Information

Nothing lasts forever, and brake rotors are no exception. After all, brake rotors are subject to a lot of abuse every time you apply the brake. How long it takes to wear them out depends on several factors: how easily

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Worn Brake Pad

Brake Pads Symptoms, Function & Replacement Cost

The brake pads in a car are an essential part of a braking system. They play a major role in ensuring that your car comes to a halt at the right time. Brake pads are located between the brake calipers

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Sticking Brake Caliper

7 Common Sticking Brake Caliper Causes & Prevention

Sticking brakes is something that probably every car owner will experience at least once in their lifetime. Car brakes can seem like a simple thing, but actually, it is often a pretty complex system that requires a lot of maintenance.

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Coolant Leak Radiator

How to Fix a Coolant Leak

A coolant leak can be really hard to find. In many cases, the coolant can drip off a hot part of the engine and evaporate before you can see it. A coolant leak can cause the engine to run hot

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Head Gasket

Head Gasket Symptoms, Function & Replacement Cost

The head gasket is an important engine component that acts as a barrier between the engine block and the cylinder head. It is arranged so that it separates the combustion chamber from the coolant channel. This means that the head

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Red Blue Green Mix Coolants

Can You Mix Different Anti-Freeze with Each Other?

Antifreeze is contained in the engine coolant to prevent the engine from freezing. There are times when you have little antifreeze and the only brand available is different from the one you used before. Many drivers are unsure about mixing

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Steering Wheel Hard To Turn

6 Causes of a Steering Wheel That’s Hard to Turn

Ever since power steering systems started to become commonplace in the 1960s, drivers have become used to turn their steering wheel without giving it a thought. It’s become so common that most people have never driven a vehicle without power

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Car Shakes When Accelerating

8 Causes Why Your Car Shakes When Accelerating

Have you ever had the joy of experiencing your vehicle shake or vibrate as you accelerate away from a junction?  If you have, then you know that it’s certainly not a joy.  Immediately after you feel the shake for the

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Slip Light

Slip Light – What Does It Mean & Causes

The Slip light is a component of your car’s traction control system. It helps you regain control of the car when you are driving on slippery roads. Each of the car’s four wheels has sensors that relay information to the

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Vdc Light Off

VDC Light – Causes & Fixes

This light is switched on automatically as soon as the vehicle detects that you are driving in slippery weather conditions. The VDC plays the role of reducing engine power and at the same time braking the wheels that have lost

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Agm Vs Gel Batteries

AGM vs. GEL Batteries -Differences

When trying to decide which battery to choose, it is important to consider AGM batteries in comparison to GEL batteries. Both batteries have something to offer, but there are also big differences. The more you learn about these options, the

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Open Car Key Fob

How to Unlock & Start a Car With a Dead Key Fob

The automotive industry is getting its fair share of modernization. We have technology such as parking sensors, keyless entry, automatic windscreen wipers, and much more! This really is the age of technology. But no matter how advanced the technology is,

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Shock Absorber Replacement Cost

Shock Replacement Cost

The average replacement cost of a pair of Shocks is between 150$ to 600$ The average price for one shock is 40$ to 200$ The average labor cost for one shock is 50$ to 150$ It is recommended to always

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Strut Replacement Cost

Strut Replacement Cost

The average replacement cost of a Strut is between 200$ to 500$ The average price for one strut is 150$ to 300$ The average labor cost is 50$ to 200$ It is recommended to replace both struts on the axle

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Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost

Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost

The average replacement cost of a wheel bearing is between 150$ to 500$ The average price for parts is 50$ to 200$ The average labor cost is 100$ to 300$ You may need some special tools to replace wheel bearings

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Car Vibrates On Idle

7 Causes Why Your Car Vibrates When Stopped or Idling

When you start up your car, you expect everything to run smoothly. But what do you do when you start your vehicle, and it starts vibrating and shaking? Below we’ve highlighted some of the most common reasons for a rough

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Serpentine Belt Car

Serpentine Belt Symptoms, Location & Replacement Cost

There are some parts in your car that are necessary for many functions to work at all. The serpentine belt is one of them. But how do you know if the serpentine belt went bad? In this article, you will

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Angry Car Driver

5 Causes of a Car Engine That Cranks But Won’t Start

What can be more irritating than having a car that cranks but won’t start when you are in a hurry somewhere? Not a lot of things actually. Luckily even if it feels like a big problem, it can, in most

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Oil Pressure Inside

Oil Pump Symptoms, Location & Replacement Cost

Your vehicle’s oil pump is one of the least likely components to cross your mind daily. However, when it stops working as it should, it’s one of the most critical parts to replace as soon as possible. But how do

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Engine Oil Change

Oil Change: How to Change Engine Oil at Home in 10 Steps

Car repair shops often charge a lot of money for an engine oil change. Do you want to try to do the oil change yourself instead?  In this article, you will learn how to change the oil for your engine

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Car Low Oil Pressure

Low Oil Pressure Symptoms, Causes & How to check the oil pressure

Low oil pressure is terrible for any car engine, and if the oil pressure gets too low, it can damage your engine with permanent damage within seconds. But what could cause a low oil pressure and how do you fix

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Brake Lights But No Tail Lights

5 Causes of Tail Lights Don’t Work But Brake Lights Do

The longer you own your vehicle, the more likely it is that you’ll run into electrical problems. While those problems usually consist of burnt bulbs and blown fuses, occasionally, they can get a bit more complicated. Don’t worry; while you’re

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Heat Gun Window Tint

How to Remove Window Tint

Tinted windows on your car can be great for various reasons. They provide a much cooler cabin, privacy, and it usually makes your car look much better. Unfortunately, window tint has a lifespan, and sometimes you need to replace it.

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Car Exchange

How to Buy a Car Without a Title

There are a number of states that will allow you to buy a car without a title. The first thing you want to do is check to make sure it is completely legal. You don’t want to get in any

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Wheel Bearing Hub E1609861507773

Wheel Bearing Symptoms, Function & Location

Wheel Bearings are the components that are designed with high precision to ensure that they support the smooth running of mechanical movements. Apart from simply facilitating movement, bearings also help to carry heavy loads with great ease and efficiency. There

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Control Arm Bushings E1609785005701

Control Arm Bushing Symptoms, Location & Replacement Cost

There are some small parts that car owners never think about, but can really mess up the driveability of your car. One of them is the control arm bushing. The control arm bushing is fitted on the vehicle’s frame side

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Old Struts

6 Symptoms of a Bad Front or Rear Strut

A strut is the common name of a complete assembly of the shock, coil spring, top mount, and the top mount bearing. The strut has a big impact on the overall ride quality of your vehicle. When you drive your

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Tire Size Explained

How To Read a Tire Size

Buying new tires seems like an easy task until you call your workshop, and they ask you what kind of tires you want. This is when you realize that you need to give them some numbers. But what do all

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Nail In Tire

Is it Safe to Drive with a Nail in My Tire?

Getting a nail lodged in one of your car tires is something that is likely to happen at some point in your life. While it certainly isn’t a pleasant experience, it’s nothing you should panic over. There are, however, a

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Low Tire Pressure Light

How to Reset TPMS Warning Light at home

TPMS stands for “Tire Pressure Monitoring System” and it comes on your dashboard with a warning light whenever your car tires are irregularly inflated. The TPMS light could indicate that your TPMS is not properly recalibrated or that your tire

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Flywheel Bench

Flywheel Symptoms, Location & Replacement Cost

A flywheel looks like a simple part in your car, but it actually has many purposes, especially in more modern car models. If you suspect that your vehicle’s flywheel is wearing out, you need to replace it as soon as

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Car Wont Go In Reverse

8 Causes of a Car That Won’t Go in Reverse

Are you struggling to get your car going in reverse? It may sound like a costly repair to fix, but not always! There are actually a lot of different things that can cause the transmission to not go into reverse.

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Transmission Fluid Leak

6 Causes of Transmission Fluid Leaks & Repair Cost

Did you notice a fluid leak on your driveway, which seems to come from the automatic transmission, or are you just tired of refilling the transmission fluid? Then it is definitely time to repair your transmission fluid leak. Repairing transmission

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Car Wont Accelerate

8 Causes Why Your Car Won’t Accelerate

Problems with the acceleration in your car is never a good sign because it tells us that something is wrong with either the air-fuel mixture or the ignition. But where should I begin to locate the problem if my car

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Car Wont Start

Car Won’t Start – Troubleshooting in 8 Easy Steps

Trying to fix a car that won’t start can be one of the most difficult troubleshooting tasks when you don’t know where to start. I work as a diagnostic technician, and advanced troubleshooting is my daily job. I have developed

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Good And Bad Spark Plug

Spark Plugs Symptoms, Location & Replacement Cost

Have you noticed that your engine is not running as it should, and the engine light is sometimes showing up? It may be caused by a bad or failing spark plug. The spark plug is a very important component of

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Car Paint Job

How Much Does a Car Paint Job Cost?

A paint job is a necessity when your car starts to age and shows signs of wear. The reasons for a paint job vary, but the main cause is fading. When you use your car, harsh climatic conditions cause the

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Car Painting

Why did my Clear Coat turn out Matte instead of Glossy?

You want your car to look as sharp as possible, and not just for vanity’s sake. In fact, the preservation of the car will determine how slowly or quickly it reduces its value (just in case you decide to resell).

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Auto Body Shop

Tips for Choosing the Best Auto Body Shop

Car collisions are inevitable. You could be a cautious driver, only to have someone carelessly swerve at you and bump into your car. If your car is insured, the insurance company will pay for the repairs. However, you should not

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