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Alternator Symptoms, Function & Replacement Cost

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A car without an alternator is like a house without electricity. Alternators in cars are not only used to charge the car battery, but also to power the entire electrical system of your car, including lights, stereo, ignition, engine cooling …

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Seized Engine Symptoms: Causes & Solutions

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Do you suspect that your engine is seized or want to know what to do if it’s seized? There could be a lot of different causes of a seized engine, and the repair costs can often be very high when it …

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Top 10 4-Cylinder Car Engines 2020

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Following the introduction of the Euro 6 carbon emissions directive in the UK and Europe, an unexpected race to downsize engines began among car manufacturers. They began to downsize the larger engines and include smaller engines in their model ranges. …

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Volkswagen EPC Light – Meaning, Causes & Fixes

In Engine by Magnus Sellén53 Comments

You are driving your car and suddenly the EPC light is displaying (often together with the engine light) on your dashboard. Will it damage my engine? Is it dangerous to drive with? How much will it cost to repair my …

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Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Pump Relay & Replacement Cost

In Engine by Magnus Sellén16 Comments

The fuel pump relay is an important component of the fuel system of your vehicle. The device basically puts pressure on the fuel system of your vehicle within a few seconds before the level of oil pressure takes over the …

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Car Temperature Gauge Stays on Cold – Causes & How to fix It

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Are you having problems with your coolant temperature gauge staying on cold? The coolant is always operating at a constant temperature when the engine is hot, to make sure that the engine is as efficient as possible. However, sometimes parts …

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Symptoms of a Bad Wheel Bearing & Replacement

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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 are …

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ELM327 Bluetooth Pin/Key Code – Information & Instructions

In Electric by Magnus Sellén2 Comments

Have you ever tried to switch on your car’s engine, only to find that mysterious ‘check engine’ light as the result? Your first instinct would be trying to connect the ECU (Engine Control Unit), only to have it fail – …

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Throttle Control Warning Light (ETC) – Symptoms & Info

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Almost all cars after 1990 were equipped with some kind of electronic computer that was supposed to control the functions of the car. This computer is called an ECU or PCM and is included with every car you buy. In …

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P0420 Code – Meaning, Symptoms, Causes & Fixes

In OBD2 Trouble Codes by Magnus Sellén22 Comments

Are you struggling to get rid of your P0420 code? Then this is the article for you. The P0420 code can be a bit tricky to diagnose correctly, as you think that you have fixed the fault and then 100 km …

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Throttle Position Sensor Symptoms (TPS) & Replacement Cost

In Engine by Magnus Sellén4 Comments

The Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) is an integral part of the vehicle’s fuel management system as it determines the correct amount of air-fuel mixture to ensure optimum performance. The throttle position sensor transmits throttle position data to the engine control …

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Tom Ogle Engine Information, MPG – Pros and Cons

In General by Magnus Sellén4 Comments

If you own a Hummer or those big SUVs with big wheels, then you know how gasoline can cause big dents in your wallet. Now imagine driving 100 miles on a gallon of gasoline. Sounds outrageous and incredible? But this …

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How to Clean a Throttle Body & Which Cleaner To Use?

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The throttle body is an extremely important part of the car, which plays a key role in the proper functioning of a vehicle. It controls the amount of air that is admitted to the ignition chamber. The path of the …

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What does the “Check VSC System” Light mean? – Toyota & Lexus

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The Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is a system in a lot of Toyota & Lexus cars that help the car from sliding during harsh climatic conditions. The moment the VSC system realizes that the car is losing traction, it will …

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The Best Floor Jacks for Trucks & SUVs 2020 – Reviews & FAQ

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Lifting up your car with a bad floor jack is really dangerous and can result in serious injuries or even death. A lot of accidents is caused because of bad floor jacks an no usage of jack stands. In this …

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Control Arm Bushing Symptoms, Function & Replacement Cost

In Suspension by Magnus Sellén1 Comment

Just as many people view the engine of a car as a single thing, they think the same for other important parts of a vehicle such as the transmission and suspension. An engine is usually made up of hundreds of …

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Should you Lease or Buy a Used Car?

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The first thing to consider is the age of the car and the mileage. Most used cars offered for lease are more than 4 years old and have a mileage of fewer than 48,000 miles. They should also be in …

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How to Keep Mice, Rats, and Other Rodents out of Your Car

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Rodents can devastate your car’s electrical systems if left to their own devices. As soon as rodents invade your car, they begin to nibble away at the insulation of the car’s electrical wiring. This leads to short circuits. When they …

P0442 EVAP Emission Leak Detected – Causes & Fixes

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The EVAP system is designed to capture gasoline vapors through a charcoal pellet canister. The vapors are then directed through a series of valves to the engine’s intake manifold. While driving, air is blown into the canister and the fuel …

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How to Clean a Catalytic Converter without Removing it

In Engine by Magnus Sellén26 Comments

Are you struggling with the P0420 code and want to clean your catalytic converter, but you realize that it’s a lot of work to remove the catalytic converter and you want to do it without removing it? Then this article …

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Tips for Choosing the Right Auto Body Shop

In Paint by Magnus Sellén1 Comment

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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Subaru Head Gasket Problems & Symptoms

In Engine by Magnus Sellén2 Comments

Have you ever heard of the problems with the Subaru head gaskets? If so, you may suspect that the gasket on your Subaru has gone bad. However, this is a significant problem in many Subaru vehicles and should be removed …

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The Best OBD2 Scanners 2020: Top 16 Review & Buyers Guide

In Reviews by Magnus Sellén2 Comments

Looking for an OBD2 scanner to read the trouble codes from your car at home?  Choosing a scanner can be pretty difficult due to all of the hundreds of different scanners out there. Fortunately, We have done the hard work …

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Fuel Gauge Sensor Symptoms

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The fuel gauge sensor is a sensor that is not seen very often. This is mainly due to the fact that it is not located near the engine under the hood, which is the area you inspect most often. This …

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The Best Torque Wrenches in 2020 – Review & Buyer’s Guide

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We all know how it feels when you are torquing a bolt and you hear it snap off or when you can feel it threaded over. Every time in these moments, you wish that you would have used a torque wrench …

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P1684 Code – Battery Power to PCM/TCM Module Disconnected

In OBD2 Trouble Codes by Magnus Sellén6 Comments

You probably freaked out the moment you noticed a P1684 error code. But it shouldn’t be too much to worry about. The P1684 error code means that the power supply to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) is faulty. One of …

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Does Auto-Start/Stop Wear Out Engine Components?

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Nowadays people will say just about anything to prove their point. Not only will they continue to confuse themselves, but they will also confuse your thoughts on a subject. They will argue about the quality of the fuel you should …

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Copper vs Iridium vs Platinum Spark Plugs – Differences & Information

In General by Magnus Sellén4 Comments

Spark plugs are essential components for generating the spark required to ignite the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber. This is done by means of an electric current that is conducted to the plugs. The heart of the spark plugs …

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Oil pan gasket Symptoms, Function & Replacement

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The service life of a vehicle engine depends on the engine oil. With so many iron parts moving in the combustion system, it is the oil that provides the lubrication of the gaps in between, and the smooth meshing of …

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6 Signs Your Car Battery is Dead or Worn Out

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A dead battery can cause you to be stranded in dangerous places if it is not replaced immediately. The battery is not a permanent component of your car and must be replaced after prolonged use. The alternator and battery work …

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How to Sell your Car Safely Without Issues

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Selling your car safely can be a challenge if you do not know the buyer. Problems can arise when the time comes for payment and you might be conned. You don’t need to be an experienced seller to sell your …

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Symptoms of a Bad Crankshaft Harmonic Balancer & Replacement Cost

In Engine by Magnus Sellén5 Comments

The crankshaft harmonic balancer is linked to the engine’s crankshaft. The crankshaft shakes violently when it receives energy from the bulging pistons. The harmonic balancer acts as a mediator between the pistons and the crankshaft by making sure the transfer …

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Ceramic vs Organic Brake Pads – Which one to choose?

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Car owners are often confronted with the question of whether to choose between ceramic or organic brake pads when changing brakes. If you are looking for the ideal brake pads, you need to consider the heat resistance due to the …

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P0300 Trouble Code – Cylinder Misfire

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What Does the P0300 Code Mean? The P0300 trouble code indicates that one or more engine cylinders have misfired. If the last digit of the trouble code is not zero, e.g. if the generated code is P0302, the number 2 …

Idler Pulley Noise – Common Reasons & Information

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When you open your hood, you may find that you have belts attached to the alternator, water pump, AC compressor, and power steering. One or more pulleys are fitted to hold these belts in position. The pulley guides these belts …

Four Pin Trailer Wiring Install – Wiring Diagram & Info

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Many people often have difficulties with the wiring of their trailer, and even after several attempts they still don’t seem to get it right. The regulations for driving trailers stipulate that when driving the trailer the lighting must harmonize with …

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Low Transmission Fluid Symptoms, Causes & Solutions

In Transmission by Magnus Sellén8 Comments

Too little transmission fluid can cause many problems and even damage your transmission. Your transmission uses the transmission fluid for various purposes. Mainly it is used as hydraulic fluid and it transfers power with your torque converter between the gears …

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Fuel Pump Symptoms, Function & Replacement Cost

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The fuel pump is an important component in your vehicle, and it is usually essential for the functioning of an internal combustion engine system. In all modern vehicles, a fuel pump is a necessary component, whereas in older vehicles the …

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How to Reset the Oil Life Percentage in Your Honda

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If you are like many other people, chances are you leave the details of vehicle maintenance to the professionals and then take your car when you have problems. But you don’t have to: if you are familiar with the mechanics …

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Seafoam – What Is It & How to Use It?

In Reviews by Magnus Sellén8 Comments

If you are at least a little bit into cars and car engines, you have probably heard about Seafoam before. But is it really as good as people are saying, and can it damage the engine in some way? Is …

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Short Block Vs Long Block Car Engine – Differences

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The engine is the heart of the car. It consists of various components, each of which contributes to improving the performance of the car. The engine block contains the pistons, crankshaft, and oil pan, while the cylinder head contains the …

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How to Remove Freeze Plugs/Core Plugs at Home

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A closer look at a combustion engine reveals core drillings. The cores act as coolant channels. What is used to fill these sand casting cores are core or freeze plugs. The freeze plugs are often made of metal (sometimes plastic) …

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Starter Symptoms, Function & Replacement Cost

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Every day, when you set off for work, you expect your car to start in no time. Because who wants to have car trouble early in the day? Your car’s battery, the starter relay and especially the starter motor are …

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Car Starts Then Stops – Causes & Information

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It can be frustrating to drive your car for miles on the highway just to have the car lose power and come to a standstill. An understanding of how the engine works will reveal possible solutions. Your car needs fuel, …

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Which Vehicle History Report is the right for me?

In General by Magnus Sellén1 Comment

The vehicle history helps you to know the type of repairs that were previously carried out on the vehicle. With the report, you can determine whether you are getting value for your car. However, the report is only as good …

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AC Compressor Clutch Symptoms & Replacement Cost

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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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The Best Car Scratch Removers – 2020 Review & Guide

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Your car is an extension of your personality. If you have worked hard to purchase your dream car, you do not want unnecessary scratches messing with your bodywork. It is inevitable that your car will get scratches here and there. …

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How to Bleed Your Car’s Cooling System

In Coolant by Magnus Sellén4 Comments

Getting all the air out from your cooling system after a water pump or thermostat replacement can be really difficult. Your engine could easily overheat and you may damage your engine if you have not got the air out from …

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R12 to R134a Conversion, Information & Necessary Parts

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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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P0343 Code: Camshaft Position Sensor A – Circuit High Input

In OBD2 Trouble Codes by Magnus Sellén9 Comments

What does the P0343 code mean? The P0343 is triggered when the engine control unit receives a faulty signal or a high circuit input from the camshaft position sensor. Common causes are a bad camshaft position sensor or bad wiring. The …

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Car Sensors used in a Car Engine

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Almost all modern car engines use a variety of different vehicle sensors to collect the right information and calculate a perfect air-fuel mixture for the best fuel consumption in all situations. The disadvantage of using many different vehicle sensors is …

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What does the SRS light mean?

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You are driving your car on the way to work and suddenly a light called “SRS” appears on your instrument cluster. What does it mean and is it dangerous to drive with it? Will my car stop or be damaged …

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5 Reasons Why Your Radiator Fan Is Not Coming On

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The engine of a vehicle has a combustion chamber where continuous explosions take place and as such the engine heats up very quickly. To stop the engine from overheating, we take the help of coolants that flow through a radiator …

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What is Overdrive & When should you use it?

In Transmission by Magnus Sellén2 Comments

Overdrive is one of those vehicle-related terms that sound cool. In reality, too it is a cool feature but it is in no way exciting. You might imagine that the overdrive button would give your car superpowers to make it …

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Sidewall Tire Damage – When Do I Have to Replace the Tire?

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Having a puncture can be frustrating for the motorist. However, getting one does not mean that you need to purchase a new tire. Most punctures can be fixed by placing a rubber seal on the inside of the tire. The …

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Power Steering Pump Symptoms, Function & Replacement Cost

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A steering wheel helps us to maneuver a car to the left or right. Imagine how much force you would have to apply to move a bulky vehicle, and then imagine that you would have to apply all that force …

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The Best Car Ramps in 2020 – Review & Buyer’s Guide

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If you are one of those people who usually work by themselves on cars and their trucks, you know you often need to crawl under the car to get things done like changing the oil, checking the suspension or maybe …

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What is the Purpose of a Driveshaft? Symptoms & Fixes

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When you buy a car, you soon realize that driving is about more than just turning on the ignition, engaging the gear and having your foot on the gas pedal. You need to learn what’s under the car so that …

How Much Does a Car Weigh? – List of Weights by Car Model

In General by Magnus Sellén3 Comments

Are you going to tow your car, but you have no idea of how much it weighs? Or is this a question you have wonderered about? Well, it’s actually pretty a good question because we are really don’t talk very …

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Alternator Not charging – Causes and Fixes

In Engine by Magnus Sellén11 Comments

Many people assume that the car’s battery is the only thing that powers all electrical components in the car. But, this is not true. The alternator plays a vital role in supplying power to the car’s AC, recharging the battery …

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Catalytic Converter Symptoms, Causes & Replacement Cost

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Do you have problems with your car and suspect that the catalytic converter is defective? Catalytic converters are known to fail on many cars and they are often very expensive, especially if you are looking for a brand new one. …

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How much does a Car Engine Weigh & How to reduce it?

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The engine consists of different components, and the weight of the engine depends largely on the type of car. For a small car, you would expect an engine weight of 150kg/330 pounds, while a large V8 diesel can weigh over …

Symptoms of Bad Front or Rear Struts & The Replacement Cost

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A suspension strut in a vehicle is an integral part of its suspension system. It can have an impact on the overall ride quality of your vehicle. When you drive your car on the road, you will inevitably encounter bumps, …

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Car Makes Noise When Turning: Causes and Explanation

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Heard a grinding, groaning, whining, or creaking sound out of your vehicle while taking a turn? Time to consider the problem! Under normal circumstances, a well fit vehicle doesn’t make any sort of noise while turning. It runs smoothly. However, …

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Master Brake Cylinder Symptoms, Function & Replacement Cost

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The vehicles we drive today have a braking system that consists of many sensitive components. One of these components is the master brake cylinder, which together with the calipers, brake discs and brake pads helps to stop your car. The …

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Engine Misfire Symptoms, Causes & Troubleshooting

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Are you worried that your car is misfiring on load or on idle? Misfires are one of the most common problems when it comes to modern gas engines. The spark has a critical job inside the car engine. There are …

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Symptoms of a Bad or Failed Valve Cover – With Replacement Cost

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An engine must be tightly sealed so that it can work efficiently. When it comes to sealing parts of an engine, there is nothing that seals better than a gasket. The gasket takes the most damage and abuse every time …

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Tie Rod End Symptoms, Function & Solutions

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The tie rod end is the suspension part of a car. It is a small joint that connects the wheel to the rack and supports the car when turning the steering wheel. You have one from each side of the …

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Car Dashboard Warning Lights & Symbols – Meanings

In General by Magnus Sellén12 Comments

There are hundreds of different warning light symbols and signs in modern cars. Because of the advanced control systems, there are a lot of control units in a car. The control units need a way to inform the driver that …

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The Best Car Amplifiers in 2020 – Review & Buyers Guide

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You might have a nice car that takes you from one point to another. But is your car really complete without a good sound system? In order to get great sound in your car, you need two things: a good …

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Best Car Blogs & Websites to Read in 2020

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If you are really passionate about the world of automobiles and want to get all the latest information and gossip at the touch of a button, it is important that you follow the top automotive blogs on the Internet. A …

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Symptoms of a Bad Throwout Bearing & Replacement Cost

In Transmission by Magnus Sellén3 Comments

Out of thousands of parts that are working inside your car, there are some things which are critical for your car to actually move. The engine of your car produces all that power that is needed to make the car …

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AWD Vs. 4WD – The difference and which one to choose

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It can be confusing to choose between an AWD and a 4WD. The two terms appear similar. There was a time when most vehicles had front-wheel drive, but modern SUVs opened up the market for 4WD. Cars have become more …

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Will My Check Engine Light Reset Itself After the Problem Is Repaired?

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The dashboard has a set of lights that inform the driver when there is an electrical problem. You will have indicators, headlights, a fuel gauge, and the engine light. There are those scary moments when the engine light remains on, …

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Overfilling Engine Oil: Will it damage my engine?

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Your engine oil low light appears on your dashboard when you are in a hurry.  You are purchasing 2 liters of engine oil and topping up your engine with it. You check your dipstick and realize that you have overfilled …

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P0705 Code: Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)

In OBD2 Trouble Codes by Magnus Sellén6 Comments

What does the P0705 code mean? The P0705 indicates that there is a problem with the transmission range sensor, also known as a transmission gear shifter, which probably makes more sense to you. If the transmission control unit receives a …

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Chevy 350 Small Block Firing Order & Information

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The internal combustion of the engine creates fire through the spark plugs. This ignites the air-fuel mixture and moves the crankshaft. To maximize engine performance, car designers create a sequence that drives each cylinder. The ignition of each engine cylinder …

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DOHC Vs. SOHC – What’s The Difference Between Them?

In Engine by Magnus Sellén2 Comments

If you are in the market for an engine, then these two terms can be confusing. Both terms are used in regards to the camshaft. There are some significant differences between these two types of setups. Before you decide on …

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How to Lease a Car in a Safe Way without Issues

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When you buy a car, it is advisable to check all the available options. You can get a car by either paying cash, borrowing, or leasing it. Cars change every year, and as technological advances are made every day, you …