What Size Jumper Cables Should I Carry?

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It can be annoying to try to start the car in the morning only to find that the battery is dead. On closer inspection you will find that you have left the headlights on or the alternator is defective. Jumper …

3 Symptoms of a Bad Neutral Safety Switch Symptoms, Location, & Replacement Cost

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While there are tons of electrical components in modern vehicles, most of these components serve a critical function. That’s definitely the case with the neutral safety switch. But while it keeps you and your vehicle safe when everything is working …

How to Recondition a Car Battery at Home

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Every modern vehicle is equipped with an automotive battery. It doesn’t matter if you drive an electric vehicle, a hybrid, or have an internal combustion engine, there’s a battery involved. This valuable part is often taken for granted until it …

How to Hotwire a Car in an Emergency Situation

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If you have watched movies about car theft, you have seen thieves break into a car and start it without a key through a set of wires. While we do not advocate car theft, the ability to hot-wire your car …

What Do I Do if I Lost My Car Keys & Have No Spare?

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It’s not an uncommon practice to lose car keys. However, most of the time, you think the keys are gone, you find them in an unusual place. If you aren’t able to find them, you might panic at first, especially …

How to Efficiently Charge a Car Battery (5 Steps DIY)

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Your car battery stands between you and the places you want to go. When it is running right, there’s nothing holding you back. When it dies, it becomes very difficult to get the car started. That’s why it’s important to …

6 Symptoms of a Bad Alternator, Location & Replacement Cost

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Modern cars have a lot of electric components. To power all these components up without issues, we need a powerful power source – the alternator. Alternators in cars are not only used to charge the car battery but also to …

ELM327 Bluetooth Pin/Key Code – Information & Instructions

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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 – …

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 …

What to do when Car Battery is Dead & What Causes it?

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A dead battery can cause you to be stranded in dangerous places if it is not replaced or fixed immediately. But what should you do when the car battery dies and what has caused my car battery to be dead …

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 …

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 …

7 Causes Why Your Radiator Fan Is Not Coming On

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You probably already know the purpose of the radiator and the cooling system in your car. When you are driving fast, the wind is passing through the radiator to cool the coolant down without issues, but when you are driving …

How to Test a Relay at Home – Voltage & Function Test

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The ignition relay controls the power coming from the battery for the fuel and the ignition system. The moment you turn on the ignition the relay will come alive. The ignition relay is located under the hood between the fuse …

Engine Control Unit (ECU) Symptoms, Function & Location

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Your vehicle can have a number of different problems if the engine control unit is defective. If the function of the engine control unit is not accurate, i.e. recording and interpreting the sensor readings of various sensors and using the …

4 Symptoms of a Bad Starter Relay, Location & Replacement Cost

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It would be impossible to start a vehicle normally without the use of the starter relay. Yet, this important component is often overlooked until it no longer works. If you are having trouble starting your car, it could be due …

Battery Terminal Corrosion – Causes, Fixes & Prevention

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You have probably encountered a whiteish and blue substance on your battery terminal when you are opening your hood. The car’s battery is vital for the smooth operation of your car. It controls electric consumers like ignition, headlights, listening to …

How Long Does it Take to Charge a DEAD Car Battery?

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You are in a hurry on the way to work, and you jump into your car and quickly turn the key – Nothing happens. The car battery is drained. You have a car battery charger in your garage, but how …

7 Causes Why Your Car Alarm Keeps Going Off

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The car alarm buzzing for no reason is a common issue reported by many people. The problem gets even more frustrating at night when people are sleeping, and suddenly your car alarm goes off with no apparent reason. Why does …

5 Symptoms of a Bad Ignition Relay, Location & Replacement Cost

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The ignition relay’s job is to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply to many of your car’s components. The ignition relay is usually found in the fuse box situated underneath the hood or somewhere under the car’s dashboard. It transfers electricity from …