Articles:

What are the Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Throttle Position Sensor?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Throttle Position Sensor?

The purpose of a throttle position sensor is to ensure that the correct mixture of air and fuel is delivered to your car's engine in order for your vehicle to perform at its optimal best. It is a crucial part of your automobile's fuel management system and is located on the butterfly spindle/shaft. When this sensor is not functioning as it should, you will experience clear symptoms that translate into the performance, or should we say, lack of performance of your car. This component needs to be replaced at the first signs of failure. Depending on what exactly is wrong, the outcome of a faulty throttle position sensor is that you would either be stuck on the side of the road, or your vehicle could start to accelerate uncontrollably. When the throttle position sensor of a car does not function as it should, then a car's throttle body will not function properly, either. If left unattended, the faulty throttle position sensor might cause your car to shake heavily. This in tur ... read more

What is the Correct Tire Pressure for My Car?

What is the Correct Tire Pressure for My Car?

One of the best things that you can do for your vehicle is to make sure that the tires are in good working order. This helps to keep you safe and can keep the costs of repairs down. The right tire pressure is critical to helping you take care of the tires. Not putting enough air into the tires can present a wide variety of problems. This can make them wear out faster, makes the handling of the car difficult, and can even damage the tires. Knowing the right tire pressure is so important for this. What Tire Pressure is Right The air pressure in tires is going to be measured a bit differently. This is done through the measurement of pounds per square inch, or PSI. The recommended range is 30 to 35 PSI. The best way to make sure that you take care of your tires is to look at the manufacturer's recommendations in the car. The same guidelines are true whether you use the original tires that come with the vehicle or you replace them. How to Maintain the Right Tire Pressure While chec ... read more

Your Vehicle's Fluids and Their Purposes

Your Vehicle's Fluids and Their Purposes

Your vehicle is a mechanical system of complex machinery that sustains optimal operation. The engine block, brake system, and overall electronic system are integrated and interconnected to ensure functionality. A significant portion of this system operates through liquids, without which your vehicle will malfunction. It is not enough to have these fluids in your vehicle system but also at the right levels. These levels also help to identify potential problems with your car. So, what exactly are these fluids and their purpose? Here is a breakdown of essential car fluids and their function. Motor oil Many automobile experts identify this as arguably the most vital fluid in your car. It keeps the engine's interior parts well lubricated, preventing damage from the heat and friction created by motion. Drivers are advised to check manually or follow the oil life indicator on the instrument panel. Brake fluid The brake system compresses this liquid ... read more

Is it Time for A Wheel Alignment? 3 Ways to Tell

Is it Time for A Wheel Alignment? 3 Ways to Tell

Your vehicle has a language of its own, and it can alert you when there's a problem. Unusual smells, weird noises, and shaking aren't great signs. Staying alert and vigilant can help you act on potential issues before they become costly repairs. Tire alignment can fly under the radar for most drivers. No one typically thinks of their alignment until the performance has been affected. If your wheels are poorly aligned, you'll notice a major hit to your vehicle's gas mileage and drivability. Wheel alignment is a major safety component, and misalignment can impact how well your car slows down and brakes. It may be time to schedule a wheel alignment service; below are three ways to tell.  Your vehicle pulls to one side.  A vehicle with properly aligned wheels will drive forward, in a straight line, without you needing to manipulate the steering wheel. If there's a problem with alignment, your car will drift to one side of the road. The side that your car dri ... read more

5 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Brake Pads

5 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Brake Pads

Brakes are the most vital safety component of your vehicle. When you press the pedal, you expect your brakes to respond quickly. However, over time the brake pads eventually wear out. If neglected, the brakes may fail to perform at the last minute, leaving you swerving to prevent an accident. Proper brake maintenance gives your brakes the extra attention they deserve. The brake pads can only efficiently work when they are in inadequate condition. There isn't a one size fits all service schedule for brake pads. Since some people drive different amounts, brake pads should be changed based on your driving practices. Below are five typical signs that your brake pads are past due for a change.  The Brake Pedal Feels Spongy A common sign the brake pad is worn is a spongy brake pedal. If you need to use more pressure to stop the vehicle, the brakes should be serviced. A spongy brake pedal isn't normal and should be considered a sign that motivates a vehicle inspection ... read more

What Causes a Stiff Steering Wheel

What Causes a Stiff Steering Wheel

Delaying necessary maintenance and service causes your vehicle to endure additional damage outside of normal wear and tear. Over time, the steering wheel can become stiff and show signs that maintenance is needed. A stiff steering wheel should never be ignored, and should always be addressed as soon as possible. Below are some common reasons why your steering wheel is more rigid than usual:  The Steering Rack Is Faulty If the steering wheel feels heavy, there may be a problem with the steering rack. If your vehicle has been exposed to high summer temperatures or excessive road debris, the steering rack can become damaged.   The Serpentine Belt Is Cracked If you feel a lot of tension in the steering wheel when you’re turning left or right, this can indicate a crack in the serpentine belt. Wear and tear are natural as the vehicle ages, and the serpentine belt gets worn out quickly. It may need to be replaced altogether.   ... read more

Forget Upgrades, Keep Your Old Vehicle

Forget Upgrades, Keep Your Old Vehicle

Traveling by plane is looking less desirable with the current state of the country. Many people may be considering upgrading their vehicle. The shiny new cars in the commercials are giving a bit of car envy. While purchasing a new car is exciting, there are many benefits to keeping your older vehicle. With consistent vehicle maintenance and repair, an old car can last well over 200,000 miles. There are a few benefits to walking off the lot and keeping your old vehicle:  You save extra money on car insurance.  New cars traditionally cost more to insure, especially if they are being financed.   No car payment.  Unless you purchase your car flat out, you may need to finance it. Financing your vehicle will cost a lot more in the long run, based on the interest rate. Depending on how old your vehicle is, you may not have a car payment anymore. It may be more cost-effective and worthwhile to take care of a car you already own. As a ... read more

The Benefits of Reverse Parking

If parallel parking isn’t your strongest skill, you may be jealous of your friend’s reverse parking skills. When leaving a parking spot, pulling forward is always more ideal than backing out. Depending on where you are, angled parking spots may be more prevalent and require you to reverse park. And with more cars being equipped with reverse cameras and sensors, drivers have become much more comfortable to reverse their vehicles. Below are some reasons why it’s smarter & safer to back into your parking spaces:   Due to more visibility, backing into a parking space is quicker. You’re able to save a lot of time when you don’t have to back out slowly into unknown traffic.    Better visibility makes the reverse park much safer. When reversing, you often have to reverse more than halfway out before you can see in both directions. Pulling forward from a parking space means you’ll need to come out no more than a third of the way. T ... read more

How to Fix Paint Scratches

You spend a hard-earned fortune on your beloved vehicle only for it to come out scratched after a routine car wash. Or worse, after a bad break up. Even if the scratch is in a place where most people will never see it, you know it’s there. So, it bothers you. Below are a few tips on how to handle superficial paint scratches without dents.   As long as your car is not over 20 years old or custom-painted, the paint on most vehicles is typically a clear-coated catalyzed enamel. There are many layers of paint, and the first step is to determine what kind of scratch your car has endured. There are three different types of scratches, and each type requires a different approach.   - A Clearcoat scratch – A clearcoat scratch is the most superficial type of scratch as it only ruins the first layer of paint. In a clearcoat scratch, the paint and primer aren’t affected.   - Paint scratch –  A paint scratch occurs when the scratch goes deeper past ... read more

Fuel Money Saving Tips for the Summer

Fuel Money Saving Tips for the Summer

Summer typically means much more driving due to summer break road trips and visiting family and friends. Although this time is fun and exciting, it can be costly depending on how often and how far you take your vehicle. When you want to actually go out and do things, it can be helpful to learn how to save money when buying gas to help fund other adventures.  When it comes to buying gas during the summer months, try to get your gas either at night or early morning when the weather is cooler. When the weather is hot, gas will expand and you’ll end up getting less use out of your tank. Getting gas during the cooler times will get you a more condensed, more fuel efficient tank.  Try to scope out gas stations before you head out on your trip. Avoid gas stations that are right off the highway - these tend to be more expensive because of necessity. Gas stations that are in your city away from traffic will be less expensive and you’ll be able to save money on gas.  ... read more