7 Symptoms of a Bad Serpentine Belt and Replacement Cost

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Cars have several peripheral devices (also called accessories) which allow their internal combustion engines to function properly. Some of the main accessories include a power steering pump, alternator, air conditioning compressor, and water pump. However, these devices cannot function properly without the help of a serpentine belt. This one long continuous belt is the force that drives … Read more

10 Causes of a Car That Starts Then Dies Immediately

When you attempt to start your car, you normally assume it is going to start without any problems. You’ll hear the engine turning and everything will seem fine. However, there may come a point in time when your car will actually start but then die almost immediately afterward. There is never a convenient time for … Read more

Car Battery Light On While Driving? (7 Common Causes)

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All modern vehicles on the road today have a 12-volt battery that is also rechargeable. This battery provides energy to virtually every electrical component of the vehicle, such as its ignition system, engine control unit, headlights, radio, interior lights, and so on. If the battery fails to recharge or dies altogether, then your vehicle will … Read more

What is Limp Mode? (Common Causes and How to Bypass)

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Picture this: you’re driving along like you would any normal day. All of a sudden, your dashboard lights up like a Christmas tree. Your car still drives, but it barely has any power. What just happened, you ask? Your car has probably entered limp mode. What is Limp Mode? Limp mode (also called limp home … Read more

10 Common Causes of a Car That Won’t Accelerate

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Gasoline-powered vehicles use a complex system to get moving. Problems with fuel or air delivery, exhaust emission, or anything in between can be the reason your car is sluggish or won’t accelerate.  A combustion engine requires a specific ratio of air to fuel to be in each cylinder at the right time, followed by a … Read more

5 Causes of Low Compression in an Engine

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The internal combustion process involves mixing gasoline and air inside the engine’s cylinders. This is what is known as engine compression. Each cylinder of the engine must have the right amount of compression if the combustion process is going to work out properly. If the compression ends up being too low in any of the … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter (and Replacement Cost)

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The catalytic converter (not “Cadillac converter”) plays an essential role in reducing air pollution. It reduces the levels of nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbons, and carbon monoxide that your car emits. Without a cat converter, your vehicle would belch out large amounts of all three chemicals.  Smog in busy cities is dense enough as it is without … Read more