Curb Weight vs Gross Weight (What’s the Difference?)

curb weight vs gross weight

Thinking about towing or hauling a heavy load with your new truck? There are some important terms relating to weight that you should keep in mind before you set out on your next adventure. If you’re going to be buying a truck soon, it’s important to think through how you plan to drive, where you … Read more

How Long Does It Take To Charge a Car Battery?

how long does it take to charge car battery

You go out to your car in the morning to leave for work and see that your door is slightly ajar, which means that the dome light was on all night. You try valiantly to start the car, but when you turn the key nothing happens – the battery is dead.  If you’ve ever experienced … Read more

13 Causes of a Stiff Clutch Pedal (w/ Simple Fixes)

stiff clutch pedal

There are many people in the world who still drive vehicles with a manual transmission although that’s slowly changing. These vehicles have a clutch pedal on the floor to the left of the brake pedal. The clutch is what links the wheels to the engine. All the rotational energy created by the engine gets transferred … Read more

6 Symptoms of Bad Spark Plugs (and Replacement Cost)

dirty spark plug

Spark plugs have one very important purpose: to ignite the air/fuel mixture within the combustion chamber to start a car and keep it running. A secondary purpose is to transfer heat away from the combustion chamber to prevent pre-ignition. Making sure the spark plugs in your car are in good condition is crucial for it … Read more

7 Symptoms of a Brake Caliper Sticking (and Common Causes)

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Brake calipers are important components of the braking system. Brake calipers clamp the brake pads down against the brake rotors. Once pressure is applied, friction and adhesive forces convert the kinetic energy of the spinning rotor into thermal energy, slowing down the vehicle.  A vehicle would not be able to stop quickly at all without … Read more

How to Reset a Check Engine Light

check engine light

You’re driving home from work thinking about what movie you’re going to watch when the kids go to bed when all of a sudden, you see a bright orange money light illuminate on the dash. Your heart skips a beat as you brace for the self destruct sequence. Wait… the car is still running the … Read more

Honda vs Toyota: Which Brand is More Reliable?

Honda vs Toyota reliability

Hondas and Toyotas both have an outstanding reputation for reliability. Both brands pride themselves in making vehicles that last a very long time, regardless of where or how you drive them. Which brand is the best overall? The answer really depends on the year, model, and a little bit of luck. What Makes a Car … Read more

Smart Car MPG – What Kind of Gas Mileage Can You Expect?

Smart car MPG

Smart cars are a quirky brand of urban vehicles designed to be as small and affordable as possible, all while maintaining great fuel economy. You will be hard pressed to find a smaller car with a better turning radius, especially in the American market. Despite their size, they are surprisingly roomy once you climb inside. … Read more

Put Too Much Oil in Your Car? (Here’s What Happens)

too much oil in car

Inside an internal combustion engine, metal components move very rapidly, with tight clearances under intense temperatures and pressures. Without a source of lubrication, these components would quickly wear each other out from metal on metal contact. Engine oil is specifically designed to prevent this catastrophic wear. Engine oil has a pretty tough job. It needs … Read more

4 Symptoms of a Bad Diesel Glow Plug (and Replacement Cost)

bad glow plug symptoms

To start a diesel engine successfully, it will need a special heating component called a diesel glow plug. A diesel engine cannot start and operate properly without the heat generated from this plug. If you normally drive your diesel-powered vehicle in colder environments, your engine will rely on the diesel glow plug to generate the … Read more