5 Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter and Replacement Cost

symptoms of a bad catalytic converter

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

5 Symptoms of a Bad Secondary Air Injection Pump

bad secondary air injection pump symptoms

If you’re wondering what a secondary air injection pump is, you’re not alone. In this article, we’ll go over the purpose of the secondary are pump as well as the symptoms you should watch for that indicate the pump is failing. What Does a Secondary Air Pump Do? The secondary air injection pump (also referred … Read more

5 Reasons to Hold Onto an Old Car

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When you purchase a new vehicle, it is usually tempting to immediately do away with your old one. Maybe you’d like the cash you could get by turning it in for parts or selling it to someone else. Maybe you’ve just finished binge watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and you’re just set on getting … Read more

4-Wheel Steering Systems (Pros/Cons and Cars That Have It)

four wheel steering advantages and disadvantages

A four-wheel steering system (or all wheel steering) allows the driver to turn the rear wheels left or right along with the front wheels. Do not confuse a four-wheel steering system with a four-wheel drive vehicle because they’re two different things. Four-wheel drive simply means that all four wheels are getting power from the engine. … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Drive shaft and Replacement Cost

The power the engine creates is called torque. The job of the drive shaft is to transmit that torque power to the wheels of the vehicle. Most economy cars are front-wheel drive, so the torque would be transmitted to the two front wheels with what’s called a half-shaft. But if you have a rear wheel … Read more

5 Slipping Clutch Symptoms (How to Tell)

If you drive a manual transmission vehicle then you are familiar with the clutch. You will only find a clutch pedal in a manual vehicle because it is required for disengaging and engaging power to the wheels from the engine at certain times while driving. Normally, you need to apply some pressure to the clutch … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Torque Converter and Replacement Cost

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The engine’s rotational power needs a torque converter in order for this torque to be transmitted to the vehicle’s transmission system. The torque converter is located in between the engine and the transmission. There is a flex plate in this area where the torque converter is installed onto. Once the crankshaft moves, the flex plate … Read more

Wheel Spacers – Are They Good or Bad?

wheel spacers pros and cons

Wheel spacers are special components which create more space in the area that lies between the wheel hub assembly and the wheel itself. You place the wheel spacers over the holding bracket of the vehicle to produce this additional space. When you purchase wheel spacers, they need to be made specifically for your type of … Read more