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

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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)

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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

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

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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

8 Best Mechanic Tool Sets for the DIY Mechanic

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Are you an experienced DIY mechanic looking for the best mechanics tool set for the money? Or are you simply looking to learn basic automotive maintenance tasks such as changing your oil, car battery, or air filter? Whichever side of the equation you sit on, having a tool set that has all the basic tools … Read more

14 Interesting Race Car Technologies (Found in Everyday Vehicles)

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Racing teams spend billions of dollars to develop technologies that can give drivers a competitive edge on the track. It’s no wonder that car manufacturers want to capitalize on these investments by adopting new technologies, using them to change the look of familiar everyday car components. Race Car Innovations in Everyday Cars 1) Semi-Automatic Transmission … Read more

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