What Oil Should I Use? (Engine Oil Viscosity Explained)

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If you walk into an auto parts store, you’ll find an entire shelf filled with nothing but engine oil. Shopping for engine oil can be an intimidating experience if you’ve never done it before, but choosing the right oil is actually surprisingly simple. Here’s everything you need to know about picking the right grade of … Read more

How to Debadge Your Car (In 3 Easy Steps)

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Want to customize your car for free in 5 minutes? Debadging your car might be a great option. What is Debadging? Vehicles usually come with some sort of label or badge telling you what make, model, features, or trim level you have. Some manufacturers even use badges for marketing, adding a Hybrid, Flex Fuel, or All Wheel … Read more

7 DIY Timing Belt Replacement Tips

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Many vehicles using timing belts to keep the valves and crankshaft aligned. This alignment allows the engine to make the most of each combustion event. If you have experience wrenching in the garage, a timing belt replacement can be a great next step to advance your home mechanic skills. If you are new to engine … Read more

Lug Nuts vs Lug Bolts (Which is Better?)

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If you’ve ever changed a tire on a European car and an Asian car, you’ve probably noticed that there are two different ways to mount wheels to the hub. Many European cars use lug bolts, while most other vehicles use studs and lug nuts. Is there a difference in these two mounting methods? Turns out, … Read more

Should I Cover My License Plate Online? (Here’s Why You Might)

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If you’ve looked at cars online for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that a sizable percentage of them have blurred license plates. Should everyone be redacting this information? After all, anyone in the general public can see your license plate while you drive down the highway. Many people think it is completely unnecessary … Read more

9 Reasons Your Car is Overheating (and 5 Things You Can Do)

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Combustion engines generate power through many small, controlled explosions. The combustion process generates an immense amount of heat, requiring a carefully engineered cooling system to keep the engine running properly. Without the cooling system, the engine would quickly overheat, causing permanent damage. In extreme cases, overheating can cause total engine failure. An engine failure could cost close … Read more

9 Causes of Interior Leaks (Water Inside Your Car)

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Few things ruin the interior of a car faster than water leaks. Water on the inside of your car can cause foul smells from mold and mildew. In extreme cases, the mold growth can be harmful to your health. If you have water leaking into your cabin, don’t wait to address the issue. Here are … Read more

Should I Modify My Car? (Pros, Cons, and Beginner Advice)

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To some people, the vehicle you drive says as much about you as the clothes you wear. Automotive customization is a very personal thing, and there is no shortage of options in the aftermarket industry. Have you ever tried shopping for a car that was almost perfect, but was missing that one feature you really … Read more

9 Reasons a Transmission Will Not Engage in Any Gear

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The transmission is the part of your vehicle’s powertrain that transfers power from the engine to the wheels. If you have a problem with your transmission, you may not be able to drive the car. Here are some common reasons you may not be able to shift into gear. Why Won’t My Car Go Into … Read more

7 Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change (Or a Tune-up)

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Is your car not running as well as it used to? The answer is often as simple as performing some basic and inexpensive maintenance. Engine oil is essential for lubricating and cooling the hot metal components of the engine. Changing your engine oil is one of the most frequent maintenance items you will need to … Read more