How to Reset a Check Engine Light

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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)

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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

11 Causes of a Burning Smell From Your Car

Combustion engines operate on the principle of burning things to go faster. Ironically, you’re not supposed to smell anything burning while you’re driving down the road. If you do encounter a burning smell while in or around your vehicle, it’s important to identify the source and correct the problem. Some burning materials are very dangerous … Read more

Subaru Head Gasket Problems (Which Years to Avoid)

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Some Subarus have a reputation for eating head gaskets at a very low mileage. Where did this reputation come from? Though there was never an official Subaru head gasket recall, the problem is pervasive enough where it can be expected that certain original head gaskets will fail between 100,000 and 150,000 miles (160-241k kilometers). This … Read more

How to Clean the Inside of Your Windshield (What REALLY Works)

how to clean inside of windshield

Driving at night or with glare from the sun can be dangerous when the windshield isn’t nearly spotless. Most drivers understand that the windshield needs to be clean and free of cracks in order to see through it well, but not everyone remembers to clean the interior of the windshield. Doing this regularly dramatically improves … Read more

How Long Do CVT Transmissions Last?

CVT transmission life expectancy

What is a CVT Transmission? A CVT (continuously variable transmission) is a type of automatic transmission that has an indefinite number of gear ratios. While a conventional automatic has a fixed number of gears (4 gears for a four speed, 6 gears for a six speed, etc), a CVT can form any number and combination … Read more