5 Symptoms of a Bad Vapor Canister Purge Valve in Your Car

The Evaporative Emission Control system features a vapor canister purge valve which manages the quantity of fuel vapor coming out of the charcoal canister. The purge valve used to be controlled with a vacuum but now, newer cars allow the engine control unit to electronically control it. The purge valve and charcoal canister work together … Read more

5 Causes of an ABS Light to Come On in Your Car and What to Do

Modern vehicles have what is known as an anti-lock braking system. The purpose of this system is to keep the driver safe by preventing the wheels from locking up as you apply the brake. That way, you can keep control over the steering and your vehicle won’t skid as a result of the wheels locking … Read more

Positive vs Negative Camber Effects on a Car

When the word “camber” is used in relation to automobiles, it refers to the angle of a vehicle’s wheels and their vertical position as they sit on the surface of the ground or road. If the wheels have a negative camber, it means the tops of the front wheels are inclining to the side toward … Read more

6 Symptoms of Bad Spark Plugs (and Replacement Cost)

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

5 Symptoms of a Brake Fluid Leak (and Repair Cost)

A vehicle will not be driveable without properly functioning brakes. If your braking system were to ever malfunction, it may very well be attributed to a brake fluid leak. There are four places in the braking system where a leak could take place. There could be one in the brake master cylinder, the front brake … Read more

What Happens if Brake Pads Are Installed Without Shims and Grease?

The purpose of brake shims is to reduce the noise that comes from braking your vehicle. These anti-squeal shims are basically adhesive (or non-adhesive) pads made of either rubber or metal. They go in between the middle of the brake calipers and brake pads. That way, the brake shims can adjust the differences and fix … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Charcoal Canister and Replacement Cost

The emission system of the engine produces a lot of carbon emissions which are released into the environment. This is what continues to make gasoline engines so controversial among those who care about protecting the environment. However, there is a special component called a “charcoal canister” (or evaporative emission control canister) which exists in the … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Valve Guide Seals and Replacement Cost

Once air and fuel are mixed together, the mixture is then transferred into the cylinders where the internal combustion takes place. Valves are responsible for managing the amount of this mixture that gets sent into the cylinders. Each valve has a guide seal which prevents the toxic combustion gases from leaking through them. The top … Read more

4 Symptoms of a Bad Transmission Valve Body and Replacement Cost

The transmission valve body is the top control area of the transmission. This valve body is responsible for directing hydraulic fluid (or transmission fluid) to various valves so the appropriate clutch can be activated. After this happens, you are able to shift the gear to whatever one you need for your particular driving situation. The … Read more