14 Causes of a Car Losing Power When Accelerating

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Not many things are as frustrating as suddenly losing engine power when trying to accelerate. Whether you’re attempting to merge onto the highway or needing to make a crucial pass, an abrupt loss of acceleration can be completely jarring, not to mention dangerous. While it may seem like your engine is giving out at the … Read more

Feathering the Accelerator (Throttle Control 101)

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The accelerator or gas pedal isn’t an on-off switch. You will get the most out of your vehicle’s handling if you step on the gas pedal gradually in certain situations. This gradual application is called feathering the accelerator, an important form of throttle control. Proper application of this technique could even save your life. How … Read more

13 Causes of Poor Gas Mileage (Increase Your MPG)

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If your car is suddenly getting terrible gas mileage and leaving you wondering “why is my car using so much gas all of a sudden?”. You’re not alone and today’s gas prices make it a bigger issue than it once may have been. There are a number of common causes behind plummeting fuel efficiency. Fortunately, … Read more

Should You Check Transmission Fluid When Hot or Cold? (It Matters)

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Checking your transmission fluid is vital for preventing serious, costly damage down the road. But does it matter whether you check hot or cold? Getting it right matters, as incorrect fluid levels can spell transmission trouble. Read on to learn the ideal time and technique for inspecting your transmission fluid. Read Also: How Often Should … Read more

How to Polish and Restore Headlights (In 5 Easy Steps)

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Headlight housings get cloudy over time due to yellowing from ultraviolet (UV) light. They can also pick up scratches from road debris and improper washing techniques. A headlight restoration will bring back the original clarity of your headlights and substantially improve visibility down the road. Steps to Restore Headlights The following steps have been used on … Read more

7 Reasons Why Cruise Control is Not Working

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Cruise control has been around since the late 1950s. There was a time when you could only find this convenient feature in a few model vehicles. Nowadays, it seems like virtually every model vehicle on the road has a cruise control feature. Cruise control not engaging seems like a trivial issue, but the inability to … Read more

When to Use Fog Lights (And Do You Need Them?)

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Fog lights are a second set of lights on the front and rear of the vehicle that are designed to be used in low visibility situations. Fog density varies depending on the weather conditions. Very dense fog may reduce visibility to only a few feet in front of the vehicle, making it unsafe to drive … Read more

7 Causes of Outer Tire Wear (And How to Prevent It)

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Have you noticed uneven wear on the outside of your tires? Outer tire wear is a common symptom of alignment and suspension problems. Here are a few different things you can check if you’re trying to find the cause. Related: Causes of Inner Tire Wear Causes of Outer Tire Wear 1) Under Inflation (Not Enough Air) … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad ECM (And Replacement Cost)

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The engine control module (ECM), also referred to as the engine control unit (ECU), is a critical component which links your engine to the central computer of your vehicle. The ECM manages most of the functions of the engine, based on the information it receives from other systems and electronic components within the vehicle. If … Read more