5 Reasons to Hold Onto an Old Car

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When you purchase a new vehicle, it is usually tempting to immediately do away with your old one. Maybe you’d like the cash you could get by turning it in for parts or selling it to someone else. Maybe you’ve just finished binge watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and you’re just set on getting … Read more

5 Causes of Timing Chain Noise in Your Car

The timing chain is an important component because it keeps the camshaft and crankshaft connected and synchronized as they rotate. If you’ve ever seen a bicycle chain before, the timing chain looks very similar. There are several pulleys and gears which provide power to the camshaft, crankshaft, and other mechanical components of the system. The … Read more

4-Wheel Steering Systems (Pros/Cons and Cars That Have It)

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A four-wheel steering system (or all wheel steering) allows the driver to turn the rear wheels left or right along with the front wheels. Do not confuse a four-wheel steering system with a four-wheel drive vehicle because they’re two different things. Four-wheel drive simply means that all four wheels are getting power from the engine. … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Drive Shaft (and Replacement Cost)

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The twisting force produced by the engine is called torque. The job of the drive shaft is to transmit this torque to the wheels of the vehicle. Most vehicles are front-wheel drive, so the torque would be transmitted to the two front wheels with what’s called a half-shaft. But other vehicles have what’s called a … Read more

5 Slipping Clutch Symptoms (How to Tell)

If you drive a manual transmission vehicle then you are familiar with the clutch. You will only find a clutch pedal in a manual vehicle because it is required for disengaging and engaging power to the wheels from the engine at certain times while driving. Normally, you need to apply some pressure to the clutch … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Torque Converter and Replacement Cost

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The engine’s rotational power needs a torque converter in order for this torque to be transmitted to the vehicle’s transmission system. The torque converter is located in between the engine and the transmission. There is a flex plate in this area where the torque converter is installed onto. Once the crankshaft moves, the flex plate … Read more

Wheel Spacers Purpose (and Pros and Cons)

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Wheel spacers are special components which create more space in the area that lies between the wheel hub assembly and the wheel itself. You place the wheel spacers over the holding bracket of the vehicle to produce this additional space. When you purchase wheel spacers, they need to be made specifically for your type of … Read more

Dual Clutch Transmissions (Top 10 Pros and Cons)

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The dual clutch transmission (DCT) is referred to by several names including double-clutch transmission and twin-clutch transmission. A regular manual transmission vehicle would use one clutch and a clutch pedal. The dual clutch transmission uses two separate clutches with no clutch pedal. Since there is no clutch pedal, the clutches are controlled through hydraulics and … Read more

5 Main Parts of a Car Engine (and their Functions)

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While checking your oil have you ever wondered what actually is under that engine cover? What do those parts do? How does an engine really work? Underneath that beautiful (in some cases) engine cover lies a wonderful piece of engineering. The modern-day automotive engine is capable of some wonderful feats. Let’s pull back the curtain … Read more