6 Causes of Engine Ticking (When Accelerating or Idling)

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Do you have a noisy, rattly engine? Perhaps you hear a rhythmic ticking noise coming from under the hood. No matter the type of unusual sound, one’s thoughts automatically begin to turn toward impending engine failure and the headache such an issue might cause. Sometimes ticking is normal and expected. Sometimes a tick needs to … Read more

11 Parts of a Brake System (and Their Functions)

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The brake system in your vehicle allows the driver to slow down or stop in a consistent and reliable manner. The brakes on your car work by converting the kinetic energy of movement into thermal energy (heat). Each time you step on the brake pedal, the speed of the spinning wheels underneath your vehicle is … Read more

6 Symptoms of Bad Spark Plugs (And Replacement Cost)

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Spark plugs, present in all gasoline-powered internal combustion engines, have one very important purpose: to ignite the air/fuel mixture within the combustion chamber to start a car and keep it running. They are also designed to transfer heat away from the combustion chamber to prevent pre-ignition (or igniting the fuel too early).  Making sure the … Read more

4 Symptoms of a Bad Diesel Glow Plug (and Replacement Cost)

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Whether you’re a first-time diesel owner or have spent most of your life driving diesel trucks, you should have a basic understanding of the important role that glow plugs play in your engine. A diesel engine cannot start and operate properly without the heat generated from this plug, especially when the outside temperatures start to … Read more

30 Car Maintenance Tasks (and Suggested Intervals)

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Car ownership involves more than just the initial purchase; it includes insurance, registration, possible property taxes, and maybe most importantly, maintenance. Maintenance comprises various elements, like oil changes, tire rotations, brake checks, and filter replacements. Following your owner’s manual can help you manage about 30 different car care items with suggested intervals, but remember, these … Read more

6 Symptoms of a Valve Cover Gasket Leak (And Replacement Cost)

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As vehicles age, individual components within an engine wear down a little bit every time it’s being driven. When fluid is routed through hoses and lines, various types of gaskets are responsible for keeping things leak free. Unfortunately, these gaskets deteriorate and can eventually fail. One of the more common reasons for an engine oil … Read more

How to Replace a Car Thermostat (In 15 Easy Steps)

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Thermostats are one of those auto parts that is fairly inexpensive and straightforward to replace yourself. Although the part is inexpensive, the labor rate at a mechanic can drive up the cost of replacement. It’s always a good idea to search online for a how-to guide for your exact vehicle. If you can get your … Read more