Often times customers will have worn two of their tires out, but the other two are in fine shape. The customer will purchase two tires. The question now, where should those two best tires go? Contrary to what seems to be common sense, the two best tires should go to the rear of the vehicle. […]

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The first thing you must know in regards to a vehicle over heating is that most modern cars use dummy gauges. A dummy gauge is a type of gauge that only generally reflects the actual data. For example, the coolant temperature gauge will show cold, normal and hot, but will not show the many temperature […]

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Cold Engine Enrichment A common complaint, especially when temperature start to drop is, “My car runs poorly cold, or my car is hard to start cold”. Both of these complaints are generally caused by a problem with cold start enrichment. In order for an engine to start and run cold, it requires more fuel than […]

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Whenever I recommend a new timing belt and water pump, I am often asked, “Can i do that myself?”. My short answer is, “No”. I would not recommend your average vehicle owner to attempt replacing their timing belt and water pump. We often see cars come in here with minor to major problems stemming from […]

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A frequent cause of heartache for technicians, and car owners alike, is the failed E-test. Truth be told, just about any properly running vehicle will pass emission testing. This post will not be a laundry list of cheats. Rather, this post will be a comprehensive list of repair information, to aid in actually repairing the […]

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Any time gas prices climb, we are often asked, “is there anything I can do to improve my gas mileage?”. The fact of the matter, is there are numerous options for improving fuel economy. The racing industry has used all these techniques for generations to go faster, but the part that many people forget is […]

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One of the most popular questions we get is, “what kind of car should I buy?”. Here are a few rules of thumb when it comes to buying a new or used car. Always get a pre-buy inspection on ANY used car. A pre-buy inspection is generally about $60 and is well worth every penny. […]

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By far the most popular question we get is, “How Do I Find A Mechanic I Can Trust?”. This proposal remains very difficult to answer. The fact of the matter is that the quality of service you will receive will depend entirely on the actually mechanic working on your car. I’ve met fantastic and terrible […]

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This post address vehicles that are not starting after having sat for a period of time. For information regarding a vehicle that died while driving and then failed to restart, please see this post. First off, i recommend keeping a few things in the car for just this type of situation. A small socket set […]

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I recommend keeping a few things in the car for just this type of situation. A small socket set with metric or standard sockets (depending on the make of vehicle) a standard screwdriver, a Philips screw driver, a pair of pliers, a can of starting fluid or brake clean, a flashlight, jumper cables, and a […]

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