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5 Reasons Why Car Horn Is Not Working

12 Dec 2019 •
If your car horn is not working, take a few minutes to go over these common problems and what you can do to fix it yourself.   Common Causes The most common problems that will cause your car horn not to work are either the horn itself is bad or the clock spring mounted behind the steering wheel is bad. When the clock spring is bad it is very likely that your airbag or SRS warning light comes on at the same time.  Why your car horn is not working:

Hissing Noise From Brake Pedal

12 Dec 2019 •
Do you hear a hissing noise coming from the brake pedal? The noise may be there constantly, or you may only hear it when you press the gas pedal. If you hear a hissing noise from under the dashboard that changes when you press or release the brake pedal area, it most likely is a brake booster that is failing.

One Headlight is Dimmer Than the Other

12 Dec 2019 •
It is not uncommon for one of the headlights on your car to be dimmer than the other side. In this guide, we take a look at common problems that cause one headlight to be dimmer than the other side. 

10 Easy Steps to Change Engine Oil | DIY Instructions

12 Dec 2019 •
In this article, we go over the procedure on how to change the engine oil in a car. We drain the oil from the oil pan and change the filer as recommended by most car manufacturers. It is possible to change the engine oil by using an oil extractor. For help with that procedure see our guide on how to change engine oil using an oil extractor. What you will need First, let's take a look at some of the tools needed to change your oil.

How To Fix a Broken Car Window

12 Dec 2019 •
Has your car window stopped working? If your car window will no longer go up and down or makes a strange noise if you press the window button the problem in most cases is a bad window regulator. Other possibilities include blown fuse or defective window switch. In this guide, we go over common problems that can prevent a car window from going up and down and how to fix it.

Blown Head Gasket | Symptoms | Causes

12 Dec 2019 •
In this article, we will help you get a better understanding of what a blown head gasket means, how to check for a blown head gasket yourself.   If your engine is overheating or you suspect a blown head gasket, stop driving to avoid further damage to your engine. 

Symptoms of a Bad Alternator

10 Dec 2019 •
Getting stranded on the side of the road because of a bad alternator is never fun. Don't let that happen to you. Before an alternator fails it will give you enough warning signs to let you know it's going out. Symptoms Symptoms that your alternator is going bad may vary because an alternator can fail for several reasons including:

Symptoms of Bad Wheel Bearing

10 Dec 2019 •
In this article, we discuss the symptoms of a bad wheel bearing, how to check for a bad wheel bearing, and a brief overview of how to replace a bad wheel bearing.  Symptoms  If you hear noise coming from one of the wheels while driving down the road, there is a chance that the wheel bearing is going bad. Wheel bearings can make various noises when they are failing, but one of the more common ones is an unnerving whirring/grinding noise as you accelerate. The sound may be there all the time or only when you are making a turn. 

Signs of Bad CV Joint, Sound, Symptoms, Cause

10 Dec 2019 •
One of the most common problems with CV joints is when the protective boot gets broken or cracks which leads to CV joint failure. As grease leaks, dirt and moisture will enter the CV joint. This will cause the CV joint to wear faster and fail due to lack of lubrication and corrosion. One of the most common symptoms of a bad CV joint is the click, click , click sound when turning. The same sound will be noticed under heavy acceleration as well.

How to Test Charging System

10 Dec 2019 •
In this article, you will learn how to check the charging system on a vehicle. This procedure allows you to test the car battery and alternator. Using a battery tester you will be able to determine if the battery is good or needs to be replaced. We will show you how to perform a load test which tells you if the alternator is providing the required voltage. If your car won't start or doesn't stay running, usually one of the first troubleshooting steps is to check the battery and alternator. Checking the battery is very easy when you have the right tools.

5 Reasons Your Car is Shaking or Vibrating

10 Dec 2019 •
There are many components that can cause vibrations in your car. In this article, we will look at some of the most common problems that will make your car shake or vibrate.  Causes of vibration can be anything from steering system, driveline, engine or the suspension system. The suspension system which can contribute to vibrations consists of a series of arms, rods, ball joints, bushings, wheel bearings, steering knuckle, and strut. All of these components together amplify vibration when one or more components start to fail.

9 Signs of Bad Engine Mount on a Car | Bad Motor Mount

10 Dec 2019 •
In this article and video, we explain the signs of bad engine mount (may also be referred to as motor mount). An Engine Mount is a rubber and steel component that prevents excessive engine movement during driving or reversing. The purpose of the engine mount is to absorb engine vibration, engine torque and also support the engine. Also, it allows the engine to flex to a certain degree but not so much to the point it put stress on the transmission and drivetrain. In this guide, you will learn how to check if your engine mounts are bad.

Listen to Car Noises

10 Dec 2019 •
Is your car making a strange noise when driving, braking, turning or at high speed? To help you identify the problem we build a library of car noises. Listen to each of the sounds below and compare it to the noise in your car. Don't replace car parts based on sound alone.

What Does It Mean When Check Engine Light Comes ON

10 Dec 2019 •
The check engine light can come on for a number of reasons ranging from a loose gas cap to bad spark plugs or even due to a serious engine or transmission problem.  In this guide, you will learn what the check engine light means, common problems and how to diagnose the check engine light yourself.

How to Remove a Stuck O2 Oxygen Sensor

10 Dec 2019 •
Oxygen sensors are very easy to replace as long as they are not rusted and are easy to access. Once rust sets in, an oxygen sensor can be difficult to get loose and remove. In this article, you will find a few tips on how to remove an oxygen sensor. How to remove/loosen an oxygen sensor It is very important to use the proper oxygen sensor socket for your particular vehicle. Some cars require special oxygen sensor tool to remove them.

Sway Bar (Anti Roll Bar) Problems, Symptoms, Cost

10 Dec 2019 •
A sway bar (also known as a stabilizer bar, anti-roll bar, anti-sway bar) is used to keep the car body from leaning excessively to the side. Stabilizer bar bushing and links can be easily checked. If you notice that they are loose or have any play they need to be replaced. The sway bar itself almost never gets damaged, it is the sway bar bushings and sway bar links that wear quite often, sometimes as early as 60,000 miles.