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How does the check engine light work

How does the check engine light work

How does the check engine light work The check engine light can mean a lot of different things for a driver. Most commonly people ignore this warning function in their car assuming they will be able to get by fine. This is perhaps because the check engine light checks for an incredibly long list of things. So what happens when you are pulling onto the street to start your day and the check engine light won’t go off? A very long list of things can cause the check engine light to turn on but a few of them are things like a blown gasket head, worn-out spark plugs, and loose or cracked hoses/manifold. These are just a few potential things that can cause the check engine light to go on. The check engine light tends to check for symptoms rather than root causes which is why it can seem like nothing is wrong when the like randomly turns on ... read more

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Why are car repairs high in cost?

Why are car repairs high in cost?

Why are car repairs high in cost? In these economic times people are looking to save money in anyway that they can. When your car breaks down it can be economically devastating. The question then becomes why do car repairs cost so much? By looking at the individual components that make up car repair costs you can become better educated as to how you can avoid high costs and choose a better shop. The first and most obvious component of the cost of repairing a car is the parts. Parts become necessary for car repairs when wear and tear becomes too great and a part either breaks down or is close to becoming non-functioning. These parts typically make up a significant portion of car repair costs. Parts can vary in both quality and price. Another component of car repair costs is labor. The labor is essentially a portion is of the cost ... read more

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History of Giving Your Car a Pet Name

History of Giving Your Car a Pet Name

Remember the days when you heard your grandfather or your father call their car that they have had for years a certain name? Remember the beam in their eyes when they spoke the name? This shows the emotional attachment that a car can provide to their owners. Although there is no evidence on the beginning of naming your car, there is an unofficial dedicated day in order to do so. The unofficial holiday is titled Name Your Car Day. It is always considered to be on October 2 of every year. If you do not have a name for your new car yet, follow these tips and consideration for the process of naming your dependable, favorite vehicle. Importance of the Name Choosing a name should be made with consideration and care. The name that you give your car will reflect the character of the vehicle. The character and performance should be shown in the name that is ... read more

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The Safest Cars Out Here Right Now

The Safest Cars Out Here Right Now

2014 marked an increase in vehicle safety scores across the board! Great news for everyone, safety is improving all around, gone are the days where SUV’s and trucks are the only bastion of safety. Today even small sized cars are able to pass crashworthiness tests with flying colors. An ever growing technological gap between today’s cars and yesterdays is the cause. This technology gap has actually completely changed the game; almost every mainstream vehicle released nowadays comes with Crash Avoidance & Mitigation technology. They are actually just safer by default, with built in spidey senses to avoid engagements automatically cares are becoming safer across the board. Increased efficiency in engineering has allowed for better designs Cars today are truly designed with safety in mind. With health and safety standards in automobiles constantly being ... read more

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Is full coverage the best decision?

Is full coverage the best decision?

Deciding which car insurance policy to pick can be a nightmare, here are some tips to help ease the decision. Deciding whether or not to go with full-coverage or liability insurance is a tough choice. There are so many reasons to pick one over the other! But broken down the decision can be made a bit better with just a bit of key information. Sentence 2: Full coverage isn’t always the best decision. For some people, especially those who don’t use their vehicle that often it’s really not. Some people are in a position where it’s actually cheaper and better for them to only get liability, as they actually have no need for full coverage! What does Full coverage do that liability doesn’t Depending on your region, laws on insurance will vary, and some insurance companies can be harder to get money out of them vault in a bank! Access the insurance comp ... read more

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Preparing your car for spring

Preparing your car for spring

You’ve heard of winter prepping but what about spring? As we all know cars are complex mechanical beasts, but no matter how sweet your vehicle is without proper maintenance a car is just as vulnerable! The seasonal changes in the warmer months are not as hard hitting on your vehicle as the winter months but they can still cause havoc! Although winter has some of its own specific tolls on cars, most of the same repairs in winter are also needed during summer. Were you expecting something different? Your car has the same parts spring and winter; maintenance should be year round not just seasonal! Ever think about what happens to your car when it suddenly gets warmer? At the end of the day vehicles are made of man-made materials. No matter how amazing your neighbors Porsche is its still made of metal-alloys that are susceptible to rust. Plastic that ... read more

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E85 Fuel

E85 Fuel

E85 has quickly come up in the world as a leading gasoline replacement, and as of 2014 there were over 3,000 service stations across the US carrying the fuel. Developed to help reduce tail pipe carbon emissions in vehicles and reduce overall greenhouse emissions, E85 is a blend of 85% denatured ethanol and usual 15% gasoline and commonly goes by the name Flex Fuel. Though typically E85 is cheaper than gasoline and diesel the fuel economy has yet to have any substantial research to prove otherwise, which some would say negates the dollar savings in the long run. Others tout that ethanol has already proven an advantage of up to 22% more efficient in equivalent ethanol engines. Just like adding diesel to a gasoline engine, adding E85 to a gasoline engine can cause major damage to the fuel system and other major systems. One such failure is caused by ... read more

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I Can’t Drive 55

I Can’t Drive 55

As coined by Sammy Hagar in 1984, in protest to the national maximum speed law, “I can’t drive 55” became a marching tune to call attention and end the national speed limit of 55 mph in the 80’s. The lead single from Sammy Hagar’s 8th studio album, lyrics like “What used to take two hours, now takes all day, it took me 16 hours to get to LA.” or “One foot on the brake and one on the gas, well there’s too much traffic i can’t pass” were used to poke fun at the National Maximum Speed Law. The law, was a provision in the 1974 Emergency Highway energy conservation act which prohibited drivers from going faster than 55 mph. It was enacted and enforced in response to rising crude oil prices and supply disruptions during the 1973 oil crisis. Adversely opposed by most states and most citizens, states fought to make deals and exemptions or de-emphisizing ... read more

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Getting Your Power Steering Checked

Getting Your Power Steering Checked

Cars now a days are awesome! There’s really no other way to say it. Modern cars can come equipped with DVD players, Blue Tooth, heated seats, reverse cameras, 4g connectivity, eco modes, they really are awesome. It wasn’t that long ago that it was an add on to have air conditioner, or power windows, or a tape player, and it wasn’t much earlier than that, that cars didn’t even come equipped with power steering! Now, what is power steering, I hear you ask through the copper wires that make up the world wide web. At it’s most basic element, power steering is a device that aids in turning a vehicles wheels. It provides stability at high speeds, dampens road shock while driving, mainly helps turn a vehicle at low speeds with modest effort and just makes driving easier. Now a long time ago, in the early days and even up to the 80’s, most consumer v ... read more

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What and where is Route 66?

What and where is Route 66?

There are few things as iconic in as an American road trip. The wide open road, the vast wilderness, the endless oceans, tallest mountains, the largest ball of string, all iconic to the American road trip. Route 66 is world renowned for it’s weird and zany attractions, it’s long empty drives and as being one of the first highways in the US. Originally stretching some 2,400 miles from Chicago southwestward through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and ending in Santa Monica California. The road served as a major path during migration from the horrific dust bowl consuming the Midwest. Which lead to the development and growth of small tourist towns all along the route. The route gained most of it’s popularity because of the geography which it went through. Mostly flat, and connecting to California, the route became very popular with commercial trucking ... read more

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