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Belt Noise

October 24, 2013 That high-pitched squealing noise we often hear from an engine is usually a loose belt. Often it happens when you start the engine; then it goes away. more »»


October 17, 2013 Modern vehicles have evolved a lot in the last 30 years. They are more reliable, safer and easier to drive. Gas mileage has gone from 10 mpg to 50 on many cars. Maintenance needs have changed, too. more »»

Dead Battery?

October 10, 2013 When you find your car has a dead battery, there could be several reason. more »»

Use the Right Motor Oil

October 3, 2013 There are a lot of choices when it comes to motor oils. There are many brands to choose from. Brand doesn’t matter as much as type or viscosity. Always use what the manufacturer recommends. more »»

Consolidate Your Short Trips

September 26, 2013 Most of the wear and tear--as well as pollution your can generates--takes place in the first few minutes of driving. more »»

What’s That Smell?

September 19, 2013 Smells coming from your car can be important. A sweet smell usually means an antifreeze leak. A burning oil smell indicates oil leaking onto the exhaust. more »»

Turn Signals

September 5, 2013 Did you ever notice that one of your turn signals is blinking really fast? That usually means one bulb burned out and the other one is working. more »»

Lighten Up Your Key Chain

August 29, 2013 A heavy key chain can wear out the tumblers inside the ignition, leading to ignition switch failure. Use a lightweight key chain with a separation feature and drive with the ignition key only. more »»

Antifreeze in Hawai‘i?

August 22, 2013 Antifreeze is extremely important for every climate. The name is misleading because it does much more than prevent freezing. It is also a rust inhibitor and lubricant for the engines cooling system. more »»

Communicate with Your Mechanic

August 15, 2013 Communication is key in getting what you want from your auto repair shop. more »»

Transmission Fluid

August 8, 2013 Transmission fluid is just as important as engine oil. A transmission can cost as much as an engine to repair or replace, so you want to be sure it keeps workin. more »»

Does My Engine Really Need a Thermostat?

August 1, 2013 The engines thermostat is a frequently overlooked part. Some people remove them altogether. The engine cannot warm up properly without a good thermostat, causing excessive cylinder wall wear. more »»

Is Brake Noise Harmless?

July 25, 2013 Most brake systems have a wear sensor that is designed to make a high-pitched squeal when the brakes are due for replacement. You may hear it when driving or braking. more »»

Misdiagnosed Problems

July 11, 2013 At least three times this week, I have had people come to the shop with new batteries, complaining that their car still won’t start--all misdiagnosed electrical problems. more »»

The Frustration of AC Repairs

July 4, 2013 Air conditioning repairs can be expensive and frustrating. In any pressurized system, the weakest link will fail first. You fix it and then something else can fail that seemed fine before. more »»

The Rules on Used Electronics

June 27, 2013 We never recommend used electronic parts--ever. We diagnosed a bad control module on a customer’s car. It’s expensive for a new one. more »»

ABS Systems

June 20, 2013 Most modern vehicles come with antilock brakes (ABS). This system is designed to work in a panic or hard-stop situation. more »»

Misdiagnosed Problems

June 13, 2013 At least three times this week, I have had people come to the shop with new batteries, complaining that their car still won’t start--all misdiagnosed electrical problems. more »»

Air Bag Warning

June 6, 2013 Airbag systems have a warning light. It may simply say “airbag” or it could be a picture of an airbag. It’s another one of those easy-to-ignore things, because it doesn’t affect our daily driving. more »»



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