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4 of 5 Check Engine Light

The Mass Airflow Sensor   The mass airflow sensor tells the car’s computer to add the proper amount of fuel based on the air coming through to the engine. A faulty one can increase emissions, cause the car to stall, and decrease gas mileage. What causes it: Most mass airflow sensors fail because of a […]

3 of 5 Check Engine Light

The catalytic convertor works to reduce exhaust gases. It converts carbon monoxide and other harmful materials into harmless compounds. If your catalytic convertor is failing, you’ll notice a decrease in gas mileage or your car won’t go any faster when you push the gas. What causes it: Catalytic convertors shouldn’t fail if you’re keeping up […]

2 of 5 Check Engine Light

Loose or Faulty Gas Cap You wouldn’t think a gas cap would be that important, but it is. When it’s loose or cracked, fuel vapors leak out and can throw the whole fuel system off. This causes a reduction in gas mileage and increases emissions. What causes it: If you get an error pointing to […]

1 of 5 Check Engine Light

Replace Oxygen Sensor:   An oxygen sensor is a part that monitors the unburned oxygen from the exhaust. It helps monitor how much fuel is burned. A faulty sensor means it’s not providing the right data to the computer and causes a decrease in gas mileage. Most cars have between two and four oxygen sensors […]

Time for a rebuild?

When your transmission gets tired enough, you’ll have to have it rebuilt. It’s true. For some makes and models of car, it’s true a little too often, but that’s neither here nor there. The important thing is checking any other possible causes to your problem before you take the transmission apart, which is very expensive. […]

How To Inspect Your Spark Plug Wires

Spark plug wires are pretty durable. They aren’t a moving part so they don’t wear out too often. A careful inspection of your plug wires can avoid any problems. If you are having problems that you think could be related to your plug wires, it’s easy to troubleshoot. The only thing that can really go […]

What To Look For When Your Car Won’t Start (Continued)

With the starter-related causes of your no-start problem out of the way, we continue the search for why your car won’t start. If the engine can’t get spark, there will be no fire. But don’t crawl into the hole just yet. Spark is created by your car’s ignition system (ignition means “to ignite). Ignition system […]

What To Look For When Your Car Won’t Start

If you turn your car key and get nothing, or get anything less than an engine roaring to life, you might be in for a bad day. Starting problems can be very frustrating because there are so many things under the hood that can keep a car from starting. Heck, pretty much everything under the […]

The Two Types Of Transmission Problems

Transmission problems fall into two very similar categories: Won’t go. Won’t go smoothly These two groups of problems are caused by the same faults in your transmission, so whichever your car is doing, the following applies. Is your fluid level correct? It’s important to check your transmission fluid at least twice a year. Not only […]

Most Reliable Vehicles

When it comes to buying a new car, you do not need to spend top dollar. But it does pay to do your research and find the model that meets more stringent requirements to be recommended and suits your budget. For more details, including the full list of most and least reliable new cars by vehicle […]

Diagnose Your Own Automatic Transmission Problems

There are a few words in the language of auto repair that make car owners want to crawl back into bed, and “transmission” is at the top of the list. There’s something about that mysterious box underneath your car that incites fear. Unfortunately, most repair shops know this, and will take advantage of the situation […]

How car reliability varies by vehicle type

Considering a new car purchase?  This information may save you some money… Fuel-efficient wagons, alt-fuel vehicles and small luxury SUVs are the most reliable vehicle types, according to the consumer report 2014 Annual Auto Survey, which is based on subscriber experiences with more than a million vehicles. Compact cars, subcompact cars, and pickup trucks are among the […]

Symptoms of a Transmission Problem

A number of symptoms can indicate a problem with a transmission, including grinding in gear changes, excessive gear noise, difficulty shifting or a burnt smell from the fluid. Check to see if a transmission is dealing with excessive friction with help from an auto mechanic in this free video on troubleshooting car problems.

10 Most Common Transmission Problems

10 Most Common Transmission Problems Determining what problem(s) your car has may seem like an impossible task, especially to the untrained eyes and ears of the average driver. It may be helpful to think of your car’s inner workings as similar to that of the human body. For instance, if you have chest pain that […]

Rebuild, Repair or Replace

Rebuild, Repair, and Replace: The Average Costs Transmission replacement is one of the most expensive jobs done by any mechanic, ranging on average from $1,800 to $3,500. Rebuilds can cost just as much as a replacement, depending on the extent of the damage. The upper end of the range is typically for the replacement of […]