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What’s That Sound?

Problems with your vehicle seldom come out of nowhere. Usually, there’s some kind of warning, which can come in the form of a sound or sounds. Although it can be hard to identify what’s wrong just by the sound, keep your ears open for particular noises. If you hear any of the following sounds in […]

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What to Do When Your Car Won’t Start

One of the worst feelings is when you get into your car, turn the key, and nothing happens. It doesn’t start. At that point, you probably jimmy the key and try again. And again. Maybe one more time. Cursing could be involved now. Eventually, you’ll wonder why your car hasn’t started. Vehicles fail to start […]

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What’s That Smell?

Although some smells in your car can just be the leftovers you forgot to put in your refrigerator, other smells can be a sign that it’s time to take your car in to see a mechanic. Here are some smells to sniff for. Rotten Egg or Sulfur Smell A sulfurous or rotten egg smell, especially […]

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Car Terms to Know

In the automotive industry, you’ll hear a lot of terms and phrases that you may not know. Here are a few for you to brush up on before taking your car, before buying a new vehicle, or before attempting any home repairs. Knock A “knock” occurs when the leftover fuel and air mixture detonates in […]

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Winterizing Your Motorcycle

When the snow falls, it’s time to put your bike in the garage for a few months. However, if you don’t perform the proper maintenance before parking your bike in the garage, the results can be bad. A motorcycle that sits for an extended period of time can develop some problems that could prevent you […]

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What Does the 150-Point Inspection Really Cover?

Many dealerships these days are talking about the 150-point inspection. This is supposed to give consumers peace of mind about the vehicles on the lot, but you may ask yourself: “What do service technicians inspect during a 150-point inspection?” Here’s what the technicians are inspecting, and keep in mind: any damaged or unacceptable parts will […]

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The Belts of Your Car

If you are the kind of person that only looks under the hood of your vehicle if there’s smoke puffing out under it, then you probably have no idea what your vehicle’s belts do or when to get them replaced. The belts are an extremely important part of your vehicle, and you need to know […]

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What’s The Difference Between Powertrain and Drivetrain?

    Sometimes, car commercials and other ads throw around all kinds of jargon. Some of it you know, some of it you may not. So, let’s talk about the difference between powertrain and drivetrain, words you may encounter if you’re looking for a new car. The powertrain in a vehicle is composed of everything […]