Check Engine Lights

Service Engine Soon Light On?

Service Engine Soon Light On?

Reader Question: Hello Austin, I recently had the “service engine soon” or “check engine soon” light come on in my Buick. Took it to my mechanic, and he said it was the EGR valve which he changed out for over $500. The light came on again within 24 hours and I took it back. He […]

By September 21, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Head Gasket Repair

Blown Head Gasket?

Blown Head Gasket?

Hi Austin. My car overheated and I let it cool, filled with water & babied to shop (5 miles) Had water pump replaced. Mechanic called & reported blown head gasket, blowing white smoke after he replaced pump ($250) (was not blowing smoke when I drove it to him) Couldn’t afford another $700 for head gasket […]

By November 22, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Front End Problems

Car Shakes Over 50 MPH

Car Shakes Over 50 MPH

Mr. Austin I am so thankful to have found your website today it has been very helpful to me.  I have a question for you that I do not see you have already answered. My car shakes when I drive over 50 MPH, what do you think could be the reason for this? Louis   […]

By December 4, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Won't Start Problems

Arctic Cat 400 4 Wheeler 4X4 ATV No Spark

Arctic Cat 400 4 Wheeler 4X4 ATV No Spark

Oh man, my 2004 Arctic Cat 400 4X4 4 wheeler ATV won’t start today and there is NO spark to the spark plug. I have checked the fuses, ignition coil and grounds and even unplugged the rectifier which when goes bad can ground out the rest of the electrical system….but nuthin worked, nuthin. OK, I […]

By October 30, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Overheating Problems

Why is my Car Overheating?

Why is my Car Overheating?

Hey my car has been overheating and my electric fan in my car wasn’t turning on then my mechanic fixed it yesterday but the day after it overheated again.  I also had my thermostat taken out of my car.  What is the cause of overheating? Another issue is when I brake my car shakes I […]

By January 27, 2014 7 Comments Read More →

Brake Problems

Adding Brake Fluid to Clutch Master Cylinder

Today, in many of the manual transmission vehicles the clutch is engaged by a hydraulic system almost identical to the hydraulic brake system. The hydraulic fluid is inside the master cylinder is pressurized when the clutch is sinking. This pressurized fluid causes the cylinder to do a lot of pressure on the clutch. As the […]

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Recent Posts

Excavator Travel Motors

Excavator Travel Motors

So I started a new website and wanted to tell my auto repair site visitors about it, since it might be helpful to you as well. Well, I guess it would be help to you…if you owned an excavator, or know of someone who does …then yes it would be very helpful for them to […]

Troubleshooting Car Air Conditioning Problems

Troubleshooting Car Air Conditioning Problems

Reader Question: My air conditioner is not cold enough at idle sitting at a stop sign, but gets colder when I get on the freeway. Is this a sign that my compressor is weak? Thank you, Bill Dear Bill, Let me explain in layman’s terms how the air conditioning (AC) system works and what could […]

Eastwood Plastic Resurfacer Review

Eastwood Plastic Resurfacer Review

Does the external hard plastic on your vehicle look old and faded? Can you even remember what color it USED to be? I have tried a handful of products that claim to restore the look and luster of hard automotive plastics and many of them just don’t last long enough or bring the color back […]

By October 22, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Where to Get an Oil Change

Where to Get an Oil Change

Reader Question: My mechanic wants me to take my car into his repair shop just for an oil change, but there is a quick lube right near my office that is much more convenient. Looks like the price is about the same. Is there any reason I should go out of my way to let […]

By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
How Much Should a Tune Up Cost?

How Much Should a Tune Up Cost?

MReader Question My car needed a tune-up so I called the dealership and a couple of local mechanics for prices. The dealer told me it would be four hours of labor plus parts, which could end up being pretty expensive unless they do a better job(?) One of the mechanics at another shop quoted a […]

By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Should You Ask For Your Old Parts?

Should You Ask For Your Old Parts?

Several “mechanic exposes” in the news the last few years have offered this advice to consumers: Always ask your mechanic for the old parts he replaces when he repairs your car. So have you heard about this tactic and are following this advice? Do you feel protected from getting ripped off now? A few years […]

By September 16, 2014 1 Comments Read More →