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 said he tightened the fittings, and said that the EGR computer may need to be replaced!??? Since then the “service engine light” has gone off and come back on several times. What isContinue Reading

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 him do it?   Sheila Hi Sheila, This is a great question, and I’ve got a great answer: Yes! There are a lot of variables to consider when scheduling a routine oil change, andContinue Reading

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 flat rate, but the other charged two hours of labor and parts. What is the best option and how do I know what I am getting for my money? Thanks, Tom P.  Continue Reading

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 ago I did an experiment that involved a new customer to my shop. She diligently asked me to keep her old parts before we started working on her car. (Thankfully she remembered toContinue Reading

How To Find a Coolant Leak

How To Find a Coolant Leak

Is your car engine overheating? Are you losing coolant on a regular basis and having to constantly refill the radiator or the overflow reservoir?  First thing you need to do is get a cooling system pressure test to help you locate the coolant leak…unless it is obvious with the naked eye. A cooling system pressure tester is basically a small hand held air pump like you would use on a bicycle tire. One end of the pressure tester has an adapter you screw on to the radiator neckContinue Reading

Kit Scratch Out – Car Wax Scratch Remover

Kit Scratch Out – Car Wax Scratch Remover

I get a lot of email questions asking about car wax and scratch remover products so I decided to make a video of one of the products you might want to try yourself and see if you get as good of results as I did. The product is called Scratch Out, made by Kit and is available at your local auto parts store and on Amazon etc. It works pretty good for small surface paint scratches, swirl marks left by an electric buffer and hard water spots. IfContinue Reading