Few things are as unsettling as the sudden illumination of one of those colorful little lights on our dash. Because that usually means trouble. But most of the time it’s hard to know what kind of trouble, exactly. On top of that, when it really comes down to it… how many of us actually know... Continue Reading →
Motor oil is basically the lifeblood of your car’s engine. It serves as lubricant for all wearing surfaces, and without it, your engine will seize and be permanently damaged, if not destroyed. As important as oil is, equally important is the type of oil you use. There are several different types, and you have to... Continue Reading →
For over 100 years we've used the combination of air, fuel, and spark to power cars, but the way that we bring these things together has evolved over several eras. In the early years, engines were oversized, underpowered, and crude compared to what we’re used to today. For example, Cadillac’s 1930s V16, a 7.4 liter... Continue Reading →
A transmission’s job is to use its different gears to keep your engine in whatever RPM range is optimal based on the driving conditions. But how does it work? Here's a little overview of the various types.
Me: “How was your morning?” Friend: “It was alright, just had to drop my car off for service.” Me, a curious car enthusiast: “Oh, what’s it in for?” Friend: “Just a tune-up.” Me: *facepalm* I’ve heard it far too many times: “all it needs is a tune-up.” Whether it be from friends, or in my... Continue Reading →
Even with the recent uptick in popularity of electric vehicles, the vast majority of cars on the road still rely on the tried and true mixture of air, fire, fuel, and compression to give a car power. Simple as it may seem, the way that these four elements are combined can vary quite a bit... Continue Reading →
What's the difference between all wheel drive and 4-wheel drive? How do they drive differently from front-wheel drive, and rear-wheel drive? Here's a guide to which is best at what.
When your car needs work, should you take it to an independent shop or to the dealership? Is one better than the other? Here's what you should know.
With most of us (hopefully) staying inside, social distancing, and not doing much traveling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, our cars are getting a bit of a break from their daily usage. This means that they’ll be sitting for a long period of time without being started or moving while we’re inside waiting... Continue Reading →
Regularly and properly maintaining your car is just as important to its operation as filling it up with gas. For most car-owners though, getting their vehicle serviced is a chore, so in my never-ending effort to make car ownership more simple and enjoyable, I’ve compiled this list of maintenance items that you actually need, and... Continue Reading →