Bad Timing Belt Symptoms

What is a timing belt? Depending on the type of car, you may either have a timing belt or timing chain. Both are important in rotating the crank shaft so that the cylinders in your car can move up and down. If the timing belt were to break, then the cylinders do not move which

The Differences Between A Diesel & Gasoline Engine?

Diesel was not as common in everyday vehicles as they are now. Many of us, myself included, had the perception that diesel engines were only for big semi trucks that pollute our environment and take up way  too much room on the highway. However, Diesel engines have been growing in popularity among everyday cars, especially if you want to buy a European

What Are BMW Inspections 1 & 2?

Depending on how old your BMW is, a service inspection for safety and function of your car is recommended. BMW models manufactured in 2005 or earlier has a warning signals every 30,000 miles to let you know it’s time for a service inspection. These inspections are similar to the yearly physicals people should go through to make sure everything is up to par. The

3 Common Oil Leaks

The process is annoying. You are driving down the road listening to music and that’s when it happens. Your hearts sinks a little as the oil light on you dashboard glares up at you. You can almost hear that little maniacal warning signal laughing at you because it knows, it’s not time for an oil change yet. You know it may be a leak,

Volkswagen Service & Repairs

Throughout the history of Volkswagens, the auto company has had mixed reviews among customers here in the United States. While some people swear by all things VW, others are less apprehensive to purchase another car from VW.  Regardless of your stance on VW cars, sales have dropped down around 22% in June meaning less than 6% of the total

Leaky engine? Car overheating? It could be your water pump.

  What is a Water Pump? Once upon a time, water was used to cool off an engine. The water pump circulated cool water in & out of the engine to prevent overheating. Today, we use coolant to keep our engines from overheating. Even, though we switched from water to coolant, the common name for the water pump is

All About Emissions: Passing the Test

Most of us have a basic understanding of why a car needs an emissions test.  The EPA tells us that 75% of carbon monoxide pollution in America is from motor vehicles. So in order to reduce this number, we have to periodically test our vehicles for emissions to make sure we are not completely destroying the environment. You may ask, “Why do I need

Control Arm Bushings: Purpose & Symptoms

For as long as mankind has been driving, we have been trying to make our commutes smoother and easier on our bums. The horse and buggy days had leather and rubber straps to connect buggy axels to frames. These straps were used to absorb all those bumps when riding on dirt and cobblestone roads. Since then, we have changed our

Common Mistakes When Blending Paint

You wouldn’t think paint to be so temperamental when it comes to your car. After all, it has to endure the abuse from the hot sun, ice, hail, rocks, shopping carts, parallel parking, etc. However, when it comes time to paint your car, it can be a very tedious and difficult task that even “professionals” tend to screw up. We

4WD & AWD: Is there a Difference?

4WD, AWD, potato, poTAHto, it’s all the same thing, right? Well, the main function for both is to create traction, but there are differences between 4WD and AWD. As a way to advance or military, 4WD was invented so that we could drive through rough terrain in order to infiltrate Nazi territory. 4WD was the primary traction