This Month’s Great Buys

In addition to these deals we’ve found, don’t forget to check Amazon’s daily deals and the Warehouse/Open Box department of Amazon. Amazon has the option to add each of your vehicles to your online “garage” so that you can always check to see if the part you are buying is compatible with your vehicle. Check […]

How much is my car worth?

There comes a time to part with our cars. Sometimes it’s a painful to part with a beloved car, and other times it’s a sigh of relief. Still more, there’s a point in life where you want the most car for your limited amount of funds. Here’s a short list of sites that help appraise […]

The Benefits of Using an Automotive Stethoscope

The first time I saw a mechanic using an automotive stethoscope, I thought it was over the top. That was until I heard my engine using a stethoscope. To put it simply, it’s as if you step inside your engine. But it’s better. I can narrow my hearing to one item in the engine, eliminating […]

The Top 14 Tools for a Beginner Mechanic

I still remember the first time I walked into the shop as a brand new mechanic. I was 17, and I held a small tool box with only a few wrenches to my name. Today, I can perform most automotive repairs with the tools I’ve accumulated over the past decade. Here’s a list of must […]

How to Diagnose a Throttle Position Sensor

  What is a Throttle Position Sensor? The Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) tells your car’s computer how far you are pressing the gas pedal. The car’s throttle is an opening to the engine that opens or closes based on how much air the engine needs. The more you step on the gas pedal, the more […]

How to Back-Probe a Sensor

Why is back-probing a sensor important? Back-probing allows us to see how a sensor operates in real-time. In other words, it give’s “eyes” to see a sensor’s behavior as it tries to carry out it’s job. You’ll need a multimeter to carry out this test. So how do I back-probe a sensor? Connectors are exactly […]