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Intake Air Temperature (IAT) Sensor

What is the Intake Air Temperature (IAT) Sensor? The Intake Air Temperature (IAT) Sensor is used by the engine’s Power Control Module (PCM) to decide at which rate the engine should spark and inject fuel to obtain optimal performance. This is possible because the IAT sensor uses the air density and air temperature in the…

Bank 1 and Bank 2

What is Bank 1 and Bank 2? Bank 1 and Bank 2 simply refer to either side of the engine. Check your owner’s manual for definite clarification of upstream (Bank 1) and downstream (Bank 2) banks. Bank 1 is most commonly found by the front most cylinder on the engine (Cylinder 1), and Bank 2…

Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor

What is a Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor? The Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor measures the amount of air that enters the intake system of the internal combustion engine. There are multiple types of Mass Air Flow sensors but the most popular type is hot wire sensors. Often times, an internal air temperature (IAT) sensor…

Why Is My Engine Idling Fast?

A look at some possible causes of an abnormally high idle speed.   If you have noticed your car consistently idling at an abnormally high speed, that could be an indication of something not functioning properly in your car’s engine. But first, a higher idle speed is not always indicative of a problem. Occasionally in…

10 Tips on Traveling With Your Dog

Not really sure what to do with your dog during a roadtrip? Need some tips for making sure that your dog is able to take on that length of time in the car? Check out these tips that will help prepare you and your dog travel smoothly on your next adventure! Seat Cover A seat…

MUST HAVE TOOLS In Your Garage

Whether you’re just now getting into auto repair or have been in it for awhile now, we have compiled a list of MUST HAVE tools that are deemed useful in the garage while you’re working on your car. Check ‘em out! Ratchet Socket Set Having a ratchet and socket set is extremely useful and is…

Why Is My Car Burning Oil?

Having trouble keeping your car’s oil level optimal? Sometimes higher mileage cars can start having issues maintaining a sealed system. Oil is circulated throughout your car’s entire engine. If you want to know more about what oil is doing in your engine, check out our previous post HERE. When I say, “sealed system”, I’m referring…

REQUIRED Backup Camera Mandate! (Beginning May 1, 2018)

Beginning May 1, 2018 all new cars will be required to have a backup camera. The federal government’s National Highway Traffic and Safety Association (NHSTA) declared this performance specification in 2014 so that the automotive industry had time to prepare for this change. Safety advocates believe that with enacting this new performance specification will provide a…

Common Driving Tips

Whether you haven’t driven for awhile and need a refresher about some of the common rules of the road, or you are an entirely new driver not sure how the roads are, look below for some of the common but unspoken rules of the road. Be Extremely Cautious of Your Surroundings   Never assume another…

What To Do If You Get Pulled Over

FLOOR IT! Just kidding… we are trying to help you avoid getting thrown in the clink. Our brave officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. These pointers won’t prevent you from getting a ticket, but they should help you and the kind officer who pulled you over have a…

How To Restore Your Headlights

Do your headlights not shine quite like they used to? Most headlight covers are made from a polycarbonate plastic. Polycarbonate plastic is durable, scratch-resistant, and impact-resistant. But, over time, UV rays degrade the outer layer of the headlight and cause it to cloud over. While it is easy to replace the whole headlight unit, it…

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How to Change Your Air Filter

The air filter prevents dirt and other particles to get into your engine to allow clean air to be entering it. Having a clean air filter increases fuel efficiency, extends the life of the engine, and reduces your car’s emissions. It’s recommended to change your air filter every 12 months or 10,000 – 15,000 miles….

How to Jump Start Your Car!

A quick and easy guide to help jumpstart your car, or someone else’s.   It’s not a great feeling walking out to your car, loading the groceries and hopping in only to find that nothing happens when you turn the key. Don’t worry, we’ll get you back on the road soon… just follow these simple…

Memorial Day 2018 Travel Forecast

  Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer in the United States — and the busiest travel holiday! Over 41.5 MILLION people will travel for the 2018 Memorial Day holiday weekend, nearly a 5% increase over last year. This is the highest number of travelers since 2005. AAA reports seven out of eight travelers…

How to Maximize Fuel Economy

Want to make sure that your car is at maximum fuel economy? Nobody likes filling up the tank and watching that price go up. Optimizing your car’s fuel economy is extremely important so that it will not only save you money, but it will make your car experience much better. Avoid Idling Idling can use…

Synthetic Vs. Conventional Oil

What’s The Difference? Motor oils are divided into five major groups. Groups 1 and 2 are what we call “conventional oil,” and are created using petroleum base oils. Groups 3, 4, and 5 are chemically formulated synthetic oils, even though group 3 oils are derived from a petroleum base. Regardless of the derivation, synthetic oils…

Why Is My Car Vibrating?

Here are some things that may cause that strange vibration in your car. Have you noticed your car is starting to vibrate? There are a few things that can cause unusual vibrations, other than a bumpy road. Let’s talk about some of the reasons your car has developed a new unwanted massage feature, and what…

Is Your Car Overheating?

In the summer whether you’re going on a road trip, heading to a friend’s/relative’s house or just driving around enjoying the weather, the temperatures are hotter than ever! An overheated car can cause some serious long-term damage to your car’s engine, so let’s walk through some of the solutions to overheated cars and some preventative…

Engine Oil Weights & Viscosity

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between 5w30 and 0w20? Or what would happen if you used the wrong oil in your car? These numbers are the viscosity grades of oil at low and warm temperatures and can have devastating effects on your car if you use the wrong one! There are two…

How to Check Your Oil

Reading Your Dipstick Making sure that your oil level is adequate is extremely important because oil is the lubricant of the engine so that it doesn’t burn up the engine due to all of the friction and heat from the operating engine. If your engine oil is dirty or smells like gasoline when you pull…

Is My Automatic Transmission Going Bad?

Signs of a failing automatic transmission. Automatic transmissions were a gift from above for anyone who is overwhelmed by stick shift and a third pedal. They have made driving safer, easier, and sometimes even more efficient than ever before! That being said, sometimes it can be harder to pick up on some signs that show…

What Is OBD-II?

The History of OBD2 In 1966 the state government of California mandated the use of emissions control systems to combat the formation of smog in the Los Angeles basin. The United States government made this a federal policy in 1968. Then, in 1970 the United States Congress passed the Clean Air Act and founded the…

Should I Use Premium or Regular Gas?

Do I REALLY need to use premium gas if my car says to? You drive up to the gas pump, swipe your card, pick up the handle, and look down to see different options for the type of gas to use. You think to yourself, “Self, what’s the difference between premium and regular gas? Is…

What Does The Catalytic Converter Do?

What is a Catalytic Converter? Catalytic converters are exhaust emission control systems that convert toxic gases and pollutants into less harmful pollutants by catalyzing a redox reaction. Gasoline powered vehicles accomplish this through the use of three-way converters that combine oxygen (O) with carbon monoxide (CO) and unburned hydrocarbons (HC) to produce carbon dioxide (CO2)…

Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) System

What is the Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) System? The Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) System seals the fuel system of the vehicle in order to prevent fuel vapors from the fuel tank and fuel system from escaping into the atmosphere. This is important because fuel vapors contain a variety of hydrocarbons. Hydrocarbons form smog when they…

Ready For a Road Trip?

Make sure your car is ready too! It’s about that time of year again. The sun is shining, the beach is calling your name, and your kids can’t seem to understand why your job doesn’t have a full summer vacation like their school. Before you cram your family and suitcases into your ride, make sure…

What Is An EGR Valve?

What is an EGR valve, and how does it work? “EGR” stands for exhaust gas recirculation. When engine combustion temperatures near 2500°F, the formation of smog-producing nitrogen oxides (NOx) increases. Exhaust, however, is mostly composed of carbon dioxide (CO2), which does not burn. The function of the EGR valve is to recirculate small amounts of…

Buying a Used Car?

Buying a Used Car? Here are some things to look for before you purchase! Buying a used car can be confusing and sometimes overwhelming. You never know if can trust what the seller is telling you, and it’s hard to tell if there are any major problems that may be hidden from plain sight. Don’t…

How To Change Your Own Oil

The FIXD Guide To Car Maintenance: How To Change Your Own Oil Don’t worry, it’s actually a lot easier than you think. Changing your own oil is the perfect place to begin learning to do your own vehicle maintenance — it’s easy, quick, and cheap! Tools Required: Motor oil and oil filter (consult your owner’s manual for the…

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