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12 Common Car Myths Busted

Here are 12 things you’ve heard about cars that are totally bogus Car care tips are a dime a dozen . But what if I told you that much of the “advice” you’ve received over the years is about as useful as an old wives tale? In this article, we’re bringing the truth to light and debunking 12 of the most common car myths! Read on to discover which car myths are wasting your time and money… Change your oil every 3,000 miles. Not necessary these days. Simply follow your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and you should be good. Most

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7 Fall Car Care Tips

Falling Leaves Can Cause Problems for Your Car. These 7 Tips Will Keep You Running Smoothly! There are so many reasons to love fall: Campfires, chili, pumpkin spice, and cruising country roads to see those gorgeous leaves of rust and gold.  October is also Fall Car Care Month. With falling leaves and cooler temperatures, there are new hazards to be aware of when it comes to your car. That’s why we’ve put together these 7 tips to help keep your car road-ready this fall season! Check Tire Tread and Pressure Dropping temperatures can lower tire pressure and put you at

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10 commandments of car buying

10 Commandments of Used Car Buying

With prices for new and used cars surging, it’s more important than ever to know how to negotiate a good deal. Check out these 10 tried-and-true car negotiation tactics from a veteran used car salesman with over 25 years of experience!

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Model Ford T car by the roadside. Date: 1913

7 Women Who Changed The Auto Industry For Good

You have these unexpected pioneers to thank for turn signals, brake pads, automatic wipers, and more.   1. Florence Lawrence This “first movie star” also invented what we now refer to as “turn signals.” Born in 1886, Florence was an auto enthusiast who had seen her fair share of accidents. Frustrated by not knowing which direction the oncoming vehicle was going to turn, she invented “auto-signaling arms,” or flags on either side of the vehicle that were raised and lowered with a button. But the famous actress’s inventions don’t stop there. She also put up a sign in the back

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FIXD vs. Carly scan tool comparison

FIXD vs. Carly

When it comes to FIXD vs. Carly OBD2 scanners, which should you buy? Unless custom coding cars is your thing, FIXD is what you want. What Should I Know Before Buying An OBD2 Scanner? FIXD vs. Carly, which is better? Truth is, it depends on you and your unique needs. But before we dive into the features, here’s what you need to know before buying an OBD scan tool. Every gas-powered vehicle made since 1996 comes equipped with an OBD2 port. By accessing this port, you can read your vehicle’s Onboard Diagnostics (OBD2) System and understand the check engine light

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FIXD vs. Nonda OBD2 scanner comparison

FIXD vs. Nonda

For the best OBD2 scanner under $60, only FIXD lets drivers monitor multiple vehicles from one phone and sends automatic maintenance alerts to prevent $1000s in costly repairs. In this article, we break down two popular OBD2 readers, FIXD vs. Nonda, so you can make an informed decision and better care for your car! Read on to learn about OBD2 readers and find out which scan tool under $60 is right for you. What Should I Know Before Buying An OBD2 Scanner? Onboard Diagnostics II (OBD2) is a diagnostic system that is part of every gas-powered vehicle engine built in

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FIXD vs. BlueDriver scan tool comparison

FIXD vs. BlueDriver

What To Know Before Buying An OBD2 Scanner There are few things more stressful than a check engine light. Fortunately, OBD2 (OBD-II) scanners enable drivers to see what their engine fault code means so they go into the repair shop informed or even do at-home repairs. Wondering how OBD2 scanners work? They connect to the OBD (onboard diagnostics) port inside your vehicle, usually located under the dash, to translate information from your car’s computer into simple terms you or a mechanic can understand and utilize to fix the issue. Before buying an OBD2 scan tool for your make and model,

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Close-up of a car mechanic in a service center picking up a new battery to replace the car. for cars that use the service Replace the battery at the store

How To Replace A Dead Car Battery

When To Replace A Car Battery In general, most car batteries last 3-5 years, depending on the battery and your vehicle. While extremely hot or cold temperatures are especially hard on your car battery, even if you take every precaution to winterize it and care for it during summer, it will still wear out at some point. Since the cost to replace a car battery isn’t cheap, it’s best to know how to replace your battery yourself. To get ahead of a dead car battery and avoid embarrassing parking lot breakdowns, pay attention to the signs of a weak car

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10 Best OBD2 Scanners

Top 10 Best OBD2 Scanners for 2021 under $100

Looking for the best OBD2 scanner for the money? Here are our top 10 recommendations for car scanners that can read and clear your check engine light. There are hundreds of OBD2 scan tools available, ranging in price from $20-$2000+. But if you’re looking for a budget car scanner that can read and clear diagnostic trouble codes, then look no further than these 10 best OBD2 scanners under $100: Remember, different check engine scanners have different functionality, so which one is best for you depends on your needs. Here are my top 3 picks overall to give you a better

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5 Worst Vehicles of 2020

In 2020, FIXD analyzed over 18 million vehicles. Through the FIXD OBD2 scanner and app, we were able to detect and decode thousands of engine codes and help drivers get back on the road stress-free. Here are the 5 vehicles that had the most OBD2 codes in 2020. #5: Ford Explorer, Model Year 2005-2009 Average # Engine Codes: 3.7174 Average Mileage: 172,444 miles Maximum Reported Mileage: 979,842 miles Most Common OBD Codes Reported: P1000 – OBD2 Monitor Testing Not Complete B2290 – Occupant Classification System Fault P0316 – Engine Misfire Detected on Startup (First 1000 Revolutions) #4: Chrysler 300, Model

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