A mechanic working to fix a Ford F-150 with engine problems
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is Your Broken Ford EcoBoost Struggling to Satisfy?

We are not here, by any means, to say that the Ford EcoBoost engine is unreliable. On the contrary, it’s actually a great way to get a good power output while also giving vehicles better gas mileage. However, the recent news about EcoBoost class-action lawsuits and such are definitely a bit worrisome. If you are …

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Fun Facts About the Internal Combustion Engine

The internal combustion engines is the most common powertrain in cars around the world. Although the hybrid and electric car market are gaining popularity steadily, it will likely be a long time before we see the standard combustion engine completely phased out. While they may not sound as cool or as exciting as the electric …

A digital image of the Dodge Challenger SRT Redeye's supercharged V8 engine.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Should You Upgrade Your Motor Mounts?

You’ve probably never given much thought to exactly how your engine sits under the hood. While we understand basic things about the engine like changing the oil and that bigger displacement motors are supposedly faster, we don’t think about how all of the components fit together. That is until something goes wrong and you need …

2019 Ram 3500HD
Trucks & SUVs

Heavy Duty Diesel Truck Standoff: Ram vs. Ford

Trucks are an incredibly popular choice for U.S. buyers. Not everyone needs a heavy duty truck with a big diesel engine. But for those who do, there are a few options out there. Two of the primary choices for people that want a big ol’ heavy hauler are the Ram 2500 or 3500 and the …

A mechanic working to fix a Ford F-150 with engine problems
Tips, Tricks & Trends

5 of the Most Expensive Car Repairs

No matter which way you slice it, car ownership can get really expensive. From monthly finance or lease payments to high insurance rates, the cost of owning a car can skyrocket depending on the car’s age and condition. However, an even larger factor is the cost of repairs, especially if you own an older car. …

Typical Piston And Cylinder Arrangement Of A Gasoline Engine.
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Low-Temp Plasma Ignitions Might Replace Spark Plugs

Since the beginning of mechanized locomotion, people have been trying to figure out ways to make it more efficient. The most basic way to achieve efficiency is to get more energy with less fuel. In general, engines are relatively simple; you need a spark, fuel, and oxygen to make them work. Naturally, any of those …

The Kia Stinger is an affordable sporty sedan with rear-wheel drive.
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Is Kia Finally Better Than Honda?

Both Kia and Honda are popular car brands. For a long time, Kia was known as the bargain brand that generally lacked quality and longevity. Honda is well known for the reliability and high performance of its vehicles. Things have definitely improved for Kia over the years, but is Kia better than Honda? Just because …

the BMW 3 series sedan and wagon parked on pavement with a scenic mountainous background
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The Most Complained About BMW Cars

Known for luxury and performance, this is a favorite brand for consumers looking outside of the mainstream market. A quick look at the BMW cars overview on CarComplaints.com shows us that this brand isn’t complained about very much. In general, people are happy with their BMW models. Still, there are some issues and these are …

The KIA Telluride is seen at the 2020 New England Auto Show Press Preview at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Trucks & SUVs

Will the Kia Telluride Have Engine Problems Too?

The Kia Telluride is a cool new offering to the modern family SUV segment. It’s quickly risen in popularity and already we hear stories of dealers struggling to keep the SUV in stock. If you look at the Kia complaints on CarComplaints.com, there’s clearly a pattern. The worst and most complained about Kia models tend …

A Chevy Silverado 1500 on display at an auto show
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Does Engine Placement Really Make a Difference?

In your average vehicles, we have gotten used to cars that have their engine mounted at the front of the car. For some sports cars, like the new Chevrolet Corvette, we expect the engine to be in a different place: behind the driver. There are different variations of engine placement between standard front engine and …

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Do Individual Throttle Bodies Add Horsepower?

When you step on the gas pedal in your car, the air gets sucked in through the air filter, past the throttle body, and into the intake manifold, which is basically a chamber. After that, the air goes into each cylinder to enter the combustion cycle. However, with individual throttle bodies, there are separate throttle …

Mechanic tunes up an old Hyundai Galloper engine
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Why Do Car Engines Lose Power Over Time?

Besides 0-60 times, one of the most common ways you can compare two cars’ performance is horsepower. And owners often install mods like performance exhausts and turbochargers in an effort to give their engine more power. However, not only is your engine’s quoted horsepower not always accurate, but it’s also not static. Over time, no …

a sleek Tesla Model S press photo against a white backdrop
Hybrids & Electrics

You Have to Give up Your Gas Car Sooner or Later

Hear that? It’s the winds of change. Across the globe, automakers like Toyota are making promises to have all hybrid or electric vehicles in their lineup within the next few years. Tesla has become a household name in terms of automobiles, even though they only sell electric vehicles. It’s coming. We are going to see …

This is a rendering of a silver Tesla Semi tractor trailer on a road along a mountain pass.
Trucks & SUVs

Switching From Diesel to Electric Will Seriously Affect the Grid

The age of the electric semi fleet is drawing near. However, we aren’t quite there yet. In fact, there are many details concerned with the adaption from the traditional diesel engine to electric trucking. It turns out that the transition from diesel to electric tractors for a cargo fleet is a massive undertaking. Switching from …

Stacks of car radiators with their grilles on a factor floor
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It’s Probably Time You Changed Your Car’s Radiator

Coolant is just as important as oil when it comes to car maintenance. But so is where the coolant resides—the radiator. Compared to moving wear items like timing belts, brake pads, and clutches, your car’s radiator is fairly long-lived. But nothing on or in your vehicle lasts forever, not even the radiator. Air-cooling vs. liquid-cooling …

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor
Trucks & SUVs

What Engine Does the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Have?

The Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck from the 2019 model year may be a thing of the near past, but it’s still ridiculously fun. The Raptor is designed top to bottom, inside and out for running and romping through the desert. It’s one of the most coveted trucks on the market. The modern engine is …

A heavy duty Ram 3500 diesel appears to release visible emissions
Trucks & SUVs

Your Heavy Duty Diesel Truck Will Be the Last to Go

With the rise of hybrid and electric vehicle technology, many speculate that vehicles with gasoline and diesel engines are being phased out. Especially as emissions laws and diesel regulations tighten around the globe, we are bound to see increasing changes. The recent California mandate shows that things in the US are becoming more strict, as …

A grey Ford Mustang speeding down a tree-lined road
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Ford May Run Out of Engines

The automotive industry is huge. It extends beyond the big-name manufacturers and into the supply chain network that is scattered throughout the globe. Ford is one of those big-name manufacturers, and when COVID-19 started to impact the overseas suppliers, it also affected the Ford plants here in the United States. In essence, it is this …

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71
Trucks & SUVs

The Chevy Tahoe Surprisingly Beats the Toyota 4Runner

What the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV is to the Chevy Silverado pickup truck, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV is to the Toyota Tacoma pickup. They are closely related to their truck siblings in both style and capability. The 2020 Tahoe is definitely a larger SUV than the 2020 4Runner. Plus the Tahoe’s only engine option …

Ford transit like this green passenger van come with both diesel and gasoline engine options
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Ford Transit Van: Gasoline vs. Diesel Engine

In terms of the cargo van, Ford dominates the market. The Ford Transit is the most popular choice for commercial fleet vans. One of the reasons it is such a leading choice is for the options that are available. Of these options is the choice between a diesel engine and a gasoline engine. What makes …

A Go Mango orange 1970 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T
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This Rare 1970 Dodge Challenger Could Be Worth Over $3 Million

The Classic Dodge Challenger has become increasingly more popular among collectors as of late. The Challenger was a muscle car brute in the 1970s. They were offered at the time with the availability for the Dodge to receive the legendary hemispherical (Hemi) engines. These engines brought with them even more horsepower over the standard engines. …

2020 Mazda Mazda3
Sedans & Coupes

Is Turbo for the 2021 Mazda3 Really a Good Thing?

We’ve heard the hype and entertained the rumors. Mazda may be giving its 2021 Mazda3 and its hatchback version a turbo option. If anyone has wondered what might make the Mazda3 and Mazda3 hatchback better, there is a good chance they thought about turbo power. Turbocharged makes everything better, right? Not always. Let’s speculate a bit …

Gildred Racing Super Cooper Sport engine bay
Cars

5 of the Best Naturally Aspirated Engines Ever Built

It seems like almost every car coming off the production line today has a turbocharged engine under the hood. That’s not a bad thing, of course, as a turbocharger can do wonders when it comes to extracting the most horsepower while maintaining stellar fuel efficiency. However, we do miss naturally aspirated engines. So much so …