BFGoodrich Off-Road Wiper blades on a rain-streaked gray-blue Jeep Wrangler
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Do Off-Roaders Need These New BFGoodrich Wiper Blades?

Even if your vehicle is off-road-ready from the factory, going off-pavement requires the requisite set of accessories. That means protective skid plates, snorkels for easier breathing and occasional water-crossing, and, depending on the destination, light bars. Plus, off-road-rated tires, of course. BFGoodrich could already help out with that last part. But the tire company recently …

A burgundy 2004 BMW Z4 showing its M54 inline-6 engine
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Which Used BMW Engines Are the Most Reliable?

Even if they’re used and depreciated, luxury cars from marques like BMW are still luxury cars. That means maintenance and repair bills, especially for engine-related issues, can cost a pretty penny. However, not only can used BMWs be reliable overall, but so can their engines. It’s all a matter of understanding what’s under the hood. …

2021 Toyota Highlander parked
Trucks & SUVs

Is the 2021 Toyota Highlander Safe?

The 2021 Toyota Highlander has grown to be a favorite among growing families. And why not? It offers three-rows of seating, is available with a long list of tech-savvy features, and comes standard with a V6 engine under the hood. But as revered as this three-row SUV may be, can you count on this year’s …

A 1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata's throttle body
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Your Throttle Body Could Use a Clean-Out

Time affects your car’s engine just as much as its body. That’s why the maintenance on higher-mileage cars doesn’t just stop at oil and air filter changes. Timing belts, spark plugs, ignition coils, head gaskets—these are just some of the things that need attention as the odometer climbs. One item that sometimes goes overlooked, though, …

An auto mechanic performs maintenance on a car
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There Are 4 Words Every Car Mechanic Absolutely Dreads Hearing

Being an auto mechanic can be challenging. In a way, mechanics are vehicle doctors that find, diagnose, and fix problems and perform maintenance. But they also must communicate effectively with vehicle owners. They must possess both technical and customer service skills. And if you asked a service technician to talk about his or her day, you’d probably …

A young man driving a car through the mountains
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Buying Car Insurance Doesn’t Have to Be Confusing

Shopping for car insurance can be confusing. But it doesn’t have to be. Once you have a good understanding of the most common car insurance types and how buying it actually works, buying car insurance really isn’t such a confusing process. The most common types of car insurance coverage First things first, it’s important to …

The intake manifold, throttle body, and throttle cable of a 1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Your Throttle Cable Could Use an Adjustment

Getting an internal-combustion engine up and running requires a lot of moving parts. And without proper maintenance, the entire process can grind (sometimes literally) to a halt. Hence why fuel injectors sometimes need cleaning and spark plugs need changing, and so on. But some maintenance items need attention even if the part in question isn’t …

Technician Dave Serdar rotates the tires on a Chevy Traverse
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How Long Do Tires Last?

Ownership brings extra responsibilities, and vehicle ownership is no different. Owners will periodically need to replace the tires on their vehicles, but when can you expect to need to do that? Here’s a look at how long tires generally last, how maintenance can make them last as long as possible, and how you’ll know it’s …

The contact breakers for a Honda CB750 ignition system
2 Wheels

Classic Motorcycle Ignition Systems Are Simpler Yet More Complicated

For those looking to start riding a classic motorcycle, know that it comes with some unique, and more frequent, maintenance needs. These bikes have manually-adjusting carburetors, for example, and shorter overall service intervals. Plus, those used to modern computerized ignition systems might be overwhelmed when it comes time to fixing a classic motorcycle’s system. But …

RV camper drives on road with winter landscape
Tips, Tricks & Trends

How to Winterize Your Diesel Engine

Winter is upon us. Depending on where you live and what you drive, you may have varying levels of experience with “winterizing” your home, RV, Motorcycle, or even car. Winterizing, for those who may not know, is the process of preparing your gear for sustained low temperatures. Diesel-powered vehicles are particularly vulnerable to low temperatures. …

Two high school students change a car's engine oil
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Should You Get Your Engine Oil Analyzed?

Regularly changing your oil is a classic and constant part of vehicle maintenance. One that, with modern engineering capabilities and the rise of synthetic engine oil, has dropped in frequency somewhat. However, some people go beyond simply replacing their engine oil and send it off for analysis. But why do they do it? And should …

A rider using the kickstarter on a 1967 Norton P11 motorcycle
2 Wheels

Does a Motorcycle Kickstarter Work Like an Electric Starter Motor?

If you plan on riding a classic motorcycle, you’ll naturally notice several differences compared to a modern bike. Carburetors instead of fuel injectors, for example, and fewer electronics. And depending on how old the motorcycle is, it may have a kickstarter instead of an electric starter. So, how does it work—and is it worth keeping …

A race official inspects a NASCAR carburetor
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How Do You Adjust a Carburetor?

If you’ve been eyeing a classic car or motorcycle, know that their maintenance schedules are typically shorter than their modern counterparts. Oil changes are more frequent, for example. Plus, even the best-kept vintage vehicles are, well, vintage—and time decays all eventually. And one of the biggest changes is learning to live with and adjust a …

A cutaway ZF dual-mass engine flywheel
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Is a Lightweight Engine Flywheel a Worthwhile Upgrade?

Adding more power via something like a turbocharger is a common-enough idea. But some modifications, rather than increasing raw performance, are about tweaking a car’s character in subtler ways. You can install a short shifter, for example, or swap your transmission’s gear ratios. Or you can give your car a lighter engine flywheel, or a …

2018 Lamborghini Urus carbon-ceramic brakes
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Is Giving Your Car Carbon-Ceramic Brakes Worth It?

Your brake pads, like your rotors, aren’t just maintenance items. As with your tires, wheels, intake, and exhaust, you can swap them out for upgraded versions. And when it comes to high-performance cars, carbon-ceramic brakes are a common feature. But are these ceramic brakes a modification worth pursuing? What’s different about carbon-ceramic brakes? Although a …

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Do ‘Odometer Fraud’ Scams Still Happen Today?

Finding the perfect used car can come with a lot of headaches and crossed fingers depending on what kind of shape it’s in. And while we always advise getting a pre-purchase inspection done when you purchase a used car, there could be hidden issues that you might find out about later on. One such issue …

Checking the oil level in a vehicle engine using a dipstick
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The Dangers of Putting Too Much Oil in Your Car

Your gas-powered vehicle uses an engine with tons of moving parts. To keep this expensive unit running, you need to change the oil every few thousand miles, whether you do it yourself or have someone else perform the maintenance. If you don’t, you run the risk of ruining the motor. And replacing it isn’t cheap.  …

A woman clears snow from her car during a storm in Newton, MA, on December 05, 2020.
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Easy Ways to Open Frozen Car Doors and Locks

‘Tis the season! Yes, it’s time for the holidays and hot cocoa. But wintry conditions are also here for many parts of the country. Snow, sleet, and sub-zero temps are expected in many states this winter. And no matter how beefy your snow tires or powerful your vehicle, you won’t leave your driveway if your …

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Is Using OEM Parts on Your Car Worth the Extra Cost?

Proper maintenance is important when it comes to keeping your car running well for as long as possible. And while routine oil changes, tire rotations, and coolant flushes throughout your car’s life are imperative, it’s the little details, like using OEM parts, that can make a big difference in the long run. But is using …

car battery in the snow especially diesel truck batteries need to be tended to
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Can Cold Weather Damage Your Car’s Battery?

There’s almost nothing worse than being in a rush to get somewhere only to find out that your car won’t start. That dreadful chattering or ticking sound that’s only associated with a drained battery is the last thing you want to hear when you have to get to work on time or make it over …

Two K&N cabin air filters
Tips, Tricks & Trends

You Need To Change Your Cabin Air Filter

Whether you’re preparing your car for winter or simply doing regular maintenance, air filters are rarely at the top of the list. And when they are, it’s usually the air filter in the engine. However, with relatively few exceptions, cars also have cabin air filters. And yours probably needs to be changed. What does your …

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When Should I Replace My Car’s Shock Absorbers?

Maintaining your car is a little more involved than changing its oil and rotating the tires, especially if the car is older. So what about the bigger maintenance requirements like replacing your car’s shock absorbers? Is there a prescribed mileage or time required for those? Replace your car’s shocks as needed You might not be …

Cutting through roof of white metal camper van conversion to install ventilation window
Marine & RVs

Why Do RV Roofs Always Seem to Leak?

Most people who own a recreational vehicle know that RV roofs leak. It is one of the most common problems in the industry, yet many first-time buyers aren’t even aware of this ongoing issue. While a car can go a lifetime without a leaky roof, that isn’t the case for recreational vehicles. Most RV roofs …

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Have Food, Will Travel — Tips for Transporting Turkey and Sides

Thanksgiving might look a little bit different this year. Personal preferences on social distancing combined with gathering guidelines might stop us from having you standard extended-family get together, but that doesn’t mean people won’t still travel for the holidays. Keep your car from getting decked out with the family Thanksgiving meal this year with these …

mechanic working on some car issues
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Top 5 Reasons Your Car Isn’t Starting

Car problems are one of those feelings that are universal to all car owners. Whether it’s the rhythmic thumping of a flat tire or the *click click click* of a refusal to start, most of us have had that sense of dread and frustration. It can certainly serve to ruin your day, but some problems …

A mechanic bleeds a motorcycle's brakes
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Are Motorcycle Brakes as Easy To Bleed as Car Brakes?

Some aspects of car and motorcycle maintenance differ noticeably between the two vehicles. A car, for example, doesn’t have to worry about chain lubrication. However, both bikes and cars need their engine oil changed. If your bike is water-cooled, it needs a coolant flush, just like a car. And both motorcycles and cars have brakes, …