Wintertime Road Trip Checklist
Keep safe and warm on road trips in cold weather by keeping car fluids topped up, the fuel tank full, and watching out for black ice.

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How to Safely Drive Your Car When It’s Raining
Driving in rainy weather means giving the road your full attention, ensuring you have good tires, and your windshield wipers are effective.
The Most and Least Expensive Cars to Maintain
Luxury cars, such as BMWs, are the most expensive and Toyotas are the most cost efficient. Driving style also affects car maintenance costs.
How to Start a Car in Cold Weather
Battery, oil, and fuel problems can make a car difficult to start in cold weather. Find out how to prevent starting issues related to weather.
How Far Can You Drive Your Vehicle on Empty?
Knowing how many miles you can drive on an empty gas tank prevents getting stranded. Nissan Altimas can go the farthest when the low fuel light is on.

Q: Car died while driving, won't start, but it turns over

Hello, thank you for writing in. Due to just having to jump the battery, this is the first component to check. Have it tested with a voltmeter, or at your local automotive parts store. If the battery was low but...

Q: My Honda shows a B1 service due - what does that mean?

A1= oil change only without filter B1= oil and filter change and a tire rotation B2= engine air filter and cabin air filter replacement B3= Transmission fluid replacement These are the codes and what they should be for your...

Q: Hybrid has a rough time starting

The Prius uses the small 12 volt battery to operate the computer and accessories. It uses the big hybrid battery to crank over the engine by turning the electric drive motor. If the 12 volt battery dies, you cannot power...

Q: Engine misfires and check engine light is always on

It’s always a good idea to pull over and turn off your vehicle when the check engine light is blinking. A blinking check engine light usually means there is a severe misfire in one or more of the cylinders. Most...

Q: My truck shakes when I hit the gas

This issue is most commonly caused by the driveline shaft's slip-yoke and splines. It is caused by the two piece driveshaft slip joint binding up when the two shafts slide in and out of each other. This will mainly occur...

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Q: P0301

Diagnostic Trouble Code P0301 means that Cylinder No. 1 is misfiring but the causes of that can be very varied. The fuel injector could simply be dead or there is little cylinder compression due to a burned valve or leaky...

Q: oil drain plug

You would use a bolt-out spiral fluted socket. A common example of this tool is the Craftsman 10 pc. Damaged Bolt/Nut Remover Set Low Profile Bolt-Out (Item # 00952166000P Model # 52166). However, Irwin makes a set as well and...

Q: Bad starter or bad battery?

Be sure any engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated, thus preventing the car from starting. The battery should be load tested by a professional. Load testing can only be reliably performed on a fully charged battery. If the...