How Often Should You Get a Tune Up?

When Should You Tune up a Vehicle

There really is no perfect answer for how often should you tune up a vehicle.  Whether or not it is time for a tune up is going to depend on a few important factors.  Just remember that if your vehicle is running fine,  there is no real need to tune up a modern vehicle.  They … Read more

Black Exhaust Smoke → Symptoms + Diagnosis

Black smoke coming from your car or truck’s exhaust is a concerning problem.  Different colored exhaust can mean different things.  Black smoke is typically of greater concern than most other colors, as it indicates that there could be a serious engine problem. Specifically, it usually indicates that the air/fuel mixture is too rich.   Black … Read more

Bad Alternator Symptoms and Diagnosis

A bad alternator can leave your vehicle without power and unable to move.  Alternators don’t always go bad in the exact same way.  We’ll cover the symptoms of when an alternator goes bad, and how to diagnose a bad one (which is really pretty easy).     How an Alternator Works An alternator’s job is … Read more

Honda P1259: VTEC System → Malfunction

In a Honda made vehicle, P1259 means that there is a malfunction in the VTEC system.  It is a manufacturer specific code, which means that it means the same thing for Honda and Acura made vehicles.  The VTEC system is an integral part of most Honda’s.  It stands for Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic … Read more

Door Ajar Warning Light Stays On: Diagnosis

The door ajar message can help you get a door all the way closed when you otherwise wouldn’t notice it.  Over the life of a vehicle, it is possible for the door ajar warning to stay on even when the doors are, in fact, not ajar.   The door ajar warning staying on is usually … Read more

Transmission Overheating: Symptoms + Causes

Heat is the worst thing that can happen to your transmission.  An overheating transmission will dramatically shorten its service life.  If you suspect that your transmission is overheating, doing something about it now can keep you from an expensive transmission repair.  Low transmission fluid is the number one cause of an overheating transmission. Allowing your … Read more

Key Stuck In Ignition Diagnosis

There are a few common reasons why your car key might get stuck in the ignition.  The good news is that it’s often easily un-stuck.  Whatever you do, don’t start trying to rip the key out of the ignition.  That can cause bigger problems. This article is written with the assumption that your key is … Read more

P0420 Pontiac Torrent

This page is meant to help you troubleshoot the Pontiac Torrent P0420 trouble code. It covers Pontiac Torrent P0420 meaning, symptoms, causes, and possible solutions. In the Torrent, OBDII P0420 is often caused by a bad oxygen sensor, but there can be other causes as well. One of the most common trouble codes with all … Read more

P0420 Chevy Captiva

This page is meant to help you troubleshoot the Chevy Captiva P0420 trouble code. It covers Chevy Captiva P0420 meaning, symptoms, causes, and possible solutions. In the Captiva, OBDII P0420 is often caused by a bad oxygen sensor, but there can be other causes as well. One of the most common trouble codes with all … Read more