Hello today we will be going over the infamous penny test for tread depth on a tire. This is the cheapest way to check if you need new tires! This test is quick and easy can help you decide when you need new tires.

Penny test

To check your tread depth you don’t need a tread depth tester or the smarts . Find a penny it is all that you will need!

Place the penny in the tread upside down, Lincolns head should go into the groove head first in other words.

If you can see Lincolns head you’re still good, but the tread is getting low and you need to think about getting new tires. If Lincolns head is fully visible you need new tires that means the tread depth is beneath 2/32 and it is illegal to drive with.

Do the penny test multiple times as in the other grooves in each tire. If in any tire you can see Lincolns full head in any groove you need new tires.

If in any of the grooves there’s more tread there are many ways that could happen such as Over inflation, under inflation, suspension, alignment and many more things.

The Penny Test: Measuring Tire Tread Depth | Tire America
Tire Tread Depth | Firestone Complete Auto Care

Why check your tread depth?

With good tire depth, your vehicle will be able to grip the road very well. This is very important especially when its wet, snowy or on a dirt road. It also helps prevent you from hydroplaning. Once the tread depth is less than ideal the tires are more likely to slip and slide making you dangerous to everyone else on the road.

When the tires are worn many other components may be worn as well. As the tires wear the rest of the vehicle slowly feels the strain more and more as the tread gets less. While tires may be a bit on the pricey side they will definitely be worth the investment.

Check your tread today!

Grab some spare change from the piggy bank. Give the penny test a shot it’ll only cost a cent! pun intended it’ll only take a few minutes and find out if it’s the right time to make a big investment on some tires.


As someone who has experience with tires check the tread depth. It takes no time and literally no money. Not checking your tires could lead you into some serious issue in the near future.

Hello there today we will be going over why a vehicle may misfire at idle.

Any car that has been maintained well should run and drive great. Even though as time goes on the engine falls into a time of needing repairs.

When the cars engine begins to vibrate and shake there may be some noticeable issues while you drive. The shaking may be hard to notice from the engine because the road may feel bumpy.

Though once the car has been stopped, the idling may feel very bad or super rough. The good thing is a Auto mechanic can fix this with not much trouble.

Here are the 3 biggest reasons as to why a engine may have a rough idle.


The biggest cause and easiest to fix is an engine misfire. This is probably the main reason as to why most engines will have a rough idle.

Every car contains at least 4 cylinders some up to 8 cylinders. Each of these cylinders provide the help of combustion of gas and air.

A misfire will occur if the combustion fails to occur in one cylinder or more. Most times a misfire will happen in only a few ways.

The main is loosing the spark as time goes on the spark plugs begin to wear. The spark plugs take the responsibility of the combustion creating a spark that ignites the air-fuel mixture.

A spark plug that is damaged or dirty will start to fail. Also bad wiring or cracked distributor caps will prevent spark plugs from operating properly.

A misfire may also stem from the incorrect air to fuel ratio. If the mixture contains too much fuel, this is know as running rich.

If the engine has to much air and to little fuel this is known as running lean. Misfires also happen because of a loss in compression.

An exhaust valve and a blown head gasket can often start to lead this occurring issue.

No matter what may cause the misfire will through the engine out of sync. This could become so bad that the engine may stall out.

Vacuum Leaks

For an engine to run correctly, the engine must properly control the amount of air the system takes in. Sadly sometimes there may be air leaks that occur in the engine.

The leaks are called vacuum leaks because it throws off the air to fuel ratio. This causes the excess air to go into the system causing a lean fuel condition.

As said earlier in the article a lean ratio will cause a misfire leading the car to have a rough idle.

For a vacuum leak this calls for a mechanic to identify the correct source of the vacuum leak. Leaks will occur mostly around carbs, throttle body gasket, intake manifolds, and other vacuum fittings.

Other problems such as a EGR valve and a PCV valve could make these same exact issues occur. Be aware that vacuum leaks may lead to other idle problems.

If a car begins to constantly idle at a high speed there may be a vacuum leak.

Fuel injectors

Other issues cause rough idle may include the fuel injectors. Fuel injectors let certain amounts of fuel into the engine causing combustion.

When the fuel injector begins to get dirty, it will begin to not give the correct amount of fuel for the combustion.

If the gas going in isn’t the correct amount the RPM of the vehicle will go dangerously low. The worse the injector is, the rougher the engine becomes.

Soon the engine will be starved for the fuel it desires and will stall entirely, luckily fuel injector cleaners work wonders.

Rough idle creates a stressful situation for any car owners so make sure to get it checked out when you can!


Misfire at idle only

This concludes the article please if you have any questions or concerns please email me. Thank you for reading.

Hello today we will be going over why the car idles rough but drives smooth.

On most newer cars are relatively quiet and ride nice the new stuff and functions work very well. Now a bit into the future this car got nosier and having a rougher ride.

There is a lot of things that may go wrong causing you to get a little creative.

Just because the car is getting older doesn’t mean that you are going to need a new car. A little bit of TLC will go a long way to get your car back into the action.

Older cars may experience rough idling or vibrations that can be eradicated just by simple maintenance.

Why Does My Car Idle Rough?

A engine needs the correct air and fuel ratios to obtain the smoothest combustion process.A well functioning engine that is receiving the optimal mixture of air and fuel is to be able to make a smoother ride as well as.

Generating the power that is required to operate critical systems such as the power steering,air conditioning, electrical system, and the cooling system.

A vehicle that is idling rough produces a sluggish feeling and strange vibrations. The reason is more than likely a failed system in the engine and it needs attention before the engine quits.

Also the poor fuel efficiency and poor performance, trouble starting, high RPM’s/low RPM’s, bad idling may be precursor to demanding engine problems in the future.

Vibrations and rough idling should be taken as a warning sign to get the vehicle to a repair shop. Before the costly repairs come in driving it like that.

Worn Out Spark Plugs

Combustion needs fuel,air and the spark. The spark plug and wires and ignition coils help produce the voltage to ignite the system.

The air/fuel mixture in each of the cylinders. Overtime, spark plugs collect oil and carbon deposits that lessen the performance created during the ignition.

Replace spark plugs every 30k-50k miles for the best performance possible and to prevent damage.

Vacuum Leaks

In the engine bay there are many hoses that slither around the engine . The hoses are meant to create a vacuum seal for the air and fuel controlled by the throttle to regulate air flow.

This also controls engine speed and the vacuum within the intake manifold. After a couple of years go by the exposure to extreme temperatures cause damage.

The rubber in hoses wear down and develop leaks. If to much air is added to the air/fuel ratio it can cause the misfires and rough idle.

Have a certified automotive technician inspect these every 50k miles. For cracks,breaks, or dryness.

Clogged Fuel Injectors

A car that is idling rough but drives smoothly may be because of broken motor mounts. The motor mounts help hold the engine when the RPM’s increase.

These mounts are what keep it in place. Broken or weak mounts are unable to support the engine properly, making the vibrations at idle.

Though there’s no schedule to getting them replaced, the average life of a motor mounts life is around 5-10 years. Get them inspected every so often.

What To Do If Your Car Is Idling Rough

As you drive the vehicle is taking air through the intake into the engine. However to prevent dirt, debris and other contaminated stuff from damaging delicate components.

The engine is equipped with an air filter. The air filter slowly becomes clogged and may do more harm than good because the proper ratio of air is not going into the engine.

If the incorrect of air is not going through the engine this can cause rough idling and poor fuel economy. Air filters need to be replaced every 15k miles.

If the car is struggling to idle or poorly start. Replace the air filter. If this doesn’t fix it visit a auto shop to get it checked out.

Rough or bad idling is not something a car should do. Routine maintenance will help in the case of preventing major damage to the engine.

This can help sure the parts are operating correctly. If an older car starts vibrating and maintenance has been maintained go to an auto shop immediately.


Always be up on the maintenance on a vehicle shaking is not good. Car idling rough but runs smooth. This is a very scary problem that will need to be checked out as soon as possible, Thanks for reading

Hello today we will be going over potential reasons a car may be overheating while in idle and the possible things you may have to fix.

Having your engine overheating at idle is not small problem it’s a big problem that needs a solution fast. Engines that are overheating are at risk of warping and potential loss of engine life.

If the engine begins to overheat Immediately pull over and get a tow this way you will be able to save the car without major issues occurring to the vehicle.

Engine Coolant Temp Gauge | Fire Line Equipment

Bad coolant

One of the main reasons a car begins to overheat is the coolant system is at a fault. Coolants main job is to keep the engine at a certain temperature for best performance and gas mileage.

If a coolant level is low or is contaminated this could cause a plug in the system and lead to the engine to overheat while in traffic. This is a big cause to when a car overheats at idle.


The thermostats main purpose is to tell the coolant when to enter the engine so that it does not exceed the factory temperature. As the engine gets warmer the thermostat opens the valve allowing coolant into the engine while coolant in the engine gets out to cool down.

If there’s a problem with the thermostat the engine could be too cold or to hot since it may always be closed or always open. This causes the car overheating at idle leading to engine problems.

Cracked Radiator/Fan

These two are big things that can cause issues to come fast. This could happen while in stop and go traffic for the fan since there’s no air coming through the grill to keep the engine cooling down.

If it overheats only when you stop this means the fan may be broken or disconnected which is an easy fix. The cracked radiator is a different situation it is a loss of coolant and constant overheating which should be checked out immediately.

Never Open A Hot Radiator

The reason a fan may not be working could be multiple reasons to electrical failure, damaged fan, faulty radiator temp sensor and so on. There is even the possibility that something could be holding the fan blades back.

Well this is it thanks for reading means a lot this is it for car overheats at idle.

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Hello there today I will be going over the Rhino Ramps max and how useful they are to me and the strength compared to metal ramps.

So the Rhino car ramps that I had bought at my local parts store are very useful compared to the metal ones I also have.

The Pros of the Rhino car ramps are the amount of weight it can hold. These car ramps can hold up to 16,000 pounds! Which means any 3500 trucks can use these (if there’s no extra weight in the bed of the vehicle/modifications).

There is also many other things that the Rhino ramps provide for the common consumer such as non-skid base which reduces slippage when moving the vehicle onto and off the car ramps.

This is a big help because most other car ramps do not provide non-skid technology so it is harder to get the vehicle up without the ramps moving.

The Rhino ramps also provide the easy access for getting underneath the vehicle for oil changes especially lower clearance vehicles.

The best thing about these ramps is that they are completely portable and easy too manipulate. The weight of these are around 20 pounds total.

Cons of Metal ramps

A big factor with metal ramps that turns me away is that metal ramps will always slide. To add to that they will also damage whatever they slide on and leave a mark.

This does not make anyone happy doing damage to their garage floor or driveway. The Rhino ramps do not do this so everyone is smiling because the product does its job.

Another thing about the metal car ramps is that they slowly rust where as Rhino ramps are plastic so they can last forever if you take good care of them.

Overall though Rhino ramps have most if not all competitors beat with the none skid technology and the incredible weight capacity.

To end this off I strongly believe the Rhino car ramps are the best to use out of any ramps for personal use.


Here’s a picture of my truck up on the ramps with no problem at all for doing oil changes!

Here is a link for the 16,000 pound product link which I think is totally worth buying!


Hello there! Today we shall be going over what a Mass air flow (MAF) sensor is and how to clean one.

What is a MAF sensor? Here is a picture as to what you’d be cleaning.


MAF in detail

A MAF sensor monitors the temperature and percentage of air entering the engine. The computer within the vehicle checks that information to make sure the car doesn’t run lean or rich and other operation conditions.

This sensor is worked by using a platinum wire that is heated and is measuring the amount of air to keep it at constant temperature. Over the course of time there will be dirt and grime that gets up into the wired plate as the picture above shows.

Then because of this they get baked on the metal wiring from the airstream. This will cause poor gas mileage, starting issues, idle and acceleration problems with the vehicle.

Most car brands say if the MAF is like this that you should replace it. But if you are smart and clean the MAF sensor regularly there’s no need to replace it because it’ll still be running at top efficiency.

MAF cleaner costs around 10$ so clean it like every oil change to avoid spending 300$ to replace it. So we can go over how to do it so there’s no need to panic.

But before you get all in the air system and the air filter and the throttle body to see how the system is all set up. Make sure that the proper tools are available to your disposal.

Once all the tools are in hand locate the MAF between the throttle body and the air filter. Before anything is done make sure you know how to take it apart and put it back together.

Take a video or watch a youtube video on the specific vehicle and carefully remove the MAF sensor not to damage it while cleaning it.

Spray the cleaner onto the wire plating do not scrub as this could damage the wire mesh. Allow the MAF to completely dry before reinstalling it into the air duct .

Well that should be all on helping you clean the MAF sensor. Make sure this is done carefully and correctly for good results. Thanks for reading means alot!

Hello there! Today we shall be going over some of the possible symptoms of a radiator hose leak. Along with this some other important things that are a need to know basis.

First off the vehicles cooling system is very important because it takes care of your engine by preventing it from overheating. The main thing is the radiator and several other parts that are connected to it.

Such as the heater core, water pump, thermostat, heater fans, and transmission cooler lines. When a radiator hose fails its a complete mess to the cooling system. It will be easy to find as long as you can look underneath the car as well.

Leaking Hoses

One of the first things to look for is a line with cracks or a separated line. A good functioning radiator should have metal clamps and feel stiff against the hoses.

Some hoses may break if there begins to be major swelling in the lines this includes cracks,leaks and even holes. As I have found out the hard way a hose may be in fine condition but the metal clip or a fitting may have broken off causing the separation.

When you begin to check the engine bay for a coolant hoses make sure to remember which ones you checked.

First there’s the upper coolant hose connecting from the water pump to the radiator. Then you’ll find anywhere from 1-4 heater hoses with one serving as the input and the other as the output.

The output runs from the heater core to the thermostat. There is also a bleeder hose towards the bottom of the radiator. There are also a lower radiator hose and a steam hose.

These will become defective shortly one after the other so once you check one check the others as well to see if they need replacement.

Leak Detected

Most hoses on there last life leak before they break. The best way to find out if there’s a leak is to see if there’s coolant on the ground where you park. Another is to check fluid levels every time you get gas.

If either has occurred pop that hood and start looking at the cooling system. Check each hose and clamps well pull on each hose to see if loose and clamps if the are broken. If all checks out water pump or the radiator may have cracks.

Check engine

The dashboard which most people do not even bother to look at. There is the speedometer, temperature gauge, battery voltage, oil pressure, and the fuel gauge.

There is more than a check engine light since not everything is apart of the engine as most do no know. There is actually a gauge for low coolant levels which you’d hope to never see.

If anyone reading this has that light on pull over and call a tow. The vehicle is loosing coolant and the radiator may fail if the driving continues.

Overheating Radiator

Most people do not keep an eye on their vehicles temperature gauge. This should be checked almost every 30 seconds while driving to make sure it stays in its normal area.

If the temperature gauge begins to move up then the engine is beginning to overheat which is dangerous and can cost as low as 500$. Pull over immediately check the cooling system while the vehicle is off. Call a tow while checking the hoses to determine the problem.

A broken hose is a big issue do not take it lightly. Do not put this off this could lead to a complete breakdown and leave you stranded. The worst that could happen is the engine overheats and pistons begin to melt.

What to take from this

If any of these symptoms are occurring it could potentially be a failing radiator hose. The hoses are easier and cheap to fix than a radiator which means that you cannot afford to not replace it when told to.

Checking the hoses when the owners manual says to can help you in the longevity of the vehicle. This will help with maintaining the vehicles entire cooling system.


Never leave a coolant hose leaking. You may think putting in coolant is easier than replacing the line but in the end it will do more harm. Thanks for reading check for more soon!

Hello today we will be going over what Cataclean is and what it will do for your catalytic converters.

Well what is a catalytic converter? It helps reduce the air pollution so that it could do less harm to people and do less damage to the environment. The catalytic converter also helps quiet down the exhaust to make all the neighbors around you happy.

What is Cataclean and how do I use it?

Cataclean is an additive that is meant for the fuel and exhaust system. It is a cleaner that has been approved by the EPA(Environmental Protection Agency). This product works to reduce the carbon build inside of the vehicles catalytic converter(s).

Cataclean isn’t just meant for the catalytic converter. The distinctive formula that is also helping clean other crucial parts inside of the exhaust and fuel system. In the fuel system we have the oxygen sensors, fuel injectors, cylinder head, fuel regulator and much more.

Now like fuel injector cleaner this is poured into the gas tank of the vehicle. Unlike fuel injector cleaner this does not affect the fuel composition. There are specific formulas that are designed for different gas vehicles such as gas,hybrid and diesel. That means a big 3500 truck could use this and all the way down to a Geo metro.

In the details of the manufacturer the product cataclean can lower emissions by at most 50%. This product has been proven to be so efficient that all 50 states allow the use of it.

This formula is a distinctive combination of hydrocarbons and fuel additives. These components are used for the soul purpose of the fuel combustion process. Other competitor products work before the combustion process to remove the mess that has been built from the inside.

What happens if I don’t clean my catalytic converter and it builds up?

There is a handful of things that may go wrong with the vehicle when a catalytic converter isn’t running correctly. Such as:

-Loss of horsepower from the carbon buildup. no more racing and wining sadly.

-loss of MPG basically more fuel for the same task.

-more carbon emissions which is not good.

-Vehicle can become louder which is good if you like it but still bad.

-Exhaust has a burnt smell coming out.

If you don’t pay attention to this the side effects can cause an improperly running vehicle to shut down. If not careful this could happen depending on how long it runs like that.

How this process with catalytic converter happens.

This is the way of creating the less harmful emissions will cause the catalytic converter to naturally get worn out. If the catalytic converter has buildup that means it has been doing its job to protect us from harmful emissions.

When the build up exceeds to far the catalytic converter is no longer able to run as efficient as it once did. This will indeed cause the air to fuel ratio to be incorrect. This term is called ”running rich”.

Over long periods of time the catalytic itself will stop working and be worn past its use. This will happen in almost all vehicle just as parts need to be replaced as everyone knows. Cataclean may help prevent this by extending its use but in the end it will more than likely need to be replaced.

Process of using Cataclean

This process is beyond easy there is no possible way to mess it up so be confident!

Step one: Open the seal on the cataclean. Make sure the vehicle has 1/4 tank so this can run its course faster. Then pour the bottle into the fuel tank in the same spot you would pour gas.

Step Two: drive the vehicle for around 10-20 minutes around higher speeds so the catalclean can run through the system.

Step Three: If the check engine light is on clear it after the driving has been done so it has some knowledge on how the car is running with cataclean.

Step Four: Refill the gas now. Fill it as you normally would since we already drove it.

Step Five: If there are error codes still appearing drive at least 50 miles to let the OBD2 do its work.

If these steps are followed the catalytic converter should be clean and ready for use. Sometimes this may take a bit for the cleaner to work its way through the system. The next time you fill up it should have worked its way through.

Thank you for reading I hope this really helps!

Hello there! Today I will be hopefully going over some of the reasons a O2 sensor may cause your car to turn off as I just had to work on one myself.

On most vehicles there are at least 2 oxygen sensors the upstream (before the catalytic converter) and the downstream (after the catalytic converter).

Anyway oxygen sensors will eventually need to be replaced on all vehicles it just depends on the year of the car. There is a few signs that I will go over so that we can tell if the car needs a new O2 sensor.

In many cases the first thing noticeable is the decreased fuel economy. A bad O2 sensor will cause the air-fuel mixture ratio to be incorrect. So the car may be running to rich (rich: meaning the engine is receiving too much fuel and too little air.) Which will directly impact the fuel system.

Engine light

Next we have a Blinking check engine light the illuminates or another indicator lamp on your dash. This may be one of the reasons the check engine light is one which in some cases it is.

Another way to tell if there is a bad O2 sensor is a failure to pass the smog test. In the EPA(Environmental Protection Agency) and our happy CARP(California Air Resource Board) 50ish to 60% of all the smog tests and emission test related failure are caused by the defective oxygen sensors. Which may cause really low or really high CO emissions.

Another way is poor performance such as rough idling. Example: when car is running in park and it feels like rumbling and one low RPM from dying.

Stalling is another that is mixed into the rough idling. When the car is running and RPM dips then goes back up to stop the car from dying.

The best way to tell if the vehicle is using a code reader that has a OBD2 checker. Cars from 1996 and up area required to have this interface in their systems.

A code reader with this feature will show you the defects in the cars exhaust system. If the oxygen sensor has failed you. The code will show up if you do a live test or just check through the modules.

Well I hope this helps out it is not much but these are the main causes that an O2 sensor is starting to fail or is failing. Thank you so much for reading this it means a lot!

Here we are going to be talking about the hopeful pros and cons on having a muffler delete stick around to find out.


Mufflers are meant to help keep emissions to a minimal and to keep the vehicle as quite as possible.

Cost efficient

While we talk about the potential benefits of the muffler delete pros and cons the cost effective way is to use. This device is to make sure that the exhaust pipe is running to about factory specs or better.

The best part is the muffler can always be replaced because of the accessibility.

Horsepower improved

The muffler that comes with a vehicle decreases a cars performance. When the muffle delete occurs the performance increases.

This also helps mainly because there is nothing blocking the exhaust path or any crap clogging the exhaust pipe.

This is true to many older cars that were built 20 or so years ago. Removing the muffler will increase the exhaust air flow while letting the engine back pressure still being good.

Many older style mufflers are more closed off than the modern mufflers of today. So this is a understandable reason as to why muffler deletes provide a benefit to older cars.

This makes the American Muscle come out in a car but the specs for the horsepower and torque that are gained are quite the treat.

Overall this is not true if we are talking about modern cars. More car brands are making mufflers that have improved exhaust flow without the satisfying noise.

In many cases doing a muffler delete will only give the sound and nothing extra to the vehicle. Also now that it is a newer car it may go into ECU or LIMP mode and a check engine light may occur.

Roaring lion

The main reason people want to remove their muffler is for that crisp sound. The sound of the engine while driving gets better with a muffler delete.

Now a muffler delete will open in the inner aura of the exhaust system. The air rushing through the exhaust will come out loud and aggressive.

Most people like myself get addicted to the sound of the exhaust when the pedal goes to the metal. The crackling afterwards is to die for but now be careful.

Most people do not like modified exhausts especially my neighbors. Nobody will appreciate a straight piped car roaring around early in the morning.


When you begin to dust people with the improved horsepower. More people will begin to notice the clean rear end of the vehicle. No muffler hanging out below making the car irresistible and perfect just as you wanted.

Another great thing is that a muffler ways a good 20-30 pounds so now it may not seem like a lot, but that will take some stress off the vehicle.


Why are you booing of course there is harm to muffler deletes…or is there?

Noise control

As the acceleration increases the sound gets to be more satisfying but, the muffle delete system will also start a very noticeable droning sound at normal speeds.

A straight pipe drone can get super annoying that will cause the NVH tuning of the interior. You will not be pleased on longer drives.

The idling cry

If you cut out a muffler or remove it from a modern day car this will cause the ECU chip to go crazy. Making the performance go bad and terrible idle.

This can be avoided if you purchase a Catback exhaust system, Higher flow muffler or a Tune chip to make up for the lost muffler. If the muffler just gets sawed off there will be major issues in the near future.


The place where the muffler is cut may cause an issue. A straight pipe will leave you will a lot of gunk and dirt. The best part is this gunk may be able to mess with paint on your vehicle so make sure to stay up on cleaning the muffler.


At the end of the day the exhaust is better off performance wise. If a muffler delete occurs do it in a way so that the performance is saved. If the performance is not stick away from doing it unless there is a better option. Mufflers deletes are good for sound don’t get it wrong but be careful on how or where you do it.

Thank you for reading it means a lot and goes a long way!