This filter is probably the only filter I as a mechanic would recommend as these filters are meant to last. These filters cost a little more than the average air filter but the benefits out way the price.

Reusable

Every filter that isn’t aftermarket is usually disposable and have to get replaced every 15k miles or so. K&N makes it so that their air filters are at the top of game so nobody can even compete with them. These are meant to last the entire life of the vehicle and a 10-year/Million mile limited warranty.

I don’t know of a single company that would even try to warranty out a air filter. That’s because K&N is the top dog and will keep your cars air flow at maximum performance.

Increased Performance

The high-flow cotton in the air filter allows over 50% added airflow whereas those crappy paper filters can only let so much air pass through. The greater airflow will cause some improvement in the horsepower and torque.

These air filters are tested on a Super Flow bench which is testing the aerodynamic qualities of the engine component.

Engine Protection

The top tier K&N filters have among thousands of micro cotton fibers which can catch dirt and protect the engine from internal damage. The filters are layered in oiled cotton to ensure that it will catch every particle with the airflow. Every filter is tested in a laboratory to make sure that their product meets every standard to the very dot.

Saving our planet

At least 100 million of those paper air filters are filled in landfills every year. K&N’s air filters provide no wasted other than the packaging. Choosing this style of air filter that lasts the entire age of the vehicle helps in saving the planet from the amount of unnecessary waste.

Removal and Installation

This air filter is so easy to install that you may want to do it yourself! K&N makes it fit just as easily as every other air filter on the market. Doing this also ensures that its easy to remove to wash and keep the air flow moving through intake.

Cleaning supplies

As someone who owns a K&N air filter I love these products they are designed to ensure that every little corner is cleaned. This means that you don’t have to waste more money installing a new filter and these bottles last so long I can’t put it into words.

Conclusion

As someone who loves to work and drive cars. K&N will always be my air filter brand to go with. Its a price that is affordable and I don’t think twice about buying it for every car I own. I tell my family and friends to use this product as it is reliable and affordable. What more could you ask for? A warranty? has it. As I have said this is the top dog and nobody can prove K&N otherwise.

As a person who owns a few cars. There is a chance that you will encounter some problems with one car shaking while you brake. Normally it is not a big deal but if not looked at it could be a bigger problem than it needs to be.

Now I am going to go over why your vehicle may experience shaking. I am going to list the most common reasons from most common to least common.

Break Pads and Rotors

This is the most common reason for a vehicle to be shaking. When the brake pedal is depressed, the caliper applies pressure to the brake pad. The harder you press the more pressure is applied.

The caliper pushes the pad into the rotor to stop the vehicles wheels from moving. Over the course of a vehicles lifespan especially colder states snow,dirt and other materials may get in between the pads.

So overt time rotors and pads get thinner making them easier to damage. While braking the friction between the pads and rotors causes immense heat which can cause the rotors to warp. This can also lead to further problems such as slipping brake pads.

To save yourself from these troubles make sure pads and rotors are checked in between every oil change. The more you brake, Or harder the sooner they need to be replaced.

If you don’t get the pads checked out there may be a loud grinding noise coming from the outside of the vehicle. This is a must need new brakes and rotors, If this is left unchecked you may have caliper problems and brake fluid leaking.

Guide pins/ Stuck Caliper

Dry/Stuck guide pins could be the main issue if the steering wheel shakes while coming to a complete stop. Guide pins are essential to the brake assembly as it guides the brake pads into the rotor so they do not wear unevenly.

To prevent uneven wearing every time the brake pads and rotors are done these pins are lubricated and cleaned so that the can move freely and without any dirt or moisture in the boot of the pins.

Pins will only get stuck if not lubricated correctly or if the boots on them got ripped causing dirt and moisture into it causing little or no movement.

Stuck calipers can happen in 3 ways the boot of the caliper got ripped and now the brake fluid leaks out, Dirt or moisture build up inside the ripped boot. The last way is that the pads are so worn that it is sticking out so far that its rubbing into the rotor.

Alignment

There may be an alignment problem if braking at high speeds such as 50 mph causes shaking. To verify that this may be the problem let the steering wheel go around that speed and see if it shakes at all. Be careful to not crash the car as this is a test not just letting god take the wheel. Only do this for a few seconds to make sure.

If the vehicle does not go to the left or right and goes in a straight line then it may not be an alignment but another concern.

Unbalanced Tires

This is a very common and inexpensive way that may cause the vehicle to shake while braking. If there are any unbalanced tires this will cause a massive shake in the front and or rear only at highway speeds. This would be a good time to check out if there are any uneven tire wear and if it needs and alignment.

Also rotating tires is a major factor to this. It is important to get tires rotated to prevent unbalance and prevent uneven tire wear. Techs should check tire wear every oil change and let you know if a rotate is needed.

Bent Wheel Rims

When a balance is done a tech should inspect if a wheel is bent. If the wheel is bent they can balance it if its not terrible. Going over a pothole or a curb may cause a rim to bend which throws off the balance of the tire. If the bend is to much over a distance a new rim will be needed in order to ensure the safety of the driver.

Conclusion

If you ever have a problem where the car and/or the steering wheel shakes. Take it to a shop and verify the problem most of the time it is a balance or Brakes. So in any scenario be ready for worst case as vehicles are not cheap and small problems can become bigger ones the longer you let the problem occur.

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.

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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.

Conclusion

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.

Misfires

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!

Conclusion

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.

Conclusion

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.

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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.

Thermostat

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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!