- What should you do if your brakes fail?
Nobody ever thinks about their car’s brakes. It’s just one of those functions we take for granted. Press the pedal, slow down, stop. Repeat as necessary. Pretty simple, right?
Yep, the whole process is as simple as it gets – until the brakes stop working. Brake failure is one of the most common causes of road accidents, immediately behind steering and tire problems. How brakes fail is due to many factors: negligence, road hazards, or maybe a small issue that quickly becomes a big problem.
- And We Have a Winner! Announcing the Ultimate Gearhead Quiz Marathon Contest Champion
After 10 weeks, neck-and-neck competition, tough trivia questions and a serious display of classic auto IQ, the BuyAutoParts.com Ultimate Gearhead Quiz Marathon Contest has concluded.
- Boosting Engine Performance Turbocharger Upgrades and Other Critical Areas to Focus On
With a general trend towards raising emissions standards both domestically and internationally, the consensus among automotive executives over the past few years has been to prioritize fuel efficiency over performance.
- 3 Quick Tips for Buying the Most Affordable Auto Parts
Whenever you purchase auto parts, does it seem like your budget’s already taken a huge hit? Do you cringe whenever you leave the auto parts store with a water pump, alternator, exhaust pipe or other components? Has the dreaded “labor” part of the mechanic’s bill taken a backseat to your parts expenses? It’s time you looked into why you’re spending so much, and come up with a better way to buy more affordable auto parts.
- Labor Day: What You Didn't Know about Auto Repair Labor Rates
With Labor Day approaching, thoughts naturally turn toward backyard BBQs, the end of summer, insanely expensive car repair labor rates, another school year for the kids and autumn, which is suddenly right around the bend.
OK, so Labor Day isn’t really about the ultra-pricy rates we pay for car repair labor – but now is a great time to review some things you might now know about the subject.
- How to Save Money at the Mechanic's with Affordable Car Parts
If you’re not planning to do it yourself for your next car repair, you can still save money at your mechanic’s shop.
- How Do I Keep My AC Cold? [Infographic]
Air conditioning is like iced tea. Nobody ever said, “Wow, this lukewarm iced tea is awesome!” Same goes for your car’s AC system – it has to be cold. Tepid simply won’t cut it. With this in mind, we’ll review some ways to keep that AC air freezing (not quite see-your-breath cold, but darn close).
- The Ultimate Buyers Guide of the Best Gifts for Mechanics
What’s in your toolbox? Do you need a big boost of function and a little “fun factor?” Sometimes, a new tool can bring a little joy back into working on your car. Much like the proverbial “kid on Christmas day,” even rough-and-tumble mechanics get excited with a new tool. Hey, we’re all kids at heart, right?
- Top Ten Celebrity Gearheads
Think “gearhead,” and you probably come up with images of blue-collar guys working on cars. And grease – plenty of grit and grime. What most people DON’T associate the term “gearhead” with are celebrities. For some reason, we all think that wealth and fame automatically excludes a certain segment of the population from the everyday endeavors of Joe Sixpack.
- How Automotive AC Works
It’s funny how some of us take our car’s air conditioning for granted. When it’s hot outside, we just click the “AC” button and turn the fan setting to “MAX” – without ever giving it a second thought. The Evaporator, AC Condenser and everything else do their jobs, and everything’s OK. The only time we really think about how everything works is when it doesn’t work. We’ve compiled this graphic to show exactly what happens when your air conditioning system is up and running. It’s not quite magic – a lot of science is involved – but the dynamic interplay between all the components (AC Compressor, Condenser, Drier and other key players) is pretty cool (actually cold!) to consider.