The 2017 Tucson's rearview camera
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How to Add a Backup Camera to Your Car

Backup, or rearview, cameras have been widely popular over the past decade due to their widespread use in new cars as well as the added layer of safety they provide. Of course, having a backup camera in your car doesn’t mean that you can completely forgo looking over your shoulder to ensure that the coast …

The intake manifold, throttle body, and throttle cable of a 1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Your Throttle Cable Could Use an Adjustment

Getting an internal-combustion engine up and running requires a lot of moving parts. And without proper maintenance, the entire process can grind (sometimes literally) to a halt. Hence why fuel injectors sometimes need cleaning and spark plugs need changing, and so on. But some maintenance items need attention even if the part in question isn’t …

A low-angle shot of the 2020 Honda Civic Type R's wing
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A Car Spoiler Is Not the Same Thing as a Wing

Spoilers, whether factory equipment or aftermarket accessories are usually visual shorthand for a performance-oriented car. Or at least a vehicle pretending to be one. Given their shape, car spoilers are understandably often referred to as wings. However, although these terms are often used interchangeably, they’re not synonymous. Wings don’t help cars fly—they help them not …

A Citroen with its fog lights on drives on a foggy British roadway
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Do Fog Lights Really Help You See Through Fog?

Whether you plan on upgrading to LED headlights or sticking with halogens, your car’s lights are vital accessories.  But as bright as they’ve gotten in modern times, trying to drive through a foggy night can still leave you blinded. Given their name, you would expect fog lights to be the perfect solution. But do they …

The 2021 Genesis GV80's white-and-brown 2-spoke steering wheel
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Why Don’t More Cars Have 2-Spoke Steering Wheels?

Until a truly self-driving vehicle finally appears, cars will continue to need steering wheels. But just because cars need steering wheels doesn’t mean they all need the same one. That’s part of the reason why aftermarket wheels are available in the first place. And yet, for all the variety in wheel design, only a handful …

Jay Leno's 1959 Daimler Ferret Mk 2 scout car
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Jay Leno Ferrets Out an Armored Scout Car’s Secrets

Modern technology means that armored cars can be more discrete than their forebears. Discretion, though, goes out the window when you’re talking about ex-military vehicles, especially vintage ones. The subject of Jay Leno’s latest video, a 1959 Daimler Ferret armored scout car, is just such an example. But the armor plating is just the tip …

Setting up the 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S's launch control system
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What Does Launch Control Actually Do?

From more power to stickier tires to sportier and stiffer suspension, high-performance cars benefit from a variety of accessories, features, and tools. And nowadays, launch control is a common sight amongst such vehicles. Even a few motorcycles like the Ducati Panigale and Streetfighter offer it. But how does launch control benefit your car? And can …

A race official inspects a NASCAR carburetor
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How Do You Adjust a Carburetor?

If you’ve been eyeing a classic car or motorcycle, know that their maintenance schedules are typically shorter than their modern counterparts. Oil changes are more frequent, for example. Plus, even the best-kept vintage vehicles are, well, vintage—and time decays all eventually. And one of the biggest changes is learning to live with and adjust a …

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Do ‘Odometer Fraud’ Scams Still Happen Today?

Finding the perfect used car can come with a lot of headaches and crossed fingers depending on what kind of shape it’s in. And while we always advise getting a pre-purchase inspection done when you purchase a used car, there could be hidden issues that you might find out about later on. One such issue …

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5 Tips For Finding the Right Auto Body Shop

Let’s face it, accidents happen. And whether or not your most recent accident was caused by another vehicle or just something as simple as hitting a pole when backing up, you’re likely faced with having to find a reputable body shop to repair the damage. However, with so many different body shops in the area, …

The side view of a green 1978 Saab 99 Turbo by a harbor
Sedans & Coupes

Like Your Turbocharged Sedan? Thank the Saab 99 Turbo

Turbos aren’t limited to high-end performance cars like Porsche 911s anymore. You can find turbocharged engines in pickup trucks, luxury cars, hot hatches, and entry-level sedans like the Mazda3. But as with any technology, automotive or otherwise, someone had to help bring it on a mass-market level. And in the late 70s, that car was …

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Is Using OEM Parts on Your Car Worth the Extra Cost?

Proper maintenance is important when it comes to keeping your car running well for as long as possible. And while routine oil changes, tire rotations, and coolant flushes throughout your car’s life are imperative, it’s the little details, like using OEM parts, that can make a big difference in the long run. But is using …

car battery in the snow especially diesel truck batteries need to be tended to
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Can Cold Weather Damage Your Car’s Battery?

There’s almost nothing worse than being in a rush to get somewhere only to find out that your car won’t start. That dreadful chattering or ticking sound that’s only associated with a drained battery is the last thing you want to hear when you have to get to work on time or make it over …

A labeled diagram of a car's steering and suspension systems
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What Does ‘Quick Steering’ Really Mean?

Because the ‘self-driving’ automobile doesn’t exist yet, all cars rely on their drivers to guide them. Which means they need steering wheels and, thus, entire systems. Some cars can even steer all four wheels. And when it comes to sporty cars, oftentimes reviews mention how fast or slow their steering is. But what does that …

A black 2021 Toyota Avalon driving in the snow
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Is Toyotathon Worth it?

Every year, Toyota runs this campaign. The company gives consumers a certain amount of time to buy or lease a Toyota car, truck, or SUV with added deals and incentives. If you are hoping to get behind the wheel of a Toyota Avalon, 2021 Toyota Corolla, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Sienna, or one of …

The Ferrari 575 Superamerica seen at Bell Sport and Classic in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, on September 13, 2020.
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The Sad Reason Why Sports Cars Are Dying

Few automakers this year have announced the discontinuation of models in their lineups. It’s not uncommon for vehicle portfolios to shift based on car-buying demand from consumers. But there’s a disheartening trend some critics have noticed. Sports cars, including the fun and flashy coupes and convertibles, have become less popular in recent years. And though …

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When Should I Replace My Car’s Shock Absorbers?

Maintaining your car is a little more involved than changing its oil and rotating the tires, especially if the car is older. So what about the bigger maintenance requirements like replacing your car’s shock absorbers? Is there a prescribed mileage or time required for those? Replace your car’s shocks as needed You might not be …

An officer and a handheld radar gun
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Can You Get a Ticket For Driving Too Slow?

Everyone that is currently able to drive knows all too well that you can get pulled over for exceeding the limit, in fact, most of us have probably gotten tickets for doing so. But driving slower than the speed limit is a common occurrence as well. But can you get a ticket for driving too …

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Does Lowering Your Car Make it Faster?

How many times have you pulled up next to a lowered Honda Civic at a stoplight and marveled at the fact that it’s sitting two inches off the ground and wondered why anyone even do that to their car? Lowering your car can make it look better and even handle better when done properly. But …

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Here are 5 Cars That Can Last At Least 300,000 Miles

Buying a reliable car is one thing, but keeping that car for years and driving it for hundreds of thousands of miles is another. It’s always amazing to see how long certain cars can last, so a Youtube channel called “CarsThatLast” recently put together a list of their “Top 5 Small Cars That Last 300,000 …

A mechanic bleeds a motorcycle's brakes
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Are Motorcycle Brakes as Easy To Bleed as Car Brakes?

Some aspects of car and motorcycle maintenance differ noticeably between the two vehicles. A car, for example, doesn’t have to worry about chain lubrication. However, both bikes and cars need their engine oil changed. If your bike is water-cooled, it needs a coolant flush, just like a car. And both motorcycles and cars have brakes, …

Car tune up
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What Is a Car Tune Up and Do You Really Need One?

Everyone knows that the most important part of vehicle ownership is proper maintenance. Following the schedules provided by the manufacturer will keep your car performing in optimum condition. When routine maintenance is overlooked, costly repairs can put the vehicle out of commission. Getting a car tune up is highly recommended, but sometimes it seems unnecessary. Does your vehicle really need …

A Tesla Model S electric car is on display during 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition
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Which Cars Can Almost Drive Themselves?

It seems that with each year, more automakers are moving forward to developing fully self-driving cars. Most cars only have Level 2 autonomy, which means it can only switch lanes and brake on its own. With Level 3 autonomy, the car can operate completely on its own in emergency situations. The most advanced levels of …

Trucks & SUVs

The Most Fuel-Efficient Audi SUVs

Whether you like German luxury vehicles or not, you have to admit that Audi has been on its game in the past decade or so. The automaker went from producing cars that are more likely to end up at your local repair shop to producing cars that are more likely to end up on the …

A person doing car buying research on their laptop.
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How to Pick the Best Car Dealership to Buy a New Car

Although dealerships nationwide are switching to more of an online approach to selling cars, buying a new car nowadays can still be a daunting process. Aside from the usual hassle of having to go down to the dealer and test drive the car and awkward drink the sub-par coffee while the salesperson talks to the …

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Want a Portable Garage? Buy a Car Umbrella!

Day-to-day car care can be a pain if you don’t have a garage to store your car in. Sure, you can get a car cover, but that multi-layered piece of cloth won’t protect against larger hailstones or completely protect it from getting wet when it rains like a garage can. However, there is one solution …

Toyota Corolla 2007 model year rear view driving in the country
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What Are the Best Cars to Flip for a Profit?

Flipping cars a fun hobby and a good way to make some money if you know what you’re doing. Of course, just like flipping houses, it takes time and experience to get to know the car market and get your resources in order to get the most money from flipping a car. But if you’re …