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Why Your Turbo Blows Oil

Oftentimes if the turbo in your vehicle begins blowing oil, people will tell you that the turbo seals must be bad but this is usually an unfounded claim. A lot of the time your turbo can still be in perfect working condition but blowing oil, so with that in mind here are a few of the most common problems and reasons that your turbo is blowing oil. The Oil Drain Is Too Small– If you purchase an aftermarket drain, oftentimes the fitting has too small of an inside diameter. This is the most common cause of oil coming from the turbo because a factory MHI Drain has 16mm inside diameter while most aftermarket drain fittings have an inside diameter of 12mm. This size difference then causes the oil to not drain efficiently and the oil can back up inside the cartridge. Coupled with new oil filling up the cartridge and all of the old oil ... read more

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BMW and Porsche Fluid Leaks

No leak is a good leak when it comes to your vehicle and while there are some that are a higher priority than others, it’s important to take care of any leak promptly to avoid further damage to your vehicle. It’s easy to forget about the little things when driving vehicles like BMW or Porsche given all of the extra maintenance that usually comes with owning a higher end vehicle but it’s important that every little thing is checked when annual inspections are performed. If you can’t determine if the leak in your vehicle is oil, transmission fluid, coolant or brake fluid and don’t want to visit a mechanic or the dealer to have the issue diagnosed, there is an at-home way to check and see what kind of leak you’re dealing with. Simply place an old bed sheet or a piece of white cardboard under your vehicle and let it sit there overnight. When you check it in the ... read more

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Knowing a Bad Sound When You Hear One

You hear hundreds of different sounds a day from all different angles. You’re constantly bombarded from every direction and with how much time you spend driving each day, it’s impossible to ignore the sounds your vehicle may make as well. While we get accustomed to these sounds and treat them like the daily occurrences that they are but it’s important to remember that when something begins to go wrong with your vehicle, oftentimes the sound it makes is a telltale sign that if noticed early, can save you a fortune. These are some of the most common sounds your vehicle may make and what kind of trouble they may signal. High-pitched squealing- A loud whine or squeal can signal an issue with a number of the belts or pulleys under the hood. Most belts and pulleys wear out over time so it’s important to regularly check and replace them to avoid larger damages should one break while y ... read more

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10 Safety Features You Must Have in Your Car

Car owners get advice coming at them in all directions. Magazines, television shows, and advertisements all suggest that their respective automobile should have this feature or that. You can get very confused and this can involve the safety of the vehicle. There’s so much information and marketing about what a car ought to have, that it is hard to understand what a car should have to keep the driver and passengers safe. Here are 10 safety features that you need to have in that automobile you drive. 1. Seatbelts. This is a standard part of every American car but not everyone uses them. You should be strapped in with both the waist belt and the upper belt as well. A seatbelt pretensioner is going to remove any of the excess seatbelt slack but you still need to adjust the seat belt so to be as secure as possible. 2. Protection from Head Injury. You may think all t ... read more

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10 Gas Saving Tips One Shouldn’t Ignore

The price of gas may be down lower than it has been in years but that does not mean you should relax. History shows gas prices can and do change quite dramatically in short periods of time. Besides that, the less gas you use the better that is for conservation. Here are 10 helpful tips that will enable you to save a lot on your monthly gas bill for your car. 1. Don’t Press the Pedal to the Floor Studies have shown that drivers who ease up on the gas pedal get significantly more gas mileage than those who press the pedal to the floor. Jackrabbit starts are not only hard on your automobile but will also add about 2530% to your gas bill. Accelerate smoothly to help improve your gas mileage. 2. Choose Your Travel Times if Possible Travelling at the wrong time of day will not only increase your frustration level but will ... read more

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