This car is a good illustration of one of the many ways that timing belts fail. As you can see, visual inspection wouldn’t have tipped anyone off that failure was coming!

It wasn’t until recently that I truely experienced a particular engine’s absolute need for synthetic oil. Sure I have read the articles about the Volkswagon 1.8L turbo and the sludge-induced death of similar engines as early as 15,000 miles. I had even pulled off many a sludged up valve covers in my days as a…

Vehicle MD – A Driver’s Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Car. Finn Moto’s Detail-Detox!!!! A completely friendly chemical product that kills practically everything… Even Anthrax! Environmentally friendly and biodegradable Practically non-toxic (EPA Category 4 toxicity, i.e. less toxic than toothpaste!) Incredibly powerful. Has been proven effective in many laboratory tests against some of the nastiest…

Drivers wreck once a decade; are you ready to crash?. Great article! I remember when I first bought my 2009 Tacoma how surprised I was to see not only the roll side curtain airbags but it actually had a deactivation switch for them. As it turns out, while most of these safety enhancements are becoming…

Many of you have been to our service counter and felt the compulsion to pick up our Napa logo magic 8 ball to get a sample of its fortune and wisdom. Unfortunately, much like its cousin (Mr. fortune cookie) it lacks a bit in the area of accurate fortune telling. However, as promotional swag, it…

The trend that just wont go away. I remember an old timer named Ed who I worked with about a decade ago. Ed was a long time Dodge/Chrysler mechanic and it showed. While that may paint a picture of the humpback of Notre Dame Ed was (and still is) pretty spry. Ed used to complain…

Have you looked at your seats, carpets and floor mats lately? It can be surprising how fast they show the dirt… Its Monday, I’m late, and I just spilled my coffee all over inside my car… Your car is a perfect petri dish for rapid growth of stuff we’d rather not know about. The mold…

Techs have to “hack” into your car every day… The automakers are torn between the open-source/open-access mandates of the U.S. Federal Government and protecting their proprietary technology. This dynamic feeds the oem’s drive to make their specific diagnostic interfaces conveniently accessible to dealership service departments only. Public demand in the marketplace for competent, economic automotive…

We stumbled across a great value add on this one! Most vehicles like this Toyota have switches, knobs and labels that are backlit by the headlight system. However, for some odd reason, too many of the automakers failed to get the message about transitioning into the 21st century and still used incandescent bulbs to light…

Once in a while, every now and then, from time to time, this one reoccurring nightmare of mine seems to come to life thanks to our dedicated pals at Miscrosoft. It begins at the end of another rigorous productivity session at the laptop busy programming a website, a server app, or a Solidworks model. Shortly…

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