Do car covers damage paint?

Imagine this: you’ve put your pride and joy to sleep for the winter. Come spring, you excitedly pull off the cover under which it slumbered – only to find dozens of small scratches marring the once-pristine paint. Take a deep breath – that was only a hypothetical. But it’s a valid concern whenever you cover… Read More

How Do Battery Chargers Work?

If you’ve ever dealt with a dead car battery, you know firsthand what a pain jumping the battery can be. Digging out the jumper cables and flagging down a passerby is frustrating, annoying, and inconvenient – and that’s even if anyone stops to help in the first place. That’s where battery chargers come in. These… Read More

Are Car Covers Washable?

A car cover is one of the best ways to protect your pride and joy during long-term storage. Covers keep the dust, dirt, and grime from settling on the paint; they also mitigate scratches and – for those who leave their covered car outside – stymie the effects of the elements. In short, they keep… Read More

How to Diagnose Problems with Your Car

Cars are finicky things, made up of what seems like a million parts that work seamlessly together only thanks to some sort of forbidden voodoo magic. If your car starts acting up, it’s easy to feel helpless. After all, it seems like a trip to the mechanic is inevitable – and that usually costs big… Read More

Is Coconut Oil Good for Leather_

When it comes to cleaning leather, there’s no shortage of products on the market that promise they can clean your leather safely, easily, and quickly. One option someone may suggest is coconut oil. But is coconut oil actually good for leather? The answer is a bit murky. On the one hand, coconut oil – and… Read More

What Do Leather Conditioners Contain_

Walk into any auto parts store and you’ll be greeted by row on row of brightly-colored bottles of leather conditioner featuring cars showing off sparkling paint jobs, fancy wheels, sultry models, and pristine interiors. One thing in common with all these different products is that they promise the moon; all swear they can rejuvenate your… Read More

How to Protect Leather Car Seats

New cars – or new-to-you cars – are a big deal, even if you’re not a gearhead. After all, they represent the most expensive asset you’ll likely ever purchase aside from your home. And with leather upholstery more common than ever, you’ll want to learn how to protect leather seats so they remain soft, supple,… Read More

Why Do Battery Chargers Go Bad_

If your car battery is in immediate need of some electrons so it can get you home, you have two options: flag down a passerby with jumper cables or hook up a portable charger. While the former method is the time-tested way of getting juice to a drained battery, a battery charger is the safer,… Read More

Is Vaseline Good For Leather?

Leather looks great when new – but it doesn’t take long for rich hides to start showing their age. Distressed leather might be trendy on furniture, but in a new car it’s the last thing you want. To prevent your leather from drying out and cracking, you’ll need to regularly clean and condition it. But… Read More

How are synthetic oils made

Synthetic oils are a type of motor oil made from synthetic materials. Whereas conventional motor oil is made from crude oil, synthetic is not. Developed in 1929, synthetic oil is used in everything from regular cars and trucks, to performance engines and even high flying jets. Why Use Synthetic Oil Synthetic oil is a great… Read More

How long do brake rotors last

Brake rotors are an essential part of your vehicle’s braking system. They are what your vehicle’s brake pads clamp onto in order to stop the wheels from spinning when the brakes are applied. The friction created by the pads camping the rotors is what help slow down the vehicle. Typically, brake rotors are constructed of… Read More

How to tell if brake rotors are bad

Brake rotors are an essential part of any vehicle, and a critical component of the braking system. Typically constructed of metal, brake rotors are what your vehicle’s brake pads clamp onto in order to stop the wheels from spinning when the brakes are applied. The friction created by the pads camping the rotors are what… Read More

What types of synthetic oils are there

There are two main types of synthetic oil: full synthetic and synthetic blend. The difference between a synthetic blend and full synthetic oil is that full synthetic is made with 100% synthetic material, whereas a synthetic blend uses a mix of both conventional and synthetic oils. Blends offer better performance than conventional oils but don’t… Read More

Are Brake Pads Easy to Change_

If your brakes have been giving you trouble recently, you might be inclined to change your brake pads. After all, brake pads are a consumable item, a wear part that inevitably requires replacement eventually. Some brakes will need to be changed more frequently, depending on the driver. The question is, are brake pads easy to… Read More

Closeup of synthetic oil being poured

Oil is the lifeblood of your car. Without the right viscosity flowing through your engine, things would go south in a hurry. If you did nothing else but keep up the oil, odds are your engine would last far longer than you might expect. Simply put, it is the most important element of automotive maintenance…. Read More

Technician using a universal OBD2 scanner

OBD2 scanners are invaluable tools when the worst happens and your vehicle’s check engine light comes on, but you have no idea what the problem is, but are OBD2 scanners universal? We’ve all been there before: you’re driving along and in your periphery, a bright orange light suddenly appears. Your stomach drops. You glance down… Read More

Car battery charger

A quality car battery charger is important for the proper maintenance and upkeep of your vehicle. Years ago, these devices weren’t the easiest or most convenient to use, leading many to resort to keeping a pair of jumper cables handy. Things have come a long way since then, however. Modern units are now capable of… Read More

Closeup of a hand using a microfiber cloth and leather conditioner on a car's interior

Wondering how to breathe new life into your old, dried, cracking leather? Look no further than leather conditioners. These creams contain the magic elixir that keeps your leather seats looking and feeling their very best. They can prevent, mitigate, or even partially restore rough patches, wrinkles, and even cracking. Our automotive expert reviewed dozens of… Read More

Black and orange car seat cover on front and passenger car seats

Hate wiping up the slop from those fast-food burgers off your pristine white leather seats? Or do you want to show the world your love of cats or camping beyond your bumper-sticker collection? There’s a simple solution to both of these conundrums: buying a set of car seat covers. Car seat covers have become a… Read More

Interior of a car with car seat covers

Do you really need car seat covers, and if so, when should you use them? When you acquire a new car, odds are you want to keep it pristine as long as possible. Maybe you ban passengers from consuming food and drink; maybe you make your friends take their shoes off so as to not… Read More

Car parked outside under a tree with a car cover on to protect it

If you’re a vehicle owner, then you may have shopped around for car covers—especially if you’re leaving your vehicle parked for long periods of time. One of the main reasons car covers are worth using is that they act as an additional level of protection for your vehicle. After all, too many things outside of… Read More

Mechanic checking codes from OBD2 scanner

If you’re dealing with car troubles, you might be wondering, “How accurate are OBD2 scanners? Are they worth using to diagnose my vehicle’s issue?” Our cars are more and more controlled by computers, sensors, motherboards, and CPUs. This has brought great benefits to car ownership – what would we do without adaptive cruise control and… Read More

Pouring synthetic oil into an engine

If you’re debating on whether to try synthetic oil for your vehicle, you’re probably wondering, “Are synthetic oils worth it?” Oil is the lifeblood of your powertrain, and it’s widely understood that purchasing the correct viscosity is critical to ensuring your engine never skips a beat. But start talking about synthetic and organic oils and the… Read More

Mechanic working on brake rotor

If you do your own car maintenance – or ever had to change a tire – odds are you’ve found yourself loosening the lug nuts, jacking up your car, and pulling off the wheel. That last step may have left you with an unexpected surprise: a loose brake rotor. Encountering a loose brake rotor during… Read More