When your car's "Check Engine" light comes on, it's usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you'll be visiting your mechanic to locate the malfunction and get the light turned off.
The Check Engine light, more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), is a signal from the car's engine computer that something is wrong. Older vehicles may not have this, but any newer vehicle is equipped with a tiny all-knowing computer that will be your lifeline in communicating any problem with how the engi ...[more]
In this economy, we do almost anything to save money. From extreme couponing to down grading many facets of our life, saving money is more important than ever. However, how much money will skipping necessary auto repair or maintenance save you in the long run? The average American spends roughly $120 annually on oil changes, while the average transmission will cost nearly $4,000. Let this put into perspective: while saving a few dollars now might seem like a frugal idea, in the long run might be incredibly costly.
Simple auto repair such as tune-ups and oil changes will not only increase the life of your vehicle in the long term, but improve the performance, maneuverability and fuel economy in the short term. Regular auto repair also helps to improve ...[more]