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Alex Palmeri

Alex Palmeri

Alex Palmeri worked nine years as a master technician at Mercedes-Benz of Chicago and is currently the foreman at a large fleet garage. He writes about automotive news, maintenance and racing, and runs a YouTube channel called Legit Street Cars.

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How to Tell if You Have a Bad CV Axle or Half Shaft

  Symptoms of a bad CV axle shaft Clicking sound when turning: The most common symptom of a bad CV axle is a clicking noise when turning. This is most often heard during sharp turns at lower speeds.

  Symptoms of a bad CV axle shaft Clicking sound when turning: The most common symptom of a bad CV axle is a clicking noise when turning. This is most often heard during sharp turns at lower speeds.

How to Tell if You Have a Bad Fuel Injector

Fuel injectors can fail either mechanically or electronically, and in some cases you’ll see warning signs that something is wrong.  1.

Fuel injectors can fail either mechanically or electronically, and in some cases you’ll see warning signs that something is wrong.  1.

How to Tell if You Have a Bad Spark Plug

Spark plugs play a key role in starting your gas-powered car: They provide a hot spark that ignites the air-and-fuel mixture in the cylinder of an engine. But there are several signs you might have a bad spark plug.

Spark plugs play a key role in starting your gas-powered car: They provide a hot spark that ignites the air-and-fuel mixture in the cylinder of an engine. But there are several signs you might have a bad spark plug.

How to Tell if You Have a Bad Ball Joint

The ball joint connects the wheel and tire to the vehicle's steering and suspension system and allows the wheel to turn — you wouldn’t get far without them. Because ball joints are under heavy load, continually navigating roads that aren’t perfectly smooth, they tend to wear out and need to be replaced from time to time.

The ball joint connects the wheel and tire to the vehicle's steering and suspension system and allows the wheel to turn — you wouldn’t get far without them. Because ball joints are under heavy load, continually navigating roads that aren’t perfectly smooth, they tend to wear out and need to be replaced from time to time.

How to Bleed Your Brakes, and Why It's Important

Bleeding your brakes is one of the most important maintenance procedures on your car, and can be a huge help if your brakes feel squishy. Contaminated, old or aerated brake fluid can severely cut into your stopping power.

Bleeding your brakes is one of the most important maintenance procedures on your car, and can be a huge help if your brakes feel squishy. Contaminated, old or aerated brake fluid can severely cut into your stopping power.

How to Tell if You Have a Bad U-Joint

Symptoms of a bad U-joint Clunking noise when shifting into drive or reverse: By far the most common symptom of a bad U-joint is a loud clunking or banging noise when you put your car into gear. This is due to excessive play in the joint and can also present itself when shifting gears on a manual transmission or upon heavy acceleration and deceleration.

Symptoms of a bad U-joint Clunking noise when shifting into drive or reverse: By far the most common symptom of a bad U-joint is a loud clunking or banging noise when you put your car into gear. This is due to excessive play in the joint and can also present itself when shifting gears on a manual transmission or upon heavy acceleration and deceleration.

Metallic vs. Ceramic Brake Pads: Which Is Best?

Brake pads are one of the most critical parts of our cars, so finding the right pad is important. You want good braking performance, low dust, minimal noise — and, of course, affordability.

Brake pads are one of the most critical parts of our cars, so finding the right pad is important. You want good braking performance, low dust, minimal noise — and, of course, affordability.

How to Change a Tire in 9 Simple Steps

If you're not sure how to change a tire, you're not alone. Recent surveys indicate that about 1-in-5 drivers don't have this skill yet, which works out to about 39 million people across America.

If you're not sure how to change a tire, you're not alone. Recent surveys indicate that about 1-in-5 drivers don't have this skill yet, which works out to about 39 million people across America.

How to Tell if You Have a Bad MAP Sensor

At its core, an internal combustion engine is a vacuum pump. The pumping motion of the pistons causes a constant change of pressure in the intake manifold.

At its core, an internal combustion engine is a vacuum pump. The pumping motion of the pistons causes a constant change of pressure in the intake manifold.

How to Tell if Your Throttle Position Sensor Is Failing

  Symptoms of a bad throttle position sensor 1. Your check engine light is on.

  Symptoms of a bad throttle position sensor 1. Your check engine light is on.

Compression Test: What It Is, and How to Do One

A compression test measures the pressure in each cylinder of your car’s engine. It’s normally performed as a step in diagnosing an issue, but it’s also a great way of gauging the health of an engine and is often performed during a pre-purchase inspection of a used car or truck.

A compression test measures the pressure in each cylinder of your car’s engine. It’s normally performed as a step in diagnosing an issue, but it’s also a great way of gauging the health of an engine and is often performed during a pre-purchase inspection of a used car or truck.

How to Perform an Oil Pan Reseal

If the oil pan gasket is leaking, the engine oil pan will often need to be resealed. There might also be internal seals in the oil pan that seal oil passages for the oil pump—if these leak, the oil pan will need to be resealed.

If the oil pan gasket is leaking, the engine oil pan will often need to be resealed. There might also be internal seals in the oil pan that seal oil passages for the oil pump—if these leak, the oil pan will need to be resealed.

Engine Trouble? It Could Be a Vacuum Leak

The engine in your car is essentially a big, powerful vacuum pump. The up-and-down motion of its pistons creates a vacuum, drawing air into the engine to mix with fuel and produce energy.

The engine in your car is essentially a big, powerful vacuum pump. The up-and-down motion of its pistons creates a vacuum, drawing air into the engine to mix with fuel and produce energy.

BMW Recalls Vehicles For Braking Issues

BMW has issued a recall for it's 5-Series, 6-Series and 7-Series models that come equipped with the V8 and V12 Engines. An issue with the braking system may cause a partial or complete loss of power braking assist.

BMW has issued a recall for it's 5-Series, 6-Series and 7-Series models that come equipped with the V8 and V12 Engines. An issue with the braking system may cause a partial or complete loss of power braking assist.

Business Tips

Handling the Question of "Is That Your Best Price?“Is that your best price?” is one of the dreaded questions that all service advisors face. This video tip from Bob Cooper and Doris Barnes will show you how to overcome this sales objection in the most professional and ethical way.

Handling the Question of "Is That Your Best Price?“Is that your best price?” is one of the dreaded questions that all service advisors face. This video tip from Bob Cooper and Doris Barnes will show you how to overcome this sales objection in the most professional and ethical way.