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Stephen Fogel

Stephen Fogel

Stephen has been an automotive enthusiast since childhood, owning some of his vehicles for as long as 40 years, and has raced open-wheel formula cars. He follows and writes about the global automotive industry, with an eye on the latest vehicle technologies.

Posts by Stephen Fogel

Reasons Your Car Battery Dies — and What to Do About It

If you drive a gas-powered car, its battery provides the energy to turn your starter motor, crank the engine and get it running. It also powers components like onboard computers, clocks, radios and alarms when the engine is off.

If you drive a gas-powered car, its battery provides the energy to turn your starter motor, crank the engine and get it running. It also powers components like onboard computers, clocks, radios and alarms when the engine is off.

Symptoms of a Bad Muffler, and How to Fix It

The average muffler will last around five to seven years. It is a wear item, although improved materials and the hotter operating temperatures of today’s emission-controlled engines have resulted in higher-quality, longer-lasting exhaust system components.

The average muffler will last around five to seven years. It is a wear item, although improved materials and the hotter operating temperatures of today’s emission-controlled engines have resulted in higher-quality, longer-lasting exhaust system components.

Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Filter

The long-term health of your vehicle depends on a clean fuel filter. If you notice any of these symptoms of a failing one, have a mechanic inspect your car to see if the fuel filter needs changing.

The long-term health of your vehicle depends on a clean fuel filter. If you notice any of these symptoms of a failing one, have a mechanic inspect your car to see if the fuel filter needs changing.

What Coolant Is, and How to Tell if It's Gone Bad

Coolant is the fluid that flows through your engine, keeping it from overheating. It’s a mixture of antifreeze and water, and its main purpose is to transfer heat generated by the engine to the radiator, where it can cool off before returning to the engine.

Coolant is the fluid that flows through your engine, keeping it from overheating. It’s a mixture of antifreeze and water, and its main purpose is to transfer heat generated by the engine to the radiator, where it can cool off before returning to the engine.

5 Signs of a Failing Heater Core — and What to Do

  Symptoms of a bad heater core — and solutions Heater core problems are unique, and not in a good way. The heater core is virtually the only item in your vehicle that can leak into your interior when there is a problem.

  Symptoms of a bad heater core — and solutions Heater core problems are unique, and not in a good way. The heater core is virtually the only item in your vehicle that can leak into your interior when there is a problem.

Signs Your Radiator Cap Needs to Be Replaced

  Your radiator cap is a small part that plays a big role in keeping your engine from overheating. There are several warning signs that your radiator cap is not working right: 1.

  Your radiator cap is a small part that plays a big role in keeping your engine from overheating. There are several warning signs that your radiator cap is not working right: 1.

Signs Your Starter Is Going Bad

Your starter system is meant to be durable. It’s designed for repeated use under a variety of weather and road conditions.

Your starter system is meant to be durable. It’s designed for repeated use under a variety of weather and road conditions.

Signs of a Bad Thermostat, and How to Fix It

  Signs of a bad thermostat When your thermostat does not respond properly to the temperature conditions in your cooling system, you can have a problem. The most noticeable issues occur when the thermostat gets stuck in either the open or closed position.

  Signs of a bad thermostat When your thermostat does not respond properly to the temperature conditions in your cooling system, you can have a problem. The most noticeable issues occur when the thermostat gets stuck in either the open or closed position.

Signs Your Timing Belt Is Failing

Your engine relies on perfect timing. As it goes through its four strokes — intake, compression, combustion and exhaust — it relies on the camshaft or camshafts to open its valves and the crankshaft to move its pistons, all without them crashing into each other.

Your engine relies on perfect timing. As it goes through its four strokes — intake, compression, combustion and exhaust — it relies on the camshaft or camshafts to open its valves and the crankshaft to move its pistons, all without them crashing into each other.

Symptoms of a Bad Wheel Bearing

Wheel bearing Regardless of your car's age, it has front wheel bearings, which help with steering, and rear wheel bearings, which don't. Each wheel on your vehicle has its own wheel bearing, and problems could start with any one of them.

Wheel bearing Regardless of your car's age, it has front wheel bearings, which help with steering, and rear wheel bearings, which don't. Each wheel on your vehicle has its own wheel bearing, and problems could start with any one of them.

What Fluid Is Leaking From Your Car? A Color-Coded Guide

You leave your car for a few minutes — or a few hours, or a few days — and come back to find a puddle forming underneath it. That’s probably not good.

You leave your car for a few minutes — or a few hours, or a few days — and come back to find a puddle forming underneath it. That’s probably not good.

When to Get New Tires, and Tips for Buying Them

Tires play a major role in the performance and safety of your vehicle. They’re responsible for how well your car accelerates, rides, steers, corners and stops.

Tires play a major role in the performance and safety of your vehicle. They’re responsible for how well your car accelerates, rides, steers, corners and stops.

Do Fuel Injector Cleaners and Other Gas Additives Really Work?

Fuel additives are products that you pour into your gas tank to solve, or prevent a specific problem — and if you’ve been inside a gas station or auto parts store, you know there are a lot of them to choose from. These additives are designed to accomplish a variety of objectives.

Fuel additives are products that you pour into your gas tank to solve, or prevent a specific problem — and if you’ve been inside a gas station or auto parts store, you know there are a lot of them to choose from. These additives are designed to accomplish a variety of objectives.

What to Do When Your Brake Warning Light Is On

Your brakes are responsible for slowing and stopping your vehicle. They’re its most important safety system.

Your brakes are responsible for slowing and stopping your vehicle. They’re its most important safety system.

Why the Coolant Level Warning Light Is On, and What to Do

Your car’s cooling system keeps the engine from overheating and getting ruined. The system uses a pump to circulate coolant — a mixture of antifreeze and water — throughout the engine.

Your car’s cooling system keeps the engine from overheating and getting ruined. The system uses a pump to circulate coolant — a mixture of antifreeze and water — throughout the engine.