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When the temperature outside starts to climb, your thoughts may immediately go to your car's air conditioning system, but you're not the only thing that needs to stay cool. Your engine also needs to stay cool. This means that summer is the perfect time to check the coolant system.

Most of us who drive don't even give the airbags in our vehicles a second thought. We know they're there and we especially hope we'll never have to see them. But what about the people whose lives they've saved? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, airbags have saved the lives of over 39,000 people from 1987 to 2012.

Buying a car with a salvage title can be risky business. The first thing to understand is what a salvage title is and how it affects you and your vehicle.

As of January 1st 2017, hands-free electronic devices are now required when driving in California. Although the said devices can still be used by drivers, new rules of the road will hopefully limit the distraction cell phones and other electronics have been known to cause.

You reach into your pocket and grasp at unexpected emptiness. In a whirlwind of panic you retrace your steps, scavenge through the pockets of every piece of clothing your wore in the last 48 hours. Losing your car keys can be a distressing experience and, all too often, the keys can turn up when least expected.

Very few things are discussed as heatedly in the auto industry as manual vs. automatic transmissions are. It’s true, many auto enthusiasts swear by their standard transmissions and in many parts of the world, as much as 80% of cars that are produced still require people to learn to use a stick-shift. However, here in the United States, we’re edging in on about 97% of all new vehicles sporting automatic transmissions (AT).

Have you gone out to the garage and found an oil stain where your car normally sits? This isn't just a nuisance to clean up; it indicates an oil leak, which can cause your car’s parts to grind together and even freeze up. There are many factors that can cause your engine to leak oil, and it’s important to find a mechanic who can properly diagnose the issue. Here are a few reasons why cars leak oil.

Buying gasoline is something we all do every week or so. It's not something many people put a lot of thought into. There are three basic types: regular, mid-grade, and premium.

There are a few, simple ways you can reduce the “footprint” left by your vehicles. The first thing to remember is that your car causes waste even before you are ready to get rid of it. Oil changes, new tires, seat covers, car seats, et cetera, all leave behind many non-recyclable elements.

In 1989, the California Air Resources Board created the Partial Zero-emissions Vehicle (PZEV) category. This was at the time more stringent than the federal laws concerning emissions. Unlike regular cars and other vehicles using traditional combustible engines, there are four primary technological differences that make a PZEV.