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 Mechanic's Corner

Advice from experts concerning automotive parts, repairs, and services

Many drivers believe that turning your car on and letting it idle before driving can protect your engine, however, experts say this myth might actually be hurting rather than helping. Motorists, especially in the cold winter months, are known to go out and turn their cars on anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes before they get in and drive off.

According to the RepairPal Encyclopedia, the engine oil filter removes contaminants from the engine oil before it circulates throughout the engine. Common symptoms that indicate a needed replacement include an abnormal knocking noise from inside the engine or even an engine oil leak.

We sat down with Gary Sharits, the 2016 winner of RepairPal's ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year award, and asked him to talk with us about some important questions that many car owners are probably wondering, but don’t think to ask their mechanics.

It can be stressful knowing that you thought you found a solution to a car issue, just to be met with even more problems than you had before. RepairPal looks into two specific problems many car owners can experience after replacing their batteries.

Purchasing a new car can be a rewarding experience. But what happens when you receive that dreaded recall notice in the mail?

Car problems of any kind can be frustrating, but the one that seems to annoy people the most is when their car won’t start. People then get doubly annoyed when they call the shop and ask, “Why won’t my car start?” and we tell them, “It could be one of several reasons.” I thought I would go over some of the causes just in case you experience a no start in the near future.

While most shops have always had a certain amount of difficulty finding and keeping good quality technicians, the problem seems to be getting worse. It looks like this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.

Skilled automotive technicians are becoming harder and harder to find. I am not talking about technicians who change your oil and perform other minor repairs. I am talking about the highly skilled technicians who diagnose and repair the most difficult problems. 

Many people think that your car manufacturer specifies regular maintenance schedules just to get you back into their shop and make more money off of you.

On the heels of last week's recall of 2013 Escape models, Ford has announced the recall of over 400,000 2001 to 2004 Escapes equipped with a V6 engine. The throttle may stick open when the accelerator is depressed to the floor, or nearly all the way to the floor.