When are Your Car Repairs Covered by Car Insurance?

Typically speaking, car insurance covers you in the event that you are involved in an accident or your vehicle sustains damage in an unexpected event, such as a collision, act of vandalism or storm. It does not normally cover the cost of normal wear and tear from regular car use. What this means is that maintenance costs involving anything from brank repair to engine tune ups to tire replacement must be paid for out-of-pocket. However, if you have the foresight to invest in additional coverage, such as mechanical breakdown insurance, you may be able to turn to your insurer for financial assistance for certain repairs.

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3 Engine Sounds You Should NEVER Ignore

mechanicalYou do not have to be a car expert to know that your engine is crucial and that engine repair is expensive. So, you don’t want to put off engine maintenance, especially if you are noticing a few characteristic engine sounds.

Transmission Slipping

Whether your vehicle is a standard or automatic, your transmission controls which gear your vehicle is in, and the gear your vehicle is in affects power, speed and fuel efficiency. If your transmission is slipping, your vehicle may Continue reading 3 Engine Sounds You Should NEVER Ignore

What Does “Throwing a Rod” Mean, and What Causes It?

The inner workings of cars are mysteries to many people—men and women alike. Technicians often use terms like “throwing a rod” to explain engine failure, and while car owners may nod in agreement, they may not have any idea what that means. Let us explain…

Definition: Throwing a Rod

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What You Need to Know About Your Timing Belt

Belts play an important role in your car, controlling many mechanical operations. The timing belt is arguably the most important of all: It’s the belt responsible for keeping the crank and camshaft rotation synchronized. This in turn ensures that the valves open and close in time with the piston movements, keeping things running smoothly. If this synchronization were to fail, or if Continue reading What You Need to Know About Your Timing Belt

When Is a Repair Actually a Restoration?

mechanicalRestoration is a form of repair, isn’t it? So what separates repairing a car from restoring it? If your classic car is caught in a collision, are you going to need a restoration or a repair? Some people use the terms interchangeably, but there’s a very specific difference between repairing a car and restoring a car.


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Turbo-Charged Engines

Power. Speed. Energy. These are words used often to describe a turbo engine. The amount of power your car has can have the ability to make you feel invincible. Turbo engines are a common factory modification done to all types of cars and trucks to increase engine power, in turn creating more horsepower and speed potential. These engines force more air that would naturally be available for intake into the cylinders. After going turbo, your smaller engine now has the power of a larger one, making you able to go faster with much less effort. Continue reading Turbo-Charged Engines

Carburetors vs. Fuel Injectors and NASCAR

Unless you’re buying a vintage 1970s model, chances are that weighing the pros and cons of carburetor vs. fuel injection system isn’t part of the car-buying equation. While fuel injection technology has become standard for consumers for the better part of the last three decades, electronic fuel injection (EFI) is a new technology to the NASCAR circuit. As the first EFI-powered season draws to a close, it seems the change has been an overall well-received one. Continue reading Carburetors vs. Fuel Injectors and NASCAR