It's time to put my knowledge to the test.

The check engine light is on for this 2001 Toyota Corolla that I use to go to school. I feel all sorts of shaking coming from the motor. I don’t have the slightest clue on what it could be. I will take this as my first challenge or mini project to put my will and desire to fix cars. Lets see what’s wrong with this bitch!!!! >:D

My Car Doc: Auto 101 Tip: What's wrong w/my car?

As soon as your car starts acting up you need to do three things:

  1. Check with a professional who may have experience with that problem,
  2. If your check engine light comes on, have it scanned ASAP for free by Advance Auto Parts, Autozone or O'Reilly Auto Parts,
  3. Google the symptoms. 

The more information you have, the faster you can accurately get your vehicle’s problem diagnosed, get your patient treated by the doctor and get back on the road again. 

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So I made a whiny facebook status about my check engine light turning on last night, and some stupid kid who I don’t know too well writes ‘Go to Autozone and have them check it out for you.' 

BUT UHM. I work at a tire place….like, we have 4 mechanics. it’s what they do all day long. lol why would I go out of my way to a place where there’s people who I probably don’t trust look at it, when I could just have one of the guys look at it.


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First Response To Dreaded 'Check Engine' Alert

      We’ve all experienced it… Check Engine light on. The first response and the list of things to check before going to the mechanic for that $2,000 job.


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Here’s the list:

1. Replace the oxygen sensor. The sensor is a device that measures oxygen in the car’s exhaust and helps regulate how much fuel the engine needs to operate. If it’s faulty, it will make the car use more fuel than needed - and end up raising your fuel costs as much as 40 percent, Mr. Jacobson said. “The vehicle will run fine, but it will inject more fuel and you’ll buy it more often,” he says. Replacing the sensor usually costs less than $200.

2. Inspect for a loose or cracked gas cap. If you don’t tighten the gas cap enough, or if it’s broken, gas can evaporate into the air, wasting fuel. A new gas cap typically costs less than $3.

3. Replace the catalytic converter. The catalytic converter reduces toxic emissions and can be an expensive (as much as $2,000) repair. Typically, this part won’t fail unless you repeatedly ignore problems with faulty oxygen sensors or spark plugs. So its ranking suggests a lot of routine repairs aren’t getting done.

4. Replace the mass air flow sensor. This device measures air coming into the engine. Problems here can be prevented by changing the air filter when you have your oil changed - for a cost of about $20. If you don’t, and dust builds up on the sensor, you could be in for a $400 repair.

5. Replace the spark plugs. Changing spark plugs typically costs a few dollars a plug if you do it yourself. Again, if not replaced, damaged spark plugs can cause the engine to misfire and lead to expensive catalytic converter problems.

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Promo - Check Engine Light

I learned something new about one of my followers @ooohesslimandalittlebitfoxy! She writes! She has an AO3 account under Screen Geek Diaries. There are a few Destiel stories along with a couple reader inserts. I decided to talk about The Check Engine Light

One-shot where the reader has car trouble and drops off their “sorry-ass excuse for a car” to Singer Automotive. Upon picking it up, they end up helping the boys with a problem inside the house. Very fun, I love the sassy thoughts of the reader. Definitely could see them helping out again!