How to Diagnose an Ignition Key That Won’t Turn

One of the most concerning issues that any driver can face at one point or another in their driving career is when the key is put into the ignition, but it refuses to turn. The first instinct is to try to turn it harder, then to take it out and try again. Normally, a person …


How Long Does a Car Battery Last?

The life of a car battery is all about its ability to energetically start an engine and keep itself charged over time. If a battery can’t maintain these basic qualities, it is unceremoniously declared “dead.” How long a given battery can stay “alive” depends on many factors. Of course, the quality of the battery is …


Is it Safe to Drive when a Car is Leaking Transmission Fluid?

Driving a car that is leaking transmission fluid can be risky. If a car is leaking transmission fluid, it may not run the way that it should, and that can lead to additional risks. Transmission fluid is used as lubrication and enables your vehicle to perform at optimal levels, so if your car is leaking …


How to Read and Understand Check Engine Light (OBD-II) Codes

The Check Engine light can be somewhat of a mystery to car owners. When it pops on, it can indicate a wide number of issues with a vehicle, ranging from the mundane to the serious. Part of the confusion around the Check Engine light is that it can indicate so many different things. The Check …


Is it necessary to service your vehicle at a dealership?

During the founding of BUKL, my co-founder and I looked at who our potential customers would be, and one of the major determining factors was the age of the vehicle itself.  Our initial assumption was that any car less than three years old would be out of our customer base as these cars needed to …


Why Auto Shops Won’t Give Quotes Over Phone

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A few years ago, I would have said that auto shops don’t give quotes on the phone because if your car is on their hoist, you’re more likely to agree to agree to whatever price they’ve made up. The quoting process is much less cynical, but slightly more complicated than I had originally thought, which …


Understanding the Lights on Your Dashboard

We’ve all been there. You get in your car, turn on the ignition, and as usual, you are greeted with a symphony of different colored lights on your dashboard display. But this time, one of the lights stays on. You try to understand what it means, but can’t quite figure it out. Whether it is …


Tire Rotation Guide

What Is Tire Rotation? One of the most common aspects of vehicle maintenance is tire rotation because it not only extends the life of the tires but affects the handling and safety of the vehicle. Rotating the tires of a vehicle refers to the act of removing the tires from one wheel and switching them …


Complete Guide to Wheel Alignment

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Wheel alignment influences the way that your car responds to steering and has a big effect on the lifespan of your tires. The wheel alignment process is quite simple but requires a wheel alignment machine. This device takes precise laser measures to locate deviation between the factory setup and the current alignment, in order to …


How Long Should You Wait Between Oil Changes?

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Motor oil needs to be changed periodically, as it is a special fluid that loses the properties that make it effective as a lubricant over time. Oil that needs to be replaced will appear thick with all the particulates and debris it has collected. Oil that needs to be replaced will become darker. Extremely used …