How To Double Clutch

Primarily used in cars with an unsynchronized manual transmission, such as specialty vehicles and commercial trucks, double-clutching is a method of gear shifting which promotes a smoother transition and causes less wear and tear. However, modern car designs have eliminated the need to double-clutch thanks to the presence of a synchronized manual transmission. The big question that comes to mind is “Why even bother with double clutching in the first place?” to which the answer is “it is just an incredibly cool skill to master!”

Besides that, as discussed earlier, double-clutching helps deliver an overall smoother ride if you have a bad gearbox, extending the vehicle’s transmission life, and is especially useful if you are into road racing. Besides, as an all-round gear head or a car enthusiast, it is important you thoroughly know your way around the clutch. So, let’s get down to it, the ancient art of double-clutching!

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What Does A Bad Starter Sound Like? Here’s How To Diagnose A Faulty Or Bad Starter

Before I answer the question to “what does a bad starter sound like?” it is important to discern the difference between a dead battery and a bad starter.

Why? Because the symptoms of a bad or faulty starter are pretty similar to the symptoms of a bad/dead battery or an alternator problem.

Remember that your battery will need to be fully charged (or sufficiently charged) in order to operate the starter motor. This is the reason why a dead battery can sometimes be mistaken for a starter problem.

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A Complete Guide On How To Use Jumper Cables The Right Way

The battery is certainly one of the most important power sources in a vehicle, and without which you wouldn’t be able to turn on the AC or blare up some nice tunes, let alone start the car! There are a number of reasons why your battery can die, such as leaving the keys in the ignition, failing to close the car doors properly, leaving the light on for long periods, cold weather or simply because the battery is old and worn-out.

Fortunately, a battery is one of the easiest car components to fix thanks to jumper cables. However, before rushing to conclusions, make sure it is indeed the battery that needs to be fixed and not any other parts so you don’t end up wasting time and energy fiddling with the cables. The trick is to put the key in the ignition. If you don’t see any lights turn on or hear a sound, you are most likely dealing with a dead battery.

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How Long Does A Catalytic Converter Last?

Probably one of the most neglected parts of a modern vehicle is the catalytic converter. It is a critical part of the exhaust system and it keeps the air cleaner by reducing the number of harmful pollutants emitted by the tailpipe.

Perhaps the only time that you will pay attention to the catalytic converter is when it eventually fails. With this in mind, have you ever wondered how long does a catalytic converter last? The answer will surprise you.

Read more: The Best Aftermarket Catalytic Converters For Your Car.

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How To Clean The EGR Valve And Restore Engine Performance

When was the last time you cleaned the EGR valve in your car? The most common answer is probably ‘never’.

Do you have idling problems in your car? Do you encounter engine stalling, surging, and misfiring when the engine is cold? Then you might be looking at a dirty or clogged EGR valve.

I have a friend who spent close to a thousand dollars just to solve the idling problems in his car. The mechanic replaced the air filter, the MAF sensor, the spark plugs, and the fuel filter (in no particular order) to solve the problem. After all was said and done, my friend till had idling problems and poor engine performance.

He talked to me about the problem, and I quickly suggested inspecting the EGR valve. After a couple of hours tinkering with his car and getting our hands dirty, we started the car and behold! The idling problem was gone.

My friend was extremely thankful for the advice, so I decided to share the easy steps on how to clean the EGR valve. Give it a try, this might be the solution that your car is waiting for, especially if you’ve already exhausted each and every possible solution to remedy that pesky idling problem in your vehicle.

But first, here are some things you need to know about the EGR valve.

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Dead Or Weak Battery? Here Is The Right Way To Jump Start A Car

It happens to the best of us. You turn the key and nothing happens. You are expecting the engine to start, but something weird happens. There are no lights on the console, and even the radio refuses to turn on.

If this is the case, then you are probably dealing with a dead or weak car battery. This is not a problem if you happen to be parked near a service station. Simply buy a new battery, have it installed in your car, and drive away.

But what if you are in the middle of nowhere, stranded in an empty parking lot? Your last hope will be to either call a towing service (which can be a bit expensive and could take ages to arrive) or to simply jump-start your car.

Jump starting a vehicle is not exactly rocket science, but there is a right way of doing it. Of course, you will need a sturdy pair of jumper cables to do the job. If you currently don’t have a set of jumper cables in your emergency kit, then now is the right time to buy one. Don’t wait for an emergency to happen before buying a quality set of jumper cables, even if you are driving a new car.

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