The Trouble With Engine Sludge

How to Prevent Engine Issues One of the most common annoyances of driving is engine sludge. As you drive along, your engine oil will begin to break down and collect on parts of your engine. Over time, this collection will prevent your engine parts from being properly lubricated. This leads to expensive engine repairs for

Types of Oil: What You Need To Know

What Kind Should Your Car Use? Getting a regular oil change is an important part of taking care of your vehicle. Most car and truck owners know this, but many do not know what the types of oil are. This means that they don’t have a lot of insight into what is going into their

When Do You Need An Oil Change?

Planning Your Cars Maintenance Can Save Money Down the Road An oil change is an essential part of car maintenance. It helps your car run well and can prevent several operational issues. Additionally, many vehicle owners need to schedule regular oil changes in order to keep their car warranties. However, there are a lot of

What is a Brake Check?

Inspecting the Braking System When we say “brake check,” you might be thinking one of two things: Hitting the brakes to discourage someone from following too close (a habit we wouldn’t recommend) A thorough inspection of a vehicle’s braking system. We want to talk about the second option, the inspection that your vehicle undergoes with


Ok. Ok. We all know what a horn is. It’s the thing in a vehicle that typically goes “honk”. However, do we all know how a horn works? Do we all know fun facts about horns? Do we know the hilarious things that my brain will come up with that a horn is not? Stay

Celebrate Good Times! (Come on!)

Happy one-year-one-month-ten-day-iversary!   Well, folks of the Internet, it’s been a little over a year since I published the first official post on the Auto Know for the Average Joe blog. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and peek at some of the things we’ve learned so far (imagine Sarah McLachlan’s I Will Remember


To know what the heck a sway bar IS, we must first explore what the heck a sway bar IS NOT. A sway bar is not: An establishment that sells alcohol on a ship at sea Part of the pendulum in a grandfather clock The hottest night club in Chattanooga, Tennessee A solid version of


To know what the heck a TIPM IS, we must first explore what the heck a TIPM IS NOT. A TIPM is not: Two Intelligent Penguins Marrying The Intergalactic Portability Machine Triply Important Personal Mantra The thing you do for your waiter as you leave a restaurant   So…what the heck is it then? TIPM


To know what the heck a drive shaft IS, we must first explore what the heck a drive shaft IS NOT. A drive shaft is not:  Something about which people in the 1970s said in unison, “We can dig it” The lever you pull to get the ambition to complete a task Another term for


To know what the heck a control arm IS, we must first explore what the heck a control arm IS NOT. A control arm is not:  The sample arm that remains the same throughout an arm experiment A keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot The winner of an arm wrestling contest A baseball player’s dominant