Archive for June, 2019

Where is the transmission located?

Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Cutaway side-view of a transmission, showing it's mysterious inner workings.

Where to Find the Transmission on a Vehicle

The transmission is an important part of any vehicle- after all, it ensures that the right of power is sent to the wheels to keep speed where you want it to be, and maintain the ratio of power to efficiency in its sweet spot. It shifts gears, basically, whether you’re doing so manually or your vehicle is automatically taking care of things.

If you want to take a look at your transmission, do some work on it, or are just curious, you may be wondering: where is the transmission located? (more…)

How can I get my seat belt to retract again?

Monday, June 24th, 2019
A girl sits in a car seat with a seat belt buckled around her, trailing off behind into the abyss. Text in front says, "Fixing the Seat Belt Retractor" in cursive writing.

How to Fix a Seat Belt Retractor

Has your seat belt ceased to return to its seat belt-land within the depths of your vehicle once you unclip it? Do you have to manually feed the belt back into the retractor, or just leave it lying out in a sloppy fashion?

It may seem that the issue must be with the seat belt retracting mechanism itself, but the actual culprit in 99 out of 100 cases is a bit closer to a home (and a bit more gross); a non-retracting seat belt is usually caused by the fats and oils from your neck and hands accumulating on the belt and making it too thick to be pulled back into its hidey-hole.

So what can you do about this? Our body is going to keep oozing fats and oils whether we like it or not. How can a seat belt retractor be fixed? (more…)

Are sedans all-wheel drive?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
Yellow 2019 Volkswagen Arteon parked on a beach.

Sedans with All-Wheel Drive Capability

All-wheel drive is commonly associated with large vehicles like SUVs and trucks, made for off-road adventures and extravaganzas. However, not everyone needs such a big vehicle for their daily life, but still may want the advantages brought by all-wheel drive, such as increased control in wintry or slippery conditions (and we certainly get a lot of that here in Wisconsin!)

A sedan is the most practical vehicle for many buyers, tending to boast economical prices, advanced technology, and timeless comfort and style. Do sedans come with all-wheel drive?

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Where can I get a vehicle emissions test near Milwaukee, WI?

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
A mechanic in a blue uniform bends over an open hood while holding a clipboard.

Test Your Emissions and Register Your Vehicle near Milwaukee, WI

To be legally registered and driven, a vehicle has to be tested and confirmed that it’s under a certain harmful emissions limit. This regulation is put in place to protect both the environment and our human lungs (they’re quite it important, it turns out). As vehicles age, they can begin emitting larger amounts of toxins, which is why it’s important to keep your vehicle in good condition and make sure the emissions are not getting out of hand.

Whether you’re renewing your registration or registering a vehicle for the first time, your ride must be tested to confirm that it’s below that harmful emissions limit. Where is a good place to get emissions testing done near Milwaukee, WI? (more…)

What are the best Father’s Day 2019 events in Milwaukee, WI?

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
A man standing on a beach, presumably a father, holds a young boy in his arm and stares into the distance.

Top 2019 Father’s Day Activities in Milwaukee, WI

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and many of us are looking for ideas on how to show dad a great time. Milwaukee has no shortage of events going down for the holiday this year. We’ve compiled a few selections to get your mind rolling. (more…)