1996 Ford F150 Survives Frozen Oil Filter!

.     Yes, you read correctly. My trucks oil filter froze off this past winter. Here is the story on why this occurred. My 1996 Ford is under severe driving conditions almost daily. Four trips a day totaling about 7 miles a day – 6 days a week. Regrettably, I dented the door in… Read more »

Tire Pressure Amber Light On, Tire Pressure Is OK? Really?

Your peacefully on your vacation at last. Your cruising and notice a little amber tire looking light comes on (Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor  Light – TPMS ). Nuts! You had inflated the tires according to the decal on the door. What gives? Obviously, you should pull over to the side of the road and re-check… Read more »

Red Coolant/hot light on Uh Oh!

Your car is overheating, when to call a tow truck can be tricky. If the coolant is getting into the oil, some expensive damage has already occurred. Note: coolant in the oil usually looks like light chocolate milk on the oil dipstick.  Driving the vehicle with coolant in the oil, is just plain not a… Read more »


If you have opened your owners manual for maintenance, the words “severe and normal driving” were listed. Which is your driving type? Severe driving is likely the type most of us would fall under. I’ll list some of the conditions in no particular order. 1. short trips – 5 miles or less. 2. many start… Read more »

Does it matter if the ABS Amber Brake light is on?

  We are sharing, our valuable 40 plus years of ” Hard Knock” experience and current changes to the ever-evolving automobile world. Believe it or not, ABS ( anti-lock brakes ) is not new technology. Years ago a problem was occurring when a plane landed. When trying to stop the landing plane, the tires would… Read more »

Synthetic Oil?

Hopefully, we are all thinking of having the oil changed and maintenance performed on our vehicles after the long winter here in Pennsylvania. One of the questions I have been asked often recently is, do I need synthetic oil? I’ll explain what makes synthetic oil a better lubricant than conventional oil first. The oil brought… Read more »

What can I do when the Red Oil Light Comes On

This week we are going to discus the Red Oil Light on the dash. We will cover what should be done and what you may do to get home. When the Red Oil Light flickers or comes on steady on the instrument cluster. STOP THE CAR !!  Why stop? If you were running and all… Read more »