1A Auto Automotive Articles

  • We're a bunch of car enthusiasts at 1A Auto, plain and simple. Between us, we have decades of automotive experience from working on and fixing vehicles, buying parts, and from just living and breathing everything about automobiles and trucks. Now, we want to share all of the expertise and knowledge we have accumulated over that time with you! Here you'll find a wealth of automotive resources including 101s on parts, repair and maintenance tips, buying guides, information about makes and models, general help, and much more.

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Empower Video Series

Articles About Parts

Car Part Terminology

OEM vs Aftermarket Auto Parts

Wheel Hub & Bearing Guide

What Is a Wheel Hub?

Bad Wheel Bearing Symptoms

What Does a Bad Wheel Bearing Sound Like?

What Is a Wheel Bearing?

How to Tell Which Wheel Bearing Is Bad While Driving

Is It Safe to Drive with a Bad Wheel Bearing?

What Happens When a Wheel Bearing Goes Out?

Why Does My Steering Wheel Shake When I Drive?

How Long Do Brakes Usually Last?

Are Brake Pads Universal?

How Much Does It Cost to Replace Brake Pads?

When Should Brake Pads Be Replaced?

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Do I Need to Turn Rotors When Changing Brake Pads?

Bad Shocks & Struts Symptoms

What Are Front Struts?

When Should Shocks & Struts Be Replaced?

How Do I Know if I Have Shocks or Struts?

How Many Miles Do Struts Last?

What is the Difference Between Shocks and Struts?

What Are the Different Types of Shocks?

Can You Drive a Car with Leaking Struts?

How to Adjust & Aim Headlights

What Are Low Beam Headlights?

Why Are My Headlights Dim?

How Long Do Headlights Last?

Is It Illegal to Drive with a Headlight Out?

Are Tail Lights and Brake Lights the Same Bulb?

Why Are My Brake Lights Staying On?

Why Won't My Tail Lights Turn Off?

Timing Belts Vs. Timing Chains

Tire Size Guide

Shocks Vs. Struts

Exhaust Manifolds Vs. Headers

What Does a Window Regulator Do?

Replacement Side View Mirrors

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Side Mirror?

Weatherstripping 101

Replacement Fog / Driving Lights

Control Arm Basics

Towing Mirrors Guide

Ignition Coils & Coil Packs

Exhaust Manifolds 101

Replacement Headlights

Replacement Tail Lights

Alternators 101

Parking, Corner, Side Marker, Turn Signal, Bumper, Repeater Lights & Reflectors Guide

Auto Radiators 101

Oxygen Sensor Basics

Starter Motor 101

What is a Cylinder Head and How Does it Work?

What Fluid is Leaking From My Car?

Why Are My Power Windows Working Intermittently?

What is a MAP Sensor & What does a MAP Sensor do?

MAP vs. MAF vs. IAT Sensors

Can a Bad O2 Sensor Cause a Misfire?

Crankshaft Position Sensors


General Automotive Articles

Understanding Vehicle Identification Numbers / "VIN Numbers"

Automotive Differentials Explained

What are the Different Types of Automotive Brakes?

What is OBD II and how does it work?

Power Steering 101: What is it and How it Works

Distributor Ignition Systems Explained

What are the Different Types of Fuel Injection Systems?

How Fuel Injection Systems Work

What is The Difference Between Flat Plane and Cross Plane Crankshafts?

What is The Difference Between Four Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive?

Short Ram Vs. Cold Air Intake Systems

Understanding Truck Body Styles

What to Do When Your Car Overheats

Why Do Car Batteries Die in Cold Weather?

Low Tire Pressure in Cold Weather

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?


Articles About Makes, Models, Companies and Brands

History of General Motors (GM)

11 Common Jeep Problems & Complaints - Death Wobble

Honda Accord Brake Problems - Cause & Solution

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