Continuing our expedition across the land of automotive geography, we head east from Europe. Crossing over Soviet relics and the still emerging vehicles of China we find ourselves in Japan. Japanese cars are often considered some of the most reliable cars in the world. Japanese manufacturers account for 4 of the top 10 global producers of vehicles, with the Japanese Toyota taking the number one position. While many may... [More]
Anyone using Google today will see a unique Google Doodle. The Doodle that appears today is in honour of Alessandro Volta, the man credited with creating the first battery in 1799. Since that time, batteries and other electric systems have found their way into nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Of course, vehicles are no different. Vehicles have evolved from having no electronics, to using some, to being fu... [More]
The first gas powered automobile offered such amazing features as a horse-free operation, and well, that's about it. Today, we expect a certain level of comfort when choosing a car. Air conditioning, powered options, a quality sound system, touch screens, airbags, ABS brakes, and traction control are just a few options that we've come to expect in a daily driver. With how far we've come in vehicles over the last 100 year... [More]
In the second episode of automotive geography, Prime Choice takes a look at another European automaker. Italy seems focused on incredible speed that comes from a history of artistic flair, but there is another European country that also pushes the envelope of speed and does so with incredible precision and engineering. This week, Prime Choice takes a look at the automotive geography of Germany, best known fo... [More]
By now you know the basics, how to roll, how to stop, and how to see where you're going. What more could you need, right? Since the Roman Empire ruled wherever there's been transportation, there's been vehicle suspension systems. Whether for increasing comfort on a long ride, enhancing performance, or allowing for a greater load to be transported, vehicle suspension systems have come a long way. The concept has been the same, bu... [More]
Pizza, Pasta, And Incredibly Fast Cars - The Automotive Geography of Italy
Prime Choice Auto Parts is proud to take you on a trip around the world to learn your automotive geography. In our debut episode we look at Italy, a country with one of the richest automotive histories in the world. If you've ever had a calender or poster featuring dream cars, there's a very good chance a ve... [More]
Prime Choice takes a look at some Detroit Auto Show facts for the 2015 season. Here we look at some new cars, new innovations, and new ideas. Each year, the Motor City hosts one of the most exciting and dynamic auto shows in the world. The North American International Auto Show, more commonly referred to as the Detroit Auto Show, hosts automakers from around the world and allows for a display of new vehicles, techn... [More]
Prime Choice is kicking off 2015 by shining a light on one of the most common parts: vehicle headlamps. Your vehicles headlamps provide a wide range of functions, from practical use at night, to distinguishing stylistic features. There are many people that believe vehicles have a "face", and that the headlamps are the eyes. So join us as we take a look back, and forward, into the eyes of a vehicles soul.
Vehicle Headlamp History
The first patent ... [More]
Looking back, and forward - 2014 Automotive Review
We've covered a lot of topics this year, and what a year it has been. From revamped classics to dangerous recalls, 2014 has been quite the interesting year for gearheads. The Prime Choice 2014 Automotive Review takes a look back on some of the biggest stories of the year, and looks forward to next year.
Reviving the beasts
In an era of hybrid electric cars with solar powered charging stations, a brand n... [More]
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through my car, my ride was quite bumpy, my door was ajar.
With a rev of the engine, the temp was in reds, what was the trouble, could it be piston heads? A little more juice did cause quite the snap; I feared this could be quite a costly mishap!
When then from the engine arose such a clatter, I threw open the hood to see what was the matter! With a fresh jug of oil I ripped off the cap, was my once... [More]
Making Brake History
A couple of weeks ago we here at Prime Choice kicked off our parting wisdom series with a look at the wheel. What good is a wheel if it can't be controlled? This week, parting wisdom looks at brake history and discovers how we started stopping our wheels.
Currently, the fastest production cars in the world are capable of traveling over 430km/h. At this speed, a vehicle would make the 100M dash is less than one second (th... [More]
While gas prices may be at a 4 year low, an inevitable rise in prices is coming. Now's the perfect time to improve your fuel economy with a few simple tips, tricks, and quality parts.
Engine tips to improve fuel economy
Get a tune up: Keep your car running smooth to help improve fuel economy. Normally, your car's service manual will have schedules on when to replace "wear" parts, such as oil filters or spark plugs. Following these suggestions can do more than just k... [More]
In parting wisdom, we take a look at the creation, development, and future of modern vehicle components. From wheels to engines and everything in between, the parting wisdom column will take a closer look at what really makes up a car.
One metric horsepower is needed to lift 75 kilograms (average human body weight) 1 meter in 1 second. This how a unit of horsepower is defined. The Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse is capable of producin... [More]
Celebrating our Black Friday car parts sale with some iconic Black Cars
We know it's the time of year when our friends in the US are getting together with family and friends to give thanks for all they have. It's also the time of year for kicking down the doors of your favourite store at 4 in the morning and elbowing people in the face to save $50 on a TV you don't need. At Prime Choice, you can keep the elbows down, all ou... [More]
Can You Really Buy A Counterfeit Auto Part
You're shopping for auto parts online. You notice that between two parts, there is no difference in specifications, but a noticeable difference in price. While the cheaper price certainly does entice you, you choose to pay more because of a gut feeling about counterfeit auto parts. You may feel like you made the right choice, but you just wasted hard earned cash based on a feeling.
In the fall it’s not uncommo... [More]
Sometimes we all give ourselves a little too much credit when it comes to our abilities. Often, we undertake projects out of our league and end up leaving them half finished or half started (depending on your point of view). Auto repairs are no exception. Here we'll talk about a few repairs that, with the right know how and the right parts, you can accomplish on your own. This DIY car repair list features simple fixes to common... [More]
Plug N’ Play
The first practical electric vehicles hit the auto market around 1890. Over the next 125 years electric vehicles would fade into obscurity, resurfacing temporarily at times when some innovations were made. Until now, electric vehicles were deemed a fad or pipe dream, not being practical for the demands of modern driving. Today, the most talked about Auto Company in the world is Tesla Motors, who have brought electric vehicles to the front o... [More]
Why hack your bank account when we can hack your car?
Computers are complex machines. Very complex machines. While they certainly don’t have as many moving parts as your average car, the do possess something that your car doesn’t, millions of lines of hack-able, easily accessible code.
What is code? Code is a term used to describe the commands the computer uses to function. For example, some lines of code may tell the gas tank to draw more or ... [More]
Everyone, start your engines! That is, if your spark plugs are healthy.
It might be surprising, but spark plugs play a huge role in a smooth ride. These little parts provide the spark that’s needed to start your engine. From the ignition system, your spark plugs transfer the electricity which produces a spark. The flame mixes with the air/fuel in your engine, making it run. If this spark is not big enough or not performing properly, a number of things c... [More]
There is a lot of fluid in your car and engine, including the engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, gas, coolant, water, brake fluid, window washer, etc. The list goes on and on. All of these liquids have a specific purpose to make sure everything in your engine is properly lubricated and running smoothly. But what happens when one of these very important fluids starts to leak?
When identifying leaks, looking for colour, tex... [More]
When it comes to the parts of a vehicle’s brake system, it’s a big world out there in terms of quality, performance, or life span between products. A necessary element to the system, brake pads range in performance and longevity depending on the material or lining used. To make your life easier, we’ll go through the pros and cons of one of the most popular choices: ceramic brake pads.
Ceramic pads are widely used nowadays for all types of ... [More]
There are a number of options in terms of performance and quality with every piece of your vehicle’s braking system. One portion, the brake rotors, will need to be chosen carefully to fit in with your vehicle and driving style. Working together with the brake pads and calipers, the rotors are used to slow the rotation of the tire. With pressure from the brake pedal, the pads will put pressure on the rotors until the friction eventually causes the wheel to stop.
Many cars have dif... [More]
There’s nothing like a breath of fresh air. As satisfying as it is for us humans, it’s the same great feeling for your car. A fresh and clean engine air filter can do just that, as well as has many other uses!
First of all, it’s important not to confuse an automotive cabin air filter with an internal engine air filter. A cabin filter is great for the air we breathe inside the car, and an engine air filter is more useful in regards... [More]
The engine oil is the life blood of your car. It properly lubricates all of the moving parts inside of your engine, and without it, the friction between these parts would cause a lot of damage and lack of power. Engine oil also plays a role in fuel consumption. The better the parts can move inside the engine, the better they can perform their jobs instead of creating resistance and wasting gas.
What happens as the oil ages? It can become very dirty with cont... [More]
In the past, choosing oil for a vehicle wasn’t all that difficult, as long as you had a good idea about the viscosity that you required. These days, all of this has changed. Manufacturers are now making their own for all of their vehicles and recommending that people stick to these products if they want to maintain their vehicles in the best possible condition. Some companies even say that using the wrong oil could void their warranty, which makes it important for vehicle owners to pay attention to ... [More]
With the prices of gas rising as steeply as they are, people are always looking to cut corners and save where they can, but could this actually be hurting them, rather than helping them? If you aren’t a professional auto repair professional, you might not have any idea about the differences between cheap gas and its more costly counterpart, but if this is going to end up costing you more in terms of vehicle maintenance in the long run, it might be time to learn.
Does Your Car Have a Flexible Fue... [More]
Power steering fluid is found in just about in every second car these days, particularly because of the popularity of power steering in the modern age. This fluid plays an important role in the functioning of your vehicle, and if you aren’t aware of why you need to check these levels regularly, you could be putting yourself and others in a lot of danger.
What is Power Steering Fluid?
Basically, power steering fluid is used in a rack-and-pinion steering mechanism, and it is pressurize... [More]
Everyone should know how to jump start their car, and learning how to do this isn’t very difficult. Keep in mind, however, that if you are struggling or questioning whether you know what you’re doing, leave it to the professionals, since doing it wrong could end up causing you a serious injury.
Make Sure You’re Allowed To Jump Start The Car
Before you attempt jump starting the car, making sure that you’re actually allowed to do this according to your owner’s manual. V... [More]
With the price of gas rising every year, it pays to find out how to get more from your gas tank. If you think saving gas is going to be a time consuming effort, think again; you can get more miles just by following a few simple tips.
The harder you push down on the accelerator, the more gas your vehicle is going to guzzle. Basically, when you drive in a more gentle fashion, you will not only get where you are going more safely, but you will also end up using less gas to get ... [More]
The emergency brake plays an important role when it comes to your vehicle, because it not only provides you with a system of stopping faster and more efficiently in an emergency situation, but it also provides you with extra protection when you park your vehicle. At certain times, the emergency brake might become fixed, something you might notice from the way that one of the wheels drag as you drive; to resolve this issue, you simply need to unfreeze the brake. Keep in mind that if you’re unsuc... [More]
Taking a vehicle in to get repaired can be costly enough, but if you don’t know where to take your car, you could end up costing yourself a lot more in terms of overpricing and low quality service. Knowing how to go about choosing the right repair shop will ensure that you pick a facility that understands how to treat its clients, both with regards to customer service and fair pricing.
Don’t Wait Until You Need a Repair Shop to Find One
If you’re looking for a repair shop in... [More]
Preventative car maintenance is one of the most efficient methods of ensuring that you don’t throw your money away on unnecessary repairs, but how do you go about determining what needs protecting before it actually breaks? There are 3 very common mistakes that people make when it comes to their vehicles, and by preventing these issues from turning into real damage, a person can save themselves a small fortune in the process.
Installing Aftermarket Alarms and Stereos
One of the first th... [More]
Tires are some of the most important components of a vehicle; these components not only keep a car running, but they also provide traction and absorb shock. Making sure that your tires remain in good condition is absolutely integral, since any damage can put the passengers of a vehicle in danger and possibly cause the vehicle to veer off the road. Since tires can be quite costly, particularly the higher quality brands, you’ll want to make sure that they remain in the best possible conditi... [More]
These days, far too many people ignore the needs of their vehicles until they find themselves stranded on the side of the road, praying that they won’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get their car running again. Since a car automatically begins to start wearing down the moment it is driven off a car lot, preventative maintenance ensures that it is always in safe driving condition; when you ignore this, you are putting yourself and your vehicle at risk.
Keep Your Car Going
One of the main reas... [More]
The tires of your vehicle are actually some of the most important facets of a car, which is why it is imperative that you learn how to care for these items and replace them when the situation calls for it. Neglecting your tires could not only be putting your vehicle at risk, but it could also be putting your life in danger, since it plays an important role in keeping a vehicle on the road. Tires should be inspected every month, as well as before a big trip; if a person isn’t sure about whet... [More]
Most people don’t want to run off to the mechanic every time they need to make a simple repair on their vehicle, but these tasks are often made much more difficult because people don’t have the right tools to get the job done. Instead of throwing up your hands in frustration every time a simple repair task goes wrong, you might want to find out about those tools that will be able to make each and every job much simpler.
Form-A-Funnel Drain Tool
Changing the oil in a car is a necess... [More]
An older vehicle doesn’t necessarily have to be a shabby vehicle; in fact, with the number of options that people have at their disposal these days, it’s much easier (and cheaper) to have a car looking as good as new in a few simple steps. Since people tend to spend most of their time inside a car, it is usually a good idea to pay a considerable amount of attention to this facet if a person intends on being comfortable driving in it
The seats are some of the ... [More]
Both old and new cars come with standard parts, specific to the model of the vehicle. While in most cases those standard parts will do their job, at one point you might want to consider changing them or adding new ones. When it comes to old cars, you should always consider the wear and tear aspect and make sure that you don’t have parts that desperately need changing.
Installing Better Sound Systems
Older cars usually come with your standard radio/cd player combo. While the fact that... [More]
Headlights are a crucial part of your vehicle, especially since it’s illegal to travel without them. Luckily, replacing a light can be easy and cheap if you know how to do it yourself at home rather than taking your car into a garage. For those who need a little guidance in this area, listed below is an easy to follow guide to installing your own new bulbs:
In order to begin the process, you must first figure out which bulbs are designed for your car so you know which ... [More]
Often taken for granted, your brakes are one of the most important components in any vehicle, and are the only thing standing between you and the car in front of you. Unlike a simple oil change, defining a timeline for changing brakes is slightly more difficult, as it varies from driver to driver. An aggressive city driver may need to look into changing their brake pads on a yearly bases, whereas a more casual rural driver could wait three years before needing to have them looked at. Whatever the c... [More]
Being the only thing stopping you from crashing into the car in front of you, your brakes are an essential part of your vehicle and should be properly maintained for optimum quality and long life. There are a few ways to improve your braking power, if you feel as though you aren’t already getting the most out of them; read on for 3 helpful tips that could raise the standard of your stopping power:
Embedding the Pads
Most pads come with a protective layer covering them; this is good while not in us... [More]
Oil is an important part of any car engine, and without it you wouldn’t get very far, so it is crucial to take the warning signs your vehicle gives you seriously. From the oil pan to the valve shafts, this particular fluid is used by many parts of the motor to keep things moving. There are plenty of reasons an indicator may appear to warn of oil troubles, so narrowing it down can sometimes prove tricky. Below is a list of a few reasons you may be encountering this signal:
Start at the Beginni... [More]
Do Your Research
You won’t get to test drive the car you bid on before making your claim, so if you’re considering a particular model, take a look at a car guide or research it on the internet beforehand, this way you’ll know what questions to ask, or what information to look for.
Have a Price in Mind
You’d think that a used car would go for a discount, but this isn’t always the case; many models will go for more than retail price due to overconfident bidders. If you... [More]
There’s nothing more frustrating than taking your car out for a spin and finding that you can’t get your window to go down. Power windows operate on motors and can fail for a few different reasons, none of them very convenient, but most fairly easy to fix. If you’re having problems with yours, refer to your car manual or a local mechanic on what steps are involved in the process of fixing it. Some situations may just require a bit of elbow grease, while others may need the attention of... [More]
The first thing you need to take into consideration is that if you sense any kind of problems with your brakes, you shouldn’t be driving your car at all. Pull over and check it out before you go on, otherwise you will risk getting into an accident because your brakes might not perform as they should. A common problem is sticky brakes; after releasing the brake pedal, you keep on sensing some sort of pressure applied on the wheels. Another sign might be that your brakes don’t work as they shou... [More]
Whether you use your car multiple times a day or only drive once a week to save on mileage, properly maintaining your brakes is among the most crucial steps to conserving the life of the vehicle, as well as your own. Aside from the obvious knowledge that if your system fails at speeds of 60 miles an hour, you won’t be telling many tales about it, your entire automobile runs more smoothly when all components are in good working order.
Just like when you get sick, there are sympt... [More]
The braking system is arguably one of the most important parts of your car, as it ensures that your trip will be as safe as possible. You need to take into consideration that if you do a lot of city driving, this will cause the brakes to wear out much faster than if you are primarily driving on highways or main roads outside the city, regardless of how many miles you have on board.
Most cars have sensors, which scrape the brake disc, making an alarming screeching sound whenever the ... [More]
Tackling repairs on your car should always be done in a safe manner, and you always need to make sure that what you did is going to work. There are some easy, standard repairs that everybody should be able to do, especially if you find yourself in the middle of the road without any other options. You should always have the basics along with you: gloves, wrenches, a car lift, spare tire and something to clean your hands.
First Off – Research
Your most important tool is knowledge. Like in many other fiel... [More]
Not everybody has the funds necessary to replace their cars, but luckily, there are quite a few things that can be done to freshen up their vehicle’s image and make it look and feel brand new.
Many people consider that taking their car to a car wash service just about does the trick; and it’s true if they give your car a thorough cleaning. But usually, it only involves the vehicle’s exterior. That’s why you probably need to do this yourself; and you’ll get t... [More]
Let’s face it, when it comes to the mechanics of our faithful vehicles, there are many things that can go wrong, especially on older models or when proper maintenance isn’t carried out in a routine fashion. In order to avoid finding yourself in tough situations, like looking for help on the side of a busy freeway, check into these 5 tips that your car may be in trouble, and act on them should they happen to you.
Smells Like Breakfast
This may sound funny, but many people report the s... [More]