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Car Basics 101: How Much Oil Does My Car Need?

Image from Amazon How much oil does my car need? You often wonder. All the hi-tech bits and pieces of your car engine will not run smoothly if there’s no oil. This fluid keeps your engine moving because it does many thing: it lubricates, seals, protects, and cools down your engine parts. But oil loses […]


Airbag Light: Why is It On? – The Common Reasons

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Today’s vehicles have more features than ever before. With the ever-growing technology in the automotive industry, most of these systems are controlled electronically. Gone are the days when there were just three or four warning lights on our driver’s display. There are indicators for everything from a loose gas cap to low washer fluid. With so many alerts on the display, it can be tempting to ignore them and keep on driving. However, when it comes to the airbag light, we cannot stress how important it is to deal with it.

What Is a Car Airbag Light?

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The vehicle airbag light is the primary indicator for the Supplemental Restraint System or SRS. It is usually displayed with the SRS letters or an illustration of a person sitting in a car seat with the airbag deploying. As with all indicator lights, it comes on for a few moments every time the vehicle is started. This happens so the computer can check the system and make sure everything is in working order. If the light stays on though, it means there is something going on with the SRS system that needs to be looked into further.

How Does the Airbag Light Work?

How Does the Airbag System Work?

Is It Safe to Drive with the Airbag Light On?

What Is the Purpose of the Car Airbag Light?

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The primary function of the airbag light is to let the driver know there is some kind of issue with the airbag system. This could be any number of things from an electrical problem to a sensor issue, to airbags that have been deployed previously and not properly reset. In this section, we will take a deeper look into a few possible causes of the airbag light being on.

Seat Belt Sensor

Low Car Battery

Damaged or Broken Clock Spring

Water or Flood Damage

Sensor or Code Error

What Should I Do If the Airbag Light Is On in My Car?

Our first suggestion would be that you take your vehicle to a certified mechanic as soon as possible. This could be any certified local auto repair shop or the dealership. We strongly recommend that you do not continue driving the vehicle as if nothing is wrong. The fact that the airbag light is on indicates there is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately as the airbags may not deploy in the event of an accident. For those who prefer to work on their cars themselves, here are a few troubleshooting options you can try:

Replace the Clock Spring

As we mentioned before, the clock spring is what maintains the connection between the vehicle’s electrical and airbag systems. It does this by coiling in and out as the steering wheel turns. After years of use and tens of thousands of wheel rotations, the thin circuit bands may become brittle and worn, causing an intermittent connection, or eventually even no connection at all. This is common problem in older vehicles.

Charge or Replace the Battery

As batteries wear down, sometimes they hang on a while before going completely dead. Running the car or driving it will recharge it enough to where it continues to function adequately until it finally goes dead. If this is the case, it may have already caused an issue with the airbag sensor, and until you replace the battery, the airbag light will probably continue to stay on.

Check the Passenger Occupancy Sensor

Another possible cause for the airbag warning light may be the wiring or connection of the passenger occupancy sensor. Given how passenger seats are usually adjusted more often than driver’s seats, the back-and-forth repetition over time can stretch or fray the wires, and sometimes they can get detached altogether.

To check if this system is working properly, look for the “passenger airbag off” light when the seat is unoccupied, and look for that light to disappear when the seat is occupied. If the indicator is not functioning properly, check the harness and wiring under the seat for possible damage. If you do find an issue with the wiring, universal replacement kits can be purchased at nearly any auto parts store.

Clear the ECU

If you have throughly inspected every possible cause for the airbag light to be on and have concluded that there are no issues that need resolving, you can remove the airbag electronic control unit, or ECU, and send it to a company that will clear it for you. Still, we highly recommend letting a qualified mechanic give your system the once-over before taking this step, because this is something you want to make absolutely sure you are not wrong about. It may save your life.


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Vehicles are getting more technologically advanced every year. We already have cars that can self-parallel park, brake on their own when sensing an impending collision, and warn us when other vehicles or objects are getting too close. Technology can make our drive so much more easy and comfortable, but only if we pay attention to it. Ignoring important indicators such as “check engine” and “low tire pressure” are surely dangerous enough. But when you ignore your airbag lights, you are literally playing Russian roulette with your life and the lives of the passengers traveling with you.

So please, don’t wait. Have your car checked out by your local mechanic today. We hope you will never need those airbags, but if you do, you will be glad they were there.


2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Review

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Pollution from cars is said to be one of our country’s greatest contributors to climate change. Greenhouse gases have accumulated in our atmosphere to dangerous degrees partly because of millions of vehicles burning fossil fuels and releasing carbon dioxide into the air. These emissions also contribute to the harmful smog and low air quality conditions that plague many of the country’s major cities.

With gas prices rising and environmental concerns deepening, now is the perfect time to shop around for a more fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle. Car buyers have certain concerns in pursuit of a more environmentally friendly vehicle. They want a car that is less harsh on the environment, that also performs impressively, that prioritizes safety and looks good.

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If you or someone you know is looking to make the switch to a greener vehicle, keep reading. This 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid review discusses the various features of one of the best hybrids on the market. This Honda Accord model really gives drivers what they want in terms of a high-performing reliable hybrid vehicle.

The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Review

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This 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid review regards this vehicle as one of the best hybrids of the year. The Accord Hybrid and the regular Accord have the same sleek and high end exterior that drivers across the country love. The four-door sedan seats five adults comfortably and uses front-wheel drive. The Honda Accord Hybrid’s gets an impressive combined 47 miles per gallon.


The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid comes in five trim levels, ranging from base to Touring models. From base to Touring, each trim level offers progressively advanced features. This 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid review will discuss the various features of the different trim levels.

Base Trim

EX Trim

EX-L and EX-L with Navi Trim

Touring Trim


The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid review features a price that varies in accordance with the different trim levels. The base model costs around $25,100, the EX costs around $28,890, the EX-L costs around $31,440 and the Touring model costs around $34,710.

How It Compares

To comprehensively conduct this 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid review, we have chosen a few comparable hybrid sedans to compare the Accord to.

  • 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid

  • 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

  • 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid


This product can be found at your local Honda dealership for varying prices depending on the trim level, with the base model costing around $25,100, the EX model costing around $28,890, the EX-L costing around $31,440 and the Touring model costing around $34, 710.


The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring model has a high-tech and luxurious interior, setting it apart from many of the hybrid models on the market today. The interior features leather upholstery, chrome interior accents, heated front and back seats, and ventilated front seats. The sound system features 10 speakers, internet access via HondaLink, smartphone integration systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The smartphone integration system is one of the highest-regarded features of this 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid review.


This impressive hybrid vehicle has features that come because of up-to-date technology. The Touring model comes with automatic high-beam control which automatically brightens and dulls the high beam technology as necessary. The vehicle also comes with front and rear parking sensors that make parallel parking and backing in a breeze.

The Accord Hybrid also gives drivers front collision warnings with automatic braking and lane departure warnings.


The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid review notes the sedan’s incredible fuel economy. The Accord Hybrid gets around 47 miles per gallon. This Honda uses a two-motor powertrain, using two electric motors, a lithium-ion battery pack and a 2.0 liter gas engine. This 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid review has found that this car drives smoothly without the hesitation or jolting that many hybrids suffer from.


A new Honda hybrid comes with a 36-month or 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 60 month or 60,000 mile powertrain warranty and 36 months or 36,000 mile roadside assistance warranty. The certified pre-owned program covers cars less than six years old or that have less than 80,000 miles. The basic warranty for certified pre-owned Honda Accord Hybrids comes cover the car for 12 months or 12,000 miles.


  • Luxurious interior

  • High-tech safety and media features

  • Excellent fuel economy


  • Some may need more seating or cargo space

  • Some features are limited to upper level trims

This Toyota model is the hybrid version of one of the country’s most reliable and popular cars. This spacious five-seater vehicle offers a smooth, comfortable, and fuel-efficient ride. This Camry Hybrid is a great mid-size vehicle with more cargo room than most sedans.

This hybrid comes in varying trims. The Camry Hybrid LE is the base model, the SE comes with leatherette upholstery, and the XLE comes with leather upholstery and an upgraded Entune media system.


This product can be found at your local Toyota dealership for around $27,800 for the base trim, $29,500 for the SE trim, and $32,250 for the XLE trim.


With the Camry hybrid, even the lower-level trims feature high-quality cabins. While the back seats and trunk have improved cargo space, there have been some complaints regarding front seat space, especially for taller drivers.

The interior features a 7-inch touch screen Entune Infotainment system which offers Siri Eyes Free and Bluetooth capabilities. The hybrid also features a sunroof, Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, and a nine-speaker JBL brand audio system.


The 2018 Camry Hybrid has come back with great crash test results. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has rated the Camry Hybrid a five-star review overall and five-star reviews for every individual crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has also given the Camry Hybrid its highest award, the IIHS Top Safety Pick +.

The hybrid’s specific safety technology includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and a rearview camera. This Toyota model also features the Toyota Safety Sense system, which protects drivers and passengers through its forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings and pedestrian detection warnings.


The Camry Hybrid gets an impressive 44 miles per gallon in the city and 47 miles per gallon on the highway. Its more basic trim models are even more fuel efficient, getting 51 miles per gallon in the city and 53 miles per gallon on the highway. The Camry Hybrid uses a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to deliver 208 horsepower.


A new Camry Hybrid comes with the basic three year or 36,000 mile warranty, five year or 60,000 mile powertrain warranty and eight year or 100,000 mile warranty for the hybrid parts.


  • Impressive gas mileage

  • Multiple trim options

  • Great safety features and awards


  • Less sleek exterior

  • Less luxurious interiors than comparable hybrids

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a high quality mid-size sedan with good fuel efficiency and high-quality performance. The Fusion Hybrid is a dependable vehicle that competes well with the best hybrids on the market.

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid comes in four varying trims that range in the features they offer. The S trim is the base model, coming with cloth interior, a rearview camera, push-button start, a nine-speaker sound system and the 4.2-inch SYNC display system. The SE comes with the S features plus a power-adjustable driver’s seat and other impressive feature packages.

The Titanium model comes with leather accents and seating, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and smartphone integration systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Platinum model is the best of the best, with leather wrapping, integrated navigation, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warnings, parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel and remote start functions.


The Fusion Hybrid can be purchased at your local Ford dealership. The S model costs around $25,390, the SE costs around $26,340, the Titanium costs around $30,870 and the Platinum costs around $37,370.


The Ford Fusion Hybrid seats five adults comfortably. The interior details vary depending on the trim level, with the base level featuring cloth seats and the upper-level trims offering front sport seats, leather upholstery and heated front seats. The interior cabin is notably spacious but there have been complaints regarding the limited headspace in the back seats.

The base-level trim features a 4.2-inch display and a SYNC infotainment system, while the upper level trim offers smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a moon roof, a voice controlled navigation system, and an 8-inch touch screen.


The Ford Fusion Hybrid has received the highest awards from both the National Highway Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests. The vehicle also comes with great features like the rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian warnings, parking assists and the unique Ford’s MyKey feature. MyKey allows parents to set a maximum speed limit and volume limit for their young drivers.


The Ford Fusion Hybrid gets around 43 miles per gallon in the city and 41 miles per gallon on the highway. These are fuel-efficient numbers, but they still fall short of the fuel efficiency of other hybrid models of comparable price.

The Fusion Hybrid uses a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to deliver 188 horsepower. The hybrid is said to take on city driving well but requires more pedal work to get up to highway speeds. The Fusion is known for its sporty handling, which makes this model a unique hybrid.


A new Fusion has bumper-to-bumper coverage for three years or 36,000 miles and a five year or 60,000 mile powertrain warranty. In addition, some Fusion’s hybrid parts come with an eight year or 100,000 mile warranty.


  • Sporty performance

  • Dependable vehicle

  • Unique MyKey feature


  • Low headspace in the backseats

  • Cloth interior for base model

The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid is one of the less talked about hybrids on the market, but it still comes with some great safety and performance features.
Unlike many of the hybrids we have discussed, the Optima Hybrid comes in one trim, the EX. Its one trim should not be confused with being a base trim, as the EX model comes with several impressive features.

One upgrade buyers can opt for is the technology package for $5,200. The technology pack comes with interior features like a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat and 10-way power adjustable shotgun seat, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It also comes with auto emergency braking, lane departure warnings, forward collision warnings and adaptive cruise control.


This product can be found at your local Kia dealership for around $28,090.


Like most of the sedans we have discussed, the Optima Hybrid carries five adults, offering decent legroom and headroom for the front and back passengers. The cabin features plastic accents and leather trimmed seats.

With the technology package, buyers get power-adjustable driver and passenger seats, ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel. The Kia uses Kia’s UVO infotainment system through the 7-inch touch screen display and offers smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The sound system notably features a limited six-speaker setup.


The Optima Hybrid offers great safety features including a rearview camera, parking sensors, and lane departure warnings. The hybrid has notably not been reviewed by the major crash test agencies.


The Optima Hybrid gives drivers around 39 miles per gallon in the city and 45 miles per gallon on the highway. These numbers are good for a regular sedan, but many hybrid sedans have much more impressive numbers. The Optima Hybrid uses a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor to deliver 202 horsepower.

We found during this 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid review that the Kia Optima Hybrid is known for its smooth ride and comfortable drive. It also features a regenerative braking system that recharges the car’s battery as you decelerate.


The Kia Optima Hybrid has a basic warranty covered for five years or 60,000 miles, a limited powertrain warranty for 10 years or 100,000 miles, and a warranty for some hybrid parts for 10 years or 100,000 miles.


  • Comfortable ride

  • Spacious and comfortable cabin

  • One high-quality trim level


  • Gets fewer miles per gallon than comparable hybrids

  • No crash test results


If you are looking to upgrade to a high performing and luxurious hybrid vehicle, the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid is a great bet. This 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid review gives the vehicle a five-star rating. This vehicle comes in various trim levels, with its upper echelon trims offering some incredible technological capabilities and interior features that rival luxury vehicles.

The multiple trim levels give buyers several options under what features they want and what they can feasibly afford. The Accord Hybrid gets an impressive 47 miles per gallon, saving drivers money and saving the earth from excess greenhouse gases. It also gives drivers some up-to-date safety features that make this vehicle perfect for drivers with any level of experience.

The Honda Accord Hybrid is one of the most popular hybrids on the market, coming from one of the most dependable car brands in the world. While there are several hybrid sedans on the market, this 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid review should show that this hybrid sedan is hard to beat.


Power Stop Rotors Review

Today we are going to talk about one of the leading manufacturers of rotors in the world, Power Stop. For this Power Stop rotors review we will introduce the manufacturer and discuss what makes them one of the best in the world, and why you should consider them for your next upgrade.

The most important part of vehicle maintenance is safety, and perhaps the most important safety system on any modern vehicle is the braking system. The braking system is subject to wear and tear as fast as any other moving part on a car, so making sure your parts are in working order, reliable, and durable is paramount to your driving safety. The rotors on your vehicle will eventually need to be replaced, and when that time comes you want to make sure the very best replacements are available and installed.

What Are Power Stop Rotors?

Power Stop is one of the leading manufacturers of rotors, braking systems, and precision stopping kits for highway-ready vehicles. This manufacturer puts an emphasis on detailed casting and machining, all without losing the precision etching and drilling needed for quality control. Before we dive into the different comparisons between manufacturers, we want to call out some of our favorite features we discovered during this Power Stop rotors review.

Product Specs

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There are a lot of great features we can talk about when looking at Power Stop products. The precision machining combined with high-quality metal casting creates a stellar product with unmatched durability. We want to take some time to touch on some of our favorite features included on many of the products sold through Power Stop. These features are not all-inclusive and can vary from model to model, so be sure to check on the part-specific features before making your final choice on a replacement rotor and braking system.

Tru-Cast Technology

Power Stop uses a casting and machining technology that allows for stronger forms and more detailed etching. The Tru-Cast system, unique to Power Stop, offers a final G3000 grade casting that comes from only the finest foundries in the country. This system delivers closely drilled and slotted disks that are plated with silver zinc to prevent long-term rusting and dust flaking.

Silver Zinc Dichromate Plating

As we mentioned above, the casting process is finalized with the application of a Silver Zinc Dichromate plating. This plating is applied to all the drilled and slotted rotors to help prevent undue rusting and corrosion. This is applied to both rotor plates, but not on the hub assemblies. The plating gives a shield against rusting and flaking due to accumulated dust and heat wicking.

Perfection Milling

Once the cast has been set and the Silver Zinc Dichromate has been applied to the rotor plates, then it’s time for the final cutting and machining to take place. Every part of the rotor assembly is machined and mill-balanced for a guaranteed fit on your car or truck. The maximum tolerance of the rotor run-out is 0.0032” while the Maximum DTV tolerance is specified to 0.0005”. This closely controlled machining, drilling, and slotting make each rotor the perfect fit for your saddle and assembly. This precision milling makes installation much easier and helps extend the durability and overall life of the entire brake system.


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There was a pretty wide range of prices for these rotors, but that’s to be expected when reviewing such a diverse catalog of products. The lowest average price we found was around $85 for a pair of standard rotors. There are four different product lines to choose from, so the series can bring the price up depending on the size and accessories included. The most expensive rotor kits came in around $300.

Power Stop Rotors Review – How It Compares

We selected some of Power Stop’s biggest competitors to see how they stack up against one and other. For this Power Stop rotors review, we compared the price, features list, reported performance, customer feedback, and overall design quality of each of these manufacturers. We have been careful to call out what we loved and what we think might need some improvement in each of these brands, all to help you make the most informed decision when selecting a reliable brand of rotors for your vehicle.

What We Reviewed

  • Bendix Rotors

  • DuraGo Replacement Rotors

  • StopTech Rotors

Power Stop Rotors

Price [$$]

The items we looked at for this Power Stop rotors review ranged in price from $85 for a pair to as much as $300 for a single high-performance rotor. The price mainly depended on the total kit size and the performance rating of the vehicle.

Design Quality [4/5 STARS]

Power Stop has a high-end chain of foundries that cast the molds for these rotors. Emphasis on metal quality and final machining makes these products standouts on the market. The attention paid to the quality of metal, mainly copper-free aluminum mixes, helps to extend the life of the rotors and give great performance all the way until replacement.

Features [4/5 STARS]

There are too many great features to mention all at once here, and we covered some of our favorites already. We love the Evolution series and the Tru-Cast technology for forging and casting these precision rotors.

Performance [3/5 STARS]

Power Stop has one of the best records for cooling technology in the industry. Heat dispersal is paramount when designing a high-end rotor, with the ability to cool while maintaining friction being the key. Power Stop rotors are drilled, slotted, and etched with millimeter detail, allowing for better performance and superior durability.

Warranty [5/5 STARS]

Power Stop offers a hassle-free sixty-day return policy on most of their non-commercial products. There is an additional three-year, 36,000-mile road coverage warranty that comes attached to their domestic line of rotors and braking packages. They really stand out against the others in this Power Stop Rotors review, especially when you consider the direct-to-consumer coverage offered from Power Stop. While most of the other manufacturers in this review defer the warranty to their authorized dealers, Power Stop comes clean with a direct guarantee that is handled at the manufacturer level.


  • Best value on this list

  • High-end quality grading on all rotors

  • No need for special modifications


  • Limited domestic line for vehicles

  • No exotic or racing-grade options

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Bendix Rotors

Since 1924, Bendix has been leading the way with braking technology and precision manufacturing. Billing their entire line as Premium grade, Bendix does not cater to the low end of the car world. Their rotors and braking systems are made from their own engineered designs, all in-house and controlled by the manufacturer. This kind of manufacturing dominance allows Bendix more control over the final quality of the products.

Design Quality [4/5 STARS]

Bendix has three different lines of rotors and braking kits for you to choose from. The Bendix Premium and Bendix Fleet Metlok are designed for highway and commercial vehicles. The machining is to the micrometer and forged with precision castings. A post-casting process of ionization helps remove excess copper and remnant metals from the aluminum mix. This design feature helps strengthen the rotor and adds life to the friction plates.

Features [3/5 STARS]

With so many products to choose from, it’s impossible to cover everything Bendix does for the quality and performance of their rotors. Some of our favorite features are the vane-cuts and friction etching used on all of their rotors. This process is accurate, efficient, and most of all, effective.

Performance [4/5 STARS]

This manufacturer has some of the best metrics when it comes to stop distances and temperature control of their rotors. Bendix uses a thorough internal testing process to hone the design for each of their products. With their rotors and braking systems, this thorough testing and refining have lead to some of the highest performing rotors on the market.

Warranty [4/5 STARS]

Bendix has different classifications of coverage for their products. Their domestic line of retail rotors and braking systems comes with a limited lifetime warranty which is covered through their network of authorized dealers. Bendix also has additional offered coverage for their line of commercial products, which includes several models of aftermarket replacement rotors for light commercial vehicles. Those warranties are covered through the approved dealer chain or an authorized repair shop.


  • Expansive line of rotors and braking systems

  • Three different series to choose from

  • High-precision machining process


  • Not available through all retailers

  • Inconsistent value based on prices and quality

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DuraGo Rotors

DuraGo has been making drums, rotors, and braking systems for over fifty years. This family-owned business is a national seller of some of the best-reviewed rotors in the world. With an emphasis on quality control and data collection, this mid-range manufacturer looks for every opportunity to improve their products. Their dedication to testing and QC metrics made them a front-runner in this Power Stop rotors review.

Design Quality [3/5 STARS]

DuraGo uses a high-yield casting system for all of their rotors. The casting system has been engineered to leave the most precise dimensions while applying the groove-in patterns needed for friction control. They use a non-directional swirl pattern on the disk, which is applied at the factory, so there is no need for any finish machining once you come to installation.

Features [4/5 STARS]

These rotors have an inter-cut system of vanes running between the two master disks. These offset vanes help draw in cool air while expelling hot air. This dispersal of heat helps keep the rotor cool and operating at minimum performance standards. They drill and slot everything in the factory, with on-site controls for checking the durability and final quality of each rotor.

Performance [4/5 STARS]

DuraGo is less about high-end performance and more about safety and quality of the rotor. Each piece has high marks for cooling and heat wicking, with attention being paid to the plaining system inside the rotor. Combined with the precise chamfer machining and the detailed mold cores, each rotor from DuraGo comes out perfect and ready to go.

Warranty [2/5 STARS]

DuraGo offers a limited warranty on all of their products, including the entire line of domestic rotors and brake systems. Though the manufacturer has a self-contained product warranty, you will still need to go through an authorized dealer to handle any factory replacement issues. DuraGo is sold third party as well, so it’s important to make sure you have warranty coverage on the products by checking for an authorized sale certificate from DuraGo.


  • Great for average highway use

  • Excellent cooling technology

  • Expanded line of products for most models of car


  • Not designed for off-road or performance racing

  • Limited upgrade capabilities for kits

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StopTech Rotors

StopTech was founded in 1999 with an emphasis on high-performance racing and exotic vehicles. After receiving great reviews from popular performance groups they branched out into more common rotors and baking systems. Also known by their sister brand, Centric Parts, this manufacturer offers premium rotors and stop kits that rival most other high-end parts manufacturers.

Design Quality [1/5 STARS]

There were a lot of details to review for this Power Stop rotors review—the most important being the overall design quality of the products. Though StopTech has great products with stellar reviews, the overall design was reviewed as poor.

They have some excellent designs available, with some useful features, but anything worth having on your rotor came at a significant jump in the price. StopTech regards themselves as a specialty rotor manufacturer, with a strong emphasis on Exotics and performance racing. That’s great for high-end replacement, but not so good for the average consumer. Their low-end products did not meet minimum design standards for the industry.

Features [4/5 STARS]

StopTech boasts some nice features across their lines of rotors, including the AeroRotor system. The patented AeroRotor is a two-piece rotor assembly kit that has their name-brand replacement billet and friction ring. Both pieces are made of high-grade aluminum and have a cut-in system of cooling vanes designed to wick off friction heat faster than the competition. You can also take advantage of their cryogenically treated rotors that have been enhanced through a super-cooling process that helps to better align the molecular structure of the entire rotor assembly, which adds structural strength and enhanced durability.

Performance [3/5 STARS]

StopTech is a standout amongst the competition for this Power Stop rotors review as they handle a wide variety of auto types. From their European line designed for extreme highway speeds to their off-road series for dirty driving, StopTech offers great stopping distances with better balance and superior cooling. This manufacturer offers a series of rotors for every application, and every one operates at high-end capacity with a long life.

Warranty [2/5 STARS]

StopTech does not offer a direct-to-consumer warranty on their products. The warranty and manufacturing guarantee is handled by the authorized dealer where you purchased the rotor. StopTech does not have a specific blanket policy for their warranty coverage, so you will have to review the coverage available through the dealer. StopTech has a strict program for reviewing and approving dealers for their products, so you can feel comfortable that any retailer approved for selling is also approved to cover the warranty.


  • Performance-based grading

  • Shortest recorded stopping distances

  • Geared for racing durability


  • Not the best value at these prices

  • No direct-to-consumer warranty

Where You Can Find More Information


We looked at a lot of different details for this Power Stop rotors review, trying to find the best and worst of what these different manufacturers offer. After comparing the features, benefits, warranties, and design quality of each of these product lines, we have to say Power Stop came out ahead of the competition. The after-market Power Stop rotors reviews we saw from customers confirmed what we concluded for this article.

We think Power Stop offers the best value for a superior product with a warranty that’s direct-to-consumer, something not found in most of the other options. We proudly recommend these rotors and braking systems to anyone concerned with quality and precision. The final verdict for our Power Stop rotors review is four out of five stars.

How Often Should You Flush Your Radiator?

We have all seen it before: a car stranded on the side of the highway, smoke pouring out of the engine. A car that refuses to start on a cold winter morning. Maybe you have even been in these situations before. One thing that can help if you have found yourself struggling to keep your engine the proper temperature for smooth functioning is a radiator flush. You may not even be aware of a radiator flush, but this article will answer everything you need to know about radiators and how to keep your car running in tip-top shape. We will help you understand how often should you flush your radiator so that your car never goes too long in between treatments.

While many factors go into your car performance and even into your car’s cooling system, a radiator flush is a quick way to ensure your engine and all of its parts stay safe and clean. When you properly maintain your car, you can put less money into repairs and keep it for a long time to come, until you are ready to sell it or upgrade to a new vehicle. While many often wonder how often should you flush your radiator, we provide answers for you so that your car can continue to keep its engine at the correct temperature. Trust us, once you know how easy and relatively affordable it is, you will be rushing off to flush your radiator yourself!

Purpose of a Car’s Radiator

If you have caught yourself wondering how often should you flush your radiator, you probably wanted to know the function of the radiator to begin with. When your car is running, your radiator helps to keep the engine cool and prevent your car from overheating. But that is not all the radiator does.

In the winter weather, your radiator actually helps to make sure your engine does not freeze up from the cold. Radiators vary in size depending on vehicle and model, but regardless, the radiator has a crucial role in your car’s continued functioning. If you want to avoid being the car with a smoking engine or having to explain to your boss that your car will not start because it is too cold out, you should consider keeping your coolant fresh and flushed regularly.

What Is a Radiator Flush?

A radiator flush is where you run cleaner through your cooling system to eliminate all dirt, debris, rust, and other contaminants that get into your coolant system. With all of the metal parts in your car’s engine, rusting is inevitable. A radiator flush will help to ensure you keep your cooling system corrosion free so that it can continue running. After flushing the old and dirty coolant out and running the cleaner through, new antifreeze is put back into your system with the proper diluted amount of water. This keeps your coolant fresh and clean, making it different from simply adding more coolant to your engine.

Signs You Need a Radiator Flush

If you wonder how often should you flush your radiator, you probably want to know what to look for to begin with. Your car may already be overdue for a radiator flush without your knowledge. You can buy a pH litmus strip test from your local auto store and dip it into your radiator to see if you need a test. The color will correspond with the guide provided so that you know if the coolant is too acidic from the contaminants.

If you start smelling antifreeze often, this could be another sign you need a radiator flush. Or, if wondering how often should you flush your radiator, you notice it does not take much for your car to overheat. If you are always adding coolant or notice a leak under your car, you should get your radiator checked in case you need a flush.

How Much Does a Radiator Flush Cost?

What Factors Affect How Often Should You Flush Your Radiator?

How to Flush Your Coolant Levels

If you would prefer to do the handy work yourself and save some money, learning to flush your radiator yourself is an invaluable skill to have. Without too much effort, you can flush your radiator periodically and make sure your car stays in great condition while saving a pretty penny.

How to Check Your Coolant Levels

Supplies You Need to Flush Your Radiator

How to Flush Your Radiator Yourself

Conclusion –
How Often Should You Flush Your Radiator?

After reading this article, you should hopefully feel a bit more informed about your car’s radiator and just how important it is to maintain its upkeep. If you have wondered how often should you flush your radiator, you should flush it anytime the pH is off balance, or you see signs of rust and debris. You should also flush your radiator every 30,000 miles or every five years.

Flushing your radiator periodically is crucial for your cooling system in your engine to run properly. Now you know how often you should get it flushed, how much it costs, and even how to do it yourself if you’d like to save some money.

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Top 10 Best Performance Exhaust Systems for Cars, Trucks, & SUVs

A major part of your engine’s combustion cycle is spent on pushing the resultant waste gases out of the engine. While vehicles come with exhaust systems right from the factory, they can often be very restrictive due to the stringent rules in place. This restrictive aspect of stock systems can hamper the performance of your vehicle. Fortunately, by opting for performance exhaust systems, you can not only get a slight boost in the performance but also enjoy a great sounding exhaust note. In this article, you will get to know more about these systems, and discover the top ten performance exhausts that you can get for your vehicle.

Exhaust System FAQ

What Is an Exhaust System?

What Do Exhaust Systems Do?

What Are the Various Components of an Exhaust System?

What Is the Overall Price Range of a Performance Exhaust System?

What Factors Influence the Price of a Performance Exhaust System?

Where Can You Buy Performance Exhaust Systems?

The Top Ten Exhaust Systems to Choose From

Magnaflow 16518 Stainless Steel Cat-Back Exhaust System

  • Dyno tested and proven to make power
  • Performance gains in horsepower and torque
  • Great sound has a smooth deep tone
  • 100 percentage - all stainless steel
  • Mandrel-bent all welded built to last

Each exhaust system from MagnaFlow is designed to offer performance and power of the highest quality. Most of these systems also boast larger pipes and durable, high-flow T-409 stainless steel construction. Upgrading to a MagnaFlow system ensures that you enjoy more miles per gallon, better pulling torque, and even gains on the base horsepower.

Other Details
Depending on your vehicle, you can choose from any one of MagnaFlow’s three different exhaust systems, namely the premium-range MagnaFlow series (with polished mufflers and double-welded tips), the mid-range XL series (with satin finish mufflers and single-walled tips), and the entry level Pro Series (with stainless mufflers and separately sold tips).

All the systems manufactured by MagnaFlow are covered by a lifetime warranty.


  • Best bang for your buck

  • Great-sounding system

  • High-quality systems


  • Expensive upper limit

  • Installation can be tricky

Flowmaster 817692 Outlaw Stainless Steel Aggressive Sound Cat-Back Exhaust System

  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • Super Aggressive Sound
  • Black and Ceramic Tips
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty

Easily one of the universally preferred systems, Flowmaster’s construction and performance are hard to beat. The systems promise to deliver around 5 to 10 percent increase in power, and a corresponding increase in the miles per gallon. Most of the parts are constructed from aluminized steel, which is resistant to corrosion and rust. Some kits also include stainless steel tips for increased durability.

Other Details
You can choose from any one of the four exclusive series offered by Flowmaster, namely the dBX Flowmaster (which is best suited for imported and domestic cars and trucks with smaller 4 or 6 cylinder engines), Flow FX Series (for a powerful tone that isn’t chambered), American Thunder (for a combination of the best sound and performance), and Outlaw series (for aggressive sounds and performance).

All the stainless steel exhaust systems manufactured by Flowmaster are covered by a limited lifetime warranty while the aluminized steel systems are covered by a limited 3-year warranty.


  • Delivers excellent sound

  • Noticeably improves performance

  • Easy to install


  • Clamp quality can be improved

  • Unclear instruction manual

Pace Setter 86-2800 TFX Performance Kat-Back Exhaust Systems Stock Exit Location

  • Power increases up to 14% with a great sound!
  • 50-states legal
  • 16-gauge aluminized tubing used throughout
  • Ready and easy to install; nothing else needed
  • Chrome plated stainless steel tips included

With innovative designs and great attention to detail, Face Setter offers an extensive collection of parts for your vehicle’s exhaust system. The range of parts includes designs like cat-back, diesel, deep-tone, manifold, and header-back units. The components are either made from aluminized steel or T409 steel.

Other Details
All systems offered by Face Setter come with the clamps, tubing, and hangers needed to complete the installation process. You can also choose include no muffler, or pick a muffler of your choice from options like glass-packed, turbo, or straight-through varieties. There are also several different exit styles and pipes of various diameters available.

Heartthrob backs the systems it makes with a 1-year warranty.


  • Looks good and sounds great

  • Top-quality performance

  • Great fit for most vehicles


  • Complicated installation

  • Vague instructions


Gibson Performance Exhaust 65656 Stainless Dual Sport Cat-Back Performance Exhaust System

  • 3 inch/2.25 inch Stainless mandrel bent tubing
  • Gibson muffler features a baffled and chambered design, no internal packing, powerful deep tone
  • 4 inch polished T304 stainless steel rolled slash cut tip
  • Exits behind rear tire
  • Lifetime limited warranty

With parts available in either hot-dipped aluminized steel or in 409-L stainless steel, the series of exhaust units from Gibson are designed to improve the overall miles per gallon and to add around 10 to 20 extra horsepower units, thus improving the efficiency and the performance of the vehicle. These systems also reduce back-pressure and eliminate unnecessary turbulence, making for a smooth ride.

Other Details
There are various styles to choose from, including split rear systems (with reduced back-pressure and dual rear exit), dual extreme exhausts (with the highest performance and a louder operating sound), dual sport Gibson exhausts (for greater performance gains), Gibson swept side exhausts (with fuel-economic designs and single side exits), and the super truck exhausts (for the greatest power gain and the loudest sound at 95 decibels).

The price of a Gibson exhaust system can vary from around $200 to around $1,700, depending on the make and model of your vehicle.


  • Clear improvement in performance

  • Sturdy construction

  • Easy to install


  • A little quieter than most other brands

  • Noticeable drone at cruising speeds

Banks 51313 Monster Exhaust System

  • Banks Power 51313 Monster Exhaust; 2.5 in. Inlet; 2.5 in. Outlet; Incl. Muffler/2.5 in. Tailpipe/3.13x3.75x11 in. Obround Angle Cut Chrome Tip; Polished Stainless; Single Rear Turndown Exit;

Each Banks Monster exhaust system includes all the necessary hardware, such as the tubes, clamps, and hangers needed to install it. The best part about these systems is that they can be smoothly mounted on to stock spots. The tubing units are designed to minimize the exhaust gas temperatures, and their mandrel-bent construction promotes maximum flow.

Other Details
You can choose from a variety of kits like turbo-back, DPF-back, downpipe-back, or cat-back variants. You can also choose between single and dual exits for certain vehicle models. Some kits are also equipped with the Banks Power Elbow range. Irrespective of your choice, you get to enjoy units that are constructed from 100% authentic stainless steel. Each kit also comes with a polished stainless steel tip.

Banks Monster exhaust systems are backed by a 5-year warranty.


  • Very clear installation instructions

  • No drone inside the vehicle

  • Excellent customer support


  • May rattle at low rpm

  • Hard to install the muffler

JBA Performance Exhaust 1964S Headers - 05-08 Magnum/Charger/300C

  • JBA Performance Exhaust 1964S Headers - 05-08 Magnum/ Charger/300C
  • Product Dimension (LxWxH): 20.5x10.8x8.8

With a range of exhaust structures for cars, trucks, and SUVs, JBAs products boast of precise tuning and a great attention to detail. The pipes come with large diameters when needed, and are constructed from top-quality stainless steel. Their mandrel-bent design maximizes the flow of exhaust gases. And a chrome-polished stainless steel tip adds to the attractiveness of the systems’ designs.

Other Details
JBA’s exhaust units also come with a ton of features like high-flow mufflers, fully-welded cases, factory-style mounting brackets, and a throaty sound that rumbles powerfully as you kick-start and drive ahead. In addition to this, JBA’s design also maximizes fuel economy and adds more horsepower and torque.

JBA Performance exhaust systems are backed by a 1-year warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship.


  • Premium quality construction

  • Helpful and clear instruction

  • Street-legal in all 50 states


  • Clamps are a bit weak

  • Installation can be tricky for newbies


CORSA 14311 Pro-Series 2.5" Stainless Steel Sport Axle-Back Exhaust System Kit

  • Dual walled design protects against heat distortion
  • Adorned with high definition, precision laser engraved CORSA logo
  • CORSA Performance tip kits are designed to fit directly to CORSA exhaust systems
  • Premium Stainless Steel Construction
  • Clamp-On Tip Design

The exhaust structures manufactured by Corsa all boast of the features that make an ordinary system extraordinary. Right from 100% corrosion-resistant stainless steel tubing to mandrel-bent designs that promote a better flow of exhaust gases, these systems have it all. They also offer advantages like incredible horsepower gains, better gas mileage, and minimized back-pressure.

Other Details
Corsa’s performance exhaust series come in three options, namely the Sport series (for an aggressive sound and minimal drone), the Touring series (for a sound that’s slightly louder than normal), and the Xtreme series (best for race-oriented driving). You can choose the system that is specific for your vehicle’s make and model.

Each Corsa exhaust system is backed by a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.


  • Street-legal in all 50 states

  • Easy to install

  • Clear and detailed instructions


  • Can be quite expensive

  • A bit of drone in the 2k rpm range

Hooker 70501334-RHKR Blackheart Cat-Back Exhaust System Dual 3 in. 304 Stainless Steel Tubing

  • Blackheart Exhaust Kit; 3 in. Cat Back w/X Pipe; w/o Mufflers; Quad 4 in. Twin Wall Polished Tips; S

The exhaust units manufactured by Hooker help your vehicle surpass the limitations imposed on it by its stock exhaust structures and allows it to tap into a much greater potential by improving the horsepower gains and boosting the miles delivered per gallon. There are several options to choose from, and you get a set of parts that are custom-made for your specific kind of vehicle.

Other Details
The components are crafted from 304 stainless steel, which imparts significant strength and resilience to your exhaust system. You can also take your pick from arrangements like cat-back, header-back, or axle-back options. Some systems also come with reducer flex-tubes.

Hooker exhaust systems are all backed by a 90-day limited warranty from the manufacturer.


  • Improves performance

  • Great-sounding systems

  • Durable construction


  • Short warranty period

  • Not CARB-approved for Californian use

PaceSetter 88-1244 MONZA Performance Exhaust System

  • Larger than stock, 16-gauge aluminized tubing resists corrosion
  • Aluminized, fully welded performance muffler gives deep, powerful tone
  • Durable black finish for distinctive look
  • Mounts using original hanger locations
  • Chrome plated stainless steel tips included

Made in the USA, PaceSetter Monza’s systems are a testimony to the fact that powerful performances can well be achieved with parts made within the country. The reasonable price tag is another bonus to look forward to. PaceSetter Monza’s units are made from 16-gauge aluminized steel, and feature a mandrel-bent design for quick and smooth flow of exhaust gases.

Other Details
The parts come with a black finish that keeps corrosion and rusting at bay, and the exit pipes in these systems feature chrome exhaust tips. The mufflers are specifically designed to match the make, year, model, and kind of vehicle you own, so you can be certain of finding the perfect system for your automobile.

Each PaceSetter Monza exhaust system is backed by a limited 3-year warranty from the manufacturer.


  • Very affordably priced

  • Attractive finish

  • Sounds incredible


  • Modifications needed to achieve the perfect fit

  • Installing and assembling can be tricky

aFe Power 49-46219 MACH Force-Xp Axle-Back Exhaust System

  • Easily mounts to the factory mid-pipe for a hassle-free installation
  • Hi-Tuck tip that is developed to give your Jeep extra clearance during extreme angle climbs or descents
  • 409 Stainless Steel free flowing muffler is used for maximum flow and performance
  • Will fit both 2-Door & 4-Door models
  • Fits Jeep Wrangler (JK) 07-18 V6-3.6/3.8L

Equipped with several useful features like generously-sized mandrel-bent tubes and low exhaust gas temperatures, each aFe exhaust system has a dependable set of components that fit together excellently. The tubes are constructed to increase the flow of exhaust gases by over 35%, thus ensuring that there are noticeable horsepower gains.

Other Details
While most parts are made from aluminized steel, there are also select aFe systems that come in 409 stainless steel, which is resistant to corrosion and rust. The components are easy to install, and the clamps are of premium quality, thus giving the aFe systems an edge over the competition.

aFe exhaust systems come with a 2-year warranty.


  • Top quality fit and finish

  • Easy installation

  • No drone whatsoever


  • Can get very expensive

  • Adjustments or modifications may be needed


Exhaust systems of a car

Each of the performance exhaust systems in this review guide has a significant edge over most other variants in the market, and depending on the make and model of your vehicle, you’ll find that a few of them suit your specific requirements better than the rest. However, on an average, Flowmaster’s systems are among the most popular choices. They are generally efficient and robust, and their only downside happens to be the high price tag. If you’re on a tight budget, JBA and PaceSetter Monza are two exhaust system makers to consider, as they offer affordable yet powerful systems.

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10 Most Essential Car Detailing Secrets

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When it comes to getting professional-quality car detailing results at home, the old adage that you need the right tool for the job holds true. While professional car detailers no doubt possess a high level of skill and experience, what they also have is a wide array of specific tools that enable them to get to those hard-to-reach areas. With these tools, they can get those difficult-to-clean spots shining like new. To help you make your car look like it just rolled off the dealership lot every time you wash it, we've put together our list of the 10 most essential car detailing secrets.

​Comparison Table

Car Detailing FAQ

Before we delve into our list of the 10 Most Essential Car Detailing Secrets, we think it would be helpful to go over some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) we get about car detailing.

What Is Car Detailing? How Is It Different From Just Washing My Car With Soap and Water Like I Always Have?

What Are Some Things I Can Do to Transform My Car Washing Experience into a Car Detailing One?

What Common Supplies Are Needed to Detail My Car?

How We Reviewed

To put together our list of the 10 most essential car detailing secrets, we consider aspects such as price, ease-of-use, performance, and reliability. The 10 items that made our list all stand out in several if not all of those categories.

Overall Price Range

The prices of the products on our list range from about $​ up to almost $​$$, meaning that even if you are on a modest budget, there is room for you to up your car detailing without breaking the bank.

What We Reviewed

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  • Chemical Guys CWS_1010_64 Car Wash Shampoo

  • CarGuys Plastic Restorer

  • CarGuys Super Cleaner

  • AutoRight SteamMachine C900054.M Red Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner

  • SUBANG 11 Pieces Car Cleaner Brush Set

  • S & T 968601 Assorted Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

  • Chemical Guys ACC_326–TORQ Foam Blaster 6 Foam Wash Gun

  • Mop Mob Leak-Free Chemical Resistant Spray Head and 32 oz Bottle

  • Car Washing and Detailing Power Brush Kit

  • Chemical Guys ACC_100.1 Professional Bucket Dolly

Chemical Guys CWS_1010_64 Car Wash Shampoo

Chemical Guys CWS_1010_64 Car Wash Shampoo, 64 fl. oz.

  • Cleans and shines all automobiles
  • Cuts through heavy dirt, grime, and road filth
  • Perfect for two bucket and foam cannon wash
  • Fresh grape scent
  • Advanced foaming technology


This specialty car wash shampoo from Chemical Guys is a must-have for your car-detailing kit. With a special formulation that combines continually foaming bubbles with special slick-wash lubricants, the Chemical Guys car wash shampoo raises dirt and debris off your cars finish before washing it away, reducing scratches and producing the ultimate clean. With just 1 ounce of car wash shampoo sufficing for 5 gallons of water, the 64-ounce size available on Amazon could last you for years.


  • Scratch-free formulation raises dirt and debris off of the car's finish before sliding it off with slick-wash lubricants

  • Compatible with foam guns and foam cannons

  • An inexpensive way to up your car detailing game

  • pH balanced not to strip wax coatings

  • Cleans all exterior surfaces, including paintwork, rubber, vinyl, glass, and plastic

  • Powerful enough for cleaning wheels and rims


  • More expensive than other car wash soaps

  • where to buy

​This can be found in Amazon for $.

CarGuys Plastic Restorer

CarGuys Plastic Restorer - The Ultimate Solution for Bringing Rubber, Vinyl and Plastic Back to Life! - 8 oz Kit

  • – RESULTS THAT LAST! – Are you tired of wasting time and money on plastic restorers that claim to last long? They always look great in the beginning... only to fade after a few days, or maybe a month if it’s decent! Our product will renew, seal and protect any interior or exterior surface and WILL LAST.. for several MONTHS!! How do we do it?! Our product contains a newly PATENTED additive that boosts longevity! Stop purchasing cheap junk with false claims, our product will out last all of them!
  • – SURVIVES RAIN! – Does this sound familiar? You spent all that time perfectly applying a new product and it looks great! Wow, you finally found the one! BUT… after the first rain-fall you look in disgust at yet another crappy product that left ugly streaks down the side of your beautiful vehicle... STOP THE MADNESS! Our product repels water and stays looking good for several months! Never again will you feel that disappointment!
  • – NO MORE OILY MESS! – Do you hate all the oily, greasy gel dressing products that stay wet and never fully dry? That describes about 90% of the plastic and trim restorers on the market today! Well lucky you! We made a product that will restore and leave a great finish, but more importantly, it will completely dry to the touch! No more ruining your detailing towels and supplies with cheap oil based products!
  • – NO HARMFUL CHEMICALS! – Buyer beware! Some of the most popular plastic restorers on the market contain harmful silicon and petroleum distillates! These products will make your plastic and rubber look good short-term, but what most people don’t know is that they dry, brown, crack and cause extreme damage over long-term use! Our product was formulated using the latest advancements in nano-science! It is environmentally friendly and completely safe to use!
  • – WHAT IF I’M NOT HAPPY? – We believe that this stuff is the ABSOLUTE BEST for restoring any type of Plastic, Vinyl or Rubber... ON THE MARKET!! If you don't agree, there's no fine printing to read and no gimmicks here! Get in contact with us ANYTIME after your purchase and we will provide a FULL REFUND! So what are you waiting for?! CLICK 'Add to Cart' NOW, 100% RISK FREE!


If the elements have taken their toll on your vehicle's plastic, rubber, and vinyl parts, the CarGuys Plastic Restorer is just to the trick to bring them shining back to life like new. Able to be used on interior and exterior surfaces, the CarGuys Plastic Restorer not only restores, but it also seals and protects, and it is powerful enough to last months after a single application. Especially if your vehicle is closer to being a classic than straight off the lot, the CarGuys Plastic Restorer is a great tool to have in your car detailing toolbox.


  • Works on plastic, vinyl, and rubber surfaces

  • Can be used on interior and exterior surfaces

  • Lasts months with a single application

  • Not only restores, but it also seals and protects


  • Newer cars may need a plastic, vinyl, and rubber protector but not a restorer, making this product more appropriate for older cars

  • where to buy

This product can be found on Amazon for around $​ for the 8-ounce size.

CarGuys Super Cleaner


CarGuys Super Cleaner - Effective All Purpose Cleaner - Best for Leather Vinyl Carpet Upholstery Plastic Rubber and Much More! - 18 oz Kit

  • – THE HYPE IS REAL! – Are you tired of using cleaners that work, but not as good as you expected?! You won’t experience that here! Our newly formulated multisurface cleaner is made with the newest advancements in nano-technology to effectively lift away dirt and grime at the molecular level. No more wasting time and energy with nonsense products made with old science and technology!
  • – REPLACE YOUR CABINET OF CHEMICALS! – Do you get confused by all the different types of cleaning supplies that are available? It gets frustrating fast! Just cleaning your vehicle requires some special deep stain remover, a chemical solvent to get rid of bug and tar, a separate floor mat and inner dash cleaner.. and the list goes on and on! Keep it simple with one multipurpose product, CarGuys Super Cleaner... the KING OF ALL CLEANERS !
  • – SUPER CLEAN ANY SURFACE! – This multi surface product works on absolutely every interior or exterior surface except glass and delicate instrument panel screens! That means this ONE PRODUCT will clean upholstery , fabric , canvas , leather , vinyl , plastic , rubber , bird poop , grease , tree sap , metals , wood trim and so much more! This is the most versatile multi-purpose cleaner on the market!
  • – CLEAN FINISH, NO GLOSS! – Stop purchasing inferior products that claim to clean and protect! These products never clean good enough, and they leave behind a cloudy, tacky, thin and greasy film. That’s because the cleaning agents affect the conditioner, resulting in both a bad cleaner and protectant! The correct way is to use a great cleaner, then if you want to, finish with a proper UV guard. Our product is that first step to bringing back that new clean touch, just like the day you bought it!
  • – WHAT IF I’M NOT HAPPY? – There is nothing on the market like this stuff! We believe that this is the ABSOLUTE BEST all around cleaner on the market!! If you don't agree, there's no fine printing to read and no gimmicks here! Get in contact with us ANYTIME after your purchase and we will provide a FULL REFUND! So what are you waiting for?! CLICK 'Add to Cart' NOW, 100% RISK FREE!


This spray-on all-purpose cleaner delivers professional-level car detailing results and can be used on leather, vinyl, upholstery, even carpet, making a perfect cleaner to keep in the trunk for dealing with those emergency spills.


  • Can be used on virtually any surface

  • Combats a wide range of tough-to-get messes, from grease to tree sap

  • Does not leave a glossy finish


  • On the expensive side for a multipurpose cleaner

  • where to buy

This product can be found on Amazon for around $​ for the 18-ounce size and about $​$ for the 128-ounce (1 gallon) size.

AutoRight SteamMachine C900054.M Red Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner

AutoRight C900054.M Red SteamMachine Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner, 11 Accessories Included, Steamer, Steam Cleaners, Steamer for cleaning, Power Steamer

  • CAR STEAM CLEANER: The SteamMachine uses pressurized, 290°F high-temperature steam to loosen and dissolve dirt, cut grease, and grime, expel stains, and disinfect your vehicle. This steamer is versatile and can be used for a wide variety of car cleaning projects
  • VERSATILE STEAM MACHINE: Clean your vehicle’s leather, upholstery, carpets, dashboards and windows with steam. Use indoors for other household cleaning projects
  • AUTOMOTIVE STEAM CLEANER: The built-in carrying handle allows you to safely and easily transport the steamer with you as you clean
  • 11 ACCESSORIES: Use the included brushes, nozzles and attachments to easily lift away stains and messes without using chemicals
  • EXTENDED RUNNING TIME: 40 ounce boiler tank and 1500 watt heating element provides up to 45 minutes of continuous steam cleaning


If you want to give your car detailing that next-level, professional touch, the AutoRight SteamMachine might be just the thing. Unlike a vacuum cleaner, the AutoRight SteamMachine cleans your car's surfaces with scalding, 290-degree-Fahrenheit steam that separates dirt, grime, grease, and other stains from interior upholstery, dashboards, carpets, upholstery, even leather, and windows, delivering a higher level of clean.


  • A unique addition to your car detailing kit that will help produce those professional-looking results

  • Available for about the cost of one professional detailing, meaning it can pay for itself after just a couple of uses

  • Can also be used on interior surfaces throughout the home or office

  • Comes with 11 brushes, attachments, and accessories to fit any job


  • A somewhat specialized piece of equipment that is not necessary for car detailing, but is nice to have

  • Some car detailing enthusiasts may prefer to use chemical cleaners rather than steam cleaning

  • where to buy

This product can be found on Amazon for around $​$.

SUBANG 11 Pieces Car Cleaner Brush Set

SUBANG 11 Pieces Car Cleaner Brush Set Including Detail Brush (Set of 6),3 pcs Wire Brush and 2 pcs Automotive Air Conditioner, Auto Detailing Brush for Cleaning Wheels, Interior, Exterior, Leather

  • Come with 6 different brush sizes, you can choose any one to suit your needs, enough length for easily exploring and reaching into the lug nuts, narrow or tight space,No chance of marring or scratching your delicate wheels.
  • Round shape and smooth surface offer comfortable grip, unique hole on the top of handle is convenient to hang after use.
  • Automotive air conditioner cleaner can help clean car air conditioner,it can reach into the narrow space
  • Wire brush can help you clean hard moved rust and detains,but care for not hurting your car
  • These car cleaner brushes not heavy,convenient to take and store,they will help you clean your loved car effectively


What separates simply washing a car from car detailing is the level of attention to, well, detail. This 11-piece set from SUBANG gives you all the tools you'll need to clean every nook and cranny of your vehicle to spit-shine perfection, making it look like it just came from a professional car detailing.


  • A variety of brushes of various sizes and shapes perfect for cleaning those hard-to-reach areas

  • Brushes feature high-quality natural boar hair

  • Can be used on both interior and exterior surfaces as well as wheels

  • Includes wire brush for removing rust and other hard-to-get blemishes

  • One of the less expensive ways to up your car detailing game


  • Some users may already have their own collection of preferred brushes and rags

  • Buying car detailing tools individually rather than in a set allows for greater customization to suit your needs and preferences

  • where to buy

This product can be found on Amazon for around $​.

S & T 968601 Assorted Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

S&T INC. Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 50 Pack

  • 11. 5" x 11. 5"
  • Ultra soft, scratch-free cloths are ideal for cleaning any surface
  • Highly durable and machine washable
  • 88% Polyester; 12% Polyamide
  • 5 colors with 10 towels each


These microfiber cloths are soft enough not to scratch delicate surfaces, and they come in a pack of 50 for just $​, making them versatile, soft, and expendable rags, always a good thing to have on hand for any car detailing enthusiast.


  • Microfiber won't scrape delicate surfaces

  • Lint-free means it won't leave behind more debris as you clean

  • Machine washable

  • Streak-free


  • Car detailing enthusiasts can be quite picky about their rags, brushes, and towels, and these might not suit all preferences

  • Some users may prefer to use old cloths or towels for rags rather than purchasing new ones

  • where to buy

This product can be found on Amazon for around $​$ for a 50 pack. A 25 pack also is available on Amazon for around $​.

Chemical Guys ACC_326–TORQ Foam Blaster 6 Foam Wash Gun

Chemical Guys ACC_326 – Torq Foam Blaster 6 Foam Wash Gun – The Ultimate Car Wash Foamer that Connects to Any Garden Hose

  • Foamy Fun: If you love cars, then a clean car brings you nothing but happiness. The Torq Foam Blaster 6 Foam Wash Gun makes cleaning your car fast, easy and fun for the entire family. It easily hooks up to any standard hose, so there are no additional tools or machines required to produce foamy cleaning fun
  • The Detailer's Secret: Car wash foam is one of the professional’s secrets to a scratch free car wash. The Torq Foam Blaster Foam Gun turns a car wash into a foam bubble bath for your car. Bathing a car with slick car wash foam removes abrasive dirt particles gently and without grinding them into paintwork
  • Stop Scratching Your Paint: Over 95 percent of swirls and scratches come from improper car washing and drying techniques and products. Adding slick car wash foam to the equation drastically reduces the risk of installing swirls and scratches on painted surfaces
  • Adjustable Foam Concentration: The foam gun combines the soapy water solution with air and running water to spray foam. How dirty is your car. Very dirty. Not very dirty. Save soap and water by picking the perfect concentration. Simply turn the dial to adjust the dilution ratio of the soapy foam sprayed from the nozle
  • The #1 Brand In Car Care: Beginners and professionals alike choose Chemical Guys, not only for the finest car care products, but the world class customer support and vast detailing knowledge. Chemical Guys is more than a brand it's a lifestyle with a worldwide following


One of the more fun toys you can add to your car-detailing repertoire, a foam wash gun also helps produce those professional-level results by delivering a steady flow of fresh suds with the water pressure of spray nozzle.


  • Using a foam gun delivers powerful cleaning without grinding debris into the paint as with a sponge or rag, which causes scratches

  • Adjustable to create foams of various consistencies and concentrations for use on different surfaces (e.g., wheels versus windows)

  • Easy (and fun) enough for a child to use, helping to make car detailing day a fun experience the whole family can participate in


  • More expensive than the old bucket-and-a-rag method

  • Only works if you have a garden hose within reach of your car

  • where to buy

This product can be found on Amazon for around $​$.

Mop Mob Leak-Free Chemical Resistant Spray Head and 32 oz Bottle

Mop Mob Leak-Free Chemical Resistant Spray Head Bundle with 32 oz Bottle 5 Pack. Low-Fatigue, Heavy-Duty Industrial Sprayer Trigger Nozzle for Auto/Car Detailing, Window Cleaning and Janitorial Use

  • LEAK-FREE, LONG-LASTING DESIGN SAVES YOU MONEY. Protect your wallet from cheap plastic sprayers and bottles that break within a few hours and from losing valuable chemicals to spray bottle leaks.
  • COMMERCIAL-GRADE= RESISTANT TO MOST SOLVENTS & CHEMICALS. Our trigger system is built for heavy duty use with heavy duty product. (Note: These sprayer heads are not acid-resistant).
  • LIFETIME MONEY BACK GUARANTEE! We stand behind all of our products. If you’re not 100% COMPLETELY SATISFIED, just send us an email, and we promise to make it right!
  • EMBOSSED SCALE MAKES MEASURING EASY. Our bottles come with measurements built onto them simplifying the process of measuring out solvents and chemicals for use
  • AVOID WORK STOPPAGES. Our high-quality triggers and bottles are made for industry. From auto detailing to pest control to janitorial & housekeeping to lawn care. This sprayer set will keep both chemicals AND work flowing.


This combination of heavy-duty, chemical-resistant spray heads and 32-ounce bottles from Mop Mob are a must-have for the serious car detailing enthusiast, as they allow for the mixing of one's own unique blends of cleaners. Or, buy in bulk to save money and then pour the contents of larger containers into these more manageable sizes.


  • Allows for the mixing of one's own unique blends of cleaners

  • Commercial-grade, chemical-resistant components


  • Some people may already have spray bottles on hand that will suffice

  • Many cleaning products come in their own spray bottles

  • Cheaper, non-commercial-grade spray bottles are also available

  • where to buy

This product can be found on Amazon for around $​$ for a 5 pack or about $​ for a 4 pack.

Car Washing ​And Detailing Power Brush Kit

Drill Brush Car Washing and Detailing Power Brush Kit with Long-Reach Removable Extension. Auto Care Set Includes 3 Different Size, Replaceable, Soft White Scrubber Brushes with Quick Change Extender

  • Use the power of your cordless drill to clean tires, rims, wheels, lug nuts, mud flaps, etc. Scrub hard to reach areas inside wheel wells and other tight spaces with our drill brush attachment
  • Do you need to get into tight spaces or hard-to-reach areas? Included in the kit is a detachable, extended reach, attachment (for use with any Drillbrush). Get into crevices, behind wheels, grills, and any tight space like never before!
  • Auto Care set includes Three Different Size, Replaceable, Soft White Scrubber Brushes With Quick Change Extender. The soft bristle nylon brushes will not scratch and can also be used on motorcycles, boats, jet skis, ATVs, Clean floor mats, carpets, and footwells. All brushes, and the handy extension use the quarter inch quick change connection for rapid changing of components.
  • The extended reach attachment allows you to get the extra reach you need to clean places that were too hard to clean before.
  • All Drillbrush Products have a 90 day no questions asked Money back Guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with our product we will issue a full refund or ship out a replacement at the buyer's request. Cordless Drill NOT included.


This power brush kit from Drillbrush uses the power of your home drill to clean and buff your car, delivering that professionally detailed look. Just plug the long-reach extension and replaceable white scrubber brush in the power drill you already own, and voila, your very own power brush.


  • Brings the performance of a power brush into the home at a very affordable price (if you already own a power drill, that is)

  • Especially useful in hard-to-clean areas like wheels and rims


  • Must already own a power drill or purchase one separately

  • We wish it offered a wax-buffing attachment

  • Using brushes can scratch paint more than a foam gun because brushes rub in the dirt rather than separating it before rinsing it away

  • where to buy

Chemical Guys ACC_100.1 Professional Bucket Dolly

Chemical Guys ACC_100.1 Professional Bucket Dolly

  • Holds 3.5 to 7 gallon buckets
  • Heavy duty molded plastic
  • Professional quality rolling casters
  • Full 360 degree turning capability
  • Supports up to 300 pounds


This bucket dolly will have you looking and performing like a car detailing pro as it wheels your bucket around with you, eliminating the need to pick it up and carry it.


  • Eliminates the constant need to pick up and move the bucket

  • Elevates bucket to reduce bending

  • Hold buckets sized 3.5 gallons to 7 gallons

  • Can support up to 300 pounds of weight with heavy-duty molded plastic and strong castors


  • Costs many times more than the buckets themselves

  • Expensive for just a bucket dolly

  • Quality might be overkill for some users (who needs a bucket dolly that can hold 300 pounds?), meaning less costly competitors may be an option

  • where to buy

The Verdict

When it comes to producing professional-level car detailing results at home, no single, magic product will suddenly have people asking where you get your car detailing done. As our list shows, however, there are a wide variety of helpful tools and accessories that, when used properly, can have your car not only looking like new but staying that way for miles to come.


What Is A Coolant Reservoir For?

A problem with your car’s coolant reservoir can lead to an automotive disaster with your car stalling after overheating or worse, your engine block cracking due to the excess heat. Problems with your coolant reservoir can also lead to poor gas mileage. To prevent this from happening, it is important to understand the role this reservoir plays in keeping your car running cool and smooth.

This article will detail the purpose of the coolant reservoir and how it works to keep your car’s engine from overheating. It will also explain several of the most common symptoms of a faulty coolant reservoir and potential fixes for those issues. With a little knowledge and some preventative repair, you should be able to prevent the problem from becoming an automotive disaster.

What Is the Coolant Reservoir For?

Cars need a coolant reservoir because their engines produce excess heat in their operation and without a reservoir, this heat would expand the metal parts of the engine causing them to warp or even crack. This is true of traditional internal combustion engines, electric cars, and hybrid electric/internal combustion vehicles.

With internal combustion engines, the gasoline is mixed with air in the combustion chamber where the spark plug provides a spark that combusts the mixture, moving the pistons to run the engine. This creates a great deal of waste heat that must be dissipated. Electric engines are powered by batteries and as they supply energy, these batteries heat up and must be cooled.

How Does It Work?

The coolant reservoir supplies the coolant system with the coolant that it uses to keep the car’s engine from overheating. The coolant system also includes the radiator and fan, thermostat, water pump and the heater core of the car. These parts work together to keep the coolant flowing through the system and to cool down the coolant before pushing it back through the engine and the heater core.

This type of cooling is called indirect liquid cooling. As the coolant moves through the engine it absorbs some of the extra heat and this heats the coolant. The hot coolant is pumped into the radiator where it moves through the small flat tubes while the air from the fan cools it before it is pumped through the engine again.

Modern cars are designed to keep the engine at its ideal operating temperature. The potential damage to the engine from overheating has already been discussed but an engine running too cold can have negative effects on fuel economy. In order to maintain the correct temperature, the cooling system has a thermostat between the engine and the radiator. If the coolant’s temperature is too low, the thermostat bypasses the radiator and sends the coolant directly back into the engine.

Symptoms of a Faulty Coolant Reservoir

While a faulty reservoir can lead to an automotive disaster, most issues are easy for even the least mechanically savvy driver to discover. Diagnosing one of the following symptoms will better enable you to prevent a faulty coolant reservoir from becoming a faulty engine problem.

Your Car’s Engine Overheats

The car’s engine overheating is the worst of the possible symptoms of a faulty reservoir. It can lead to permanent damage to the engine caused by engine parts expanding and warping in the great heat. Driving an overheating car can even lead to cracks in the engine block.

Most cars have a temperature gauge on the dashboard that tracks the engine temperature. While this is not one of the gauges that need to be watched closely, keep an occasional eye on it, especially when you are driving long distances or in hot weather. Some fluctuations in the engine temperature are normal but if it moves to the upper part of the gauge, finding a place to pull off the road and give your car a break could prevent disaster.

If you continue to drive an overheating car, the next symptom will probably be steam coming from the hood. When this happens, pull over and turn off the car’s engine immediately. This will prevent further damage to your engine from expanding and warping metal within the engine. As your engine cools some cracking or ticking noises from your engine are normal.

Once your engine has sufficiently cooled, check your coolant reservoir for leaks or low levels of coolant. There are several products on the market that can fix a leaky coolant reservoir but if your car has overheated to the point it began steaming, it is best to take it to a mechanic to better determine any damage to the engine.

Sweet Smell When Engine Is Hot

While water alone can be used to fill the coolant reservoir, the vast majority of cars use a combination of water and antifreeze. Antifreeze prevents the liquid in the coolant reservoir from freezing and expanding in the metal tubes that run through and around the engine to keep it cool. This is vitally important in places where the temperature drops below freezing.

Antifreeze has a distinctively sweet odor and smelling that odor when your car is running can be a symptom that there is a leak in your car’s coolant reservoir. To familiarize yourself with the sweet smell of antifreeze, take a sniff the next time you add some to your car or, if you do not need to add any more fluid to your coolant reservoir, remove your radiator cap and take a sniff. One big caution to removing your radiator cap: when the engine is warm, the coolant reservoir is under pressure so removing the radiator cap will release steam and hot coolant. Only open your radiator cap when the engine has cooled down.

Visual Coolant Leak

A good habit for general car maintenance is to check under your car to see if there are any stains or liquids that could have dripped from your engine or other parts of your car. While water, brake fluid, motor oil, transmission fluid, and even gasoline can be found dripping from your car, the antifreeze from the coolant reservoir is the easiest to see due to its bright green, pink, or orange color.

The best parking places to check for leaks are usually where you park your car the most, ideally one that only you use. The longer a car stays parked, the more time any fluid leak from the car has to show itself. The more public the parking space, the more likely it is that the leaks could have come from someone else’s car. If you see a leak when pulling out of a parking space at the grocery store, for example, it is better to double check that the same fluid is underneath your home.

As stated above, antifreeze can be distinguished from other leaks by its sweet smell and bright green, pink, or orange coloring. If you do find a leak of antifreeze coming from your reservoir, it is vital that you clean it up. Antifreeze has a sweet taste to go with its scent but it is poisonous to humans and animals. A puddle of antifreeze under your car could attract pets or small children.

For small leaks, the best option is to refill your reservoir and use one of the commercially available additives that can plug small leaks in the coolant system. Once you have refilled and used one of the leak plugging additive, continue to monitor your leaks and remember that it can take some time for them to stop, so further drips under your car in the days after you added more coolant to the reservoir might not be a problem. For larger leaks or leaks that cannot be fixed with additives, seek the help of a professional mechanic.

Low Coolant Levels

A leak in your car’s coolant reservoir can lead to low levels in the coolant reservoir. For most of these leaks, you will see the evidence under your car in the form of a coolant drip or a puddle, but coolant can leak inside the engine as well. If your car’s coolant light comes on or if it starts overheating, check for leaks in the coolant reservoir by looking for antifreeze puddles under your car and address them.

If no leaks can be found, it is possible that the coolant is leaking internally. In these cases, the coolant either mixes with the engine oil or is burned off in the cylinders when they combust the gas. Neither of these possibilities are good long term. The ethylene glycol in antifreeze does not work as a lubricant. Reducing the lubricating effect of the oil and antifreeze in the combustion chamber can lead to corroded or etched pistons. If you cannot determine where the leak in your coolant reservoir is coming from, consult a mechanic.


A car’s coolant reservoir is part of a vitally important system that keeps the car running smoothly at the correct temperature. Keeping an eye on the coolant level in the reservoir will ensure that this system has the coolant it needs and better alert you to any mechanical issues.


What’s the Best Air Impact Wrench for Lug Nuts? Top 10 Revealed

Air impact wrenches are quickly becoming an essential component to any machinist’s tool belt and are absolutely an effective way to take on lug nuts and other tricky screw and bracket scenarios.

That said, knowing what is the best air impact wrench for lug nuts is not as obvious as some might believe. There are quite a few considerations to make when exploring air impact wrench options (sometimes call and air impact gun) which can compound the importance of making a decision for this long-term investment.

Today, we are exploring ten exceptional air impact guns and comparing/contrasting them to consider what the best air impact wrench for lug nuts is in the current tool market. As with any purchase, it is important to consider specifics of your own situation, including space for the air compressor, in order to best asses which of these will be the best air impact wrench for your distinctive needs.

Comparison Table

Air Impact Wrench FAQ

Air impact wrenches are not commonly used tools and as a result, it is safe to assume that many potential consumers may not have used this device in their own workflow scenarios. Before we go into detail on the specifics of each of the brands and designs featured on our list, we have decided to include a frequently asked questions section in order to put all of our readers on the same page, so to speak.

If you take the time to read this, our hope is that you are more equipped to consider air impact wrenches, and in particular, which is the best air impact wrench for lug nuts with regard to your needs.

1. What Is an Air Impact Wrench?

2. Are Air Impact Wrenches for Professionals Only?

3. Do Air Impact Wrenches Work Right Out of the Box?

4. Are There Other Tools for Difficult Lug Nuts?

5. Where Can I Purchase an Air Impact Wrench?

How We Reviewed

For our list, we examined a wide range of qualities and considerations in order to address what is the best air impact wrench for lug nuts available. This means not just whether the listed wrench is powerful and high-performance, but also takes qualities such as durability, affordability, ergonomics, warranty options, availability and affordability and more into account.

The best air impact wrench for lug nuts is not the same for everyone, and although we know our favorite, we happily advise that you keep your own specific needs in mind and apply them directly to your situation.

Overall Price Range

Just like any other product, you really get what you pay for regarding an air impact wrench. You should consider these sturdy devices as a long-term investment, and as a result assume you’ll likely be spending somewhere between the premium price range for the wrench alone.

This price does not reflect the added cost of the compressor, unique fittings, hosing and other support items, so it is important to keep those costs in mind if you do not already have those items around.

What We Reviewed

The following are our list of options for the best air impact wrench for lug nuts. These options include:

  • Chicago Pneumatic CP7748 1/2″ Composite Impact Wrench
  • Ingersoll Rand 2235TiMAX Drive Air Impact Wrench
  • ACDelco ANI405 Heavy Duty Twin Hammer 1/2″ Air Impact Wrench
  • BOSTITCH BTMT72391 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench
  • Astro 1828 ONAX 3/8″ Nano Impact Wrench 450ft/lb
  • AIRCAT 1150 Killer Torque 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench
  • Ingersoll Rand 231C Super-Duty Air Impact Wrench
  • NitroCat 1200-K 1/2-Inch Kevlar Composite Air Impact Wrench
  • 1/2″ Impact Wrench, Air Impact Driver W/550’/Lbs Torque
  • DEWALT DWMT70773L 1/2-Inch Square Drive Impact Wrench-Heavy Duty

Chicago Pneumatic CP7748 1/2″ Composite Impact Wrench

Chicago Pneumatic CP7748 1/2" Composite Impact Wrench

  • Lightweight due to composite housing
  • Most powerful tool on the market in its class - 922 ft.lbs (1250Nm) of real torque in reverse
  • One handed forward / reverse
  • Contoured comfort grip handle instead of TPR injected in the handle with a smooth forward and reverse switch on the back of the tool - allowing for 3 positions in forward Low (180 ft.lbs) Medium (480 ft.lbs) and High (730 ft.lbs)
  • Suited for all maintenance applications - light vehicle tire changing, general maintenance on vehicles and MRO applications


With up to 922 ft-lbs of torque power, a low total weight of 4.4 lbs, 3 power settings, and an ergonomic design, the Chicago Pneumatic Impact wrench makes its case on our list by providing nearly unmatched power in a convenient and portable package. This exceptional device instills confidence by consistently delivering on consumer needs and scenarios with reliability and power.

Considering it is only 9 inches long, the added value of its small size means it is not only easy to carry around, but versatile and adaptable to most situations and tire sizes as well. This impact wrench is great for lug nuts and is a device that consumers are consistently proud to own.


  • Small and convenient size for easy portability

  • Exceptional power capable of handling most situations

  • Ergonomic design great


  • There are more powerful tools available

  • Sometimes prone to leakage

  • Only a few features available


The warranty varies from seller to seller, so it is definitely important to contact the seller in advance to make sure you are covered in the event that something breaks or it is malfunctioning on delivery. Many users have noted that if issues do occur, it has often been easy to receive help and support for issues that have occurred in the manufacturing or shipping process.

Ingersoll Rand 2235TiMAX Drive Air Impact Wrench

Ingersoll Rand 231C Super-Duty Air Impact Wrench, 1/2 Inch,Silver/ Black,3.4 x 8.2 x 8.8 inches

  • Classic, reliable design offers proven power, performance, and durability
  • Twin-hammer mechanism delivers a maximum torque of 600 foot-pounds
  • Adjustable power regulator provides easy control of torque output
  • Ergonomic 2-piece design is easy to operate and maintain
  • Arrives fully lubricated and ready for use out of the box


Ingersoll has worked hard to cultivate a strong presence in the air impact wrench field, and their 2235TiMAX Drive does not disappoint. It is definitely not cheap, but as the saying goes, you definitely get what you pay for. With 1,350 lbs of torque (930 lbs of reverse torque) and options for sound reduction technology, it is definitely a wrench that can handle most everything that you can throw at it.

It is a great buy if you can afford it, but it is important to make sure you know you are paying mostly for added power, which is not always necessarily what you need and may be an unnecessary expenditure.


  • One of the most powerful available

  • Small and portable design

  • Optional noise reduction technology


  • More expensive than other options

  • Comparatively unattractive design

  • Not ergonomically designed.


Ingersoll offers a fairly sturdy warranty for up to a year on factory and design errors. Meanwhile, they also offer additional add-on warranty options for 2 and 3 years

ACDelco ANI405 Heavy Duty Twin Hammer 1/2″ Air Impact Wrench

ACDelco ANI405 Heavy Duty Twin Hammer 1/2" Air Impact Wrench Pneumatic Tools

  • [Heavy Duty] : Hard hitting twin hammer mechanism with 500 ft.-lb. of nut-busting torque.
  • [MAX Durability] : Aluminum alloy housing - Built to last and designed to withstand though use in rugged environment. Well-balanced device in rugged aluminum housing
  • [Max Productivity] : Built-in Forward/Reverse Switch for quick and easy switching. High-performance impact mechanism with fast build-up of torque.
  • [Industrial professionals Design]Long nose ideal for accessing even the hardest to reach wheel nuts on trucks and utility vehicles.Long service life and optimum distribution of center of gravity


ACDelco is the everyman’s air impact wrench, and their price tag is the proof of this. For a low price rate, you can own 500 lbs of torque in a convenient and portable package. It is a great value, and may be just what you need for your lug nut situation.


  • Inexpensive

  • Simple and easy to use

  • Sturdy design


  • Not powerful

  • Not many options

  • Less durable than other options


You’re covered for up to a year for factory issues but not for usage.

BOSTITCH BTCK410L2 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench

BOSTITCH BTCK410L2 18V Lithium 2-Tool Combo Kit

  • Drill/Driver features 480 in/lbs of max torque, two speed gear box (0-350/0-1500), compact design
  • Impact Driver 1400 in/lbs of torque, 0-2800 RPM, 0-3100 BPM, compact design
  • Kit includes (2) BTC480L 18v Lithium Ion Batteries


Bostitch consistently makes great products, but their 1/2-inch impact wrench offers some questionable design situations. For one thing, the power output is quite low. For another, the design is slightly strange. Overall, this is a great device, but it leaves some believing more could have been done.


  • Variety of settings

  • Efficient design

  • Adjustable power regulator


  • Expensive

  • Not powerful

  • Not ergonomic


Bostitch is a quality brand that will normally help facilitate issues, but confirm with your seller before committing to this high price tag.

​Astro 1828 ONYX 3/8″ Nano Impact Wrench 450ft/lb

Astro Pneumatic Tool 1828 ONYX 3/8" Nano Impact Wrench - 450ft/lb

  • Ideal for use in restricted spaces such as engine, transmission, and suspension work
  • 3/8" model allows for the shortest profile possible when paired with 3/8" impact sockets
  • 3 forward and 3 reverse settings
  • Full length of less than 3-7/8" and incredibly light weight at 3lbs
  • Compact yet powerful design at 450ft/lbs


When you need something small and easy to fit into tight spaces like transmissions, Astro’s nano impact wrench is great for those distinctive needs. It is not the most powerful but easily one of the most convenient.


  • Very small design

  • Reasonable price

  • Lightweight


  • Not powerful

  • Not as durable

  • Fitted for 3/8″ instead of normal fittings


You’re covered for 1 year for factory defects or issues with the design on behalf of Astro.

​AIRCAT 1150 Killer Torque 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench

AIRCAT 1150 "Killer Torque" 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench, Medium, Black

  • sheer power and performance of 1,295 Feet-pounds (ft-lb) of loosening torque and Max. Torque 900 ft-lbs
  • 1,400 Blows Per Minute makes this the strongest hard hitting Twin Hammer 1/2 Impact Wrench on the market
  • 15-Percent larger rotor creates unmatched power
  • Patented quiet technology at 86 decibels
  • 2 year parts and labor warranty


For unbeatable torque, you are unlikely to find better than this AIRCAT iteration. This goliath pumps out 1,300 foot lbs or torque backed by 1400 BPM (Blows Per Minute) This is definitely the powerhouse of our list and amazing edition to any tool kit.


  • Powerful

  • Backed by 1,400 BPM

  • Very quiet


  • Might be too powerful

  • Expensive

  • Clunky size


2-year coverage for issues that come from the factory

​Ingersoll Rand 231C Super-Duty Air Impact Wrench

Ingersoll Rand 231C Super-Duty Air Impact Wrench, 1/2 Inch,Silver/ Black,3.4 x 8.2 x 8.8 inches

  • Classic, reliable design offers proven power, performance, and durability
  • Twin-hammer mechanism delivers a maximum torque of 600 foot-pounds
  • Adjustable power regulator provides easy control of torque output
  • Ergonomic 2-piece design is easy to operate and maintain
  • Arrives fully lubricated and ready for use out of the box


This lightweight and fairly affordable wrench provides 600 lbs of torque in a durable and reliable build. It is convenient, efficient, and certainly a remarkable addition to this list.


  • Ergonomic

  • Built-in self lubrication

  • Small


  • Not the most powerful

  • Cheaper options available

  • Self-lubrication isn’t comprehensive


Ingersoll offers a fairly sturdy warranty for up to a year on factory and design errors. Meanwhile, they also offer additional add-on warranty options for 2 and 3 years.

​NitroCat 1200-K 1/2-Inch Kevlar Composite Air Impact Wrench

NitroCat 1200-K 1/2-Inch Kevlar Composite Air Impact Wrench With Twin Clutch Mechanism

  • 1295 flubs of loosening torque
  • Kevlar housing for durability
  • Patented comfort grip, trigger and power management switch
  • Patented quiet technology at 86 decibels
  • Patented forward/reverse switch


NitroCat has created an exceptional and powerful wrench that is not only adept at its work, but quiet as well. When you are working around loud shops or in sensitive environments, this can be a huge plus.


  • Quiet

  • Powerful

  • Durable


  • Expensive

  • Bulky

  • Heavy


Aircat lists their warranty indefinitely for any factor errors or issues.

​1/2″ Impact Wrench, Air Impact Driver W/550’/Lbs Torque


Campbell Hausfeld 1/2" Impact Wrench, Air Impact Driver (TL140200AV), 550 FT/LBS Torque

  • Pair this impact wrench with the right Campbell Hausfeld air compressor to generate 550 FT/LBS of nut-busting torque so you can rotate your car's tires, change a lawnmower blade, or repair your brakes.
  • 3-Speed power regulator makes it easy to select the speed you need to get the perfect tension on your lug nuts every time.
  • The sturdy composite design creates a long-lasting durable tool so you can complete job after job with confidence.
  • This impact wrenches light weight, smooth twin-hammer mechanism, and ergonomic soft grip design work together to reduce vibration and fatigue so you can work longer with less wear on your hands.
  • Combine with a Campbell Hausfeld 30 gallon air compressor (VT6271 or VT6358) and air hose (PA117701AV) for best results


Affordable, small, and efficient, this edition by Campbell embodies quality design in a user-friendly and widely available package. For efficiency and cost-effectiveness, it is definitely a great buy.


  • Affordable

  • Portable

  • 3-speed setting


  • Not powerful

  • Limited speed design

  • Limited functionality


1-year limited warranty

​DEWALT DWMT70773L 1/2-Inch Square Drive Impact Wrench-Heavy Duty

DEWALT Impact Wrench, Square Drive, Heavy Duty, 1/2-Inch (DWMT70773L)

  • Maximum Torque 650 ft-lb helps to break free fasteners
  • 7500 RPM (Free Speed at90PSI) for high power fastening
  • Twin hammer mechanism and adjustable power regulator
  • One Hand Operation-Forward/Reverse Switch
  • Shock Resistant Housing Bumpers


DeWalt consistently makes great tools, and their impact wrench entry is certainly not a disappointment. Not the most powerful, not the least, this great device will go well with many of your other DeWalt devices.


  • One hand operation

  • Quality build

  • 7500 RPM


  • Expensive

  • Bulky

  • Not exceptionally powerful


3-year limited manufacturer’s warranty

The Verdict on the Best Air Impact Wrench for Lug Nuts

Finding the best air impact wrench for lug nuts is an endeavor that consists of a lot of factors and intimate evaluation. In one arena, the best air impact wrench for lug nuts for machinists and handymen on a budget would be something like the 1/2″ Impact Wrench, Air Impact Driver W/550’/Lbs Torque, which puts out an exceptional value of torque and power, all the while only absorbing a low rate of your budget. It is not the most versatile, but if you are not a heavy-duty mechanic, it’ll absolutely accomplish all of your needs.

Meanwhile, if raw power is what you’re looking for, the Ingersoll Rand 2235TiMAX Drive Air Impact Wrench is nearly unmatched in output and ability. But with its expensive price tag, it might just be overkill. With all that in mind, our vote for the best is the all-around options as created by NitroCat. The durable design, exceptional output, and affordable price tag all align to make a great all-around tool. Regardless of our pick, it is important to keep in mind that this is a tool that you will use for years to come and in a variety of situations.