Automotive Care

From beginner guides on engine care to professional detailing tips, Gold Eagle Company is your one stop shop for everything automotive, boat, small engine & powersports. We’re driven and committed to protecting and preserving the things you love.
What is the Shelf Life of STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer?

The STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer® Shelf Life Defined If you have an unopened bottle of STA-BIL, it will be good for up to five years. Then once you open the bottle we recommend using within two years for best results. However,

How to Clean Your Car’s Floor Mats

If you spend a lot of time in your car like so many people do, you’re bound to end up with some crumbs and stains on your floor mats. And since the average quick car wash isn’t comprehensive enough to

Bad Voltage Regulator Symptoms

The voltage regulator in your vehicle is in charge of keeping the right amount of electrical power flowing consistently to certain parts of your car. This means if the voltage regulator is broken, the components in your electrical system might

How to Change Your Brake Pads

By Jefferson Bryant Understanding Brake Pad Replacement It is inevitable that the day will come when you need to replace your worn out brake pads. The change interval varies greatly by the vehicle and how you drive and use your

Radiator Leak Repair

If you see a puddle of liquid under your car and think it could be coolant, you might have a radiator leak. The best way to proceed is to find out for sure what kind of leak it is, and

DIY: How to Change Your Car’s Oil Yourself

Every car has at least one thing in common: the need for regular oil changes. It’s just a fact of life. No matter how many miles you go between oil changes, this type of maintenance will always be needed at

What To Do When Your Check Engine Light Comes On

By Jefferson Bryant It is beautiful day, the birds are singing, the sun is shining, and you are in your car cruising to some place fun, and then it happens. Your heart skips a beat and you can feel your

How to Prep Your Car for Storage

All car enthusiasts can agree that it’s a tragic day when you have to store your vehicle for the season. Whether you’re planning to store your car for a few months, or for a few years, there are a handful

Get Your Daily Driver Ready for Fall

If the days are getting shorter and colder — and you’re seeing pumpkin flavored treats everywhere — it’s probably fall. As you start focusing on getting your house ready for this season, don’t forget to prepare your car, as well.

Top 5 Most Common Transmission Problems

Without a working transmission, you won’t be hitting the open road any time soon. And unfortunately, there are several problems that this critical part of your car may start experiencing at any time, especially if you’ve been driving your vehicle

The Best and Worst Cities To Own a Classic Car

When you’re a car enthusiast and you own a classic car, you want to live in an area where it’s fun to drive it and safe to store it. If your goal is to keep your vehicle safe and well

Waxing Your Car vs. Not Waxing Your Car: What Happens?

You might wash your car regularly, but do you wax it, too? If not, it’s probably because you’re not convinced that your car could really benefit from being waxed. But there actually is quite a difference between a waxed car

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Part of taking good care of your car is changing the oil regularly. But exactly how often should you change your oil? The answer is that it depends. Some of the factors to consider include how old the car is,

How Long Should You Store Your Car?

Not every car is used as a daily driver for people who need to commute to work or school. Instead, some cars will be placed in storage for anywhere from weeks to years while their owners leave the country, stop

How to Use Fogging Oil

If you have any type of vehicle that sits in storage for months at a time, you should look into using fogging oil if you want to protect the engine. This product offers a way to keep inactive engine components

Clay Bar vs. Clay Mitt – What’s the Difference?

If you’re trying to get your car to look nearly new again, you should be thinking about detailing it until it shines. Part of this process involves collecting the right car detailing tools—including either a clay bar or a clay

8 Everyday Household Cleaning Items to Use on Your Car

It is summertime and you know what that means? Car wash season! If you’re too impatient to wait for your new 303 car wash products to arrive, use the following eight household car cleaning hacks to detail and clean your

How Does Oil Prolong the Life of Your Car Parts?

We all know cars need oil to run properly over the years. But why is that? And what happens if you neglect to check the oil and allow your car to run without it? If you’re not sure how important

How to Check for Transmission Problems

Whether you have an automatic or manual transmission in your car, you need it to be in working order if you want to drive anywhere. That’s because the transmission turns the power from the engine into a force that moves

Summer Activities for Kids: The DIY Car Wash

Looking for more fun and cheap things to do with the kids over summer break? Well, you’re in luck! With some water and a little soap, your kiddos will be having fun in the sun just steps outside your front

How to Properly Buff Out a Car

If your car is not as glossy as it once was, and if you see chips and scratches in the paint, it may be time to buff it out. After all, time takes a toll on any car, so the

How to Change Power Steering Fluid

The point of your car’s power steering system is to make it easier for you to turn the steering wheel as you drive. But for the system to work to the best of its ability, it needs to have enough

Synthetic Oil vs Regular Oil, What’s the Difference?

Oil changes: everyone who has a car has to keep up with them to ensure their vehicles stand the test of time. There are several types of oils to choose from, too. But not all oil is created equally. In

Top 9 Car Wash Accessories

303 Grit Guard Wash Bucket First things first, start your car wash off with a bucket that works for you, not against you. 303’s Grit Guard Wash Bucket keeps all of that dirt and debris you are washing off your

The Best Truck Bed Covers

When you have a truck there are no doubt times when you need a cover. Whether you’re transporting items in the rain or inclement weather, or you need to store some things in the car for a bit, a truck

5 Ways to Save on Car Insurance

Car insurance can be a big expense depending on your situation. The good news is there are plenty of ways to save, and even if you are paying a bit more than you want to now, that’s not always going

Engine Oil Additives in Direct Injection Motors

When it comes to modern engines mostly found in 2011 and newer vehicles, you would think with the regulations and advancements in technology would push toward a fairly efficient engine right? Well, to a point that is true. These newer

When to Use a Battery Tender or Maintainer

Every type of vehicle needs power to start the engine and operate any electronics, and it derives that power from the battery. Just starting the car on a regular basis can keep the battery charged, so it should come as

How to Wash an RV

Keeping your RV well maintained means washing it regularly. But washing a vehicle this big can be an intimidating task, since it’s not like you can pull it through a car wash like you would with a sedan. It’s helpful

How to Prevent Rust

Rust is the dreaded reddish-brown discoloration that frequently shows up on certain types of metal — such as iron and steel — after it’s been exposed to water. Not only is this issue unsightly, but it can also cause the

How to Tell if Your Battery Has Gone (Or is Going) Bad

Most drivers have experienced that dreaded moment when the car won’t start. It’s typically due to a bad battery, which means it’s time to get a replacement. Fortunately, drivers don’t have to wait until the moment when their car won’t

What Is Rust?

Rust is a common issue that most people know they would like to avoid, but they don’t know much beyond that. So, what is rust? Learning the answer to this question is a good start to the process of preventing

Endless Summer Cruising

A bright and sunny day awaited Cool Rides Online Champ Curt Kimmel as he was preparing to head to Ocean City, Md for the Endless Summer Cruisin’ event. The champ was representing Gold Eagle Products/CRO at the Ocean City Convention

Get Your Ride Looking Good for Spring

The chill of winter is finally fading, which means warm weather and sunny days aren’t far behind. It’s spring cleaning time, and not just for your home. The snow, cold, and road salt of winter can take a toll on

Snow Tires: Why You Still Need Them

With all-season tires on your car, you may feel confident that you are ready to roll through any type of road conditions. While you may be okay during spring, summer, and fall, tough winter weather calls for the traction and

The Ultimate Winter Car Survival Kit Checklist

The last place you want to find yourself in winter is dealing with a broken down car on the side of a snowy, dark road. Whether you’ve run out of gas, skidded into a snow bank, or have a flat tire, being

Top 10 Winter Driving Tips for Driving in Snow & Ice

As the weather gets colder, we all anticipate driving conditions becoming worse and worse. Just as the first few flakes of a snowstorm start to build up, so does traffic. Follow these 10 driving tips to stay safe while you’re

What Is the Difference Between Winter & Summer Fuels?

As you plan your next summer road trip, don’t forget to budget for the slightly higher gas prices. That’s because the blend of gas used in the summer costs a little more than the kind used in the winter. If

Classic Car Storage Costs in Major US Cities

You love your classic car and have probably put in untold hours on restoring and maintaining it. Storing your special vehicle can be challenging. If you don’t have the space to keep the car safe at home, you probably need

How to Winterize a Car in 5 Easy Steps

Growing up in the Midwest, it is common knowledge that you will have to prep your car for the fall and winter season. It’s a great idea to take advantage of any Indian summer so you get proper adhesion of

6 Steps to Ultimate Car Protection for All Seasons

First off, every climate presents itself with its own different set of challenges. Where I have my shop, in upper Michigan, we experience the extremes of every season. From 100+ degree summers to -40 degree winters. Needless to say, it’s

5 Signs of a Bad Alternator

What Does an Alternator Do? An alternator works with your battery to charge your vehicle’s electrical systems. An alternator that’s going bad can affect your car in many ways. There are several signs you need to watch for that may

The Changing Rules for Buying a Car

Car buying has changed over the years and so have most of the old rules. In the past, you may have looked for a low-mileage car with good tires and thought that was good enough. Gas efficiency may have been

How I Prepare My Convertible For Fall/Winter

By Cliff Jacobson My 1996 BMW Z3 (105,000 miles) will be 22 years old in January.  It looks like new—actually, better than new! A short story: Two years ago, I brought my Z3 in to BMW for service.  The Service

4 Tips for Turbocharged Diesel Engine Maintenance

Diesel technology has come a long way in recent years from ultra-low sulfur diesel to biodiesel. Gaining DPF filters to cut down on emissions and high efficient common rail injection systems to gain maximum miles per gallon. All of these

Top 5 Tips for Winter Car Storage

By Dale Renner, winner of the Cool Rides Online 2016 Ride of the Year with his Plymouth Road Runner When storing any car, it’s important to take into account what your specific car needs. Depending on your local climate, the

9 Real Car Features That You Have to See to Believe

Invention requires failure, and we appreciate that you have to crack a few eggs to make an omelet. That doesn’t mean a commercial kitchen should be sending shell-filled omelets out the door to customers, however. Here are 9 real-life features

Three Tips to Help Negotiate Buying a Car

Buying a car is a rite of passage, and for some, it can be intimidating. We reached out to a few former car salesmen to give us some easy tactics that can help save money and give you leverage in

What is Microfiber?

We hear about microfiber towels all the time, but few of us actually know what the heck microfiber is. Because we include premium microfiber towels with several of our products, we’ve assembled this brief introduction to microfiber so that you

How Do Stain Guards Work?

We’ve all seen those cool videos where someone sprays a fabric guard onto a shirt and then proceeds to pour mustard and wine and nuclear waste onto it without any resulting stain. The question is, how are they doing it?

What is Mobile Detailing?

Mobile detailing is exactly what it sounds like – a professional service that brings a top to bottom car detail directly to your location. These services have become more and more popular over the years as people look to spend

Can Road Salt Damage Your Car?

Why do they use salt on roads? In addition to being an easy way to bring out flavor while cooking – salt serves as a valuable mineral for those who have to drive during icy conditions up north. Salt lowers

What is Car Paint Sealant?

Car Paint Sealant is a fully synthetic product that provides the same benefits as car wax, but for a longer duration. Modern sealants represent astounding advances in surface chemistry and usually include proprietary polymers that enhance performance. Learn more about the difference between paint sealant vs Wax and how to apply paint sealant.

UV Protection for Car Paint

“I know UV rays can damage car paint, but I’m not sure why – or what to do about it.” – Pretty much everyone How to prevent UV damage to your car paint Park in the Shade Wash your car,

Beginner’s Guide On How to Check Your Oil

Your car is one of your most important assets. There is a lot of pressure on your vehicle to transport you everywhere you need to go, no matter what. One of the most important working elements of your car is

Quick Detailer vs Waterless Wash

The Quick Detailer category was created in 1981 when Meguiar’s released their Trigger Wash (subsequently renamed “Quick Detailer” to avoid confusion). Since then the rise of spray and wipe cleaning products has been rapid. The technology has advanced substantially to

How to Care for Leather Car Seats

Leather seats are the cherry on top of a luxury car sundae, but without proper maintenance, they can be downright gross. Because leather is a natural material it is subject to fading and cracking because of heat and UV rays.

What Type of Leather is Best?

When it comes to leather there are more options than you might have imagined, which can be confusing when trying to decide what to purchase. The leather industry doesn’t do any favors in this regard, obscuring the types and amounts

Why Does Leather Peel?

Leather traditionally means luxury. It ought to be durable, and the patina of well-loved leather adds to its attractiveness. Unfortunately, not all leather is created equal. Your leather sofa, car seats, or shoes might not be aging as well as

Top Ten Car Detailing and Auto Care Tips from Enthusiastic Car Owners

Owning a collector car is the dream of many. Once you have your dream car, you might find it becoming more worrisome than you intended. We interviewed ten car owners who have everything from 1923 T-Buckets to 1967 GTXs in their garage

The Most Googled Car or Truck in Every State

America is a country of car and truck lovers, but buying a car is a lot different than searching for one online. We looked at Google search data to see which states were searching for particular makes and models more

What is Waterless Car Wash?

The average conveyor belt car wash uses 85 gallons of water. Eighty. Five. If you live in a water-restricted area, a condominium, or you just don’t like the bucket-in-the-driveway method then you’ve probably heard of a product called “Waterless Wash.”

Tire Balm & Protectant: Why You Should Choose Water-based.

A car’s tires are like legs. Without them, you can’t get around. No matter how fancy and detailed your car is on the inside if your tires aren’t in good shape, the rest is insignificant. Tire Safety Tire safety also

Why You Should Buy Safety Gas Cans for Your Home

Safety gas cans are overlooked by many homeowners when buying a new gas can. Usually used by businesses that need a safe, durable gas can for frequent use and transporting, a safety can provides some extra features than the standard

Essential Tips on How to Fill a Gas Can

By Jacy Elsesser from Fix It Home Improvement When filling your gas can at a gas station, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends never filling up a gas can on a truck bed with a plastic liner

Staying Away From The Gimmicks

By Gary Glinski “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is” How many times have we heard about “the next big thing” or watched a commercial for a product that “makes everything easier” ? You can probably

How Many Miles Between Oil Changes?

Knowing when to change the oil in your vehicle used to be simple. There was a common standard: Do it every 3,000 miles. With technologically advanced engines and synthetic oils constantly being developed and reformulated, it’s not quite that easy

The Ultimate List of Muscle Car Detailing Products + Tips

Detailing your muscle car keeps it in showroom condition, which is imperative if the car is completely original. The materials used in many original muscle cars could be from as early as the 1950s. Thus, care must be taken so

What is Direct Fuel Injector Cleaner and Why Do You Need It?

You know your engine burns gas or diesel to move your car forward, but where do the byproducts of that process end up? If you’re not diligent about removing them, they might stop your vehicle from working as it should.

Direct Fuel Injector Cleaner

Engine hesitation, slow acceleration, poor or declining gas mileage, high idle, rough idle, slipping throttle response, and embarrassing cold starts are all symptoms of a common culprit: carbon deposit. As these deposits build up on, and around, fuel injectors, you

How to Make Tires Last Longer

With proper storage and treatment, you could make tires last for 10 years from the date of manufacture. If you buy unused tires that are four years old, you’ll still get six years out of them, if you keep the

Tips from a Professional Detailer

By Gary Glinski My name is Gary Glinski and I am located in Bethlehem, PA. I run a part-time mobile detailing business serving the Lehigh Valley. I started my business after spending nearly 10 years caring for my first new

5 Benefits Of Engine Flush

Motor oil lubricates and thus protects your car’s engine parts, but it is subject to contamination from particles that form sludge. An engine oil flush can remove this gunk from the engine and extend its life. While most auto manufacturers don’t

How To Properly Fix A Flat Tire

The last thing you want to see as you are approaching your vehicle is a flat tire. Just the thought of waiting for roadside service or a tow truck is exasperating. Instead of waiting around, learn how to plug the

10 Most Common Transmission Problems

A vehicle’s transmission is what transfers the power from the engine to the drive wheels. If the transmission and its components (including sensors and computers) are not working, you won’t be going anywhere.Vehicles have either automatic transmissions or manual transmissions.

5 Tips for Detailing Your Muscle Car to Preserve the Life and Shine

When it comes to your muscle car, you’ll want to ensure that it’s kept clean and shiny without needing to use tons of water and soap. Excess water can result in the rush of your car’s parts if not taken

How To Check Your Oil and Save Your Engine

1. Open the hood and find the oil dipstick – It usually has a brightly colored handle, either a finger-sized circle or T-shaped 2. Remove and wipe the dipstick off then replace it – Use a lint-free rag or paper towel, and

History of Ford Grabber Blue

There’s been quite some talk over the years about Ford’s historical Grabber Blue Mustang, one of the most iconic Ford Mustang colors ever made. Although some claim that the color is just too close to powder blue and others claim

How to Pass A Smog Test

If you live in an area where you need to have a smog test, you know the importance of passing on the first try. Failing the test means a lost inspection fee and more time out of your schedule to

Why Fuel Treatment is Important for Your Car

Vehicle owners should always be sure to stay on top of their car’s needs. No matter the make or the model, every vehicle needs regular maintenance to make sure that it is working as appropriate. The engine is one of

Where to Buy Classic Cars: Do’s and Don’ts for Private Sales

Plenty of people on the road have managed to get the keys to their dream car, whether it’s a brand new machine or an old favorite. For some, it’s hard to beat the allure of a classic car and show

The Difference Between Fuel Stabilizers and Octane Boosters

If you’re interested in optimizing your engine performance through fuel additives, you’ve probably heard of octane boosters and fuel stabilizers. Both are designed to make your engine run better, longer — although, they achieve this through different means. In order

Installing Windshield Wipers On Your Hot Rod

In your garage sits your dream Mustang. Sure, it needs a little help, but it has everything you want in a muscle car. Or, maybe you’re restoring a Pontiac GTO. No matter what vehicle it is, you are going to

How To Fix Your Car’s Interior On A Budget

Whether you have had it for years or just picked it up, a classic car can be a fun project. While many restoration efforts focus on the exterior, you also need to spruce up the interior for your car to

Hundreds of Uses of 303® Protectant

303® Protectant is formulated to keep your items looking newer, longer! Check out the hundreds of uses of 303® Protectant we have found across a variety of industries.  We would love to hear from you if you have any unique uses for 303® Protectant not

The Ultimate Fuel Treatment Cheat Sheet

The Ultimate Fuel Treatment Cheat Sheet If you’ve ever been confused or overwhelmed by the fuel treatment options available to optimize your engine’s durability and performance, fear not: you’re not alone. That’s why we’ve created this guide—to let you know

5 Tips to Clean Car Upholstery

Motorists and enthusiasts who value their vehicles may benefit from learning more about the proper way to clean car upholstery. Anyone who has children or spends a significant amount of time inside their vehicles understands how messy automobiles can get

Updating Brake Lines And Brake Pads On Classic Cars

It doesn’t take much to see how far cars have advanced over the past 40 years. Next time you’re cruising in your beloved classic, stomp on the brakes and see how long it takes to stop. Make sure the road

5 Tips to Transport Your Classic Car

Whether you’re moving across the country or you’re planning to attend a car show or auction, chances are you’re not inclined to drive your classic car. Every mile adds up, and the risk of an accident, maintenance issue or further

Hugger Orange and Grabber Blue: The two coolest colors of all-time

Analysts are always trying to figure out why some colors are consistently popular when it comes to new cars while other shades will be all the rage one year then virtually disappear from the market the next.

How to Buy and Sell a Car at an Auction

Buying or selling merchandise at an auction can be exhilarating and cost-effective. However, many people are unfamiliar with auctioning procedures, and this may discourage them from attending one. When it comes to buying or selling vehicles through an organization like

DIY Auto Detailing: How to Wax a Car, and How Often

Although it might seem counter intuitive at first, frequent car washing and waxing is actually the best way to ensure the paint stays bright for years to come. When wondering how often wax cars, it’s a popular belief that constantly

DIY Auto Detailing: How to Properly Hand Wash & Polish Your Car

It happens almost as soon as you drive your car off the lot: by the time you get home the paint already looks worse. After some more time, dirt and grime build up and the car needs a wash. So,

The Best Way to Apply Car Upholstery Cleaners

If you’re like most car owners, you want to keep your car in good shape as long as you can. You wash and polish the exterior of your car and the interior of your car deserves the same care. The

Three Easy Ways to Increase the Value of Your Classic Car

People buy and sell classic cars all the time. Many hobbyists look for investment pieces that are fun to have in the garage, and collectors want to own pieces of history. However, it is important to learn how to retain

DIY Auto Detailing: How to Clean and Remove Vomit (and that smell!) from Car Seats and Carpet

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, there’s an important link to auto detailing that you may want to keep in mind. After all, if you’re stuck being the designated driver in a car full of drunken friends, your car could

How to Fix Frozen Gas Line in your Car

When you are dealing with frozen gas lines, it is unlikely that the gasoline actually froze. Gas requires temperatures to get exceptionally cold before freezing, so it is normally the water and water vapor that freezes first. As the water

DIY Auto Detailing: How to Clean Car Carpet and Floor Mats

Taking care of your car’s carpet and floor mats can make a big difference in the overall appearance of the vehicle. Crumbs, dirt, and trash can easily accumulate on the floor of your car. Fortunately, cleaning car mats and carpeting is

Diagnosing and Treating Frozen Gas Lines

There are a lot of problems that your vehicle can develop while battling the bitter cold of winter. Since there are numerous problems associated with cold temperatures and ice, it’s important to understand how to diagnose and remedy them. Developing

Caring for Tonneau Covers and Convertible Tops

Tonneau covers and convertible tops are some of the most versatile and durable options available for any truck bed. They are built to last and come in several different styles to provide users with versatile ways to protect and decorate

Do I Need Antifreeze In My New Car’s Gas Tank?

How many of us who drive every day know nothing about car maintenance? This important knowledge about your vehicle can have a huge impact on the way your car performs and its overall longevity. Preventive Maintenance If you wish to

5 Tips Before Driving a Classic Car In The Winter

Winter can sometimes mean locking away a prized classic car and simply waiting for the sun to come out again. However, it doesn’t have to end planned trips entirely, as long as the weather isn’t consistently icy. It is important

How To Fix Power Steering Problems

At some point, most vehicles will experience power steering problems. Some of these problems can be fixed at home with a little spare time and some tools. It is important to know the common power steering issues, how to diagnose

Long Term Car Storage for Your Classic Car: What to Consider

Restoring a classic car can take significant effort, time, and money. While your restored vehicle may be a method of transportation, many people see their vintage vehicles as collectors’ items as well as a hobby that offers a way to

How to add gas additives to capless fuel tanks

The capless fuel tanks can also cause issues for car owners who are looking to conduct the basic maintenance that can keep their engines healthy.

How Do I Know if My STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer is Still Good to Use?

STA-BIL® fuel stabilizer has an extended shelf life due to some of the same properties that allow it to stabilize fuel.

Can I Apply 303 Automotive Protectant to Any Car Interior?

303 Aerospace Protectant keeps UV-sensitive materials looking like new for years. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your car interior looking great with 303 Aerospace Protectant.

How to Easily Fix a Dull Dashboard in Your Car or Truck

Exposure to sun, dirt, dust, and human oils can cause a vehicle’s dashboard to fade and appear dull. Fortunately, it is quick and easy to restore the appearance of your dashboard.

Differences of Sandblasting, Soda Blasting or Dustless Sandblasting Your Vehicle

When it comes to stripping paint, rust, oil and grease from the steel body of a car, a variety of methods can be used, but some of the most common are sandblasting, soda blasting and dustless sandblasting. Sandblasting uses sand

Which is Better for Your Tires – Nitrogen or Air?

Both car enthusiasts and basic consumers have been hearing a lot about filling their tires with nitrogen instead of air. While this may seem like a new concept, it’s a practice that has been going on in many industries for

Protecting Your Vehicle’s Tires and Engine Using 303 Aerospace Protectant

With the summer months kicking off, all car enthusiasts want to be able to protect their automobile. Automobiles face harmful UV rays, dust, water, and grime that can accumulate on the car during summer use. Luckily, car enthusiasts do not

How To Change A Fuel Filter

Changing the fuel filter on a fuel-injected car isn’t always simple. Fuel-injected cars require that the fuel pump be disabled before you relieve the lines’ pressure and move on to the fuel filter replacement. Before beginning, it is important to ask

5 Key Benefits of Using a Transmission Additive

Your transmission is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. It works in conjunction with your engine to control your car’s performance, helping it to operate properly at different speeds. Like motor oil for your engine, transmission fluid

How to Pick a Fuel Additive That Works

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that all fuel sold within the United States contains a certain level of deposit-control additives. These additives prevent the dangerous buildup of deposits within a fuel system. As gas prices climb, drivers often attempt

How to Display Your Ride at a Car Show

Car shows can be an exciting way for enthusiasts to meet up and show off the best in their vehicles, but for first time participators, it can be difficult to determine how to get started. By following some of these

How to Get the Best Shine and Luster from Your Paint Job

A vehicle’s paint job says a lot about it and its owner. Dedicated drivers should always strive for a thorough paint and shine, and going the extra mile can add a noticeable layer of luster to the car’s surface. Though

Tips to Repair a Windshield Scratch

Trying to remove a scratch from a windshield can be a real challenge, and everyone has a different home remedy. Below are three of the best tips for repairing a scratched windshield. Before trying any of these tips, however, it’s

Storm and Hurricane Preparedness

Weather can sometimes go bad in a hurry and it’s best to be prepared. Simple preparations for severe weather like storms and hurricanes can go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones safe. One of your most

Top Three Tips to Rainproof Your Windshield

Rainproofing a windshield relies more on technique, frequency, and having good wiper blades than on any one glass rainproofing product in particular. Different products perform about the same by providing good hydrophobic beading and run-off, but the difference lies in

Is it Better to Use Liquid or Paste Wax on your Car?

Waxing is the best way to keep a car looking shiny and new. Besides affecting a car’s appearance, it helps preserve the paint and metal. Wax acts as a barrier against environmental pollutants and road contaminants. Although there are different

How To Buff Out Paint Scratches on Collector and Vintage Cars

You posted signs all over her. You watched your baby like a hawk. Still, somehow, someone managed to commit the unforgivable. There’s no seeing past it. It makes the 3-year-old inside you want to howl just like you did when

Leather Car Seat Repair: How To Fix And Prevent Tears And Cracks

Many drivers choose vehicles with leather seats for their luxurious look and feel. Taking care of the seats is important for keeping the vehicle’s interior looking nice. This is especially important for drivers who plan to trade in or sell

How to Detail Your Car and Get it Ready for a Car Show

Unless the vehicle in question is a survivor, a shiny car is a winning car. What does it take to get a car to look like it came out of a showroom? It isn’t about which products are used but

Signs of Winter Fuel Trouble: Five Things to be Aware of with Diesel Tanks

The cold weather that has plagued much of the Midwest and East Coast recently can have devastating side effects on vehicles running on diesel fuel. Having a general understanding of some key cold-weather do’s and don’ts can drastically reduce the

Protect and Clean Your Tires: Step by Step Guide

Most of us think of cleaning our tires each spring as an appearance issue, but in reality, it is an important preventative maintenance step. A common problem is brown tires. This may happen due to caustic degreasers that were used

Don’t Let Your Car Break Your Heart

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, make it a priority to show your vehicle some love. If you fail to care for your ride, it is destined to break your heart in the future. Here are five maintenance tips to

Symptoms of Water in a Car’s Gas Tank and How to Fix it?

Whether it enters by accident or on purpose, water in the gas tank of an automobile is definitely a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Water can enter your fuel tank either when you fill up the tank from

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T vs. 1970 Plymouth Road Runner

In the 1970s, the Chrysler Corporation was known as a leader in the muscle and performance car segment. To this effect, two powerful vehicles stand out from that era: the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T and the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. These

The Importance of Protecting Your Vehicle’s Weather Stripping

The rubber weather stripping on vehicles does several important jobs in order to keep a vehicle safe and secure. Protecting this rubber weather stripping is important to ensure a longer use without the expense and bother of replacing it. Taking

Radiator Leaks: What Causes Them and How to Fix Them

Radiator Leaks Happen All the Time Your vehicle’s radiator may leak suddenly, rendering the vehicle stranded on the side of the road. It’s unwise to drive your car after it overheats. There are products available that can seal radiator leaks

1957 Plymouth Belvedere (Fury) From the Movie “Christine”

Welcome to the latest edition of Hollywood Wednesdays. A couple of times per month we feature cool classic and muscle cars from movies and TV. Some cars we have profiled were the 1968 Mustang GT-390 from the movie “Bullitt”,the 1971

Prepping Your Car for Winter with 303® Products

Winter weather is rough on cars and trucks. Freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and the assault of salt or ice melt are all damaging to vehicles. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to protect your car from winter

How To Fix Radiator Leaks With AlumAseal

Your radiator is an essential component of your vehicle’s operating system. Without it, your engine would soon overheat and could easily be ruined. Regularly checking the radiator and filling up the overflow tank with coolant is a must if you

Transmission Leaks: What Causes Them and How To Fix Them

We rely on our cars every day to get us where we need to be. This, of course, includes everything from the long commute to work to simply running errands around town. That’s why you want to make sure that

Fogging Engine: Proper Use of Fogging Oils

After Labor Day, the back road highways and six-lane Interstates of America see a massive shift from Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Fleetwood RVs to snowplows & trucks. Outboard motors that once rumbled in the rivers, now have turned to silence. And

What Causes Power Steering Fluid Leaks?

Power steering affects every aspect of handling, whether it’s turns and curves or just staying on the straight and narrow. Power steering fluid is as vital to safe driving as oil is to continued engine prowess. Without this vital fluid,

Using No Leak ® to Prevent Minor Oil Leaks

Minor engine leaks are quite common. They usually occur from deterioration of engine gaskets and oil seals. Although many products claim to help, the best one on the market is No-Leak by Gold Eagle. This product promises to treat and

How Long Does Diesel Fuel Last In Storage?

One of the costs that has to be factored in when dealing with any sort of transportation work is fuel. The large fluctuations in diesel fuel prices – especially in recent times – many choose to buy in bulk, storing

How To Protect Your Tires From Cracking

NASCAR racing tires operate at an average of 200-260 degrees Fahrenheit. Antarctic tundra tires cruise through snow drifts at negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and the typical SUV tire rotates some 42 million times throughout its lifetime. Tires are one of

How to Extend the Life of Your Rubber Hoses

Any car enthusiast can tell you that they would rather spend their time on the road than making constant repairs. Some projects are fun, but when it comes to the little things like rubber hoses, we would all like to

Oil Leak Causes and How To Fix Them

Yes, it’s easier to just ignore the small puddle of oil forming under your car. Or pretend that burnt oil smell is not coming from your engine. And is that blue smoke coming out of your tailpipe? Oil leaks are

Keep Your Car Protected on the Road

There are many surface protectants for cars on the market, but how do you know which is the best? When shopping for a protectant, you’ll want a product that won’t damage your car’s surfaces, helps prevent fading, restores color and

Maintaining The Leather in Your Vehicle

  For many, leather upholstery is considered the gold standard for a vehicle’s interior. Aesthetically, it presents an image of refined luxury over most cloth alternatives, but many vehicle owners also believe it’s easier to maintain. The truth is, leather

Protecting Your Car Doors The Right Way

Car doors take a lot of abuse from everything from key scratches and shoe scuffs to minor dings and dents. And for some, a minor imperfection can be a constant source of annoyance. To properly protect your car door surfaces,

Detailing Your Car Like a Pro

Everyone wants the new car look and feel. Whether new or used, protecting your investment should be an important part of your automotive maintenance routine regardless of its age.  Picking the right products that will clean and protect your car

The Effects of Gas in Your Tank Over Long Periods of Time

Does gas get old? This question is debated in many a garage. Recently, I wrote a post on storing your classic car for the winter. Keeping gas in your tank over a long period of time is a cause for

3 Steps to Keep Leather Interior from Drying Out & Cracking

A car’s leather interior is a luxury that must be preserved with special care. It is common for leather to discolor, dry and crack. Here are three steps that will prevent the problems from occurring.   Use a Sunshade Sunlight

The Best Classic Cars to Drive Cross Country

Many people buy classic cars and imagine a long trip across the country. Hollywood has immortalized this dream, and no matter the purpose of the trip, there are a number of iconic cars that can never be thought of again

Collector Car Storage: Protecting & Preserving Your Ride

Storing your collector car over the winter or while you are away for an extended period of time can be nerve-racking for some. The thought of your car not starting up or having issues when you come back is a

How-to Repair a Rust Hole in Your Car

It’s another How-to Thursday. We all love our rides and do everything in the world to maintain them and keep them running smoothly. But what do we do once we see the first sign of rust on our cars? When

How to Find “Hard to Find” Car Parts

Avid car collectors and those who are into DIY auto repair may experience the frustration of having difficulty locating a specific car part. Having all the necessary parts is key whether attempting to successfully restore a classic or simply keeping

How to Restore Your Classic Car on a Tight Budget

If you have the time and patience, restoring a classic car without a lot of money is definitely possible. A rarer car makes it harder to find original parts, and it is often more expensive, too. There are tricks, though,

3 Tips to Remove Scratched Car Paint

It can be a real bummer when car paint becomes scratched. This can ruin the appearance of a vehicle and lead to rust or other damage. There are different kinds of scratches, so there are different ways to remove the

Cars from Movies – The Blues Brothers’ Bluesmobile

Welcome to another post on Classic Cars from Movies and TV. Recently we have profiled cars such as the General Lee from the TV Show “The Dukes of Hazzard” and the 1958 Chevy Impala from the movie American Graffiti”. Today

5 Tips for Taking Spectacular Photos of Your Classic Car

For best results in classic car pictures, photographers consider locations, camera angles, lighting, details, and car show conditions. Location Good photographers select scenic environments. Nothing spoils a classic car picture worse than an unsightly setting. It is difficult to appreciate

How to Wax Your Classic Car

Taking care of a classic car does not have to be difficult. However, the most important thing to remember is to keep the paint shiny and in good condition. To achieve this goal, it’s essential to learn the best way

Convertible Top Care

The materials used to cover your convertible car come with built-in water and stain repellency, but over time their effects diminish. For this reason, it’s important to give your convertible’s top some extra care each season. A little cleaning and

How to Extend the Life of Rubber Parts on Classic Cars

What Causes Decay of Rubber Parts If you own a collector car, then you are probably concerned about the oxidation of rubber parts. Classic cars generally contain a higher percentage of rubber parts than later model cars. So whether your

RV Rubber Roof Q&A: Clean and Protect EPDM

One of the greatest things to happen to RVs was the introduction of the EPDM rubber roof. Leak-proof and UV-resistant, this long-lasting synthetic rubber compound can stand up to all kinds of weather, wear and tear. Most RV industry experts

How to Remove Scratches From Plexiglass

Plexiglass: It follows us everywhere, from the shower to the car, and we don’t even notice the important role this transparent material plays in our everyday lives. Until it gets scratched. Windshields, mirrors, rear windows, motorcycle helmet visors, headlight and

How Do I Safely Upsize the Wheels On My Car?

With low profile tires being all the rage, moving to a bigger wheel is an easy way to update the look of your car. It can also improve performance: A shorter sidewall flexes less while the vehicle is making turns,

Use Protectant to Extend the Life of Your Tires, Headlights and More

There’s one product that mechanics, detailers, and dealers everywhere keep in their arsenal of “quick fix” tools. And it’s sitting on the shelf of your nearest retailer. Automotive Protectant, a surface treatment, is formulated to protect against harmful UV rays

Buying a Half Cut for your JDM Project

It might make sense to buy a parts car for a restoration or modding project, but shipping costs can become prohibitive over long distances. Instead of the entire car, it may make more sense to cut away the parts that

Aerospace vs The Rest: Which is Best?

On this blog and Cool Rides Online, we’ve written extensively about the many uses for Aerospace, from extending the life of your vehicle to making wheels shine. The uses for this one product are virtually endless, which might make you

How to Clean Vinyl on Your Car or Boat

Vinyl. This plastic (made from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC) is everywhere we drive. It’s manufactured in a number of forms for thousands of uses, from convertible tops to boat enclosures to car bras. It’s not a product most people think about

Considering Ethanol-Free Gas? Try An Ethanol Treatment Instead

If you’re hunting down non-ethanol gas stations, consider this first: ethanol fuel burns cleaner and more efficiently and helps increase octane. While the water-attracting alcohol in these blended fuels can lead to potential problems, they’re easy to prevent. All it

How Do Fuel Injector and Carburetor Cleaners Work?

IS your vehicle sluggish or has performance dropped? Discover how fuel injector and carburetor cleaners work and how they can help improve engine performance and fuel economy.

Engine Oil Leaks – What Causes Leaks and How to Fix Them

Understanding the cause of leaks and how to stop oil leaks could save you from major repair expenses down the road. Discover common oil leak causes and how to fix those leaks fast.

Know Your Drivetrain: 4WD vs. AWD vs. Traction Control

What’s the difference between 4WD and AWD? Can traction control replace all-wheel drive? The system that fits your needs will depend on whether you’re looking to do some rock crawling or just want to be safe in bad weather.  

How to Clean and Care for Leather Upholstery

As you might imagine, we get a lot of questions on the subject of leather upholstery. While it’s not related to engines, caring for the interior of your car or truck is an important part of vehicle maintenance. If your

Truck and Car Storage Checklist: Keep Your Vehicle in Tip-Top Shape

If it’s time to store a car or truck—either because you’re going on a trip or your family has an extra vehicle that sits idle—you’re probably looking for a safe, clean storage location. If you want to prevent damage and

What is the Best Way to Apply 303 Fabric Guard?

303 Fabric Guard provides a quick and easy way to retreat outdoor fabric and restore their water repellency. Here’s how to apply it to your outdoor fabric.

Entering Your First Car Show

When a person is ready to enter a classic vehicle into a car show for the first time, it will be helpful to learn a few tips. Since much preparation goes into restoring an older car, it will be worthwhile

Is Restoring a Classic Car Bad for the Environment?

Is putting a classic car back on the road bad for the environment? Like many environmental questions, there are a lot of factors involved.   How Often is a Classic Car Driven? Comparing a classic car against a modern car

What Makes a Car a Collectible?

Collectible cars fall in different categories and occupy a large area of interest that spans from the earliest antiques to the not-so-old muscle cars of the ’60s and ’70s. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there are

How to Keep Your Car Bra or Tonneau Cover Damage-Free

Using a bra for your vehicle is one of the quickest, easiest ways to dress up your car and preserve the paint job. Similarly, a tonneau cover can protect your truck bed from inclement weather. As soon as you invest

The Proper Use of Fogging Oils

The proper use of fogging oils can help to protect your engine while it is in storage.

Classic Car Storage Tips for Hot Rod, Collector and Muscle Cars

You’ve rebuilt, nurtured and invested your heart and soul. This car is your pride and joy. Now it’s time to store her. Follow these tips to keep your hot rod, muscle or collector car running its best when the off-season

Protecting Classic Car Tires From Dry Rot

Tire dry rot is a dangerous and expensive problem. These tips will help you protect the tires on your vintage car.

How Long Can Diesel Fuel Be Stored?

The Shelf Life of Diesel Fuel

What are the Differences Among STA-BIL® Products?

A look at the differences among STA-BIL® Branded products for easy classic car, marine and power equipment storage and maintenance.

What are the Effects of Ethanol in Gasoline and How to Protect your Engines Against it?

A look at the effects of ethanol in gasoline and which STA-BIL® products protect against such effects.

Extend the Life of Your Engine’s Rubber Hoses and Plastic Parts

Unless you’re a car enthusiast, most of us hop in the car, turn the key and start driving. Rarely do we think of the engine, let alone all the pieces and parts that keep the vehicle running. Until, of course,

How To Restore and Protect a Vinyl Top Using 303 Products

There’s a lot of products on the market for cleaning, conditioning, maintaining and protecting vinyl surfaces and along with all these products there is a lot of misinformation and confusion.   303 Convertible Top Cleaning and Care Kit for Vinyl

A Perspective on Running Equipment Dry Before Storage

While it sounds like a good idea, it could actually harm your engine and make it harder to hit the ground running when taking items out of storage Many contractors and homeowners alike have several pieces of outdoor power equipment

Top Five STA-BIL Product Myths Debunked

If you’ve ever looked for the best way to add years of life to your lawn equipment, prevent marine engine corrosion or safely store your classic car, you’ve heard of the STA-BIL® Brand. For more than five decades, this household

Infographic: 411 On Ethanol Fuel And Ethanol Treatment

More than 96% of all gas in the U.S. contains ethanol. Yet many are still unaware of the damage it can cause to your fuel system, or what to do about it. To help, we’ve created a handy infographic. Here, you’ll

How To Paint Traditional Hot Rod Flames

As with anything else, there are many different ways to do a custom flame paint job. In this article, we will be working with a BC/CC (base coat/clear coat) system and will be burying the flames under the clear coat.