Goss' Garage Articles

13Nov, 2014

Maintenance Saves Money

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
If you read a popular consumer magazine or talk to many dealer technicians you might get the idea that preventive maintenance is a waste of money. But if you’re the type who values money you […]

13Nov, 2014

Busted or Flushed

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Modern automatic transmissions can be traced back to 1904 when the Sturtevant brothers of Boston developed a clunky, inefficient, failure-prone centrifugal gearbox. An inauspicious beginning and nothing like today’s transmissions which shift smoothly, deliver great […]

13Nov, 2014

Sweaty & Stinky

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Your car’s air conditioner is busted, it’s ninety degrees, traffic is crawling, you’re sweaty, your clothes are wet and sticky and you stink; it really sucks. Sitting there sweating your ass off you probably don’t […]

13Nov, 2014

Avoiding Fleas

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
My Grandmother was always concerned about the character of the people I hung with. She used to say “remember young man if you sleep with dogs you wake up with fleas.” That sounded pretty silly […]

13Nov, 2014

Quick but Deadly

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
I was shocked at a relatively late model low miles car in my shop recently with battery cables so badly corroded the metal ends were almost non-existent. Not surprisingly it had been towed because it […]

13Nov, 2014

Making Gas & Water Mix

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
All fuel tanks have water in them, but that water isn’t from the service station. Since the latter part of the dark ages it has been a commonly held myth that water only gets into […]

13Nov, 2014

Save By Flushing

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Modern automatic transmissions had very humble beginnings back in 1904 with a clunky centrifugal unit from the Sturtevant brothers of Boston. Over the years automatic transmissions have evolved into reliable, economical and fun to drive […]

13Nov, 2014

PDR

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Thump! Oh crap, another one. Dents and dings come from stupid, inconsiderate drivers and lots of uncontrollable things like an unmanned shopping cart rolling across the parking lot right into your car. My personal favorite […]

13Nov, 2014

Silent & Deadly

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Sport Utility Vehicles or more typically SUVs or Sport Utes and pickups are much like brains, although often not used daily most folks have one. Some SUVs are practical and efficient while others are highly […]

13Nov, 2014

Spinning is Deadly

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Although probably not biblical this winter has been historic. Unfortunately snow measured in feet means many of you have accidentally damaged your cars. Although it’s a natural reaction wheel spinning in an attempt to keep […]

13Nov, 2014

ABS Can’t

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Gene, a long-time viewer of Goss’ Garage recently asked for help in solving what he thought was a serious brake problem. During the last big snow storm he was trying to stop near the bottom […]

13Nov, 2014

A Bizarre Concept

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Since the first car became stuck in snow drivers have been trying to get better winter traction. For several decades drivers have relied on snow tires for more traction but now there’s a new and […]

13Nov, 2014

I Resolve

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
It’s New Year’s Resolution time again but don’t treat your car resolutions like your personal resolutions. Car resolutions should be based in reality and strictly followed. The consequences of “failure-to-maintain” a car are costly and […]

13Nov, 2014

Snoozy Frosty Mistakes

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
There’s a seemingly endless list of tiny mistakes that can damage your car. Seems everything, even things as innocuous as your lowly ice scraper can do damage if not used properly. No joke here!

Ice scrapers […]

13Nov, 2014

Car Gifts

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Holiday gifts are too often followed by disappointment when gifts that seemed just perfect flop miserably. But choosing an automotive gift from the thousands of practical and whimsical things available is sure to be a […]

13Nov, 2014

If … You Know

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
On frosty mornings drivers turn on their rear defoggers expecting comforting, visibility improving, widening lines of clear glass as the frost melts off the rear window. But for some the frost remains stubbornly in place […]

13Nov, 2014

Reasonable Expectations

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Although it may sound like a strange question, is what you expect from your repair shop reasonable? Today’s highly computerized cars mean you may need a new set of expectations that are more modern and […]

13Nov, 2014

Pessimistic Maintenance

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Whether you look at preventive maintenance optimistically or pessimistically determines how long today’s high-tech cars last. Over time, optimism can be costly while a pessimistic maintenance approach can add years of life to your car. […]

13Nov, 2014

Being Tire Safe

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Don’t you hate that your mind is always being dominated by thoughts of all the stresses on your tires as you drive? Yeah right; if that’s true you’re probably either a tire engineer or one […]

13Nov, 2014

Thieves Without Guns

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Whoever first said “no good deed shall go unpunished” was joking but sadly today it’s true and might go; some #*$@ crook will abuse every good idea.

Truth is, we all better get off our lazy […]

13Nov, 2014

Buying Extra Safety

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
There isn’t much drama in making a car move but stopping it safely can be terrifying and dangerous! Brakes are a vehicle’s primary safety system and no matter how gently you drive they wear out. […]

13Nov, 2014

Lighting Your Way To Safety

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
The number of daylight hours is already on the decrease so it’s time to perform a vehicle visibility check. Each day from now on will have slightly less daylight until we wind up driving to […]

13Nov, 2014

Beat The Freeze

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Once upon a time a particularly wise person observed that fall follows summer and precedes winter. Probably will again this year which makes a pre-winter checkup before the cold hits is an excellent idea. Winter […]

13Nov, 2014

Ominous Threats

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Yesterday was an interesting day; my mailbox was blessed with phenomenal offers and ominous threats. Later during my evening study time I was verbally assaulted by a fast talking creep on the phone. That’s four […]

13Nov, 2014

Know More To Save More

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Some say knowledge is power but I say knowledge is money in the bank. But where do you get reliable, money saving, automotive information? Certainly you could ask relatives and friends but what you’ll likely […]

13Nov, 2014

Back To School Cars

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Can you believe it? Is it possible? Can it really be time to shop for back to school cars? Yeah it is and although that sounds like a straightforward task it’s one that often degrades […]

13Nov, 2014

Cool Gas

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
I believe the saying is “I do declare,” but what I don’t believe is that when the phrase was coined it had anything to do with gasoline. No matter because “I do declare” there sure […]

13Nov, 2014

Scrap It Or Keep It?

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
When is enough, enough, or when should I give up on my old car and buy a shiny new one? That’s a tough question but perhaps these general rules will help you make a financially […]

13Nov, 2014

When Right Means Left

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Much more important than making a car move is being able to make it quit moving. Think about it, brake failure is about as serious as it gets. Fortunately, there have been brake system improvements […]

13Nov, 2014

Water Drops & Dull Paint

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
As air quality continues to deteriorate, more and more cars are looking shabby and decrepit long before they should. Although automotive paints have improved enormously over the years their enemies have become much more aggressive. […]

13Nov, 2014

Chicken Little Syndrome

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Did you ever think you would see it? Two massive American car companies filing bankruptcy, it’s a sad day for America! It’s a disaster that will cost many Americans their jobs and send even more […]

13Nov, 2014

Common AC Problems

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Your car’s air conditioner is busted, it’s ninety degrees, traffic is crawling, you’re sweaty, your clothes are wet and sticky and you, well, you stink; this really sucks. Sitting there sweating your tail off you […]

13Nov, 2014

Pushing the Limits

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Up to a point cars are forgiving of your mistakes but lack of maintenance can rapidly convert forgiving to dangerous. That’s unsettling because estimates suggest that up to 87% of all cars on the road […]

13Nov, 2014

Graduation Cars

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Last week it was diapers this week it’s a car for college. Ouch, tough job. What to buy, what to check, how to check it and more. Because student cars are mostly inexpensive and pre-owned […]

13Nov, 2014

94 Years Of Mistakes

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
As a guy who’s been seriously involved with cars for many years I’ve seen changes that have redefined nearly everything we ever knew about cars. But surprisingly some of the basics haven’t changed at all.

A […]

13Nov, 2014

Converter Confusion

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Catalytic converters are mostly misunderstood, ignored, and improperly tested. Even though the converter is crucial to a car’s performance and emissions status, testing is usually nothing more than a guess or reading a code. Because […]

13Nov, 2014

Top-off Hazards

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Cars are moving targets; nothing stays the same on them. There are hundreds of things we’ve done for years that are now forbidden and hundreds of new things we’ve never done before that we’re supposed […]

13Nov, 2014

Don’t Forget The Lyrics

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
I’ve been working on, and teaching people how to work on cars for over thirty years yet I still make stupid, time-wasting mistakes. It happens every time I break one the golden rules of diagnostics. […]

13Nov, 2014

Pothole Blues

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
They’re here, I narrowly missed a giant one the other day and they’ll be everywhere during the spring rains. Yep, it’s bent wheel, blown tire, smashed suspension time again it is pothole season. You’ve been […]

13Nov, 2014

Scrub-a-dub-dub

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
The days are getting longer, daylight savings time is here yeah it’s my time of year. I love spring I love sunshine and warm weather, but what I’m really saying is, I hate winter and […]

13Nov, 2014

Code Folly

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
“It’s the little things that count,” and that’s sure true on cars. For many of you if it’s small and it’s out of sight you and your technician disregard it. After all, small parts can […]

13Nov, 2014

Smarter Than a Thousand Engineers

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Should I? Shouldn’t I? It’s the eternal automotive question. Unfortunately, without the right answer you may be headed down a repair highway full of potholes.

Classic example: “My owner’s manual requires a valve adjustment every fifteen […]

13Nov, 2014

Flushing Saves Dollars

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Modern automatic transmissions can trace their origins to an early gearbox from 1904 developed by the Sturtevant brothers of Boston. It was a clunky, inefficient, failure-prone gearbox that worked through centrifugal force. An unreliable, inauspicious […]

13Nov, 2014

Easy Savings

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Technical Service Bulletins could be the single most important part of getting your vehicle repaired properly! Usually referred to as TSBs, Technical Service Bulletins make information available to technicians in minutes that might otherwise consume […]

13Nov, 2014

Snow Going

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
I was watching drivers on my way to work during a snow storm and realized many have no clue what to do when it gets slippery. Two snow flakes fall and the brains of at […]

13Nov, 2014

Battery Blues

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
There will always be mechanical certainties with cars. One certainty is, if used long enough every part of every car ever built will fail, including batteries. As a matter of fact your battery might be […]

13Nov, 2014

4×4 Basics

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Put two or more men in a room and sooner or later they’ll be bragging about their four by fours. Of course rarely is anything said about actual adventures because 90% of all four-wheel drives […]

13Nov, 2014

Don’t Be Frozen Out

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
A small investment in some winter chemicals will make winter driving safer and reduce your winter-hassle-factor. Most winter products are designed to thaw frozen things or to keep them from freezing in the first place. […]

13Nov, 2014

Resolutions

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
It’s Car Care Resolution time again but your resolves should be realistic and followed. The consequences of poor maintenance are costly at best and deadly at worst. Following are basics to make 2009 a better […]

13Nov, 2014

Oft-Forgotten Winterizing

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Winterization time is also a great time to improve your vehicle’s reliability, convenience, and safety. Whether you’re a gear-head or neophyte you surely realize there are numerous parts on a car that could suffer from […]

13Nov, 2014

Break Winterizing

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
The days are getting noticeably shorter, the nights cooler, and there’s that cold winter feel to the air and it’s time for a winter safety inspection. Although most inspections cover the strictly winter items there […]

13Nov, 2014

Giving Car Gifts

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
It’s gift giving time but sadly gift giving is often followed by gift-remorse. That sinking feeling you get when gifts that seemed just right when you bought them flop miserably. For anyone who owns a […]

13Nov, 2014

Driver Tune Up

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
Every day I get questions about how to get better gas mileage. The questions usually revolve around miracle gadgets that supposedly defy the laws of physics and convert your gas-sucking behemoth into a fuel sipping […]

13Nov, 2014

See And Be Seen

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
The days are already getting shorter which means it’s time to be proactive with our cars. Each day from now on will have slightly less daylight and less daylight means more driving in the dark. […]

13Nov, 2014

BATTERY BASICS

from Goss’ Garage by Pat Goss
One of the most important parts of any vehicle is its battery. Take away the battery and the car is useless. You can’t even listen to the radio without a battery. But even though batteries […]