Articles for the Curious

These are some of the articles we’ve written over the years. Sometimes we write an article to answer a commonly asked question. Sometimes we want to show off a skill or something we were proud of. And then there are times we just want to vent. You can search by keyword. You can sort by any of the columns. Or you can just scroll up and down.

Article TitleAuthorYear Written
Should I Put New Tires on the Front or the RearPaul Cortes2020
Fixing a Captive Nut in a SubframePaul Cortes2020
Custom Made CablesPaul Cortes2020
How to get a catalyst monitor to runPaul Cortes2020
Fuel Injector CleaningPaul Cortes2019
Mice short out a Prius hybridPaul Cortes2019
Do It Yourself A/C ServicePaul Cortes2019
Honda direct injector pump failurePaul Cortes2018
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Inverter RepairPaul Cortes2018
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid P1560 Encoder FaultPaul Cortes2017
Opinion – A long rant about a new oil change sticker lawPaul Cortes2016
2010-2015 (Gen3) Prius MaintenanceChristian Strohm2016
The Warranty MythChristian Strohm2016
Scheduled Maintenance IntervalsChristian Strohm2015
P0AA6Paul Cortes2014
Predictive Battery Failure AnalysisPaul Cortes2012
Replacing an MG2 on a Gen1 Prius (Scott)Paul Cortes2012
Gen1 Prius P3009Paul Cortes2012
Smart Key RegistrationPaul Cortes2012
Repair- CV BootsPaul Cortes2011
TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)Paul Cortes2010
Wheel AlignmentPaul Cortes2010
Gen1 Prius Catalytic ConverterPaul Cortes2010
Nitrogen for tires? Nah. Use an 80/20 blendPaul Cortes2010
Why is paying for professional diagnosis is worth the moneyPaul Cortes2010
How to get what you want from a mechanicPaul Cortes2010
California Requires Mechanics to Set Tire PressurePaul Cortes2010
Prius P3125Paul Cortes2010
Lost All Keys, Gen2 PriusPaul Cortes2009
Gen2 Prius Multi Function Display RepairPaul Cortes2009
New rules for aftermarket catalytic convertersPaul Cortes2008
2001-2005 Honda Civic Control Arm BushingsPaul Cortes2008
Gen1 Prius lost all keys (2001-2003)Paul Cortes2008
Insight Oil LeakPaul Cortes2008
Christian rants about Internet ExplorerChristian Strohm2008
How to buy a used carLute2008
Breaking in BrakesPaul Cortes2008
RSX valve adjustmentPaul Cortes2007
Gen2 Prius 30KPaul Cortes2007
VIN tag crackdownPaul Cortes2006
Clutch JobPaul Cortes2006
Tire PatchPaul Cortes2006
Why not a quick lube joint?Christian Strohm2006
TIG weld repair aluminum cylinder headPaul Cortes2005
Honda Oil Pan Drain Plug Thread RepairPaul Cortes2005
Honda Valve Adjustment V6Paul Cortes2005
What's a Tune Up?Paul Cortes2005
Gen1 Prius 12V BatteryPaul Cortes2004
Glove Box RepairPaul Cortes2004
Brake InspectionPaul Cortes2004
Comparing Auto Repair PricesPaul Cortes2004
Reflashing Toyota ECUs Back in the DayPaul Cortes2003
Plastic WeldingPaul Cortes2003
Timing Belt ReplacementPaul Cortes2003
Removing a DashboardPaul Cortes2003
"Snake Oil"Paul Cortes2002
Tire Plugs: A personal injury lawyer's wet dreamPaul Cortes2002
Valve Adjust on Mazda Millenia with Miller Cycle EnginePaul Cortes2002
What is Maintenance?Paul Cortes2002
Shocks and StrutsPaul Cortes2001
Honda Insight Auto Stop Doesn't WorkPaul Cortes2001
Buying TiresPaul Cortes2000
A Beginner's Guide to Welding AluminumPaul Cortes2000
Why has my mileage decreased?Paul Cortes2000
Tire RotationPaul Cortes2000
Air Conditioning RepairPaul Cortes2000
How to find a good mechanicPaul Cortes2000
Shop SoftwarePaul Cortes2000
Should you rebuild your engine?Paul Cortes2000
Article Title Author Year Written
Should I Put New Tires on the Front or the Rear Paul Cortes 2020
Fixing a Captive Nut in a Subframe Paul Cortes 2020
Custom Made Cables Paul Cortes 2020
How to get a catalyst monitor to run Paul Cortes 2020
Fuel Injector Cleaning Paul Cortes 2019
Mice short out a Prius hybrid Paul Cortes 2019
Do It Yourself A/C Service Paul Cortes 2019
Honda direct injection pump failure Paul Cortes 2018
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Inverter Repair Paul Cortes 2018
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid P1560 Encoder Fault Paul Cortes 2017
Why Won’t You Work on My Car? Paul Cortes 2017
Opinion – A long rant about a new oil change sticker law Paul Cortes 2016
2010-2015 (Gen3) Prius Maintenance Christian Strohm 2016
The Warranty Myth Christian Strohm 2016
Scheduled Maintenance Intervals Christian Strohm 2015
P0AA6 Paul Cortes 2014
Predictive Battery Failure Analysis Paul Cortes 2012
Replacing an MG2 on a Gen1 Prius (Scott) Paul Cortes 2012
Gen1 Prius P3009 Paul Cortes 2012
Smart Key Registration Paul Cortes 2012
Repair- CV Boots Paul Cortes 2011
TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) Paul Cortes 2010
Wheel Alignment Paul Cortes 2010
Gen1 Prius Catalytic Converter Paul Cortes 2010
Nitrogen for tires? Nah. Use an 80/20 blend Paul Cortes 2010
Why is paying for professional diagnosis is worth the money Paul Cortes 2010
How to get what you want from a mechanic Paul Cortes 2010
California Requires Mechanics to Set Tire Pressure Paul Cortes 2010
Prius P3125 Paul Cortes 2010
Lost All Keys, Gen2 Prius Paul Cortes 2009
Gen2 Prius Multi Function Display Repair Paul Cortes 2009
New rules for aftermarket catalytic converters Paul Cortes 2008
2001-2005 Honda Civic Control Arm Bushings Paul Cortes 2008
Gen1 Prius lost all keys (2001-2003) Paul Cortes 2008
Insight Oil Leak Paul Cortes 2008
Christian rants about Internet Explorer Christian Strohm 2008
How to buy a used car Lute 2008
How to break in your brakes for best performance Paul Cortes 2007
RSX valve adjustment Paul Cortes 2007
Gen2 Prius 30K Paul Cortes 2007
VIN tag crackdown Paul Cortes 2006
Clutch Job Paul Cortes 2006
Tire Patch Paul Cortes 2006
Why not a quick lube joint? Christian Strohm 2006
TIG weld repair aluminum cylinder head Paul Cortes 2005
Honda Oil Pan Drain Plug Thread Repair Paul Cortes 2005
Honda Valve Adjustment V6 Paul Cortes 2005
What’s a Tune Up? Paul Cortes 2005
Gen1 Prius 12V Battery Paul Cortes 2004
Glove Box Repair Paul Cortes 2004
Brake Inspection Paul Cortes 2004
Comparing Auto Repair Prices Paul Cortes 2004
Reflashing Toyota ECUs Back in the Day Paul Cortes 2003
Plastic Welding Paul Cortes 2003
Timing Belt Replacement Paul Cortes 2003
Removing a Dashboard Paul Cortes 2003
“Snake Oil” Paul Cortes 2002
Tire Plugs: A personal injury lawyer’s wet dream Paul Cortes 2002
Valve Adjust on Mazda Millenia with Miller Cycle Engine Paul Cortes 2002
What is Maintenance? Paul Cortes 2002
Shocks and Struts Paul Cortes 2001
Honda Insight Auto Stop Doesn’t Work Paul Cortes 2001
Buying Tires Paul Cortes 2000
A Beginner’s Guide to Welding Aluminum Paul Cortes 2000
Why has my mileage decreased? Paul Cortes 2000
Tire Rotation Paul Cortes 2000
Air Conditioning Repair Paul Cortes 2000
How to find a good mechanic Paul Cortes 2000
Shop Software Paul Cortes 2000
Should you rebuild your engine? Paul Cortes 2000