Hands On: Innova OBD2 Scanners (5210 & 5610)

If you’re a DIY mechanic or just someone wanting to identify and better understand vehicle problems before taking it to the local repair shop, an OBD2 (or OBDII) diagnostic tool (or scanner) is almost necessary. What is an OBD2 Scanner? An OBD2 (on-board diagnostics – generation two, post-1996) scanner is a device that can read, … Read more

Hands On: Audew Portable 12V 150 PSI Air Compressor

It’s wintertime, and that means the wife will be reminding me soon that the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) lights in her car are alive and well. See, when it gets colder outside, tire pressure can decrease by about 1 PSI (pounds per square inch) for every 8-10 degrees the temperature drops. Of course, normal … Read more

Vgate iCar Pro Bluetooth OBDII Diagnostic Scanner & Interface

I’ve done several different rounds of modifications to my Jeep and each time I do, I have to reconfigure things like gear ratio, tire size/speedometer, idle speed, and certain creature-comforts I either want or don’t want. Until just recently, I used a $180 OBDII device, designed specifically for my model/year Jeep, with a bunch of … Read more

Hands-On: Audew 12V Handheld Wet/Dry Car Vacuum

After a trip to the pier, park or plant nursery, dragging out a big shop vac can be a hassle just to clean light-duty messes in the car. I know this first-hand, as I’m constantly reminded that I should do a better job of keeping the wife’s car clean in between more thorough detail cleanings. There … Read more

Hands-On: BlueDriver Bluetooth OBDII Scanner

A few weeks ago, the dreaded Check Engine light came on in my Jeep for the first time (it’s a 2013). Nothing seemed out of the ordinary and I checked a few of the more common issues many Jeepers report seeing from time-to-time but to no avail. Instead of letting my brother-in-law charge me an arm … Read more

Jay Leno’s New Auto Detailing Products

If you call yourself a gearhead and don’t know about Jay Leno’s Garage, you’re no gearhead, my friend. Okay, that was a little contentious, but Jay Leno has one of the coolest garages on earth (pretty sure more than one, though) filled with a huge collection of amazing cars—old, new, and exotic. Recently, Jay launched … Read more

HANDS-ON: TreadWright Off-Road Tires (Part 1)

Given how often we parenthetically talk about Jeeps and off-roading here at GarageSpot.com, it’s no surprise that brands catering to the off-roading community reach out to us quite often. We’re also huge supporters of the little guys—startups and product innovators that are busy putting good ol’ American ingenuity to work, while focused on filling a … Read more

The World’s Hardest DIY Automotive Paint Coating?

Back when I ran my detail shop, we paid big money for the best products to solve what, in those days (the late ’80s into the ’90s), were major challenges: oxidized paint, acid rain damage, and the much more difficult challenge of etched or peeling clear-coat. Of course, since then, automobile paint has come a … Read more

Get WiFi for Your 2010-2016 Ford Vehicle

Last week, Ford announced a new device to enable owners of 2010-2016 model-year Ford and Lincoln vehicles not equipped with a modem access to a wide array of connectivity features through a new platform called Ford SmartLink. Components of SmartLink include a 4G LTE-enabled OBD II plug-in device, as well as a companion mobile app and web … Read more