Oct 09

2004 Elantra GT Front Upstream o2 Oxygen Sensor Replacement

ss (2013-10-09 at 02.22.25)Upsteam o2 Sensor replacement on an 04 Elantra. Quick and Easy!

Oct 09

BAFX Bluetooth OBDII Scan Tool Review



BAFX Products Bluetooth OBD2 scan tool review, along with the Torque app found in the Google Marketplace. What a great combination of equipment to find out what your trouble codes are. Highly recommended!

Sep 29

Poverty Guide to Saving Money when Buying Parts

parts save moneyNine times out of ten, when your car needs to be serviced, you will need parts. Sometimes you just need fluids or maybe some ECU tuning, but that isn’t as common as removing worn/failed parts and replacing them to get back on the road. And since you are part of the Poverty Garage crew, you probably don’t have a lot of money to allocate toward parts. Luckily for you, you can now follow this handy breakdown of the lowest price sources to find the parts you need and save money at the same time.

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Sep 25

Five Easy Tips for Pulling Parts from a Junkyard

Scrrap Astro VanNot all parts are available at parts stores. Interior parts, clips, fasteners, lights and lenses can all be hard to source items. Maybe you lost a bracket or misplaced some bolts, or maybe you got upset because something wont come loose so you destroyed it in a fit of rage.


One option is to go to the dealer to get these parts new, but if you are in the poverty crew the cost of dealer parts is out of the question. So where then, you may ask, can I source these parts? The local junkyard!


You can find a junkyard or auto salvage in any area. Within 50 miles I can go to 4 different junkyards to find theĀ parts I need, and for CHEAP! You can find a junkyard near you with a simple Google search: just throw in the term “junkyard” with your zip code or town, and you are sure to find some retired husks ready to surrender their parts to you.

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Sep 20

How to Replace a Downstream Oxygen Sensor (o2)

Plagued by the check engine light? Don’t know what to do next? Fear not, for you have come to the right place!

Commonly, a check engine light will signify a sensor that needs to be replaced. In this case, it was the downstream (after the catalytic converter) o2 sensor. This sensor is easy to locate, easy to get to (in most cases) and easy to replace.

Oxygen sensors let the engine computer know if the air to fuel mixture is just right in the combustion chamber, and the post catalytic converter tells the computer that the catalytic converter is working properly as well. If it fails, the engine may seem fine, but the computer is forced to guess on the fuel mixture, and to be safe will always overcompensate with fuel. This leads to bad gas mileage.

Oxygen sensors range from $30 to $150 depending on how complex it is. You can rent the tools from a parts store to complete the replacement, which means more money in your pocket, and not the mechanics.

Sep 17

How to Acquire Tools: The Poverty Way


I know a lot of you may be new to auto repair, and thats great! It’s always good to see someone want to know how to repair their own vehicle because in most cases parts are cheap and labor is not. The first hurdle you will face is to actually acquire tools.

If you want to be successful in your repair endeavors, you will need a good selection of tools. Sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, jacks, jackstands, and eventually air tools. If you are reading this article you are most likely part of the poverty crew, so I am here to show YOU how to get a great collection of tools at a low cost. ALSO, if it says Craftsman on it, bring it back to sears everytime it breaks (Which it will).


1. Craigslist

Craigslist is a great place to find used tools. Most tools are non mechanical steel units like sockets, drivers and wrenches. If it is a respectable brand, its a good buy! Stay away from socket wrenches or mechanical items like torque wrenches when buying used because they may not give you a good bang for your buck. And since its craigslist you can probably barter sexual favors if that’s your kind of thing.

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Sep 14

2002 WRX: Fully Adjustable Koni Yellow Strut Install!

This car had a rough front end clunk. After replacing the inner and outer tie rods, the ball joints, the sway bar, sway bar endlinks, and the lower control arms, the noise still persisted. Last culprits left? Rack and pinion, CV shafts, or the struts and strut top hats.

Being the easiest to replace first we opted to install some fully adjustable Koni Yellow Strut Inserts as well as super rigid Subaru Group N top hats.