If you have a car idling low, there are a few common components you can check at home using some simple tools.
Proper maintenance helps prolong the useful years of your car. I’ll tell you how I'm keeping my old car running as good as new with little cost for upkeep.
Checking for a bad engine ground can fix dimmed lights, faulty sensors, and hard starting, and it can prevent severe damage.
This article, via video, will show you how to replace the timing belt, water pump, tensioner pulley and the camshaft and crankshaft seals on a '01 to '05 Honda Civic.
Install a car thermostat replacement in minutes without causing coolant leaks, damage to components, or engine overheating.
Tips and precautions to use when replacing your brake pads, so you can get quality results on a Honda or any other vehicle.
If you are like the millions of people electing to drive their cars beyond the 100,000 mile mark, it would be wise of you to invest the money into getting the proper maintenance needed that this integral moment in your car's life.
Of all the faults the ZF 6HP automatic transmission can throw at you, the E Clutch fault is by far the hardest to determine the cause of.
Loss of cooling at high engine speeds? It is very likely that you have a variable-displacement compressor. Before deciding to replace the compressor, read this article.
The 7-speed DSG has made many improvements over the older 6-speed variant, but it's not without its problems.
If you smell gas inside your car, your first guess might be that there's a fuel leak, but here are five other very common reasons you might smell fuel.
Is jump starting bad for your car? You'd be surprised what you find out. What happens behind the scenes will shock you.
Does your car start idling rough when you turn on the air conditioner? If so, check these common sources of trouble.
In this article, via video, I'll show you how to replace the front suspension lower ball joint on a '02 Honda Civic EX.
How to replace the timing belt, water pump, tensioner, and guide pulleys on the 2005-2015 Honda V6 Pilot, 2004 Acura TL (same as Accord) with a video showing the repair performed on a 12' Pilot and another on a 04' Acura TL.
How to replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.
If your engine won't turn over, this guide will help you find the most common—and not so common—problem sources.
Does your engine crank, but won't start? This guide tells you where to begin your diagnostic and what to do next.
Troubleshoot an inductive or Hall effect type crankshaft position (CKP) sensor using a digital multimeter.
How to do a timing belt replacement for the Toyota V6 Camry, Avalon, Solara, Sienna, HIghlander, Lexus ES300 and Lexus RX300. Video instruction, lots of photos, and step-by-step instructions.
Automatic transmissions are great to drive... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
How to troubleshoot a mass airflow sensor in a few simple steps. What to look for, and how to interpret your results.
If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, have a look into your camshaft position sensor before it gets you in trouble.
Here are the most likely reasons for bad clutch performance, a noisy clutch, or strange behavior by the clutch pedal. Look for your symptoms here.
Why should you wash your car regularly? It matters to the life of the car, as well as the resale value.
Common brake problems, such as a soft brake pedal, pulling to one side while braking, or vibration while braking can have serious implications for your car's health (and your health, in turn!). Learn more about the most common brake issues and their solutions, here.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster by using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
A malfunctioning sensor can cause performance problems, turn on the "Check Engine Light" and fail an emission test. Testing a sensor is usually done with a DVOM. Test the ECT, TPS and pressure sensors
The four noises that car owners complain about most often: CV joint noise, water pump noise, belt noise, and heat shield noise. Find out what these noises mean and what might fix them.
I discovered how to avoid expensive car repairs when the check engine light is on. If it’s a catalytic converter warning, this solution may help avoid repairs.
Check your fuel pump relay — and other automotive relays — in minutes using three different simple methods.
Do it yourself (DIY) replacement of the timing belt, water pump, and oil seals on the 4-cylinder Toyota Camry and similar cars, with photos, lists of tools, and parts recommendations.
Replacing a worn bushing on the sway bar (stabilizer bar) will eliminate a common rear end rattle in the '90s Camry.
How to replace the timing belt and pulley yourself on the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Spectra. Step-by-step instructions, plenty of photos, and a video!
Find that parasitic battery drain that's causing your car battery problems whether you have a newer or older vehicle model.
In this article, I will explain the most common reason for a slipping automatic transmission and the most common reason for a slipping standard transmission. What's more, I'll teach you to fix it in either case.
How to remove and replace the driver's-side CV axle shaft and seal on most Toyota Camrys. Detailed instructions and plenty of photos. No special tools required. In addition, I've provided a video on how to replace a split CV boot if you want to avoid a complete axle replacement.
How to test your vehicle yourself to investigate common and not-so-common reasons for a sluggish engine.
Diagnose alternator and charging system problems with this practical guide to get your car back on the road faster.
This guide helps you diagnose turn signal problems when one or more of the signal lights refuses to work.
Diagnosing simple fuel pump problems is within the reach of the average car owner. Use this guide to get your car back on the road faster.
The important function of a working PCV valve, how it works, signs that it's failing, and how to test.
Do-it-yourself Front Wheel Drive (FWD) wheel bearing replacement for most Toyotas and many other cars. Lots of photos, and details about tools needed.
DIY Toyota Camry tuneup, plus PCV valve cleaning. Use iridium plugs for better fuel economy and performance. Also, if you notice an oil leak inside the spark plug tube, I have a video showing you how to fix it.
You're supposed have your automatic transmission oil changed every so often... but what about the filter?
Do a timing belt replacement project in your own garage using these recommendations, tips, and procedures.
How to drain and replace the ATF on your Camry, or flush the ATF if necessary. Includes videos of flushing the ATF with and without the help of a 12-volt oil pump.
Though old news, 6-speed DSG transmissions are still on the road in many vehicles. So let's look at some of the more common problems you might encounter with yours.
The GM 5L40-E is a popular transmission, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the most common ones.
Mice, rats and other rodents can do surprising damage to your car engine and other automotive parts. How do you keep them out of your vehicle?
When your engine starts but stops, concentrate your diagnostic efforts on those systems or components most likely to cause the failure.
DIY how-to instructions, with photos, for replacing the head gasket, timing belt, water pump and radiator on a Honda Accord. The repair pictured here was done on a Honda F23 2.3L I4 engine, the engine also used in the '98-'99 Acura CL, '98 Odyssey, and '98-'99 Oasis.
If your steering wheel vibrates or your car shakes while driving at highway speed, find out why. Don't spend money unnecessarily on an alignment or other services that won't fix this problem.
Is your car using too much oil? How to do some tests to find the reason. Learn about common leak sources and prevention.
In this article, we'll discuss how a variable displacement compressor automatically adjusts its capacity by adjusting its piston displacement, and how such an adjustment is being controlled.
Ten possible events that can trigger a "check engine" light in a Honda. Read the ten questions here; they will give you useful information that will help your mechanic diagnose the problem quickly.
Learn how to replace a timing belt and water pump on an Accord/Acura CL F23 2.3L I4 engine (w/ video). The replacement should be performed every 100,000 miles or 10 years; whichever comes first.
If your brakes squeak and you want to know why, maybe I can help! Here are four common brake squeaks plus a bonus scraping noise; compare these situations to yours. Questions are welcome.
Simple, easy-to-understand, proven methods on how to earn the highest salary as an automotive technician without stealing from the customer.
How to replace front-end strut mounts (and struts) on the '97–'01 Toyota Camry, with a video. Plus other causes of front-end noise.
If your engine fires and coughs after it's been turned off, this guide helps you target the different systems and components you should pay attention to.
Check the main causes of low engine oil pressure and know how to troubleshoot your car's oil pressure.
Use a car battery hydrometer on a dead car battery or suspected bad car battery to learn its state of charge and health in minutes.
Your brake lights can be off without you even knowing it. A common cause of brake lights not working is a brake light switch. Here is a fix that worked for my 2013 Honda Civic (9th generation) and should work for many other cars.
Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
This article, via video, will show you how to replace the rack and pinion assembly commonly found on Toyota and Lexus passenger sedans (i.e., Camry, Avalon, Corolla, ES300, ES330, etc.) The replacement was necessary due to power steering fluid leakage coming from the inner tie rod end seals.
AC system diagnosis can be done by feeling the lines for the correct temperature/ pressure relationship. With gauges hooked up, the pressures can be measured and then diagnosed.
Your mechanic said you need a $900 catalytic converter because your check engine light is on with code P0420. I discovered this trick you can try first.
Fluid leaking from a car could mean immediate repairs are needed, or it could be something totally normal. In this article, you will learn how to identify the leak and figure out what, if anything, needs to be done about it.