AC systems remove heat and moisture using refrigerants such as R134a in a closed system. The pressurized refrigerant boils after a pressure drop using the heat from the cabin of the vehicle.
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.
How to replace an in-tank fuel pump and its associated filter assembly, with pictures. The disassembly and the assembly of parts, the testing of the installation, and trouble-shooting.
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?
There are a few types of transmission you might find in your vehicle, here are the differences between them.
This article provides step-by-step instructions for replacing a broken exterior driver's side door handle on a Lexus ES300, which should also work on the very similar Toyota Camry.
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.
This guide helps you diagnose turn signal problems, when one or more of the signal lights refuses to work.
This article will show you how to replace both the inner and outer tie rod on a '06 Chevy Tahoe. Many other GMC trucks and SUVs use the same tie rod design.
How to replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.
Find that parasitic battery drain that's causing your car battery problems whether you have a newer or older vehicle model.
How to replace the door glass, door glass guide, window regulator and window motor on a Camry. No special tools required. Most parts can be obtained from a salvage yard and transferred to your car.
How to remove and replace the fuel filter to help with rough idle, lack of performance or low fuel pressure. For VW MKIV, Jetta, GTI, and Audi A4.
The GM 5L40-E is a popular transmission, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the most common ones.
The "check engine" light is your warning system for engine and control-emission problems. Understanding what makes this light go on or flash can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.
Fluid leaking from a car could mean immediate repairs are needed, or it could be something totally normal. How to identify the leak and figure out what, if anything, needs to be done about it.
How to test your vehicle yourself to investigate common and not-so-common reasons for a sluggish engine.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The starter uses the battery and battery cables to provide the power to crank over the engine. The starting system can be tested to find a slow-crank or no-crank problem.
It can be challenging to find a mechanic or auto repair shop that you can trust. By using these simple tips, you'll be able to get you car repaired at a quality shop without feeling like you've been ripped off.
Install a car thermostat replacement in minutes without causing coolant leaks, damage to components, or engine overheating.
Diagnose alternator and charging system problems with this practical guide to get your car back on the road faster.
How do you maintain a car tire? And how to put air in tires? A beginner's guide to general maintenance of car tires.
Automatic transmissions are great to drive ... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
Does your Toyota erratically change steering direction? Do you notice thumping or a tugging sensation when accelerating from a slow speed and turning? New control arm bushings may be needed. Includes video!
Getting rid of rodents that damage your car or truck can be challenging, but there are several approaches that can do the job.
Simple, easy to understand proven methods on how to earn the highest salary as an automotive technician without stealing from the customer.
DIY How To Honda Accord engine head gasket, timing belt, water pump and radiator replacement / replacement.
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.
DIY Toyota Camry tuneup, plus PCV valve cleaning. Use iridium plugs for better fuel economy and performance.
DIY Toyota or Lexus Fuel Pump replacement. Many photos and step by step instructions. No special tools required. Relatively safe and easy and not too time consuming.
Your mechanic says you need a wheel bearing, what's a wheel bearing? Pictures, video and explanation: what a wheel bearing is, what it does, where it is, and the noise it makes when it's damaged.
This article will show you how I replaced a worn and damaged leather steering wheel with a used steering wheel I got from a salvage yard and re-finished. The video shows a Lexus ES300 but the replacement method can be used on other Toyota/Lexus sedans.
Tips and precautions to use when replacing your brake pads, so you can get quality results on a Honda or any other vehicle.
Replacing a worn bushing on the sway bar (stabilizer bar) will eliminate a common rear end rattle in the '90s Camry.
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.
This collection of repairs for Honda Harmony lawnmower transmissions is growing monthly. If your Harmony transmission has a problem, we probably have the solution!
There are certain precautions to take seriously when cleaning your car or your results will look like a 4 year old reconditioned it. I will cover basic steps, tools, and products to use that will make car cleaning more enjoyable, less time consuming and will generate professional results, after all, the reason you clean your car is to make it stand out above all the dirty cars you park n
The color of the exhaust smoke can give you valuable information about the state of health of the engine.
I discovered how to avoid expensive car repair bills when the "check engine light" is on. If it’s a catalytic converter warning, try my low-cost solution first before going to a mechanic.
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.
Check your fuel pump relay — and other automotive relays — in minutes using three different simple methods.
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.
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.
If your engine cranks but won't start, this guide tells you where to begin your diagnostic and what to do next.
Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
The most common reason for a slipping automatic transmission, and the most common reason for a slipping standard transmission. What to do to fix it in either case.
How I used a "Save-a-Thread' thread tap kit to repair a blown-out spark plug in my customer's Ford Crown Victoria.
I have well over 100,000 miles already on my car. 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.
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
DIY for Jetta, Golf, GTI, Passat, New Beetle, A4 on cleaning or replacing the MAF (mass air flow) sensor. Step-by-step pictures, part numbers, and tools required for the job.
This article, with segmented videos, will show you step-by-step how to replace the water pump on a '06 Toyota Camry V6 with the GR-FE engine.
Signs and symptoms of a bad heater core in your car: fog, drips, and funny smells in the cabin, no heat in the cabin, the engine overheating.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
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.
The important function of a working PCV valve, how it works, signs that it's failing, and how to test.
Batteries are the heart of the electrical system on cars, trucks and boats. The battery is a storage unit that converts chemical energy into electrical voltage. Problems can effect the entire vehicle.
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.
Complete description of Case backhoe hydraulic cylinder repairs, rebuilding, and replacement, with step-by-step photos to guide you through the process.
DIY How To Rear Door Handle, Door Latch or Door Lock Actuator Repair. Detailed step by step photos and no special tools required. Save money doing it yourself.
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.
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.
Did your car mechanic say you need a new catalytic converter because your check engine light is on with code P0420 — and it will cost you $800? I found an alternate solution that worked, using high-octane gasoline.
Three common brake noises I encounter every day: a grinding sound, a thumping from the rear, and a squeak. Includes a repair technique for noisy drum brakes that I found by trial and error.
The charging system consists of the alternator and the batteries. The alternator's task is to keep the batteries charged and produce enough amperage to run the vehicle.
When your engine starts but stops, concentrate your diagnostic efforts on those systems or components most likely to cause the failure.
Clean and replace the throttle body for VW and Audi 1.8T engines, to cure rough idle and carbon build-up.
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.
Car starter problems? Don't blame the starter motor yet. These 5 troubleshooting tips will help you find the culprit.
Recognizing symptoms of a bad EGR valve will help you troubleshoot potential problems sooner and restore engine performance faster.
Five common brake problems: soft brake pedal, pulling to one side while braking, vibration while braking.
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.
Is your car using too much oil? How to do some tests to find the reason. Learn about common leak sources and prevention.
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.
The most likely reasons for bad clutch performance, a noisy clutch, or strange behavior by the clutch pedal. Look for your symptoms here.
What are the best spark plugs for your car? Can platinum or iridium breed new life into your engine? Should you upgrade?
This article, with video, will show you how to replace both the rear shock absorbers and suspension springs on a '04 Toyota Sienna.
This guide will show you how to use a digital multimeter, hydrometer, and other simple tools to troubleshoot, inspect, and clean your battery if necessary.