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.
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.
This guide helps you diagnose turn signal problems, when one or more of the signal lights refuses to work.
Cold air coming out of your car's heater? How to troubleshoot and fix the problem. Includes advice specific to the Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler, Mini, and Vauxhall Corsa.
If your engine won't turn over, this guide helps you find the most common—and not so common—problem sources.
Performance car enthusiasts have been asking this question for years and continue to ask it. Both are great engines that offer subtle trade-offs over the other. Understand which one is right for you.
Complete description of Case backhoe hydraulic cylinder repairs, rebuilding, and replacement, with step-by-step photos to guide you through the process.
How to drain and replace the ATF on your Camry, or flush the ATF if necessary. Includes video of flushing the ATF.
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.
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.
DIY on changing out your coolant temperature sensor that can lead to rough idle and a number of other problems. This DIY works for Audi and VW across the board depending on year.
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.
Simple, easy to understand proven methods on how to earn the highest salary as an automotive technician without stealing from the customer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This guide shows you how to locate, remove & clean your exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve on Renault Trafic, Opel / Vauxhall Vivaro & Nissan Primastar vans. Cleaning helps your diesel engine run smoothly and it's possible to bypass the valve to increase performance & economy.
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.
This article will show you step-by-step how to replace all the wear components that make up the front suspension on a '99-'06 Volvo S80 sedan. The video shows the repair service being performed on a '04 S80 2.5 Turbo.
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.
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.
DIY How To Honda Accord engine head gasket, timing belt, water pump and radiator replacement / replacement.
How to test your vehicle yourself to investigate common and not-so-common reasons for a sluggish engine.
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.
The important function of a working PCV valve, how it works, signs that it's failing, and how to test.
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.
The GM 5L40-E is a popular transmission, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the most common ones.
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.
An explanation of the types of sensors found in an engine, including their typical functions and locations.
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.
If the air conditioning goes out in your car, you want to get it fixed quick. There are a number of problems that could cause this issue. Keep cool with these tips and tricks.
Learn the main causes of a blown head gasket, and prevent your new gasket from suffering the same demise.
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.
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.
Check your fuel pump relay — and other automotive relays — in minutes using three different simple methods.
Diagnose alternator and charging system problems with this practical guide to get your car back on the road faster.
Check the main causes of low engine oil pressure and know how to troubleshoot your car's oil pressure.
Do you know how old the 12-volt battery is in your Prius? Think it needs replacing? Read on to find out how easy it is to perform a battery test without even breaking out a wrench!
This collection of repairs for Honda Harmony lawnmower transmissions is growing monthly. If your Harmony transmission has a problem, we probably have the solution!
This article provides you step-by-step instructions for replacing the upper strut mount and the stabilizer link on a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The repair method can also be applied to the Honda Pilot and the Acura MDX.
Car starter problems? Don't blame the starter motor yet. These 5 troubleshooting tips will help you find the culprit.
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 "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.
Very simple do-it-yourself instructions for replacing the valve cover gasket on Volkswagen 2.0L AEG engines to help seal vacuum and oil leaks. Includes Jetta, Golf, and GTI.
A pictorial tutorial on changing the 12V battery in a 2004-2010 Toyota Prius. While more difficult than most cars, a Prius battery replacement is still within most homeowners abilities.
How to troubleshoot a mass airflow sensor in a few simple steps, what to look for, and how to interpret your results.
Do you know what to do in the event that you get in and turn your car on but it doesn't start? Check out this hub for some helpful tips on what to do.
If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, have a look into your camshaft position sensor before it gets you in trouble.
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.
I see it every so often ... when the tire rotation guy doesn't screw in the lug nuts by hand before using his impact driver, the next person to take the lug nuts off has to use so much torque that the lug stud strips its threads or even breaks off.
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.
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.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
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!
Five common brake problems: soft brake pedal, pulling to one side while braking, vibration while braking.
Clean and replace the throttle body for VW and Audi 1.8T engines, to cure rough idle and carbon build-up.
If your engine cranks but won't start, this guide tells you where to begin your diagnostic and what to do next.
How to replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.
Recognizing symptoms of a bad EGR valve will help you troubleshoot potential problems sooner and restore engine performance faster.
Automatic transmissions are great to drive ... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
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.
This article shows you how to replace the compressor and condenser on a Honda Pilot (2009 - 2012), including how to install new valve stems and evacuate and recharge the system.
There are a few types of transmission you might find in your vehicle, here are the differences between them.
Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
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.
Install a car thermostat replacement in minutes without causing coolant leaks, damage to components, or engine overheating.
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.
Have you been having trouble starting your car, truck, van, or SUV? Here are some signs that you have a dying battery.
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.
Is your car using too much oil? How to do some tests to find the reason. Learn about common leak sources and prevention.
Find that parasitic battery drain that's causing your car battery problems whether you have a newer or older vehicle model.
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.
DIY Toyota Camry tuneup, plus PCV valve cleaning. Use iridium plugs for better fuel economy and performance.
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.
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?
Learn the difference between spring, worm, and t-bolt hose clamps and why spring clamps are better for use on the hoses in your car's cooling system hoses. Also, I'll show you how to take the spring clamps off with specialty tools.
Tips and precautions to use when replacing your brake pads, so you can get quality results on a Honda or any other vehicle.
The most likely reasons for bad clutch performance, a noisy clutch, or strange behavior by the clutch pedal. Look for your symptoms here.
Getting rid of rodents that damage your car or truck can be challenging, but there are several approaches that can do the job.
This article with video will show you how to replace the front suspension lower ball joint on a '03 -'07 Honda Accord. This method also applies to the '04-'08 Acura TSX.
This article will show you step-by-step how to replace the rear shock absorber and stabilizer bar link on a '99 - '06 Volvo S80 sedan. The parts may be interchangeable with the '01-'09 S60 and '01-'07 V70. The video shows the replacement service being done on a '04 S80 2.5 Turbo.