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.
If your engine won't turn over, this guide will help you find the most common—and not so common—problem sources.
Unfortunately, the plastic T connectors used in the cooling systems of Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury fail and cause leaks, and they are hard to replace. But this video shows you how to replace them.
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.
How to troubleshoot a mass airflow sensor in a few simple steps. What to look for, and how to interpret your results.
Does your engine crank, but won't start? This guide tells you where to begin your diagnostic and what to do next.
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.
It can be challenging to get rid of a rodent infestation in your car or truck, but there are several remedies that can solve the problem.
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.
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.
Having problems with your car's thermostat? This article shows you how to check your thermostat in a few minutes without removing it from your car.
Were you told you need an $900 catalytic converter because your check engine light is on with code P0420? I’ll describe a low-cost alternative you can try first.
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.
When your engine starts but stops, concentrate your diagnostic efforts on those systems or components most likely to cause the failure.
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!
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.
Basic electrical knowledge applies to so many vehical components: batteries, starters, alternators, lighting, sensors, actuators, AC systems, electric windows, and computer systems.
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.
There are a few types of transmission you might find in your vehicle; here are the differences between them.
This article will explore signs and symptoms of a bad heater core in your car, from fog and drips to funny smells in the cabin, no heat in the cabin, or the engine overheating.
The GM 5L40-E is a popular transmission, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the most common ones.
Find that parasitic battery drain that's causing your car battery problems whether you have a newer or older vehicle model.
Troubleshoot an inductive or Hall effect type crankshaft position (CKP) sensor using a digital multimeter.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 before going to a mechanic.
How to replace the rear brake pads and rotors on a 2014 Honda Accord Sport and some Acura TSXs as well. An unusual feature of this job is that the caliper piston is recessed into the caliper by screwing it in, instead of compressing it.
This article, via video, will demonstrate how to replace the timing belt, water pump, and camshaft and crankshaft seals on a 97 Toyota Avalon (1MZ-FE V6). This V6 engine is also used on the Camry, Sienna, Highlander, Solara, Estima, Mark II & Windom from '92 to '04.
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!
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.
Replacing a worn bushing on the sway bar (stabilizer bar) will eliminate a common rear end rattle in the '90s Camry.
Older high-mileage Camry and Solara vehicles will eventually suffer from leaking (loud) exhaust flex pipes and clogged, non-functioning catalytic converters. Solution: Replace the entire down pipe with all new components. It's a lot cheaper than piecemeal repairs.
Automatic transmissions are great to drive... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
You're supposed have your automatic transmission oil changed every so often... but what about the filter?
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.
Install a car thermostat replacement in minutes without causing coolant leaks, damage to components, or engine overheating.
Water leaking into a car can lead to mold, corrosion, computer issues, and bad smells. Water can leak into your passenger compartment from outside or inside the car, often from the windshield.
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.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster by using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
Clean your MAF sensor in minutes using a simple procedure. Fix rough idle problems and other performance issues.
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.
Is your car using too much oil? How to do some tests to find the reason. Learn about common leak sources and prevention.
The important function of a working PCV valve, how it works, signs that it's failing, and how to test.
In this article, you'll find step-by-step instructions for a Toyota or Lexus Fuel Pump replacement with photos. There are no special tools required, and it's relatively safe, easy, and not too time consuming. The OEM fuel pump provider for Toyota and Lexus is Denso.
Check your fuel pump relay — and other automotive relays — in minutes using three different simple methods.
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.
This guide shows you how to locate, remove, and clean your exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve on Renault Trafic, Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro, and Nissan Primastar vans. Cleaning helps your diesel engine run smoothly and it's possible to bypass the valve to increase performance, and economy.
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.
This article, via video, will show you how to perform a transmission fluid drain and fill operation on a 2014 Honda Accord Sport 2.4L GDI.
Computer systems operate and monitor almost every system on our vehicle today. Sensors and switches are used for inputs to the computer. Output devices are solenoids, relays, lights, and injectors.
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 "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.
Diagnose alternator and charging system problems with this practical guide to get your car back on the road faster.
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.
Tips and precautions to use when replacing your brake pads, so you can get quality results on a Honda or any other vehicle.
This article, via video, will show you how to replace the valve cover gasket and spark plug tubes seals on a 2014 Honda Accord Sport I4 F24 GDI engine.
How to replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.
Do-it-yourself replacement (with video!) of the front end of the Honda CRV: the front suspension strut, lower ball joint, control arm, and sway bar/stabilizer bar link.
In this article, I will explain step-by-step how to replace a water coolant outlet (sometimes called a coolant air bleeder) on a 2006 to 2009 Dodge Charger with a 2.7L engine. This guide does not cover the RT, SRT, and SXT trims.
Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
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.
Car AC squealing, rattling, whining, and other weird noises can lead you to the source of the problem and help you save money in repairs.
Tires are a huge expense for car owners, but before you purchase discount tires, consider their speed ratings. Find out how to avoid uneven tread with cheap tires.
Using a DVOM is an important tool to diagnose vehicle components, including batteries, starters, alternators, computer sensors and actuators, injectors, lighting and accessories like ABS and AC systems.
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.
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?
Step-by-step guide to installing SR Performance Coil Overs on a Ford Mustang. Installing coil overs on a vehicle may sound difficult but with this step by step guide you will see that it is much simpler than you think and can be done in the comfort of your own home.
This guide helps you diagnose turn signal problems when one or more of the signal lights refuses to work.
Regular automotive preventative maintenance is conducted at intervals that, allow you to discover potential issues before they become serious problems down the road.
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.