Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
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.
There are common reasons for knocking noises in your car when driving over bumps, large and small. I will cover the five most common ones we see every day and explain how to check the components' integrity and condition.
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.
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.
No Diagnostic Trouble Codes to help? Learn what potentially failed components or systems are causing engine performance problems.
Check your fuel pump relay — and other automotive relays — in minutes using three different simple methods.
If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, have a look into your camshaft position sensor before it gets you in trouble.
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.
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?
Were you told you need an $800 catalytic converter because your check engine light is on with code P0420? I’ll describe a low-cost alternative you can try first.
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.
When your engine starts but stops, concentrate your diagnostic efforts on those systems or components most likely to cause the failure.
How to remove and replace the fuel filter to help with rough idle, lack of performance, or low fuel pressure. These instructions are for VW MKIV, Jetta, GTI, and Audi A4.
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!
Automatic transmissions are great to drive... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
Recognizing symptoms of a bad EGR valve will help you troubleshoot potential problems sooner and restore engine performance faster.
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.
Does your engine crank, but won't start? This guide tells you where to begin your diagnostic and what to do next.
How to troubleshoot a mass airflow sensor in a few simple steps, what to look for, and how to interpret your results.
What are the best spark plugs for your car? Can platinum or iridium breed new life into your engine? Should you upgrade?
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.
P0300 random misfires can be hard to diagnose, leave you stranded and with an expensive repair bill, but this guide can help you.
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.
Got alternator problems? This guide shows you how to test an alternator in your car using a digital multimeter.
Paying for air is annoying. Here is how you can find free air, and also how to set your tire pressure for the best performance of your tires and your car.
Install a car thermostat replacement in minutes without causing coolant leaks, damage to components, or engine overheating.
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.
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.
DIY instructions for cleaning or replacing the MAF (mass airflow) sensor in a VW Jetta, Golf, GTI, Passat, New Beetle, A4. Included are step-by-step pictures, part numbers, and tools required for the job.
There are a few types of transmission you might find in your vehicle; here are the differences between them.
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.
Complete description of Case backhoe hydraulic cylinder repairs, rebuilding, and replacement, with step-by-step photos to guide you through the process.
Don't let trouble code P0171 or P0174 leave you without your ride and, worst of all, with an expensive repair bill later on.
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.
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.
Simple, easy-to-understand, proven methods on how to earn the highest salary as an automotive technician without stealing from the customer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This guide helps you diagnose turn signal problems when one or more of the signal lights refuses to work.
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 replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.
The important function of a working PCV valve, how it works, signs that it's failing, and how to test.
We rely upon our cars in these times. While it is important to take care of our cars, there are many myths that abound. Some have a grain of truth; others are completely false.
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.
Find that parasitic battery drain that's causing your car battery problems whether you have a newer or older vehicle model.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DIY repair of the rear door handle, door latch, or door lock actuator. Detailed step-by-step photos and no special tools required. Save money doing it yourself.
Is automobile coolant universal? NO. Although every vehicle has coolant, not every vehicle uses the same type, and they are not interchangeable. Coolant can be very hard to identify unless you know exactly what type your vehicle takes. Expand your knowledge and safety.
Here is a way to take the cheap Bosch oxygen sensor #15718, made for Ford cars, and use it on your 2.0 L Volkswagen engine. This is an old trick on the MKIII engine but has not been tried on the MKIV.
The cause of car vibrations can be difficult to pinpoint because of the vast number of potential causes. But if you car vibrates only when accelerating, you may have a CV joint issue. Address it and you won't be afraid to drive your car again.
Tips and precautions to use when replacing your brake pads, so you can get quality results on a Honda or any other vehicle.
DIY for changing the valve cover, half moon seal, and cam tensioner gasket on VW Audi 1.8T, Jetta, GTI, or Golf A4. Great for polishing and fixing vacuum leaks.
Diagnose alternator and charging system problems with this practical guide to get your car back on the road faster.
Have you been having trouble starting your car, truck, van, or SUV? Here are some signs that you have a dying battery.
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.
This collection of repairs for Honda Harmony lawnmower transmissions is growing monthly. If your Harmony transmission has a problem, we probably have the solution!
How to test your vehicle yourself to investigate common and not-so-common reasons for a sluggish engine.
DIY How To Honda Accord engine head gasket, timing belt, water pump and radiator replacement / replacement.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster by using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
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.
Troubleshoot an inductive or Hall effect type crankshaft position (CKP) sensor using a digital multimeter.
The GM 5L40-E is a popular transmission, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the most common ones.
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.
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.
You're supposed have your automatic transmission oil changed every so often... but what about the filter?
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!
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.
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.
Is your car using too much oil? How to do some tests to find the reason. Learn about common leak sources and prevention.
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.
If your engine won't turn over, this guide will help you find the most common—and not so common—problem sources.
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.
Grinding noises in a car's braking system is a sure sign something has failed or broken and needs immediate attention. Get the noise checked out as soon as possible before driving, the problem could put you in danger.
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.
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.