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.
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.
If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, have a look into your camshaft position sensor before it gets you in trouble.
When your engine starts but stops, concentrate your diagnostic efforts on those systems or components most likely to cause the failure.
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?
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.
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!
Replace your coolant temperature sensor at home now using some common tools, a few minutes, and this practical guide.
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.
If your engine won't turn over, this guide helps you find the most common—and not so common—problem sources.
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, Lexus ES300 and Lexus RX300. Lot of photos and step-by-step instructions.
The most likely reasons for bad clutch performance, a noisy clutch, or strange behavior by the clutch pedal. Look for your symptoms here.
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.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
Clean and replace the throttle body for VW and Audi 1.8T engines, to cure rough idle and carbon build-up.
Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
You're supposed have your automatic transmission oil changed every so often... but what about the filter?
A guide to replacing the struts and shock absorbers in your car. What you need to be aware of and tips for a successful repair.
Install a brake booster replacement following these simple steps, even if you have to remove the brake master cylinder.
Car thermostat replacement is not difficult when you know what to pay attention to. Check these tips for a successful repair job.
Whether your car is hard to start when cold, hot, or both, this guide gives you tips and tests to help you fix your car sooner.
Getting rid of rodents that damage your car or truck can be challenging, but there are several approaches that can do the job.
DIY How To Honda Accord engine head gasket, timing belt, water pump and radiator replacement / replacement.
Camry DIY How To replace the door glass, door glass guide, window regulator and window motor. No special tools required. Most parts can be obtained from a salvage yard and transferred to your car.
Learn how coolant loss happens, where to look for the leak, and what tests you can do at home to find the leak source faster.
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.
Cleaning the battery cooling fan in your Prius can help extend its lifetime by many thousands of miles, especially if you frequently carry furry passengers in the rear.
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.
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.
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.
Five common brake problems: soft brake pedal, pulling to one side while braking, vibration while braking.
Were you told you need a new $800 catalytic converter because your check engine light is on with code P0420? Try this first.
Does your Toyota erratically change steering direction? Do you notice thumping or or a tugging sensation when accelerating from a slow speed and turning? New control arm bushings may be needed.
How to troubleshoot a mass airflow sensor in a few simple steps, what to look for, and how to interpret your results.
You have filled your tires with air but that annoying low tire pressure indicator light on your dash still won't turn off. Here are a few simple tricks you can easily do yourself to get it to reset.
Have you been having trouble starting your car, truck, van, or SUV? Here are some signs that you have a dying battery.
How to change coolant in your own garage to protect your engine from corrosion and extreme temperatures.
Recognizing symptoms of a bad EGR valve will help you troubleshoot potential problems sooner and restore engine performance faster.
Are you having car-starting trouble other car issues and wondering whether your alternator is still good? Here's how to tell and how to rebuild or replace your alternator if it is in fact the culprit.
If your engine cranks but won't start, this guide tells you where to begin your diagnostic and what to do next.
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.
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.
When I had to change the rear disks and pads on my 2003 Alfa Romeo 1.6 Twin-Spark I discovered a distinct lack of information on the internet. I wrote this article to address that lack of information.
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.
How to test your vehicle yourself to investigate common and not-so-common reasons for a sluggish engine.
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.
How to understand what your "check engine light" means, how to reset it, and avoid expensive car repair bills.
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.
Instructions on how to synchronize the carburetors on a Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R. A fairly simple task for most home DIYers.
Engine misses can be hard to diagnose, but you can start with the most likely sources to speed up your repair.
I’ll tell you how I'm keeping my 18-year-old car running as good as new with little cost for upkeep.
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.
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.
Car starter problems? Don't blame the starter motor yet. These 5 troubleshooting tips will help you find the culprit.
Find that parasitic battery drain that's causing your car battery problems whether you have a newer or older vehicle model.
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 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.
Do an oil pan gasket replacement at home following the safety precautions, tips, and method outlined in this guide.
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.
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.
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.
Automatic transmissions are great to drive ... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
When your engine will not rotate, these simple checks and tests can help you diagnose and repair the fault.
DIY for changing the valve cover, half moon seal, and cam tensioner gasket on VW Audi 1.8t jetta, gti, golf A4 cars. great for polishing and fixing vacuum leaks.
This collection of repairs for Honda Harmony lawnmower transmissions is growing monthly. If your Harmony transmission has a problem, we probably have the solution!