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.
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.
Have you been having trouble starting your car, truck, van, or SUV? Here are some signs that you have a dying battery.
Getting rid of rodents that damage your car or truck can be challenging, but there are several approaches that can do the job.
An explanation of the types of sensors found in an engine, including their typical functions and locations.
DIY Toyota Camry tuneup, plus PCV valve cleaning. Use iridium plugs for better fuel economy and performance.
How to replace the front brake pads and rotors on the Toyota Highlander. These steps work for the Toyota '02-'04 Camry and '01-'07 Highlander, and the Lexus '03 ES300, '99-'03 RX300, and '04-'06 RX330.
The important function of a working PCV valve, how it works, signs that it's failing, and how to test.
This video details the steps involved in replacing the water pump and water pump gasket on a 2012 Ford Mustang V6. The same water pump is also used on the 2011-2014 Ford F150.
This collection of repairs for Honda Harmony lawnmower transmissions is growing monthly. If your Harmony transmission has a problem, we probably have the solution!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This video shows the removal and replacement of the rear brake pads and rotors on the Toyota Highlander. The pads and rotors are interchangeable with the Lexus '04-'06 RX330, '07-'09 RX350 and the '06-'08 RX400H; therefore, the replacement procedure should be the same.
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.
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.
How to troubleshoot a mass airflow sensor in a few simple steps, what to look for, and how to interpret your results.
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.
This DIY provides the basic procedure for replacing the front hub and wheel bearing in a 2000-2011 Ford Focus, as well as other FWD cars, without removing the steering knuckle and without using a standing hydraulic press machine. Special tools are required.
If your engine won't turn over, this guide helps you find the most common—and not so common—problem sources.
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.
If your engine cranks but won't start, this guide tells you where to begin your diagnostic and what to do next.
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.
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.
What are the best spark plugs for your car? Can platinum or iridium breed new life into your engine? Should you upgrade?
This article details the steps involved in replacing the front suspension components that comprise a typical Toyota or Lexus sedan utilizing the McPherson Automotive Suspension design: the strut, lower ball joint, lower control arm, and sway / stabilizer link.
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!
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.
Car starter problems? Don't blame the starter motor yet. These 5 troubleshooting tips will help you find the culprit.
How to replace a worn front wheel hub bearing on a 2007 Saturn Ion. This hub bearing design is also used on the '05-'10 Chevy Cobolt, '07-'10 Pontiac G5, and the '05-'06 Pontiac Pursuit.
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.
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.
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.
Automatic transmissions are great to drive ... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
Regular automotive preventative maintenance is conducted at intervals that, allow you to discover potential issues before they become serious problems down the road.
Recognizing symptoms of a bad EGR valve will help you troubleshoot potential problems sooner and restore engine performance faster.
This is a guide to finding, cleaning or changing the MAF sensor on your Opel / Vauxhall Vivaro, Renault Trafic or Nissan Primastar van. This sensor is often the cause of low power, an inability to rev properly and rough running. Follow this easy to follow guide to find out how to change it yourself.
Complete description of Case backhoe hydraulic cylinder repairs, rebuilding, and replacement, with step-by-step photos to guide you through the process.
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.
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.
How to drain and replace the ATF on your Camry, or flush the ATF if necessary. Includes video of flushing the ATF.
Tips and precautions to use when replacing your brake pads, so you can get quality results on a Honda or any other vehicle.
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.
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.
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.
Five common brake problems: soft brake pedal, pulling to one side while braking, vibration while braking.
Check your fuel pump relay — and other automotive relays — in minutes using three different simple methods.
The GM 5L40-E is a popular transmission, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the most common ones.
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.
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!
Change transmission fluid now using this simple guide and prevent serious damage to your transmission and family budget.
DIY How To Honda Accord engine head gasket, timing belt, water pump and radiator replacement / replacement.
Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
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.
There are a few types of transmission you might find in your vehicle, here are the differences between them.
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 most likely reasons for bad clutch performance, a noisy clutch, or strange behavior by the clutch pedal. Look for your symptoms here.
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.
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.
How to test your vehicle yourself to investigate common and not-so-common reasons for a sluggish engine.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Your Mustang is dripping radiator fluid—what might be the problem? Check the thermostat housing! The housing is notorious for leaks on the Ford Mustang.
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.
When a car's fuel injectors become dirty and clogged, a pressurized fuel system service like the one shown here may help with rough engine idle, poor performance, increased fuel use, and bucking under load.
The four noises that car owners complain about most often: CV joint noise, water pump noise, belt noise, and heat shield noise. What your noise means and what might fix it. Plus a car buying tip.
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 Honda CRV rear suspension strut. Outside of a hydraulic jack and jack stands, no special tools are required. This is a moderately difficult repair.
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!
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.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
How to replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.
If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, have a look into your camshaft position sensor before it gets you in trouble.
How to replace the rear wheel Hub and bearing on a 1999 Lexus ES300. This bearing is also used on the 92-01 Lexus ES300, 95-04 Toyota Avalon, 92-01 Toyota Camry and 99-03 Solara.
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