How to fix or replace broken wire harness clips or plugs on all VW and Audi cars: 1.8T Jetta, GTI, Golf MK4, and Audi B5 and B6. You can use a special tool or a paper clip!
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.
On the Chevrolet (GM) 3.1-l engine, intake manifold gaskets can fail and damage the cylinder heads. DIY replacing the gaskets and removing the heads is possible with the right tools and manual.
Learn how to solve your BMW`s electrical problems easy and avoid the costly trips to the dealership.
If your engine won't turn over, this guide will help you find the most common—and not so common—problem sources.
DIY Toyota Camry tuneup, plus PCV valve cleaning. Use iridium plugs for better fuel economy and performance.
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?
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
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.
You're supposed have your automatic transmission oil changed every so often... but what about the filter?
If you see the "Service Engine Soon" light come on, don't panic! Finding the source of the problem yourself could save you hundreds of dollars. Oftentimes, it's just a faulty gas cap.
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.
Step-by-step instructions for replacing a power steering pump on a GM small-block engine. High-resolution photos illustrate every step.
Know your engine. A simple guide to what's under the hood of your car with maintenance tips and pictures. Try the quiz at the end to see what you learned.
Most impact torque wrenches are used for lug nuts on the wheels of a car. The varieties are cordless, 12-v outlet, corded and pneumatic. Fathers Day, Christmas, Birthday.
That serpentine belt noise could be more serious than you think. Troubleshoot your belt with the help of this guide and fix it.
This is something that can easily be done at home. I'll show you how to replace your mirrors more cheaply than going to the body shop.
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.
Besides battery problems, solenoids are probably the most common cause of failure in a golf cart. I'll show you how to check your solenoid in a matter of seconds.
Got alternator problems? This guide shows you how to test an alternator in your car using a digital multimeter.
Worried your fan belt is bad? Hearing strange squealing or whining noises from your car? Thinking about a few extra things every car should have in a tune up? Look no further! This article's for you!
That yellowish-white stuff you've found on your old battery is corrosion. Thankfully, corrosion is easily taken care of with a few simple steps and some regular maintenance.
Is oil leaking from your car or truck? Want to know why that's happening or how to fix it? Great! You've found the right article here!
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.
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.
Recognizing symptoms of a bad EGR valve will help you troubleshoot potential problems sooner and restore engine performance faster.
Ever wonder what the secret behind auto dealerships selling used cars is that makes the cars look good as new? This is the biggest part of it and now you will learn how to do it even better than they do—the pro way.
How to replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.
Maybe this article will help other folks with the same 4WD symptoms who’ve exhausted all the other possible solutions. Or, maybe it will just make you pull more hair out because it doesn’t help you at all. Hopefully the former. Keep in mind, I’m not a mechanic, as I’m sure you'll be able to tell.
Car dents are unsightly things, and even a couple of small ones really depreciate the value of your car.
This article will walk you through changing the brake pads on a 2006 Ford Escape 4X4 with a V6 engine.
Does your engine crank, but won't start? This guide tells you where to begin your diagnostic and what to do next.
Tips for replacing your Toyota Prius smart key battery, buying replacement keys for cheap, and tips for lost smart keys.
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.
This guide is for owners of the 1981–1985 Datsun and Nissan 720 4x4 pickups who need to change the clutch or make transmission repairs. This information is shared freely; comments are welcome!
Install a car thermostat replacement in minutes without causing coolant leaks, damage to components, or engine overheating.
When your engine starts but stops, concentrate your diagnostic efforts on those systems or components most likely to cause the failure.
Nearly everyone is nervous prior to their vehicle's smog check. Here are the absolute best tips and tricks that are proven to get your vehicle to pass the test with flying colors!
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.
Learn how to change a front wheel bearing with a step-by-step guide with photos and a video. In the video, you will learn what a damaged wheel bearing sounds like and how to determine which wheel bearing is causing the noise. Once you learn this trick of the trade, your mechanic can never sell you a wheel bearing you don't need.
How to replace of the rear brake pads on a Mazda 3. Since the parking brake is tied to the brake caliper, this caliper has a spiral brake piston; the piston has to be screwed clockwise back into the caliper. The Mazda 6 has the same issue.
An explanation of the types of sensors found in an engine, including their typical functions and locations.
Tips and precautions to use when replacing your brake pads, so you can get quality results on a Honda or any other vehicle.
Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
This simple-to-follow guide will help you locate a car electrical short using a test light and a digital multimeter.
It is possible to cheat an emissions test to conceal catalytic converter faults. Oxygen sensors behind the converter can be tricked.
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.
There have been complaints of the EPS light going on suddenly or the power steering failing in Civics and Accords. What you can do if this happens to you.
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!
You've fixed the issue which was causing your check engine light to turn on, but now it wont turn off! Try one or more of these approaches to get the light to go off and be sure your engine is ok.
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.
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.
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.
Complete description of Case backhoe hydraulic cylinder repairs, rebuilding, and replacement, with step-by-step photos to guide you through the process.
One of the most nerve-wracking diagnoses that an engine can receive: blown head gasket. Dive into this article to learn the three most common signs your engines developed a bad head gasket.
Is the carpet in your car faded or stained? Does it clash with new seats or repainted exterior? You can re-dye the carpet to its original color or spray on a coating of a different color. Try dyeing or coating instead of replacing your “dying” carpet.
Ford Fusion owners: Beware if your A/C has stopped working! Ford had a genius idea to install a sensor in the top of the evaporator case. What does this mean to the owners of the Fusion?
Does a rubber oil pan drain plug work? Not really. The self-threading piggyback oil pan drain plug cold welded in place is the answer!
Learn the main causes of a blown head gasket, and prevent your new gasket from suffering the same demise.
This guide helps you diagnose turn signal problems when one or more of the signal lights refuses to work.
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.
If you're wondering why your car shakes when you hit your brakes, you more than likely have one or more warped rotors behind your wheels.
If your car consumes more fuel than usual, find the culprit fast and stop throwing money at the gas pump.
The important function of a working PCV valve, how it works, signs that it's failing, and how to test.
The GM 5L40-E is a popular transmission, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the most common ones.
When testing fuel injectors for common problems, you don't need to be an expert or have expensive tools.
If the air conditioning goes out in your car, you want to get it fixed quickly. There are a number of problems that could cause this issue. Keep cool with these tips and tricks.
If you want to know how to increase horsepower, you're not alone. These are some simple engine modifications just anybody can do to their car.
Your mechanic says you need a wheel bearing . . . what's that? In this article, you'll find pictures, videos and an explanation of what a wheel bearing is, what it does, where it is, and the noise it makes when it's damaged.
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.
This article explains how to build a turbo Honda or Acura yourself and what to look for in a bolt-on turbo kit.
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.
The symptoms of DTC P0340 (Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction) are hard starting, high fuel consumption, and rough operation. Presented here is a procedure aimed at fixing this problem.
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.
Replace your coolant temperature sensor at home now using some common tools, a few minutes, and this practical guide.
The 7-speed DSG has made many improvements over the older 6-speed variant, but it's not without its problems.
Is your car using too much oil? How to do some tests to find the reason. Learn about common leak sources and prevention.
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.
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.
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.
Basic electrical knowledge applies to so many vehical components: batteries, starters, alternators, lighting, sensors, actuators, AC systems, electric windows, and computer systems.
Check the main causes of low engine oil pressure and know how to troubleshoot your car's oil pressure.
This article 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. Video included.
If you change the oil in your Toyota Prius yourself, don't forget to reset the Maintenance Required light when you're done. Check out the simple steps below to do so.
What do you do when your power window gets stuck in the down position and you don't have the money to get it fixed by a mechanic? Here are the steps I took to close my car's power window manually.
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.
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!
A car battery leak test will help you stop power loss and extend your battery service life in a few simple steps.
Transmission flush DIY for all VW cars on the MKIV platform using Pennzoil synchromesh. 17mm and specialty bit # XZN16MH are used depending if your car is a GLI 20th or standard MKIV.
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.
A guide on how to choose a sway bar that will work both for your car and your driving style. Suspension components and vehicle dynamics are complicated systems, but a proper sway bar upgrade can make all the difference when it comes to performance handling.
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.
Learn how to jump-start a car and how to charge a car battery to restore battery power and increase its service life.
In this article, we'll discuss how a variable displacement compressor automatically adjusts its capacity by adjusting its piston displacement, and how such an adjustment is being controlled.
How to replace the timing belt, water pump, tensioner, and guide pulleys on the 2005-2015 Honda Pilot, with a video showing the repair performed on a 2012 Pilot.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster by using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
Car starter problems? Don't blame the starter motor yet. These 5 troubleshooting tips will help you find the culprit.
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.
The average automotive hobbyist can do a passable DIY seat repair to prevent further damage. My technique depends on whether the rip borders on a seam or not.
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.
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.
Imagine getting a flat tire on your way to work. You stop to change your tire, and a lug nut is stripped and won't come off. Access to a couple simple tools will prevent this from becoming a problem.
Testing spark plug wires to solve power loss, trouble starting, increase in gas consumption and other performance issues.
Diagnosing an electrical short can be very difficult and expensive. The actual repair usually consists of an inexpensive wire connector and some tape. The real expense is the time it takes to locate the problem.
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.
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.
Does condensation build up on the inside of your car windows and make it hard to see? This article explains why condensation builds and how to get rid of fogged windows.
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.
Is there cold air coming out of your car's heater? This article will explain how to troubleshoot and fix the problem. It includes advice specific to the Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler, Mini, and Vauxhall Corsa.
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.
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.
Installing a front license plate is a cheap and easy DIY project you can knock out in minutes. The handful of dollars you spend on this project will avoid fines and wasted time in the future.
This is a 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.
Describes how to remove and replace a power steering pump from a small Massey Ferguson tractor. Complete with step-by-step photos and tips for complete repairs.
Is your DMV renewal date nearing? Your old vehicle may fail to pass the required smog test. This simple, no-cost home remedy will surely make you pass the emissions test even if you have already failed the test once.
A turbocharged diesel engine that lacked power turned out to be caused by a stuck VGT mechanism, possibly due to long idling. A simple but careful rocking of the VGT actuator lever solved the problem.
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.
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!
How to test your vehicle yourself to investigate common and not-so-common reasons for a sluggish engine.
Have you been having trouble starting your car, truck, van, or SUV? Here are some signs that you have a dying battery.
Install a brake booster replacement following these simple steps, even if you have to remove the brake master cylinder.
The color of the exhaust smoke can give you valuable information about the state of health of the engine.
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.
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.
Learn what it means when the maintenance light begins flashing on your dashboard, and what you should do when it happens.
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.
BMW X3/X5 Brake, ABS, and 4x4 warning lights all on at the same time. Information on the probable cause (defective BMW transfer case actuator motor gear) and fixes.
This guide tells you how to troubleshoot the usual suspects and more when your engine won't crank over.
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.
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.
If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, have a look into your camshaft position sensor before it gets you in trouble.
Bird poop on your car can be a hassle. Learn how to avoid the birds and keep them from pooping on your vehicle.
How to use a voltage drop test to troubleshoot common automotive problem circuits to speed up repairs and save money.
FMC has been making great brake lathes as well as a wide range of other automotive equipment for many years, starting with the early 600 series. FMC became a very reliable, accurate unit.
How to troubleshoot a mass airflow sensor in a few simple steps, what to look for, and how to interpret your results.
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.
When the dreaded "check engine" light appears, check and diagnose these DTCs (diagnostic trouble codes).
This coolant temperature sensor test will tell you in just a few minutes whether you need to replace it.
DIY How To Honda Accord engine head gasket, timing belt, water pump and radiator replacement / replacement.
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.
Check your fuel pump relay — and other automotive relays — in minutes using three different simple methods.
Replacing a worn bushing on the sway bar (stabilizer bar) will eliminate a common rear end rattle in the '90s Camry.
Engine misses can be hard to diagnose, but you can start with the most likely sources to speed up your repair.
If you have an oil drain bolt that is leaking or the threads are damaged beyond repair, you don't need to have the oil pan replaced—you just need a few tools, my recommended repair kit, and 30 minutes.
This collection of repairs for Honda Harmony lawnmower transmissions is growing monthly. If your Harmony transmission has a problem, we probably have the solution!
Hyundais have a common problem with the A/C not working when the car is stopped. It's often a bad connector that is very easy to fix for under $20. This article will show you how to do the fix yourself.
Don't let trouble code P0171 or P0174 leave you without your ride and, worst of all, with an expensive repair bill later on.
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.
Radiator stop leak should only be used in certain circumstances. Learn if this product might be right for you.
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.
Automatic transmissions are great to drive... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
People often confuse tire balance and wheel alignment, when they are actually completely different maintenance services. Find out what they entail and how to tell which your car needs.
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.
Diagnose alternator and charging system problems with this practical guide to get your car back on the road faster.
The engine is the powerplant of a car. It consists of several parts—both electrical and mechanical. Let's find out about each of them.
Simple, easy-to-understand, proven methods on how to earn the highest salary as an automotive technician without stealing from the customer.
A knocking or ticking noise from your engine is a sign that something is wrong, usually because of a lack of oil. If you're questioning what is normal engine noise, I may have the answer.
Troubleshooting the sounds your car suspension makes can save you a small fortune. Before you spend a dime, read this first, and leave a comment for specific advice about your car.
Do a cleaning EGR valve job at home to improve engine performance and prevent serious engine mechanical problems.