My new Jetta MKIV 2.0L had some serious brake issues going on. But they were easier to fix than I thought they would be.
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.
A how-to guide for replacing spark plugs on a 2004 Toyota Tundra V8 with high quality Iridium spark plugs. Also serves as a general spark plug replacement guide.
Check your fuel pump relay — and other automotive relays — in minutes using three different simple methods.
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.
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? I should start by saying there are many reasons why your...
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.
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.
This coolant temperature sensor test will tell you in just a few minutes whether you need to replace it.
Lets face it. The instructions provided with your update kit are less than understandable. You open your kit and you are left scratching your head, "Where do I even start?" I understand this problem because I help customers, like you, over the phone...
Install a car thermostat replacement in minutes without causing coolant leaks, damage to components, or engine overheating.
If your engine won't turn over, this guide helps you find the most common—and not so common—problem sources.
Does a rubber oil pan drain plug work. Not really. The self threading piggy back oil pan drain plug cold welded in place is the answer!
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.
Diagnose alternator and charging system problems with this practical guide to get your car back on the road faster.
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!
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.
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.
For car and truck owners who have a "check engine" light on caused by OBDII codes P0171 and P0174 (Fuel System Too Lean), here are some tips for diagnosis and troubleshooting.
Clean and replace the throttle body for VW and Audi 1.8T engines, to cure rough idle and carbon build-up.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Learn the main causes of a blown head gasket, and prevent your new gasket from suffering the same demise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recognizing symptoms of a bad EGR valve will help you troubleshoot potential problems sooner and restore engine performance faster.
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.
When your engine starts but stops, concentrate your diagnostic efforts on those systems or components most likely to cause the failure.
A do-it-yourself battery replacement is a real money-saver but you also have to be responsible with the proper disposal of your old battery. There are 5 important factors in choosing a car battery: size, brand, reserve capacity (RC) rating, age, and cold-cranking amps (CCA) rating. The car battery is the power underneath the hood of your car. It provides electricity needed for door locks, sliding windows, lights, and other car accessories. Your car is dead, the moment your battery dies. At first
Do an oil pan gasket replacement at home following the safety precautions, tips, and method outlined in this guide.
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.
VSS, WSS, CKT and CMP speed and position sensors are used by the ECM or other computers to keep track of the position and speed of the crankshaft and camshaft, and the speed of the vehicle and its wheels.
If your car consumes more fuel than usual, find the culprit fast and stop throwing money at the gas pump.
I used everything from ozone to car deodorizer bombs, pet odor eliminators, canisters, vent clips, sprays, syringes, liquids and fresh air. See what was the most effective!
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.
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.
How to change the engine air filter yourself on BMW X3 cars. Save money and help keep your car breathing clean air.
Does it really kill your own battery to jump someone else's car? Are there any ways to protect your battery when helping out a friend? Read this article to find out more.
If you think you may have rodents or mice living in your vehicle, here are a few tips on where to find their hiding places and how to evict them permanently!
This article focuses on the often-misunderstood, underestimated RB20DET, as found in various late-eighties/early-nineties Nissans.
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.
Your mechanic says you need a wheel bearing, what's a wheel bearing? Pictures, video and explanation: what a wheel bearing is, what it does, where it is, and the noise it makes when it's damaged.
The GM 5L40-E is a popular transmission, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the most common ones.
Doing basic maintenance on your Prius isn't dangerous or difficult at all. Most basic service tasks can be done easily without having to go to the stealership, I mean, dealership!
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 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.
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.
When testing fuel injectors for common problems, you don't need to be an expert or have expensive tools.
Depending on the type of engine you have, a broken timing belt can cause immediate and massive damage. It happened to me with no warning.
Radiator stop leak should only be used in certain circumstances. Check out this radiator stop leak review to see if it might be right for you.
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!
How to replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.
Besides battery problems, solenoids are probally the most common cause of failure in a golf cart. I'll show you to how check your solenoid in a matter of seconds.
Tips and precautions to use when replacing your brake pads, so you can get quality results on a Honda or any other vehicle.
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.
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.
Is your car using too much oil? How to do some tests to find the reason. Learn about common leak sources and prevention.
This guide helps you diagnose turn signal problems, when one or more of the signal lights refuses to work.
Living in an area of the US that get's over 4 feet of snow per season on average, you need the best extendable snow brush possible. The funny thing is, the best extendable snow brush is not a brush at all, it's a reinforced foam pad, and it's great...
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.
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.
The 7 speed DSG has made many improvements over the older 6 speed variant, but it's not without its problems.
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.
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 test your vehicle yourself to investigate common and not-so-common reasons for a sluggish engine.
How to troubleshoot a mass airflow sensor in a few simple steps, what to look for, and how to interpret your results.
That serpentine belt noise could be more serious than you think. Troubleshoot your belt with the help of this guide and fix it.
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.
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.
The most likely reasons for bad clutch performance, a noisy clutch, or strange behavior by the clutch pedal. Look for your symptoms here.
Given the level of questions I've received from all of my readers, I've come to a resolution that will make everyone happy. YOU (the most MVP!) will get your questions answered one-on-one.
There are a few types of transmission you might find in your vehicle, here are the differences between them.
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.
ECU remapping, engine chipping, and chip tuning all mean the same thing. This guide explains exactly what is meant by these terms and will help you to decide whether remapping your car or van will benefit you!
Spark plug problems can be tricky to identify. The symptoms of faulty spark plugs are pretty general and can be attributed to a number of other issues. So read this article for tips and tricks on how to differentiate spark plug problems from other issues.
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.
You're supposed have your automatic transmission oil changed every so often... but what about the filter?
Replacing a worn bushing on the sway bar (stabilizer bar) will eliminate a common rear end rattle in the '90s Camry.
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.
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 manually close my car's power window.
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.
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
The braided hose that is connected to the fuel pressure regulator (FPR) is a common spot for vacuum leaks on 1.8T cars. Your FPR itself can also get clogged and stuck.
The topic of RB20 intake manifolds is a hot one. As the price of used Nissan RB20DET engines continues to tumble, more people are viewing them as a viable option to their current engine. The RB20 itself is a marvel, with a sturdy iron block and...
Do a cleaning EGR valve job at home to improve engine performance and prevent serious engine mechanical problems.
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!
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.
How to use a voltage drop test to troubleshoot common automotive problem circuits to speed up repairs and save money.
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.
When the battery on a Nissan Micra goes totally flat the electronic locking system won't work, so you can't open the door. Here's how to unlock your Nissan Micra when the battery dies.
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.
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; just a few tools, my recommended repair kit, and 30 minutes.
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.
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.
Did your car mechanic say you need a new catalytic converter because your check engine light is on with code P0420 — and it will cost you $800? I found an alternate solution that worked, using high-octane gasoline.
Alternator problems? This guide shows you how to test an alternator in your car using a digital multimeter.
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.
Many Chrysler wipers made since the seventies use plastic bushings as bearings. They wear out. Here's how to replace them.
Tips for replacing your Toyota Prius smart key battery, buying replacement keys for cheap, and tips for lost smart keys.
DIY (Do it yourself) Toyota MZFE V6 Fuel Injector Replacement. Detailed instructions with plenty of step by step photos. Replacement method can be used in the Camry, Avalon, Sienna, ES300 & RX300.
If your engine cranks but won't start, this guide tells you where to begin your diagnostic and what to do next.
Testing spark plug wires to solve power loss, hard-to-start, increase in gas consumption and other performance issues.
Some of us love to restore cars, get more performance out of our engines, or just have everything bling. But exhaust & turbo components are often overlooked in the process to make our vehicles shine.
Check the main causes of low engine oil pressure and know how to troubleshoot your car's oil pressure.
Engine misses can be hard to diagnose, but you can start with the most likely sources to speed up your repair.
Find that parasitic battery drain that's causing your car battery problems whether you have a newer or older vehicle model.
I didn't want to pay a fine for a burnt-out headlight and I didn't want to pay someone else to replace it either. Here's how I did it, with some nuances that may help you.
Simple, easy to understand proven methods on how to earn the highest salary as an automotive technician without stealing from the customer.
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.
Your DDEC 3 or DDEC 4 engine computer connects on one side to engine sensors and on the other side to vehicle sensors and controls. Here are the pinouts and signals for both connectors.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most nerve-wracking diagnoses that an engine can receive: BLOWN HEAD GASKET. Dive into this article to learn the 3 most common signs your engines developed a bad head gasket.
Complete description of Case backhoe hydraulic cylinder repairs, rebuilding, and replacement, with step-by-step photos to guide you through the process.
How to replace an in-tank fuel pump and its associated filter assembly, with pictures. The disassembly and the assembly of parts, the testing of the installation, and trouble-shooting.
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.
Learn how to solve your BMW`s electrical problems easy and avoid the costly trips to the dealership.
Five common brake problems: soft brake pedal, pulling to one side while braking, vibration while braking.
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 solving this problem.
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.
Learn how to check a starter solenoid or remote relay in a few minutes using this simple step-by-step guide.
Cold air coming out of your car's heater? How to troubleshoot and fix the problem. Includes advice specific to the Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler, Mini, and Vauxhall Corsa.
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 fires and coughs after it's been turned off, this guide helps you target the different systems and components you should pay attention to.
Replace your coolant temperature sensor at home now using some common tools, a few minutes, and this practical guide.
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.
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.
Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
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.
Car starter problems? Don't blame the starter motor yet. These 5 troubleshooting tips will help you find the culprit.
An explanation of the types of sensors found in an engine, including their typical functions and locations.
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!
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!
Diagnosing simple fuel pump problems is within the reach of the average car owner. Use this guide to get your car back on the road faster.
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.
Are you intimidated at the idea of doing electrical automotive work? Don't be. Here are 10 electrical projects for your car.
Ever wonder what's the secret behind auto dealerships selling used cars that 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.
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.
Our article explains how to build a turbo Honda or Acura and what to look for in a bolt-on turbo kit.
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.