If your car consumes more fuel than usual, find the culprit fast and stop throwing money at the gas pump.
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. The OEM fuel pump provider for Toyota and Lexus is Denso.
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!
Learn how to replace a timing belt and water pump on an Accord/Acura CL F23 2.3L I4 engine (w/ video). The replacement should be performed every 100,000 miles or 10 years; whichever comes first.
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.
So, you've filled your tires with air, but that annoying low tire pressure indicator light on your dash still won't turn off! This article discusses a few simple methods you can use to get it to reset. It also includes some maintenance tips you can use to help keep your sensor working in the future.
Testing spark plug wires to solve power loss, trouble starting, increase in gas consumption and other performance issues.
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.
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.
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 guide helps you diagnose turn signal problems when one or more of the signal lights refuses to work.
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?
Car AC squealing, rattling, whining, and other weird noises can lead you to the source of the problem and help you save money in repairs.
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.
Do a cleaning EGR valve job at home to improve engine performance and prevent serious engine mechanical problems.
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.
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.
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.
Oil changes, tire rotations, and regular washing are all good starts to a car-care regimen. This article on tune-up tips helps you adjust and change engine spark plugs.
If your engine won't turn over, this guide will help you find the most common—and not so common—problem sources.
How to evacuate and recharge the AC system on a Toyota Sienna. Part III of a three-part article on servicing the AC on a Toyota Sienna.
Got alternator problems? This guide shows you how to test an alternator in your car using a digital multimeter.
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.
Learn how to check a starter solenoid or remote relay in a few minutes using this simple step-by-step guide.
If your car has a rough idle when cold, check those common source or trouble and fix your car sooner.
Car dents are unsightly things, and even a couple of small ones really depreciate the value of your car.
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—ahem, I mean, dealership!
You're supposed have your automatic transmission oil changed every so often... but what about the filter?
Find difficult-to-locate power steering leaks and get practical tips on system repairs to save time and money.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 test your vehicle yourself to investigate common and not-so-common reasons for a sluggish engine.
When your car is hard to start when warm, there are a few common trouble spots you can check that can help you speed up your diagnostic.
Volkswagen diesel cars, such as the TDI, can experience a loss of power. Two items to check are computer-imposed "limp mode" and the MAF sensor.
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!
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.
Find that parasitic battery drain that's causing your car battery problems whether you have a newer or older vehicle model.
Instructions on changing the front disc brake pads and rotors on a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. May be applicable to other years or vehicles.
How to use a voltage drop test to troubleshoot common automotive problem circuits to speed up repairs and save money.
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.
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.
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.
Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
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.
This article focuses on the often-misunderstood, underestimated RB20DET, as found in various late-eighties/early-nineties Nissans.
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.
When testing fuel injectors for common problems, you don't need to be an expert or have expensive tools.
Tips for replacing your Toyota Prius smart key battery, buying replacement keys for cheap, and tips for lost smart keys.
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.
I ran a little experiment to see if increasing tire pressure had any effect on gas mileage. Check out the article to see how it turned out.
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.
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 timing belt, water pump, tensioner, and guide pulleys on the 2005-2015 Honda V6 Pilot, 2004 Acura TL (same as Accord) with a video showing the repair performed on a 12' Pilot and another on a 04' Acura TL.
How to replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.
Tips and precautions to use when replacing your brake pads, so you can get quality results on a Honda or any other vehicle.
Know your engine! This simple guide to what's under the hood of your car includes maintenance tips and pictures. Try the quiz at the end to see what you've learned!
Diagnose alternator and charging system problems with this practical guide to get your car back on the road faster.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
The GM 5L40-E is a popular transmission, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the most common ones.
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.
I discovered how to avoid expensive car repairs when the check engine light is on. If it’s a catalytic converter warning, this solution may help avoid repairs.
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!
Replacing a worn bushing on the sway bar (stabilizer bar) will eliminate a common rear end rattle in the '90s Camry.
Recognizing symptoms of a bad EGR valve will help you troubleshoot potential problems sooner and restore engine performance faster.
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.
ScanGauge can be expensive, but now you can have the same functionality with an inexpensive Bluetooth adapter for any vehicle including the Prius.
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.
A guide to easily changing the color of your wheels using Plasti Dip. This is a temporary but durable coating that protects your wheels and adds style.
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!
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.
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.
How to change the coolant in your own garage, and purge the system to avoid making the engine overheat.
Do a timing belt replacement project in your own garage using these recommendations, tips, and procedures.
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.
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 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.
Check your fuel pump relay — and other automotive relays — in minutes using three different simple methods.
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.
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.
An explanation of the types of sensors found in an engine, including their typical functions and locations.
This is a guide explaining how to replace the DPF exhaust pressure sensor on the OM651 engine, which is the engine fitted to the C220, C250, E220 and E250 Mercedes cars, plus the Sprinter and Vito vans. This sensor often fails and then the car mistakenly reports the DPF filter as being full.
How to troubleshoot a mass airflow sensor in a few simple steps. What to look for, and how to interpret your results.
This coolant temperature sensor test will tell you in just a few minutes whether you need to replace it.
Turbocharged cars can be as complicated as they are fun (and they are buku fun). Because of their extra bits, especially the turbo itself, simple but crucial care can help protect expensive parts.
Choosing the right replacement car battery for your vehicle can be daunting. There are so many brands, manufacturers, and retailers out there that it can be difficult to know where to begin. Learn the 5 factors to consider when choosing an appropriate replacement battery for your vehicle.
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.
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.
Use a digital multimeter (DMM) to test your MAF sensor before replacing it. Sometimes you won’t even need a multimeter.
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.
Find out whether your car's temperature gauge is working right, discovering key symptoms and applying a few simple tests.
Clean and replace the throttle body for VW and Audi 1.8T engines to cure rough idle and carbon build-up.
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.
If you have disconnected your battery for any reason, then your Honda radio and/or navigation system will say "code" and not work. Here are three ways to get that code and how to make your system(s) work again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Car starter problems? Don't blame the starter motor yet. These 5 troubleshooting tips will help you find the culprit.
This article walks you through how to change the wallpaper on your Sync with MyFord Touch display in your Ford vehicle. The wallpaper size must be 800 x 384 pixels, and less than 1.5 MB.
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.
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.
To fix performance issues, check the intake air temperature (IAT) sensor in your car using a few simple tests.
This simple-to-follow guide will help you locate a car electrical short using a test light and a digital multimeter.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster by using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Does your engine crank, but won't start? This guide tells you where to begin your diagnostic and what to do next.
When your engine starts but stops, concentrate your diagnostic efforts on those systems or components most likely to cause the failure.
Testing the voltage drop can help you find trouble spots in your starter circuit before you swap components unnecessarily.
Clean your MAF sensor in minutes using a simple procedure. Fix rough idle problems and other performance issues.
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.
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.
Is your window stuck? Want to save on an expensive car bill? Here are instructions for how to manually lift up a stuck power window on a car. This project is great for any DIYer.
Checking for a bad engine ground can fix dimmed lights, faulty sensors, and hard starting, and it can prevent severe damage.
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.
I am going to show you—step-by-step with pictures—how to change the engine oil of a 1994 Toyota Corolla with a 1.8-liter engine. It is the same for 1993-1997.
Engine misses can be hard to diagnose, but you can start with the most likely sources to speed up your repair.
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.
Don't let trouble code P0171 or P0174 leave you without your ride and, worst of all, with an expensive repair bill later on.
Learn how to test an ignition coil to troubleshoot engine misfires, a no-start condition, and other performance issues.
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.
Have you been having trouble starting your car, truck, van, or SUV? Here are some signs that you have a dying battery.
I mentioned losing a battery in our Club Car EZGO electric golf cart at my "How to repair a broken battery terminal". That repair didn't last long; I soon had to buy a new battery.
Are the brake lights on your Honda staying on even after you remove your foot from the brake pedal? The solution to this problem is simple, and costs less than five dollars in most cases.
We know to check tire pressures often. But is the manufacturer's specification exactly right for you? And what if you have aftermarket tires? Here are ways to test if your tires are at the perfect pressure.
Check the main causes of low engine oil pressure and know how to troubleshoot your car's oil pressure.
Learn the difference between spring, worm, and t-bolt hose clamps and why spring clamps are better for use on the hoses in your car's cooling system . Also, I'll show you how to take the spring clamps off with specialty tools.
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.
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.
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.
Why should you wash your car regularly? It matters to the life of the car, as well as the resale value.
Troubleshoot an inductive or Hall effect type crankshaft position (CKP) sensor using a digital multimeter.
The 7-speed DSG has made many improvements over the older 6-speed variant, but it's not without its problems.
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.
Install a car thermostat replacement in minutes without causing coolant leaks, damage to components, or engine overheating.
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.
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.
DIY how-to instructions, with photos, for replacing the head gasket, timing belt, water pump and radiator on a Honda Accord. The repair pictured here was done on a Honda F23 2.3L I4 engine, the engine also used in the '98-'99 Acura CL, '98 Odyssey, and '98-'99 Oasis.
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.
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.