There are two kinds of tire-related warning lights: "Low Tire Pressure" and "TPMS." The first is usually caused by low tire pressure, the second by a failure of the tire pressure monitoring system.
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!
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.
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.
Diagnose alternator and charging system problems with this practical guide to get your car back on the road 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.
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.
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!
Car dents are unsightly things, and even a couple of small ones really depreciate the value of your car.
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.
Testing spark plug wires to solve power loss, trouble starting, increase in gas consumption and other performance issues.
Tips and precautions to use when replacing your brake pads, so you can get quality results on a Honda or any other vehicle.
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.
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.
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 "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.
Check the main causes of low engine oil pressure and know how to troubleshoot your car's oil pressure.
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. In addition, I've provided a video on how to replace a split CV boot if you want to avoid a complete axle replacement.
You're supposed have your automatic transmission oil changed every so often... but what about the filter?
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.
Find that parasitic battery drain that's causing your car battery problems whether you have a newer or older vehicle model.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster by using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
When testing fuel injectors for common problems, you don't need to be an expert or have expensive tools.
Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
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.
DIY Toyota Camry tuneup, plus PCV valve cleaning. Use iridium plugs for better fuel economy and performance. Also, if you notice an oil leak inside the spark plug tube, I have a video showing you how to fix it.
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.
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.
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.
Learn the main causes of a blown head gasket, and prevent your new gasket from suffering the same demise.
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.
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.
This guide helps you diagnose turn signal problems when one or more of the signal lights refuses to work.
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.
ScanGauge can be expensive, but now you can have the same functionality with an inexpensive Bluetooth adapter for any vehicle including the Prius.
This article will show you step-by-step how to replace all the wear components that make up the front suspension on a '99–'06 Volvo S80 sedan. The video shows the repair service being performed on a '04 S80 2.5 Turbo.
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.
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.
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.
Use a digital multimeter (DMM) to test your MAF sensor before replacing it. Sometimes you won’t even need a multimeter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Troubleshoot an inductive or Hall effect type crankshaft position (CKP) sensor using a digital multimeter.
Car starter problems? Don't blame the starter motor yet. These 5 troubleshooting tips will help you find the culprit.
In a compound turbocharger system, two turbos work in series, one after the other, to compress the incoming air, in contrast to a twin turbo system where two turbos in parallel share the work.
This coolant temperature sensor test will tell you in just a few minutes whether you need to replace it.
Got alternator problems? This guide shows you how to test an alternator in your car using a digital multimeter.
Install a car thermostat replacement in minutes without causing coolant leaks, damage to components, or engine overheating.
Do a timing belt replacement project in your own garage using these recommendations, tips, and procedures.
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!
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.
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.
Recognizing symptoms of a bad EGR valve will help you troubleshoot potential problems sooner and restore engine performance faster.
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.
Replacing a worn bushing on the sway bar (stabilizer bar) will eliminate a common rear end rattle in the '90s Camry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Seafoam engine and oil treatment system is one of the overall best products on the market. It's so versatile and works with so many different systems.
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.
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.
Don't let trouble code P0171 or P0174 leave you without your ride and, worst of all, with an expensive repair bill later on.
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.
The 7-speed DSG has made many improvements over the older 6-speed variant, but it's not without its problems.
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.
Complete description of Case backhoe hydraulic cylinder repairs, rebuilding, and replacement, with step-by-step photos to guide you through the process.
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.
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.
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.
Changing the brakes and rotors on a Ford Expedition. These instructions should work for models made in 2007-2017.
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.
This DIY provides the basic procedure for replacing the front hub and wheel bearing in a 2000-2011 Ford Focus (and 2008 Fusion), as well as other FWD cars, without removing the steering knuckle and without using a standing hydraulic press machine. Special tools are required.
When your engine starts but stops, concentrate your diagnostic efforts on those systems or components most likely to cause the failure.
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.
Find out whether your car's temperature gauge is working right, discovering key symptoms and applying a few simple tests.
DIY for changing the valve cover, half moon seal, and cam tensioner gasket on VW Audi 1.8T, Jetta, GTI, or Golf A4. Great for polishing and fixing vacuum leaks.
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.
Is your car using too much oil? How to do some tests to find the reason. Learn about common leak sources and prevention.
Do a cleaning EGR valve job at home to improve engine performance and prevent serious engine mechanical problems.
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.
Tips for replacing your Toyota Prius smart key battery, buying replacement keys for cheap, and tips for lost smart keys.
Engine misses can be hard to diagnose, but you can start with the most likely sources to speed up your repair.
Automatic transmissions are great to drive... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
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.
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.
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 want to know how to increase horsepower, you're not alone. These are some simple engine modifications just anybody can do to their car.
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.
An explanation of the types of sensors found in an engine, including their typical functions and locations.
If your engine won't turn over, this guide will help you find the most common—and not so common—problem sources.
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.
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.
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.
Simple, easy-to-understand, proven methods on how to earn the highest salary as an automotive technician without stealing from the customer.
If your car consumes more fuel than usual, find the culprit fast and stop throwing money at the gas pump.
I am going to show you how to replace the spark plugs in a 2006 Nissan Altima with a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine. Spark plugs are very important to the proper operation of your engine.
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!
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.
This collection of repairs for Honda Harmony lawnmower transmissions is growing monthly. If your Harmony transmission has a problem, we probably have the solution!
The important function of a working PCV valve, how it works, signs that it's failing, and how to test.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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-it-yourself Front Wheel Drive (FWD) wheel bearing replacement for most Toyotas and many other cars. Lots of photos, and details about tools needed.
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.
No Diagnostic Trouble Codes to help? Learn what potentially failed components or systems are causing engine performance problems.
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.
How to replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.
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.
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!
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.
That serpentine belt noise could be more serious than you think. Troubleshoot your belt with the help of this guide and fix it.
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
Learn how to jump-start a car and how to charge a car battery to restore battery power and increase its service life.
Here are step-by-step instructions for replacing the rear brake pads on a Lexus LS 460. The rear brake calipers on this vehicle are "fixed caliper" style, not the usual "floating caliper." This article will be worth reading if you've never worked on a fixed caliper.
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.
Have you been having trouble starting your car, truck, van, or SUV? Here are some signs that you have a dying battery.
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.
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.
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.
Don't replace your spark plugs when you can clean them and get another 5,000 to 10,000 miles out of them!
How to change the coolant in your own garage, and purge the system to avoid making the engine overheat.
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.
How to test your vehicle yourself to investigate common and not-so-common reasons for a sluggish engine.
This article explains how to build a turbo Honda or Acura yourself and what to look for in a bolt-on turbo kit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's how to prevent and cure fogging and steaming windows in your car—an annoying and dangerous result of driving in cold weather!
The GM 5L40-E is a popular transmission, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the most common ones.
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.
Checking for a bad engine ground can fix dimmed lights, faulty sensors, and hard starting, and it can prevent severe damage.
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 before going to a mechanic.
How to troubleshoot a mass airflow sensor in a few simple steps. What to look for, and how to interpret your results.
Check your fuel pump relay — and other automotive relays — in minutes using three different simple methods.