When my car's message center started to read like the car was imploding, and the directional signals worked on a "maybe" basis, I knew something was wrong.
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.
That serpentine belt noise could be more serious than you think. Troubleshoot your belt with the help of this guide and fix it.
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.
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.
Check the main causes of low engine oil pressure and know how to troubleshoot your car's oil pressure.
How to use a voltage drop test to troubleshoot common automotive problem circuits to speed up repairs and save money.
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 engine won't turn over, this guide will help you find the most common—and not so common—problem sources.
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.
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.
Changing the brakes and rotors on a Ford Expedition. These instructions should work for models made in 2007-2017.
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.
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.
How to test your vehicle yourself to investigate common and not-so-common reasons for a sluggish engine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to check a starter solenoid or remote relay in a few minutes using this simple step-by-step guide.
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.
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.
Tips for replacing your Toyota Prius smart key battery, buying replacement keys for cheap, and tips for lost smart keys.
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!
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 important function of a working PCV valve, how it works, signs that it's failing, and how to test.
Computer systems operate and monitor almost every system on our vehicle today. Sensors and switches are used for inputs to the computer. Output devices are solenoids, relays, lights, and injectors.
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.
You're supposed have your automatic transmission oil changed every so often... but what about the filter?
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.
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.
Complete description of Case backhoe hydraulic cylinder repairs, rebuilding, and replacement, with step-by-step photos to guide you through the process.
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.
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!
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.
This coolant temperature sensor test will tell you in just a few minutes whether you need to replace it.
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.
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.
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 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.
Troubleshoot an inductive or Hall effect type crankshaft position (CKP) sensor using a digital multimeter.
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.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster by using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
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.
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.
Step-by-step instructions for replacing a power steering pump on a GM small-block engine. High-resolution photos illustrate every step.
Automatic transmissions are great to drive... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
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.
The GM 5L40-E is a popular transmission, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the most common ones.
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.
How to troubleshoot a mass airflow sensor in a few simple steps, what to look for, and how to interpret your results.
Radiator stop leak should only be used in certain circumstances. Learn if this product 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!
Don't replace your spark plugs when you can clean them and get another 5,000 to 10,000 miles out of them!
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.
This article explains how to build a turbo Honda or Acura yourself and what to look for in a bolt-on turbo kit.
Tips and precautions to use when replacing your brake pads, so you can get quality results on a Honda or any other vehicle.
This collection of repairs for Honda Harmony lawnmower transmissions is growing monthly. If your Harmony transmission has a problem, we probably have the solution!
Don't let trouble code P0171 or P0174 leave you without your ride and, worst of all, with an expensive repair bill later on.
Got alternator problems? This guide shows you how to test an alternator in your car using a digital multimeter.
When testing fuel injectors for common problems, you don't need to be an expert or have expensive tools.
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.
Simple, easy-to-understand, proven methods on how to earn the highest salary as an automotive technician without stealing from the customer.
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.
Does your engine crank, but won't start? This guide tells you where to begin your diagnostic and what to do next.
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.
How to replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your car consumes more fuel than usual, find the culprit fast and stop throwing money at the gas pump.
Do a timing belt replacement project in your own garage using these recommendations, tips, and procedures.
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.
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.
Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
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.
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.
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.
Repair manuals for the Datsun/Nissan 720 series of trucks fail to mention the fuel pump relay—where to find it, what it does, how it's wired-in, and how to repair or replace it. Luckily for you, this article has the answers.
Find out whether your car's temperature gauge is working right, discovering key symptoms and applying a few simple tests.
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.
Bird poop on your car can be a hassle. Learn how to avoid the birds and keep them from pooping on your vehicle.
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.
An explanation of the types of sensors found in an engine, including their typical functions and locations.
Find that parasitic battery drain that's causing your car battery problems whether you have a newer or older vehicle model.
Testing the voltage drop can help you find trouble spots in your starter circuit before you swap components unnecessarily.
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.
Do a cleaning EGR valve job at home to improve engine performance and prevent serious engine mechanical problems.
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 simple-to-follow guide will help you locate a car electrical short using a test light and a digital multimeter.
The ignition system consists of ignition coils, spark plug wires, spark plugs, pick-up coils, sensors, and control modules. Problems could cause misfires or no starts to occur.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Install a car thermostat replacement in minutes without causing coolant leaks, damage to components, or engine overheating.
Checking for a bad engine ground can fix dimmed lights, faulty sensors, and hard starting, and it can prevent severe damage.
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.
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.
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.
Use a digital multimeter (DMM) to test your MAF sensor before replacing it. Sometimes you won’t even need a multimeter.
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.
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.
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.
Have you been having trouble starting your car, truck, van, or SUV? Here are some signs that you have a dying battery.
The 7-speed DSG has made many improvements over the older 6-speed variant, but it's not without its problems.
Car dents are unsightly things, and even a couple of small ones really depreciate the value of your car.
This easy to follow illustrated guide explains exactly how to service your car or van at home. Save money and get the job done right. No problem!
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.
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.
Car starter problems? Don't blame the starter motor yet. These 5 troubleshooting tips will help you find the culprit.
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.
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.
If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, have a look into your camshaft position sensor before it gets you in trouble.
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.
Is your car using too much oil? How to do some tests to find the reason. Learn about common leak sources and prevention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When the dreaded "check engine" light appears, check and diagnose these DTCs (diagnostic trouble codes).
Whether your car is hard to start when cold, hot, or both, this guide gives you tips and tests to help you fix your car sooner.
Diagnose alternator and charging system problems with this practical guide to get your car back on the road faster.
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.
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.
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 guide helps you diagnose turn signal problems when one or more of the signal lights refuses to work.
Check your fuel pump relay — and other automotive relays — in minutes using three different simple methods.
Recognizing symptoms of a bad EGR valve will help you troubleshoot potential problems sooner and restore engine performance faster.
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!
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This engine compression test will reveal your gasoline or diesel engine's mechanical condition. It's fast, cheap, and reliable.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Clean and replace the throttle body for VW and Audi 1.8T engines to cure rough idle and carbon build-up.