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.
Automatic transmissions are great to drive... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
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!
If taking care of a car scares you, here is one easy repair anyone can do. It is an easy way to get a sense of accomplishment.
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.
Many Chrysler wipers made since the 1970s use plastic bushings as bearings. They wear out. Here's how to replace them.
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.
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.
My golf cart came to a sudden halt. My battery meter was fluctuating on and off. With some help, I managed to repair my broken battery terminal post. Here's how I did it.
P0300 random misfires can be hard to diagnose, leave you stranded and with an expensive repair bill, but this guide can help you.
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.
If the air conditioning goes out in your car, you want to get it fixed quickly. There are a number of problems that could cause this issue. Keep cool with these tips and tricks.
As a mechanic that's fixed more than 8,000 cars, I decided to give TOAD OBD a try. I'm glad I did. Read my honest review here.
You may get some warning before the turbo fails on your 91-94 Mercury Capri. Here's what to do if it happens.
A step-by-step guide, with pictures, detailing everything you need to know to change the oil and oil filter in your 2004-2010 Nissan Titan.
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.
Edible not by humans but by rodents. This is a story about how our Prius's wiring harness was chewed by rodents...and it could happen to you as well.
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!
How I used a "Save-a-Thread' thread tap kit to repair a blown-out spark plug in my customer's Ford Crown Victoria.
This article shows you the steps involved in the replacement of a Honda Odyssey radiator. Removal of the front bumper fascia or A/C condenser is not necessary. Only basic tools required. Level of complexity is moderate.
Regular automotive preventative maintenance is conducted at intervals that, allow you to discover potential issues before they become serious problems down the road.
How much does it cost to repair damage small rocks cause to your windshield? How much does it cost to replace a windshield if it cracks? Is it dangerous to drive with cracks in the windshield?
Step-by-step instructions with photos for do-it-yourself Starter Motor replacement on the Toyota 1MZFE engine commonly found on the Camry, Avalon, RAV4, ES300, RX300 & Highlander. Includes video for the similar GRFE engine. No special tools required. Less than 1.5 hours.
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.
Here is a drive cycle that works well on Toyotas when trying to set the readiness monitors to pass an emissions test. I developed this myself from trial and error.
Knowing how to pass a smog test is something every car owner in California should know, but there are a lot of pitfalls and misconceptions involved.
What are the best spark plugs for your car? Can platinum or iridium breed new life into your engine? Should you upgrade?
How to do a cooling system check to find the source of leaks, overheating, and overcooling problems.
Over time, your vehicle's spark plugs can go bad. They will eventually oxidize and wear out. Bad spark plugs can cause decreased gas mileage, engine misfires, and poor performance.
How to replace the front brake pads and rotors on the Toyota Highlander. These steps work for the Toyota '02–'04 Camry and '01–'07 Highlander, and the Lexus '03 ES300, '99-'03 RX300, and '04-'06 RX330.
See how to replace a radiator in your 2002 Saturn L200 and avoid costly repairs. You may already own most of the tools you'll need.
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.
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.
Pairing your phone with the SYNC system can be cumbersome, and you may have to jump through some hoops to get it to work. This article walks you through what you can try to resolve that problem.
Let's 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...
If the oil bypass valve on your oil filter housing breaks, you can replace it yourself with an aftermarket part rather than have the entire oil cooler housing replaced.
During the winter, mice often build nests in a car's ventilation system, usually in the blower fan. I had to remove mouse nests from a Camry and a Sienna.
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!
Nine in ten women believe they are treated differently at auto-repair shops than their male counterparts. These six tips can help protect a woman against fraudulent auto repairs.
Your Mustang is dripping radiator fluid—what might be the problem? Check the thermostat housing! The housing is notorious for leaks on the Ford Mustang.
You’re driving along and all of a sudden your sun visor pops down to get in your way. Sound familiar? Here is my tutorial on how to fix a loose car or truck visor.
A quick DIY with part numbers for fixing a broken back seat latch for VW, Jetta, Golf, GTI, and MKIV.
The charging system consists of the alternator and the batteries. The alternator's task is to keep the batteries charged and produce enough amperage to run the vehicle.
A little TLC for your car interior goes a long way. Regular maintenance should keep your cloth seats as good as new.
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.
If the nipple or main body of your Heater Hose Quick Connect has broken while you were attempting to remove it, don't panic! Help is here!
When a car's fuel injectors become dirty and clogged, a pressurized fuel system service like the one shown here may help with rough engine idle, poor performance, increased fuel use, and bucking under load.
A very straightforward and simple job. This guide covers how to change the tie rod in Jetta, GTI, Golf 1.8T, and MKIV. I also include the tools needed and the tie-rod part number.
If you're wondering why your car shakes when you hit your brakes, you more than likely have one or more warped rotors behind your wheels.
Hydraulic brake systems use the principles of hydraulics to amplify the driver's foot power to slow the vehicle. They use Department of Transportation (DOT) rated brake fluid.
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.
You can install any 6.5-inch round speaker onto the factory speaker mounts on a Toyota Camry. You just need a metal rotary cutting tool.
Paying for air is annoying. Here is how you can find free air, and also how to set your tire pressure for the best performance of your tires and your car.
You're supposed have your automatic transmission oil changed every so often... but what about the filter?
There are many reasons that your heater might be giving you the cold shoulder—literally. This article will cover the three most likely reasons why your heater is blowing cold air.
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.
Knowing how to retrieve OBD trouble codes when the Check Engine light comes on will help you save time and money.
Clean your MAF sensor in minutes using a simple procedure. Fix rough idle problems and other performance issues.
This article focuses on the often-misunderstood, underestimated RB20DET, as found in various late-eighties/early-nineties Nissans.
Diagnosing an electrical short can be very difficult and expensive. The actual repair usually consists of an inexpensive wire connector and some tape. The real expense is the time it takes to locate the problem.
The Audew 2-Cylinder Compressor was designed to inflate tires on cars, trucks, RVs, and travel trailers as well as other inflatables. Bicycle and motorcycle tires, basketballs, and more can be pumped up if the compressor is all that the manufacturer says it is.
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.
Replacing a worn bushing on the sway bar (stabilizer bar) will eliminate a common rear end rattle in the '90s Camry.
How to replace your car water pump at home successfully with a step-by-step procedure and tips to make it last longer.
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.
Read and clear your car's "Check Engine" light codes through its OBD-II diagnostic port using a simple ELM327 Bluetooth reader, your Android phone, and the Torque Pro Android app.
This repair will detail the steps involved in replacing the AC evaporator on a 2007 Kia Sportage. A car's evaporator is the least costly major AC system component when compared to the compressor and condenser, but it's the most difficult and time-consuming to replace.
Finding the spare tire on a Chevy Truck is hard enough, but removing it is a little unintuitive. Learn the basics to make your next tire change very easy.
Are you intimidated at the idea of doing electrical automotive work? Don't be. Here are 10 electrical projects for your car.
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.
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.
How to replace a washer fluid pump on a 2006 BMW X3. Often these pumps begin leaking and must be replaced. Step-by-step instructions with pictures.
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.
Don't replace your spark plugs when you can clean them and get another 5,000 to 10,000 miles out of them!
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.
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.
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.
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?
How to remove and replace the fuel filter to help with rough idle, lack of performance, or low fuel pressure. These instructions are for VW MKIV, Jetta, GTI, and Audi A4.
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.
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.
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.
Has the central locking stopped working on your Mini? Fix it yourself with this guide. Applies to 2004-2006 facelift Minis.
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 article, with segmented videos, will show you step-by-step how to replace the water pump on a '06 Toyota Camry V6 with the GR-FE engine.
The color of the exhaust smoke can give you valuable information about the state of health of the engine.
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.
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.
Is the carpet in your car faded or stained? Does it clash with new seats or repainted exterior? You can re-dye the carpet to its original color or spray on a coating of a different color. Try dyeing or coating instead of replacing your “dying” carpet.
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.
The VW diesel (TDI) engine is one tough engine capable of going 500,000 miles when maintained. However, it does have issues.
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.
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.
This guide is for owners of the 1981–1985 Datsun and Nissan 720 4x4 pickups who need to change the clutch or make transmission repairs. This information is shared freely; comments are welcome!
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.
Videos showing how I did a tuneup on this 1997 Lexus ES 300. I replaced the valve cover gaskets, spark plugs, and ignition wires, and cleaned the throttle body.
Basic electrical knowledge applies to so many vehical components: batteries, starters, alternators, lighting, sensors, actuators, AC systems, electric windows, and computer systems.
The starter uses the battery and battery cables to provide the power to crank over the engine. The starting system can be tested to find a slow-crank or no-crank problem.
Replace the light bulb inside the climate control/heater knob in your MKIV, Jetta, Golf, Gti, Beetle, or Audi.
FMC has been making great brake lathes as well as a wide range of other automotive equipment for many years, starting with the early 600 series. FMC became a very reliable, accurate unit.
If your car jerks when accelerating, check these common sources of trouble to speed up your diagnostic and repair.
If your car does not have electric windows, then you have a window crank handle on your door. If this handle becomes damaged, you can easily fix it without taking your car to the auto mechanic. Here's how.
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.
Simple, easy-to-understand, proven methods on how to earn the highest salary as an automotive technician without stealing from the customer.
How to remove and replace the right (passenger side) CV axle on a Kia Sportage. A nylon strap or rope can be used to "snap out" the axle from the transmission. This repair can also be performed on a Hyundai Tuscon (2005-2007).
Use a digital multimeter (DMM) to test your MAF sensor before replacing it. Sometimes you won’t even need a multimeter.
This engine compression test will reveal your gasoline or diesel engine's mechanical condition. It's fast, cheap, and reliable.
Learn how to read spark plugs, know when to change them, and how to gap them properly to avoid poor fuel economy, performance problems, and expensive repairs.
DIY Nissan Murano/Quest front wheel bearing replacement procedure. Plenty of photos and detailed instructions. Few special tools are needed and it doesn't take too long.
This video and procedure shows how to replace the front suspension upper control arm and ball joint, strut, and lower control arm and lower ball joint on a Honda Accord.
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.
There are a few types of transmission you might find in your vehicle; here are the differences between them.
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.
Diagnose engine knocking with the help of this simple guide before your engine suffers costly damage.
Brake problems are common and sometimes complex. I make it easy to understand the basics and hopefully put you on the right path to understanding your problem.
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.
Changing the water pump on a Chevrolet 3900 V6 engine is not overly difficult, although you should expect to spend about three hours on it from start to finish.
Change spark plug wires in your own garage; it only takes a few minutes and you can save a lot of money using this guide.
This is a DIY on how to remove the intake manifold on 1.8t VW audi cars: Jetta, GTI GOLF, A4 and B5. Learn how to replace an old gasket that is causing a vacuum leak or remove the intake for polishing. 028-129-717 part #MS96151
All owners of high mileage Volkswagen (VW) 2005-9 Jetta models, including the TDI, will have to replace their camshaft at some point. It depends on the what kind of oil has been used in the car and for how long.
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.
Volkswagen's electronically controlled dual-clutch transmission was hailed as a great step forward. But a sensor failure can cause your car to shift into odd gears.
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.
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 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.
Learn how to recover and recharge an AC system, including a review of compressors, condensers, evaporators, accumulators, receiver driers, H-blocks, orifice tubes, and lines.
When your engine will not rotate, these simple checks and tests can help you diagnose and repair the fault.
Do a cooling system flush to remove rust, scale and other contaminants from the radiator and engine and prevent clogging and overheating.
Bird poop on your car can be a hassle. Learn how to avoid the birds and keep them from pooping on your vehicle.
Using a DVOM is an important tool to diagnose vehicle components, including batteries, starters, alternators, computer sensors and actuators, injectors, lighting and accessories like ABS and AC systems.
Learn how to jump-start a car and how to charge a car battery to restore battery power and increase its service life.
How long has it been since you changed your spark plugs? A year? Two years? It's about time, don't you think? Detailed pictures and instructions included.
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.
Front end clunking noise when acceleration from a dead stop? Maybe a new front motor mount requires replacement.
How to replace the compressor on the 2004 Toyota Sienna. The compressor replacement instructions can be applied to other Lexus and Toyota vehicles that use the 3MZFE engine. Part I of this series covers condenser replacement. Part III covers evacuation and recharge.
See and learn how to replace an AC evaporator and heater core. In this article with over 30 minutes of video, you will see how to do it step-by-step. I did this replacement on an '01 Lexus RX 300 with over 150,000 miles.
Know how to replace an oxygen sensor safely. A bad oxygen sensor will increase fuel consumption by up to 40%.
Understanding the causes of misfiring and how to fix them can save you a lot of money in fuel and prevent excess emissions.
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.
Learn what it means when the maintenance light begins flashing on your dashboard, and what you should do when it happens.
I see it every so often: When the tire rotation guy doesn't screw in the lug nuts by hand before using his impact driver, the next person who tries to remove the lug nuts has to use so much torque that the lug stud strips its threads or even breaks off.
This simple-to-follow guide will help you locate a car electrical short using a test light and a digital multimeter.
Is your battery dead? Do you need a jump? Are you completely at a loss as to how this is done? This is the article for you! We'll go over the simple process of safely jump-starting a car battery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Solenoid problems can be very difficult to diagnose properly. Of all the electrical components in a car, the solenoid might be the least understood.
When the dreaded "check engine" light appears, check and diagnose these DTCs (diagnostic trouble codes).
How to replace a worn front wheel hub bearing on a 2007 Saturn Ion. This hub bearing design is also used on the '05–'10 Chevy Cobolt, '07–'10 Pontiac G5, and the '05–'06 Pontiac Pursuit.
This collection of repairs for Honda Harmony lawnmower transmissions is growing monthly. If your Harmony transmission has a problem, we probably have the solution!
Why should you wash your car regularly? It matters to the life of the car, as well as the resale value.
Replacing the timing chains of a Hyundai Accent CRDi engine seems to be a very tedious job. There are so many bolts to be uncrewed before we can get access to the chains, and so many warnings that we have to be aware of to carry out a successful replacement job.
In this article I'll go through the two different types of check engine light and whether you need to pull over immediately or keep driving. I'll also discuss common reasons and how you might be able to fix it yourself (even if you know nothing about cars).
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.
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!