This article, via video, will show you how to replace the timing belt, water pump, tensioner pulley and the camshaft and crankshaft seals on a '01 to '05 Honda Civic.
You're driving down the road and your steering wheel is shaking like an earthquake. You don't have a flat. You've had the car checked out at the shop and they found nothing. What could it be?
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.
This article, via video, will show you how I replaced the passenger-side axle shaft on a 2008 Toyota Camry. You can use this procedure as a guide for other Toyota and Lexus passenger sedans since Toyota's axle design is consistent.
This article will show you how to replace both the inner and outer tie rod on a '06 Chevy Tahoe. Many other GMC trucks and SUVs use the same tie rod design.
There are a lot of myths about what kind of gas you should use in your car. In this article we'll explore the most common stories and talk about which ones might actually be true (depending on your car).
Regular automotive preventative maintenance is conducted at intervals that, allow you to discover potential issues before they become serious problems down the road.
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.
How to get rid of cold-weather stalling problems on the 1997-2001 5SFE Camry by cleaning the IAC and throttle body.
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.
This article, via video, will demonstrate how to replace the timing belt, water pump, and camshaft and crankshaft seals on a 97 Toyota Avalon (1MZ-FE V6). This V6 engine is also used on the Camry, Sienna, Highlander, Solara, Estima, Mark II & Windom from '92 to '04.
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.
Replace the light bulb inside the climate control/heater knob in your MKIV, Jetta, Golf, Gti, Beetle, or Audi.
Older high-mileage Camry and Solara vehicles will eventually suffer from leaking (loud) exhaust flex pipes and clogged, non-functioning catalytic converters. Solution: Replace the entire down pipe with all new components. It's a lot cheaper than piecemeal repairs.
When your engine will not rotate, these simple checks and tests can help you diagnose and repair the fault.
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).
This article, via video, will show you how to remove the right cylinder bank coil packs and spark plugs from a 2004 4.0L V6 Nissan Xterra WITHOUT removing the intake plenum.
The fuel filter on the Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI can be tricky to replace. With step by step instructions this article will show you how.
The 1991-94 Mercury Capri has some idiosyncrasies that might lead an owner to believe the car is ready for the junkyard. But with some knowledge, you can often keep your Capri going.
Cars get pooped on by birds, but does the color of your vehicle matter? An automobile study seems to prove that red cars are the most targeted, but is this true?
Some people spend hundreds of dollars on car repairs when the check engine light is on. I use a low-cost diagnostic tool to see the vehicle’s OBD error codes.
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.
A 1992 Mitsubishi 3000 GT SL, sitting dead and idle for over 10 years, was brought back to life in this series of videos. It was renovated from the engine compartment to the suspension. I used many new off-the-shelf parts with no high-performance custom modifications.
Sooner or later, the Corvair owner will need to clean or maintain the 2 or 4 carbs on their engine. These primitive carburetors, unlike carbs 20 years later, need regular maintenance.
Changing brake pads may not seem difficult. Still, you may end up with brake issues after the job is done. So before you install those new pads, check these reminders for a proper installation.
Converting your old halogen Streethawk into a brighter, more energy efficient LED is easy. You can do it for less than $100!
Photos showing you how to replace the entire driver's side headlight assembly in a 2008 Chevy Aveo. There may be slight differences if you need to replace the passenger side.
How to replace the front suspension components on a typical Toyota or Lexus sedan: the strut, lower ball joint, lower control arm, and sway / stabilizer link.
If your vehicle has just overheated, or keeps overheating, this article will clue you in as to what's happening.
Noticing weird clunking noises when accelerating or driving over rough roads? Engine revs up before the car moves? It could be worn engine mounts. This article, via video, will show you how to replace these mounts, as demonstrated on a 2003 2.4L Toyota Camry.
What do you do if your brakes are squeaking? Is it safe to drive, or do you need to stop right away? We'll show you how to fix this squeaky brake problem.
If your car stalls at idle, check these symptoms and the potentially faulty components that may lurk behind the problem.
Your tires can talk, telling you many important things regarding tire maintenance and safety. This article explores and explains them.
This article, via video, will show you how to replace a malfunctioning a/c compressor and condenser on the Lexus ES330. The ES330 chassis changed from the ES300 (except the '02 and '03 ES300) making service access to the compressor and condenser different.
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.
This article shows you step-by-step how to replace the radiator, upper hose, and lower hose on a '97 through '01 Lexus ES300. The procedure can also be used on a Toyota Camry V6.
Do it yourself, step-by-step instructions for removing and replacing a headlight lamp in a Chevy Uplander minivan.
Do a cooling system flush to remove rust, scale and other contaminants from the radiator and engine and prevent clogging and overheating.
Opening the hood of a Ford Focus has baffled a lot of people as, unlike most cars, they don't use an interior button/lever. I'll be showing you their unique mechanism and how to use it.
You hate the feeling you get in your gut if you discover a dent on your bumper, a scratch on your bonnet, or rust and peeling paint on the body of your vehicle. But relief is available if you are able to perform the repair on your own.
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.
The infamous PCDS-9's compatibility problems can be easily eliminated with a total rewiring into Whelen's more versatile PCCS-9 system. It's easy to do and here's how.
The power steering pump must be the easiest part to replace in the 1989 Chevy. It's easy to reach, an easy process, and so rewarding!
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.
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.
How to replace the rear wheel hub and bearing on a 1999 Lexus ES300. This bearing is also used on the 92-01 Lexus ES300, 95-04 Toyota Avalon, 92-01 Toyota Camry, and 99-03 Solara.
Brake fluid replacement is an important part of routine vehicle maintenance, yet it is often overlooked or ignored by owners. This article explains why replacing brake fluid is important and how ignoring this inexpensive job can result in expensive and avoidable repairs in years to come.
Your brake lights can be off without you even knowing it. A common cause of brake lights not working is a brake light switch. Here is a fix that worked for my 2013 Honda Civic (9th generation) and should work for many other cars.
Ammco have been making high quality brake lathes for a very long time, without needing to change the basic design. Buying spare parts even for a 40-year-old model is a breeze!
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 article, via video, will show you how to replace the valve cover gasket and spark plug tubes seals on a 2014 Honda Accord Sport I4 F24 GDI engine.
Starter motor replacement performed on a 2009 Honda Accord with the 4 cylinder 2.4L K24 i-VTEC engine. The Acura TSX, Honda CRV, and Element also use this engine - therefore the repair procedure process should be similar.
This article, via video, will show you how I repaired a leaking a/c system on an '04 Honda Civic. Refrigerant was leaking from a pinhole puncture in the a/c condenser. After replacing the condenser and accumulator, I did an evacuation and freon recharge to complete the repair.
This video will show you how to replace the CV axles (driver and passenger side) on a 99'-03' Acura TL. These shafts are also used on the 01'-03' Acura CL and the 98'-'02'Honda Accord.
If you have a car idling low, there are a few common components you can check at home using some simple tools.
You replaced the brake pads on your car but notice wheel vibration at all speeds when braking. They're new pads, so what could it be? Warped or uneven contact surfaces on the brake disc rotors. I'll explain why you need to get new rotors or have them resurfaced on a cutting machine.
If you have a Hyundai Accent dated from '94 to '99 and want to remove the original radio to install a new one, you will have to the remove the center dashboard, where the radio and AC controls are.
The existing lead terminal connectors on this 3000 GT looked beat up, worn and ugly. This video shows you to replace your battery terminal connectors and repair the frayed battery cable ends with new copper lug connectors.
A video and instructions showing step-by-step how to remove and replace the water pump on a 1989 Silverado 3500 454.
This video shows a valve cover gasket being replaced on a 2004 Acura TL V6 which shares the same engine as the Honda Accord V6. No special tools are required.
Low rolling resistance, or LRR for short, tires can be a great investment and can save a lot of gas on hybrid and non-hybrid vehicles alike.
The video in this article will show you how to perform a front and rear brake service (brake pads and rotors) on a 2004 Acura TL. The same brake components are used in other Acura and Honda vehicles (CL, TSX, RL, and Accord).
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
What are the best spark plugs for your car? Can platinum or iridium breed new life into your engine? Should you upgrade?
It can be challenging to find a mechanic or auto repair shop that you can trust. By using these simple tips, you'll be able to get your car repaired at a quality shop without feeling like you've been ripped off.
How to remove and install an oxygen sensor in 4-cylinder Volkswagen compacts produced from 1993-1996.
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.
In this article, via video, I'll show you how to replace the front suspension lower ball joint on a '02 Honda Civic EX.
Stuck brake and no brake are common brake failures encountered when replacing rubber seals or repair kit on a brake master cylinder. This shouldn't be a problem if we know how a master cylinder works.
The way you buy your car parts can make the difference between getting affordable, quality parts and wasting your money and time.
A guide to the most common sources of noises while steering, to help you diagnose and fix your car faster.
One day, upon starting my 2002 Chevy S10, the dreadful "Service Engine Soon" light displayed. I hooked up my code reader and found the cause was a bad PCV and IAC sensor. This article shows how I did the repair.
Learn how to jump-start a car and how to charge a car battery to restore battery power and increase its service life.
Living in an area of the U.S. that gets over 4 feet of snow per season on average, you need the best extendable snow brush possible. The funny thing is, the best extendable snow brush is not a brush at all, it's a reinforced foam pad, and it's great.
This article shows you step-by-step how to replace the alternator on Toyota V6 engine (MZFE type). The alternator placement used on this V6 engine is the same for the Camry, Solara, Highlander, Avalon and Lexus ES300.
How to change the engine air filter yourself on BMW X3 cars. Save money and help keep your car breathing clean air.
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.
Is automobile coolant universal? NO. Although every vehicle has coolant, not every vehicle uses the same type, and they are not interchangeable. Coolant can be very hard to identify unless you know exactly what type your vehicle takes. Expand your knowledge and safety.
If your car won't start and the battery won't take a charge, you don't necessarily have to buy a new battery! You can swap the battery with a traded-in battery from your local auto parts retailer, or a discarded battery from a trash collection center or auto salvage yard.
Electrical Switches and Relays can control the power or ground to an electrical device. The switches can also be used to be an input into a computer system. SPST, DPDT and SPDT are types of switches.
A turbocharged diesel engine that lacked power turned out to be caused by a stuck VGT mechanism, possibly due to long idling. A simple but careful rocking of the VGT actuator lever solved the problem.
How do you maintain a car tire? And how do you put air in tires? A beginner's guide to general maintenance of car tires.
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.
Here is the simplest yet effective way to remove snow and ice from your car's windshield on that dreaded winter morning.
Learn how to change a starter motor using a step by step approach that highlights what you need to pay attention to.
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.
This article will show you how I replaced both CV axles on a '97 Infiniti I30. On this car, the CV boots had split, letting out all the grease. This same procedure can be used on the Nissan Maxima. Worn CV bearings or bearing cages or an out-of-round shaft can cause wheel vibration.
Change a car battery without damaging electric components and prevent corrosion build up at the same time.
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.
Although the auto space is becoming more diverse, it is still predominated by men. Navigating car repairs as a woman can be intimidating especially if you do not know a lot about cars. This tutorial will help you shop smarter for auto repairs.
A how-to guide which includes step-by-step directions, tools needed, and pictures on how to change the spark plugs on a 2006 Kia Optima.
Without a set of good tires, your car will not run smoothly and your engine will use more gas than it should. Your safety will also be at risk if you’re using the wrong tires for your car.
Do you have an odor in your car that you are having problems getting rid of? Learn how to remove those odors and smells the natural way.
Is jump starting bad for your car? You'd be surprised what you find out. What happens behind the scenes will shock you.
How to inspect your car's tires for longer wear and safer driving, whether you need winter tires, and other useful information.
How to replace the cabin air filter (aka pollen filter) in a 2006 Nissan Altima. The procedure is similar for many different Nissans.
If you have a fairly new Honda, at some point your dash will indicate that it is time for a B12 service. What does that mean? What should you do?
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.
When the compass and temperature display on my 13-year-old Ford Explorer SportTrac faded away, a little bit of research, time and soldering skills solved what would have otherwise been an expensive fix.
This article with video will show you how to replace the front suspension lower ball joint on a '03 -'07 Honda Accord. This method also applies to the '04-'08 Acura TSX.
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.
How-to article on replacing OEM sway bar links on a Nissan Titan 4x4 with a Moog Suspension link kit using basic hand tools in the comfort of your own garage. An easy project requiring less than an hour.
See how to replace a fuel pressure regulator at home whether you have a TBI or Multiport Fuel Injection system.
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?
This article with video shows you how to replace all the front torsion bar suspension components on a RWD '06 Chevrolet Tahoe.
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.
Why is my car overheating? What can I do to fix it? There are many reasons why an engine might overheat, and many simple fixes for those problems.
Change an oxygen sensor on your 2000 Dodge Stratus without leaving behind damaged threads and exhaust leaks.
This article will show you how I replaced a worn and damaged leather steering wheel with a used steering wheel I got from a salvage yard and re-finished. The video shows a Lexus ES300 but the replacement method can be used on other Toyota/Lexus sedans.
Has the central locking stopped working on your Mini? Fix it yourself with this guide. Applies to 2004-2006 facelift Minis.
Part I of this three-part DIY involves the replacement of the condenser (including the accumulator/dryer) on a 2004-2010 Toyota Sienna (3MZFE V6). Part II covers replacing the compressor, and Part III the evacuation and freon charging of the AC system.
How I eliminated front end clunking, rattling, and scratching noises that perisisted after I replaced the suspension struts on a 99' Toyota Corolla with over 200,000 miles.
This article, via video, will demonstrate how to replace the a/c compressor and condenser on a Lexus ES300 with over 170,000 miles.
How to replace the rear brake pads and rotors on a 2014 Honda Accord Sport and some Acura TSXs as well. An unusual feature of this job is that the caliper piston is recessed into the caliper by screwing it in, instead of compressing it.
Replace the EGR valve and remove carbon deposits to ensure proper operation of the emission control system and eliminate engine driveability issues.
If you're tired of looking at your dirty and rusty brake calipers and rotors through your alloy wheels, this article will show you step-by-step how to clean up those calipers and rotors, give them a paint job, and make them look like new. If looking to rebuild a caliper, I've included a video.
Looking to improve your fuel efficiency and slash your regular gas expenses? Check out this article for three tips to help you cut costs and keep your car well maintained!
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.
The problem: the rear seat latch broke off, leaving me with no way to access storage in my rear seat...
When I had to change the rear disks and pads on my 2003 Alfa Romeo 1.6 Twin-Spark, I discovered a distinct lack of information on the internet. I wrote this article to address that lack of information.
If your battery dash light is flickering and your battery is discharging, it could be the electronic load detector. The video here shows how to replace it.
Why don't manufactures include a tire inflator device with the spare tire? Here's how I evaluated the performance of an aftermarket tire inflator.
By far the easiest installation I've ever performed. This is on a 1993 Ford Explorer. The procedure is similar for other years of Ford Explorer.
When deciding I wanted a more custom look for my car I decided on a custom subwoofer enclosure in my trunk. This is how we did it.
An engine that takes too long to start, that doesn't start one day but starts the next, that turns over sluggishly or just gives you a click: these may indicate a starter that needs replacement.
EPA emission standards don't allow engine blow-by gases to be released into the atmosphere. But channeling these spent oily gases back into your engine will eventually carbonize engine internals and impact performance. Installing an aftermarket oil catch can is a easy and simple solution.
Change transmission fluid now using this simple guide and prevent serious damage to your transmission and family budget.
Radiator stop leak should only be used in certain circumstances. Learn if this product might be right for you.
This is how to change the oil on a Honda CL360. It's good to learn how to do it yourself because it can be expensive at a shop.
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.
Know the difference between a battery maintainer and a trickle charger, and how they can save your battery and and save you money.
This article, via video, will show you how to replace the rack and pinion assembly commonly found on Toyota and Lexus passenger sedans (i.e., Camry, Avalon, Corolla, ES300, ES330, etc.) The replacement was necessary due to power steering fluid leakage coming from the inner tie rod end seals.
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.
If you want to remove the transmission on a Honda Harmony, and you need some instructions, I have put together this instruction video just for you.
When do you need to replace it? What should you replace along with it? And what does it take to do it yourself?
This article will teach you exactly how to repair, fix, or replace a broken door handle in your car. Our example is to replace the interior car door handle in a 1998 Toyota Corolla. Enjoy!
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.
The Nissan Quest is an excellent vehicle. I have owned several of them, and in general, have had really great service out of them. In this article, I will explain how to replace the thermostat.
Taking care of your tires isn't hard. Get more life out of your tires with these easy maintenance tips.
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!
How to replace the Honda CRV rear suspension strut. Outside of a hydraulic jack and jack stands, no special tools are required. This is a moderately difficult repair.
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.
We rely upon our cars in these times. While it is important to take care of our cars, there are many myths that abound. Some have a grain of truth; others are completely false.
The 140Hp engine has four carbs, two primary and two secondary. Here's how to synchronize the secondary carbs.
This is something that can easily be done at home. I'll show you how to replace your mirrors more cheaply than going to the body shop.
I am going to show you how to replace the engine air filter in a 2006 Nissan Altima. The procedure is the same or similar for many Nissans.
This article will show you step-by-step how to replace the rear shock absorber and stabilizer bar link on a '99–'06 Volvo S80 sedan. The parts may be interchangeable with the '01–'09 S60 and '01–'07 V70. The video shows the replacement service being done on a '04 S80 2.5 Turbo.
I show you (via video) how I cleaned up the throttle body and IAC on my 20-year-old Toyota Camry with the I4 5SFE engine.
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.
The techniques here give you the ultimate level of control over your naturally aspirated car's performance, allowing ease of future modding.
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.
This article provides step-by-step instructions for replacing a broken exterior driver's side door handle on a Lexus ES300, which should also work on the very similar Toyota Camry.
Both gasoline direct injection (GDI) and port fuel injection engines, over time, develop carbon accumulation in the intake valves and combustion chambers, impacting engine performance. This article, via video, will show you a quick and easy way to clean up your engine.
A 22-year veteran of the industry provides techniques for finding reliable and honest auto repair for people who are NOT mechanical. If you know what to look for, you can find a safe place to take your car, or at least drastically improve the chances of having a positive experience.
This article, via video, will show you how to perform a transmission fluid drain and fill operation on a 2014 Honda Accord Sport 2.4L GDI.
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.
This video will show you how to replace the front brake pads and rotors on a 2012 Ford Escape. This "floating caliper" hardware design is typically found in European automobiles. There are no abutment clips. The inside pad is spring-mounted into the caliper piston and remains fixed.
A guide to check tire inflation pressure to stay safe on the road, increase tire service life, and save on fuel.
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.
DIY repair of the rear door handle, door latch, or door lock actuator. Detailed step-by-step photos and no special tools required. Save money doing it yourself.
Unfortunately, the plastic T connectors used in the cooling systems of Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury fail and cause leaks, and they are hard to replace. But this video shows you how to replace them.