Replace the EGR valve and remove carbon deposits to ensure proper operation of the emission control system and eliminate engine driveability issues.
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.
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.
When your engine will not rotate, these simple checks and tests can help you diagnose and repair the fault.
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.
When do you need to replace it? What should you replace along with it? And what does it take to do it yourself?
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.
Step-by-step instructions to change a flat tire, quickly and easily. This is a necessary skill, important to all car owners, because a car tire can become flat at any time.
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.
A guide to the most common sources of noises while steering, to help you diagnose and fix your car faster.
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.
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.
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.
If your car stalls at idle, check these symptoms and the potentially faulty components that may lurk behind the problem.
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.
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.
Basic electrical knowledge applies to so many vehical components: batteries, starters, alternators, lighting, sensors, actuators, AC systems, electric windows, and computer systems.
Step-by-step instructions for replacing the drum brake cylinder on a 1983 Buick Skylark or similar drum brake system.
If your vehicle has just overheated, or keeps overheating, this article will clue you in as to what's happening.
This how-to repair guide details the steps necessary to replace the brake light switch on a Chrysler 300 (2005-2009), Dodge Charger (2006-2009, or Dodge Magnum (2005-2008). This guide may not necessarily cover the RT, SRT, and SXT trims.
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.
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.
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.
IAC motor troubleshooting is a simple procedure on most vehicles, and you probably already have the tools for the project.
The braided hose that is connected to the fuel pressure regulator (FPR) is a common spot for vacuum leaks on 1.8T cars. Your FPR itself can also get clogged and stuck.
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.
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.
Is your vehicle having a hard starting problem or cannot start at all? Here are some common symptoms and possible causes.
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.
I didn't want to pay a fine for a burnt-out headlight, and I didn't want to pay someone else to replace it either. Here's how I did it, with some nuances that may help you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Squeaky brakes, shakes, vibrations—check this list of common brake problems and identify their potential source so you can fix your brakes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A how-to guide for replacing spark plugs on a 2004 Toyota Tundra V8 with high quality Iridium spark plugs. Also serves as a general spark plug replacement guide.
Very simple do-it-yourself instructions for replacing the valve cover gasket on Volkswagen 2.0L AEG engines to help seal vacuum and oil leaks. Includes Jetta, Golf, and GTI.
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.
Solenoid problems can be very difficult to diagnose properly. Of all the electrical components in a car, the solenoid might be the least understood.
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 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.
Has the central locking stopped working on your Mini? Fix it yourself with this guide. Applies to 2004-2006 facelift Minis.
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.
A video and instructions showing step-by-step how to remove and replace the water pump on a 1989 Silverado 3500 454.
No Diagnostic Trouble Codes to help? Learn what potentially failed components or systems are causing engine performance problems.
Many Chrysler wipers made since the 1970s use plastic bushings as bearings. They wear out. Here's how to replace them.
Radiator stop leak should only be used in certain circumstances. Learn if this product might be right for you.
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.
Are you looking for your Honda Acura's ECU or OBD connector to find why your "check engine" light is on? Look no further. Here's the skinny on Honda Acura codes.
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!
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.
This article provides you step-by-step instructions for replacing the upper strut mount and the stabilizer link on a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The repair method can also be applied to the Honda Pilot and the Acura MDX.
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.
A guide to changing the brake pads on a VW Touran. The information that follows applies to many of the VW, Audi, SEAT, Skoda range of vehicles.
If your car jerks when accelerating, check these common sources of trouble to speed up your diagnostic and repair.
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.
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.
Front end clunking noise when acceleration from a dead stop? Maybe a new front motor mount requires replacement.
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 you have a car idling low, there are a few common components you can check at home using some simple tools.
I bought a TOPDON BT100 battery and alternator tester for my at-home toolbox to replace a bulky old Snap-On tester, and want to share what I found out!
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 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.
Learn how to jump-start a car and how to charge a car battery to restore battery power and increase its service life.
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.
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.
Replace a fuel filter in minutes. This guide works for most vehicle models, even if you don't have much mechanical experience.
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.
Replace the light bulb inside the climate control/heater knob in your MKIV, Jetta, Golf, Gti, Beetle, or Audi.
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.
The color of the exhaust smoke can give you valuable information about the state of health of the engine.
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.
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.
Do it yourself, step-by-step instructions for removing and replacing a headlight lamp in a Chevy Uplander minivan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loss of air conditioning in your Chrysler Pacifica is usually a matter of inconvenience rather than a serious problem. I'll show you how to check refrigerant pressure and refill it for $25.
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.
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?
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.
When the rear end suspension of my GMC Envoy failed, I panicked. With the advice of a dear friend, I was able to order the parts I needed to get my SUV fixed affordably.
Change an oxygen sensor on your 2000 Dodge Stratus without leaving behind damaged threads and exhaust leaks.
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.
The topic of RB20 intake manifolds is a hot one. As the price of used Nissan RB20DET engines continues to tumble, more people are viewing them as a viable option to their current engine.
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.
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.
If you have a soft or sinking brake pedal and you're looking for information on what's causing it or what you should do next, you'll find the answers here. I've included some pictures and FAQs.
Know how to replace an oxygen sensor safely. A bad oxygen sensor will increase fuel consumption by up to 40%.
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.
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.
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.
Do an oil pan gasket replacement at home following the safety precautions, tips, and method outlined in this guide.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
This engine compression test will reveal your gasoline or diesel engine's mechanical condition. It's fast, cheap, and reliable.
How to remove and install an oxygen sensor in 4-cylinder Volkswagen compacts produced from 1993-1996.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
This article, via video, will show you how to compress caliper pistons to perform a brake pad replacement service on a Lexus RX350 with electronic parking brakes.
Step-by-step instructions for replacing a power steering pump on a GM small-block engine. High-resolution photos illustrate every step.
See how to replace a fuel pressure regulator at home whether you have a TBI or Multiport Fuel Injection system.
The common code P0101, whether from a gas or diesel engine, often points to the Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF), but there are other possibilities.
The problem: the rear seat latch broke off, leaving me with no way to access storage in my rear seat...
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.
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 demonstrate how to replace the a/c compressor and condenser on a Lexus ES300 with over 170,000 miles.
This article with video shows you how to replace all the front torsion bar suspension components on a RWD '06 Chevrolet Tahoe.
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.
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.
You may get some warning before the turbo fails on your 91-94 Mercury Capri. Here's what to do if it happens.
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.
Learn what it means when the maintenance light begins flashing on your dashboard, and what you should do when it happens.
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.
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
Install a brake booster replacement following these simple steps, even if you have to remove the brake master cylinder.
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.
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.
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?
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. I also provided video showing how I performed a similar operation on a Acura RDX.
How to remove and repair the electric window module on the driver's door of a Citroen Berlingo (Mark 1). The Peugeot Partner can have the same fault.
The way you buy your car parts can make the difference between getting affordable, quality parts and wasting your money and time.
How to replace your car water pump at home successfully with a step-by-step procedure and tips to make it last longer.
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.
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 your car stalls when cold, check the most common sensors and components behind the fault using a few common tools.
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 to get rid of cold-weather stalling problems on the 1997-2001 5SFE Camry by cleaning the IAC and throttle body.
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.
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.
Knowing how to retrieve OBD trouble codes when the Check Engine light comes on will help you save time and money.
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.
In this article, via video, I'll show you how to replace the front suspension lower ball joint on a '02 Honda Civic EX.
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.
A quick DIY with part numbers for fixing a broken back seat latch for VW, Jetta, Golf, GTI, and MKIV.
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.
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.
The VW diesel (TDI) engine is one tough engine capable of going 500,000 miles when maintained. However, it does have issues.
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.
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.
The classic 1989 Chevy Dually employs a braking system consisting of disc brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear. The drum brakes are a little more complex than they are on today's models. Let's go over that system here.
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.
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.
P0300 random misfires can be hard to diagnose, leave you stranded and with an expensive repair bill, but this guide can help you.
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.