Proper maintenance helps prolong the useful years of your car. I’ll tell you how I'm keeping my old car running as good as new with little cost for upkeep.
This coolant temperature sensor test will tell you in just a few minutes whether you need to replace it.
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.
Cold air coming out of your car's heater? How to troubleshoot and fix the problem. Includes advice specific to the Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler, Mini, and Vauxhall Corsa.
ScanGauge can be expensive, but now you can have the same functionality with an inexpensive Bluetooth adapter for any vehicle including the Prius.
How to clean a throttle body, an easy and cheap way to increase gas mileage and performance. Pictures from a Chevy Trailblazer and Dodge Ram 1500.
The 140Hp engine has four carbs, two primary and two secondary. Here's how to synchronize the secondary carbs.
You're supposed have your automatic transmission oil changed every so often... but what about the filter?
Taking care of your tires isn't hard. Get more life out of your tires with these easy maintenance tips
Automatic transmissions are great to drive ... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
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 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.
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 for changing your spark plugs.
Living in an area of the US that get's 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...
What are the best spark plugs for your car? Can platinum or iridium breed new life into your engine? Should you upgrade?
Batteries are the heart of the electrical system on cars, trucks and boats. The battery is a storage unit that converts chemical energy into electrical voltage. Problems can effect the entire vehicle.
How to replace the timing belt, water pump, tensioner, and guide pulleys on the 2005-2015 Honda Pilot, with a video showing the repair performed on a 2012 Pilot.
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.
Here is the simplest yet effective way to remove snow and ice from your car's windshield on that dreaded winter morning.
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.
Why is there black smoke coming out of my exhaust? Is my engine burning oil? If so, what can I do about it?
There are certain precautions to take seriously when cleaning your car or your results will look like a 4 year old reconditioned it. I will cover basic steps, tools, and products to use that will make car cleaning more enjoyable, less time consuming and will generate professional results, after all, the reason you clean your car is to make it stand out above all the dirty cars you park n
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.
Grinding noises in a car's braking system is a sure sign something has failed or broken and needs immediate attention. Get the noise checked out as soon as possible before driving, the problem could put you in danger.
Over time, your car's A/C will become less and less effective, emitting warm instead of cool air. Adding freon is a quick and easy fix to make your car's A/C blow cold air again.
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.
Hello classic Volvo owner. Spark plugs are a vital part of your engine's ignition system and good plugs are essential for the best performance and economy of your engine. This comprehensive tutorial will guide you, step by step
Looking to improve your fuel efficiency and slash your regular gas expenses? Check out this hub for three tips to help you cut costs and keep your car well maintained!
Instructions on how to synchronize the carburetors on a Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R. A fairly simple task for most home DIYers.
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 a compound turbocharger system, two turbos work in series, one after the other, to compress the incoming air, in contrast to a twin turbo system where two turbos in parallel share the work.
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.
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.
This article shows you how to replace the compressor and condenser on a Honda Pilot (2009 - 2012), including how to install new valve stems and evacuate and recharge the system.
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.
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.
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.
Change transmission fluid now using this simple guide and prevent serious damage to your transmission and family budget.
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.
Learn how to change spark plugs and avoid poor fuel economy, performance problems and expensive repairs.
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.
Clean and replace the throttle body for VW and Audi 1.8T engines, to cure rough idle and carbon build-up.
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.
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.
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.
This article will walk you through changing the brake pads on a 2006 Ford Escape 4X4 with a V6 engine.
A little TLC for your car interior goes a long way. Regular maintenance should keep your cloth seats as good as new.
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.
Check the main causes of low engine oil pressure and know how to troubleshoot your car's oil pressure.
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.
Regular automotive preventative maintenance is conducted at intervals that, allow you to discover potential issues before they become serious problems down the road.
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.
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.
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.
How to replace the cabin air filter (aka pollen filter) in a 2006 Nissan Altima. The procedure is similar for many different Nissans.
Do a timing belt replacement project in your own garage using these recommendations, tips, and procedures.
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.
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!
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.
The article will show you step-by-step how to replace the major front suspension components on a Lexus ES300: the strut, control arm, ball joint, and stabilizer bar link.
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?
How to change the engine air filter yourself on BMW X3 cars. Save money and help keep your car breathing clean air.
Changing the transmission fluid in your car is as easy as changing the oil. A new filter and fluid cost around $30.
A car battery leak test will help you stop power loss and extend your battery service life in a few simple steps.
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.
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.
Are you intimidated at the idea of doing electrical automotive work? Don't be. Here are 10 electrical projects for your car.
Don't replace your spark plugs when you can clean them and get another 5,000 to 10,000 miles out of them!
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.
Is your car using too much oil? How to do some tests to find the reason. Learn about common leak sources and prevention.
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!
Given the level of questions I've received from all of my readers, I've come to a resolution that will make everyone happy. YOU (the most MVP!) will get your questions answered one-on-one.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Seafoam engine and oil treatment system is one of the overall best products on the market. It's so versatile and works with so many different systems.
Some of us love to restore cars, get more performance out of our engines, or just have everything bling. But exhaust & turbo components are often overlooked in the process to make our vehicles shine.
DIY on how to change spark plugs and coils on VW jetta, GTI, and Golf 1.8t; also Audi TT and A4 1.8 engines. BKR7E & BKR6E 6962 & 4644.
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.
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.
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.
Changing the brakes and rotors on a Ford Expedition. These instructions should work for models made in 2007-2017.
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.
Understanding the causes of misfiring and how to fix them can save you a lot of money in fuel and prevent excess emissions.
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.
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.
Doing basic maintenance on your Prius isn't dangerous or difficult at all. Most basic service tasks can be done easily without having to go to the stealership, I mean, dealership!
Knowing how to change brake pads may not seem difficult. Still, you may end up with brake issues. So before you install those new pads, check these reminders for a proper installation.
Learn how to check a starter solenoid or remote relay in a few minutes using this simple step-by-step guide.
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.
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.
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.
Bird poop on your car can be a hassle. Learn how to avoid the birds and keep them from pooping on your vehicle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.