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.
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!
Converting your old halogen Streethawk into a brighter, more energy efficient LED is easy! You can do it for less than $100!
If you failed a smog test because of an old, borderline catalytic converter, this simple, no-cost home remedy will surely make you pass a second smog test. Better yet, if your vehicle is old use the procedure before your first smog test.
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.
Learn how to check a starter solenoid or remote relay in a few minutes using this simple step-by-step guide.
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.
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.
Does condensation build up on the inside of your car windows and make it hard to see? This article explains why condensation builds and how to get rid of fogged windows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What causes a car to overheat? Learn what parts and conditions cause your engine to overheat and fix your engine now.
Here is the simplest yet effective way to remove snow and ice from your car's windshield on that dreaded winter morning.
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.
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?
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.
Change transmission fluid now using this simple guide and prevent serious damage to your transmission and family budget.
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.
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 to change coolant in your own garage to protect your engine from corrosion and extreme temperatures.
Getting rid of rodents that damage your car or truck can be challenging, but there are several approaches that can do the job.
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.
ScanGauge can be expensive, but now you can have the same functionality with an inexpensive Bluetooth adapter for any vehicle including the Prius.
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.
This coolant temperature sensor test will tell you in just a few minutes whether you need to replace it.
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.
Are you intimidated at the idea of doing electrical automotive work? Don't be. Here are 10 electrical projects for your car.
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.
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 spark plug wires in your own garage; it only takes a few minutes and you can save a lot of money using this guide.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
What are the best spark plugs for your car? Can platinum or iridium breed new life into your engine? Should you upgrade?
Regular automotive preventative maintenance is conducted at intervals that, allow you to discover potential issues before they become serious problems down the road.
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
I have well over 100,000 miles already on my car. 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.
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.
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!
Don't replace your spark plugs when you can clean them and get another 5,000 to 10,000 miles out of them!
Automatic transmissions are great to drive ... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
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.
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 the brakes and rotors on a Ford Expedition. These instructions should work for models made in 2007-2017.
How to change the engine air filter yourself on BMW X3 cars. Save money and help keep your car breathing clean air.
A little TLC for your car interior goes a long way. Regular maintenance should keep your cloth seats as good as 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.
Why is there black smoke coming out of my exhaust? Is my engine burning oil? If so, what can I do about it?
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.
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!
Is your car using too much oil? How to do some tests to find the reason. Learn about common leak sources and prevention.
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.
How to replace the cabin air filter (aka pollen filter) in a 2006 Nissan Altima. The procedure is similar for many different Nissans.
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 how to synchronize the carburetors on a Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R. A fairly simple task for most home DIYers.
You have filled your tires with air but that annoying low tire pressure indicator light on your dash still won't turn off. Here are a few simple tricks you can easily do yourself to get it to reset.
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.
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
Taking care of your tires isn't hard. Get more life out of your tires with these easy maintenance tips
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.
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!
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.
Bird poop on your car can be a hassle. Learn how to avoid the birds and keep them from pooping on your vehicle.
Clean and replace the throttle body for VW and Audi 1.8T engines, to cure rough idle and carbon build-up.
Changing the transmission fluid in your car is as easy as changing the oil. A new filter and fluid cost about $30 (at the time of this writing, 2018).
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.
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.