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Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:12:34 +0000

 



Troubleshooting Car Problems: Why Don't I Have...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Cold weather is no time to be driving a car with no heat. Troubleshoot your no-heat problem to get to the bottom of the situation. Whether it's a quick repair or requires a trip to the shop, you'll get an answer for yourself.



Help! Car Won't Start!

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If your car won't turn over, you could save hundreds of dollars by figuring out what's wrong on your own. It's worth a try!



5 Ways to Tell Your Car Is Overheating

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

There are many reasons why your car may be overheating. Take a look at this list of common causes of overheating and you will be closer to diagnosing.



Fix a Dead Battery in Your Car Remote

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

We rely on the remote unlock, lock, and alarm functions on our car or truck key fob, or key chain. This keychain remote has batteries that go dead. If you have a dead or weak battery in your car remote, you will lose range or not be able to use it at all. Replacing your car remote battery is easy. You can replace the battery in 5 minutes or less. We'll show you a Honda remote and a Mercedes Benz remote as examples. Other remotes will be similar. Most are easy to deal with. Remember not to force the remote open if it doesn't seem to want to open up. A broken remote can cost hundreds of dollars to replace.



Checking Car Idling Problems

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If your car is idling to high or too low, it could be an early sign of a bigger problem. Figure it out now and save money on future repairs!



Safely Jump Starting a Dead Car Battery

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

It's easy to jump start your car if you are stranded with a dead battery. Jumper cables are easy to use with these simple instructions.



What to Look For When You Just Can't Get Your...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If your car won't start, it might be the starter, or your wiring, or your fuel injection, cold start, key won't turn, hot start, and many more things.



What's Wrong With Your Car's Rear Defroster

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If your rear defrost is not working, there are a number of things that could be causing it. This step by step troubleshooting and repair guide can help you figure out what the cause is, and show you how to fix it cheaply.



How to Check or Refill the Coolant in Your Car

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Don't let your car run hot because it's low on coolant. It's easy to check the coolant level in your radiator. It should be part of your regular maintenance routine and only takes a second.



Dead Battery, Again? Help!

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

You may have solved your dead battery with a jump start, but what is causing the battery to drain so often? Here are some ideas to check out.



Need Help With Your Honda Hot Start Problem?

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If your Honda Accord, Civic, Prelude, CRX or other won't start when it's hot, you are suffering from a common Honda no-start problem.



Antifreeze Differences and Toxicity

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

What is the difference between red and green anti-freeze?



Engine Whirring Sounds and What Might be Wrong

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Unwelcome or unusual sounds under the hood could mean big trouble down the road. Diagnose them early and save yourself some serious headache.



Fix Your Burnt Out Headlight

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If you don't replace your own headlight, you'll pay big at the shop. It takes 5 minutes, and you'll save lots of money by installing it yourself. Pick your bulb and go.



How to Flush Your Car's Radiator

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Flushing your car or truck's radiator is important. Save on future repairs by keeping a clean cooling system. DIY to save money!



Diagnosing Automatic Transmission Problems With...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

When you have automatic transmission issues, a simple auto transmission checklist will help out to diagnose your aiutomatic transmission problems.



What to Do if Your Car's Brake Pedal is Low or...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Diagnosing a brake problem yourself can save serious time and money, whether you're doing your own repairs or taking it to the repair shop.



Antifreeze versus Coolant: the Battle

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Ever wonder what the difference between antifreeze and coolant is? If you're curious, we have the answer for you, and you'll be surprised!



ABS Wheel Sensor Cleaning How-To

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

The ABS light can be triggered by a number of symptoms. Before you decide to take the car in, you might want to take a look at your ABS wheel sensors.



When and How to Clean Your Car's EGR Valve

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Before you replace your exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve, many people try cleaning it. It's easy to clean your EGR valve, and here's how to do it.



What Does an EGR Valve Do?

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

The EGR valve is a crucial part of your car's emission control system. Find out what it does and when to replace or repair it.



Help With Steering Wheel Shakes

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If your car is shaking, whether it's the steering wheel or something deeper, this checklist can help you figure out what's causing the problem.



Check Your Own Oil, Yo!

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

You don't need to ask a pro to check your oil. You can check it yourself in 5 minutes, without even getting dirty.



Symptoms of Low Power Steering Fluid

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If your power steering is noisy, screeching, squealing, or if your power steering is weak or jumpy, you may simply need to add some power steering fluid.



Building a Car Repair Tool Box

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

You can work on your own car, but what do you need to get started? Check out this short checklist of things that you must have before you launch into your career of DIY auto repair.



4 Free Check Engine Light Fixes

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Learn about the common triggers that can cause your Check Engine light to come on for almost no reason at all, to save you money and your safety.



What to Know About Timing Belt Replacement

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Timing belt replacement information for most makes including Honda, GM, Chevy, Chrysler, Acura, Audi, Volkswagen, Volve, Toyota, Ford, and many more.



Replace Your Car’s Burnt-Out Bulbs in 4...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

It's not safe to drive around without all of your lights shining brightly. Every bulb on the outside of your car has a safety function.



Where Can I Find the Fuses in My Volkswagen...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

This is a fuse location map with amperage and other important information about fuses for your Volkswagen Jetta 1999 and newer. It shows things like brake lights, headlights, turn signals, etc.



Help, my Battery Light is On!

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Is your battery light on? The dash lights on your car all mean something. Be sure you know what to do if your battery light comes on while you're going down the road.



How to Replace the Universal Joint on Your Car...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If your universal joint or drive shaft is making noise, you may need to replace your universal joint. This printable step-by-step how to with detailed photos will help you replace your universal joint and save lots of cash.



Plug Wire Safety Check

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

A short in your spark plug wire can cause your car to run rough, affect your gas mileage adversely and even cause dangerous situations under the hood!



Is Your Car Battery Still Good? How to Test It

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Testing a vehicle battery is simple, requiring a few basic tools.Here's how to measure the state-of-charge and do a load test and a bounce back test.



Tow Strap Car Rescue - Be Safe!

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If you get stuck or need a short pull, a tow strap can really help you out. Be careful to use it correctly and safely. We'll show you how.



Fix Your Turn Signals!

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

A bad turn signal is either a bulb or a relay flasher problem. Here's how to fix both of those.



What to Do if Your Jeep Cherokee Overheats When...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

I own a 1998 Jeep Cherokee SE (not a Grand) 4.0L I6 with 4WD. The consistent problem I am having is with the cooling system, and I am wondering if it is just the car or if something can be done about it.



Wet Sanding Paint for Ultimate Shine

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

When done right, wet sanding can produce amazing results. Whether you're trying to prep your car for a paint job or revive a tired finish, you should have wet sanding as part of your restoration arsenal.



Easy Coil Tester DIY

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Your ignition coil can be the culprit in many automotive troubleshooting situations. You will need to test your coil to see if its bad.



The Buzz (Literally) on Wheel Bearing Replacement

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

A bad wheel bearing deserves a good listen. But before you pay for work, be sure you are actually in need of a wheel bearing replacement. A little time in diagnosis can save big money in the long run.



EGR Valve and Error Code P0401

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If Error Code P0401 is telling you that your EGR valve needs help, here are some things to think about before you start to panic.



How To Check Your Coolant Mixture Percentage

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Keeping a proper coolant mixture is vital to your car's health. Antifreeze should be close to 50 percent mixture. You can test your coolant mixture easily with an inexpensive coolant mixture tester that can be bought at any auto parts store.



What's Making That Grinding Sound When You Hit...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If your car's making a grinding sound when you stop, it's not something to ignore. Brakes can be expensive to repair if you wait too long.



Plugs Aren't Just for Hair...6 Steps to...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

You can plug your own flat tire for about $5. Buy a tire repair kit and use this guide to learn how to repair your flat tire safely in about 15 minutes.



Dead Prius Battery is Your Fault

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

A dead battery in your Prius may be your fault and you didn't even know it. Check out these odd scenarios that can lead to a dead battery. Prius specific!



Adding Power Steering Fluid

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

There's no reason to drive around with malfunctioning power steering. Find out if it's a simple fix by checking your power steering fluid level.



Worn Car Suspension? Figure it Out!

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Suspension problems are hard to diagnose. Whether you have shakes, shimmies, vibrations, or bumps, we can help troubleshoot with you.



Scraped Bumper? You Can Fix that!

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Check out how we repaired this plastic bumper for less than $100. It was torn, scratched and had multiple holes in it. The result was a superb value for the cash outlay.



How to Fix Your Own Chipped Windshield

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

You can repair your windshield yourself with a windshield chip repair kit. We've tested them, and now we'll show you how to fix a chipped windshield using one of these kits. Save money, you don't need a replacement windshield, fix this one.



Can a Flat Tire Fix Really Come From a Can?

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

We've all seen it on the shelf, that yellow can claiming it can repair tires in your moment of distress. But will it really work?



How to Drain Your Car's Gas Tank Safely

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If you've ever needed to drain your gas tank, you know how frustrating it can be. The problem was you were lacking good equipment and good advice. I'll show you how to do it right.



How To Test a Circuit Using a Test Light

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

A circuit tester is an important troubleshooting tool when you are trying to diagnose an electrical problem with your car.



What's That Stuff Leaking Out Under Your Car?

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

The easiest way to identify a leak is by looking at, and smelling the fluid that's sitting on the ground in your driveway. Here's how.



How to Diagnose Converter Lock-Up Problems in...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Diagnosing GM Converter Lock-Up Problems



Do You Have a Sunroof or Moonroof?

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

There is a difference between a sunroof and moonroof. Think you know the answer? I'll explain it in more detail that you asked for.



Can Engine Oil Stop Leak Live Up to Its Name?

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

A comprehensive review of the Bar's Engine Oil Stop Leak. Does it work?



Where Are the Oxygen Sensors on a Ford V8?

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If you are trying to locate or replace your oxygen sensors in your Ford, this chart will tell you where they are located.



Snap, Crackle and Pop Under the Hood, No Good

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Engines make predictable, symphonic noises. If your engine is making a popping sound, you need to see what's going on under the hood. Troubleshoot your popping noise soon, like today.



The Famous Pepper, No Salt, Radiator Repair

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If you're taken by surprise by a breakdown, it doesn't mean that you have to be stranded or call for the tow truck. Being prepared for a side-of-the-road repair can save you time and money. Radiator repairs can be a bummer. You might not be able to fix everything with a packet of pepper, but I'll tell you one radiator repair that calls for just that.



Wonder What Your Alternator Really Does?

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

How does an alternator work? What does an alternator do? If you've ever wondered what's going on inside your alternator, read up here.



9 Simple Steps to DIY Dent Repair

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Repairing a dent in your car body is not difficult. It just takes patience to sand, wet sand, color sand and fill the dent using body filler like Bondo.



Knowing When You Need New Windshield Wipers and...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Don't pay the inspection station or shop to replace your wipers. Save big and do it yourself with this step-by-step guide including great photos!



Car Repair with a Smartphone

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

The newest batch of smartphone driven, app-based automotive scan tools and code readers have opened the door to a wealth of information for the DIY mechanic.



6 Steps to DIY Master Cylinder Repair

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If you're experiencing low brake pressure, bad pedal feel, or any other problems with your brakes, you might need to replace your master cylinder.



Fill Your Wiper Fluid!

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Washer fluid can help keep your windshield clean in the summer and ice-free in the winter. It's easy to top it off so you know you won't run out when you really need some window juice!



Oil Leaks: Bad, Ugly, Never Good

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Find the source of your oil leak by inspecting your engine. An oil leak can be serious, but there's no need to panic.



How to Fix a Broken Exhaust Hanger on Your Car

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

The clunk you hear under the car might be a broken exhaust hanger causing your muffler to bounce around. A bad exhaust hanger is easy to replace.



Engine Tick, Tick, Tick Help!

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

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What Does an Antilock Braking System Do and How...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

How does ABS work? What is my antilock braking system doing? Here is a guide to the ins and outs of your car's ABS brakes and the system that runs them.



How to Use Torch Heat to Remove a Stuck Bolt

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Some bolts just won't budge. You can use a penetrant like PB Blaster, Liquid Wrench or WD-40, but to really get it free you might need to apply heat.



Tire Shopping Made Easy

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

All of the numbers and letters on the sides of tires mean something. If you know how to decipher them, you'll be empowered to make a real decision about what tires are right for you, and how to save money buying them.



Grounded, Electrically That Is

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Before you start running new wires, understand what a ground wire is, and what the negative side of your car's electrical system is all about. It will help you troubleshoot your circuits and fix electrical problems.



Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

It's time to get your car ready for the upcoming winter driving season with some auto maintenance. Taking half an hour to check a few key safety points on your car can save you time and money.



Fix That Loud Exhaust

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

A noisy exhaust is a bummer. Find out whether your excessive exhaust noise is a big deal or an easy fix.



Use This Simple Trick to Remove a Stuck Wheel

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

It can be corrosion, gunk, goop or just general tightness, but none of these things can keep your stuck car wheel on with this handy trick.



DIY Car Body Repair

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Minor body damage can cost thousands to have repaired, but doing the work yourself can save most of that money! Give it a try.



How to Bench Bleed Your Master Cylinder in 5...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If you have to replace your master cylinder, you will have to bleed the brakes. But how much after you install a new master cylinder may depend.



Do Car Owners Really Need to Use Fuel Additives...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

You're worried about moisture in your fuel, even when using today's ethanol-infused fuels. Is it a good idea to use a guel additive in your gas tank to maintain the moisture level in your gas?



Rotten Egg Smell = Bad Catalytic Converter or...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Replacing a catalytic converter is an expensive repair, so be sure you need one before you throw your wallet at it. Here are some of the most common symptoms that may or may not lead to replacing your car or truck's cat.



Understanding Wheel Alignment

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If you hit a serious bump you might need to get an alignment. Alignments are not expensive usually, and include adjustments of suspension like camber, caster, toe in, toe out, thrust, and 4-wheel alignment. Let us show you definitions of what all of these things mean to you and the health of your car or truck.



What Is Your Dashboard Oil Light Trying to Tell...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If you see your dashboard brake light or oil light illuminated, you should start troubleshooting the reason behind the light to avoid expensive repairs.



How To Test The Main Relay on Your Honda

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Before you replace the main relay in your Honda Civic, Accord, Prelude, CRX or other Honda, be sure you perform this fairly simple test.



Changing Your Own Fuel Filter Step-by-Step

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Your fuel filter is your engine's safety net. Keeping your fuel filter clean increases gas mileage and helps avoid future repairs.



DIY: How to Change Your Battery

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

A good battery is essential to the proper operation of your vehicle and can last for about five years with the proper care.



What is the Shelf Life of Radiator Coolant or...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If you've been wondering what the shelf life of car radiator coolant is, you've come to the right place. Your radiator isn't too picky, it seems.



How to Replace Your Car's Fuel Injector Yourself

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If you need to replace a fuel injector, this is how to do it. Step by step, with photos. Ready for printout. Be prepared!



Basic Welding Stuff FYI

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

There are three basic types of welders used in auto shops. Check out which may be right for you.



Help! My Ignition is Stuck!

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Ever get in your car and you can't even turn the car key? Everything seems stuck. There's an easy way out of this jam, and it won't cost you a thing.



MIG Welding Explained

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

MIG welders are the best introductory tool for welding. They are easy to use and can be mastered with practice and work. Check out the basics of MIG welding and see how the pros get metalworking done.






How to Figure Out What Size Tires You Need

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

All of the numbers and letters on the sides of tires mean something. If you know how to decipher them, you'll be empowered to make a real decision about what tires are right for you, and how to save money buying them. If you are buying new tires, you should know what size tire you need, and what size tire options are right for your car. Do you need to keep the same brand of tire?



The No-Code Cure for OBD Scan

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If you've hooked up to your OBD-II diagnostic plug and got nothing, don't assume that the system needs serious work. Sometimes it can be simple and free to fix.



The Dos and Don'ts of Tire Buying

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z




How to Replace the Brake Pads

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Changing brake pads is easy to do yourself. I will tell you step by step how to replace brake pads. With photos. Brake pad installation is not difficult, and with this step-by-step instruction you can save big money. Replacing your brakes (disc brake pads) can be done quickly, If it's time to install new brake pads on your car, be prepared.



A Primer on Primer

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

It's commonly accepted lore to prime before you paint, but do you always need primer? When can it actually do harm rather than help?



Figure Out Your Oil Problem

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

If your oil level drops between oil changes you might have a problem. Troubleshoot your oil consumption problems to see if you need to make a repair.



The Difference Between Snow Tires and Summer...

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

What is the difference between a snow tire and any other tire. Can I use my all season tires for winter? The snow tire vs all season tire debate shouldn't even be happening. Look at the difference between snow tires and regular tires and you'll see why you should put snow tires on your car if you live in a snowy climate.



Do I Need an OBD-II Tool or a Scan Tool?

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

A handheld OBD2 tool such as those manufactured by INNOVA will pull and display diagnostic trouble codes, show emissions related monitor status, display freeze frame data, which was set when the “Check Engine” light problem occurred and more. In a very high percentage of cases, a handheld OBD2 tool is all that anyone needs to diagnose emissions-related failures in today’s vehicles.






Can You Really Repair Your Own Windshield?

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

You see windshield repair kits on the shelf claiming to repair rock chips and other damage in 15 minutes, but do any of them really work? Is it possible to repair a windshield yourself? We'd all love to say I can fix my own windshield, so we tested the product to see whether you can do it.



Timing Belt Replacement and Technical Info

2017-02-20T11:12:34Z

Look here for information regarding timing belts. Timing belt replacement information for most makes including Honda, GM, Chevy, Chrysler, Acura, Audi, Volkswagen, Volve, Toyota, Ford, Daihatsu, Kia, Hyundai, Infiniti, Nissan, Isuzu, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Cadillac, Pontiac, Mercedes