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Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:13:45 +0000

 



5 Ways to Tell Your Car Is Overheating

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Help! Car Won't Start!

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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!



Checking Car Idling Problems

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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!



Auto Maintenance Tips for Summer Road Trips

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

Seasonal auto maintenance is important to your car. Auto maintenance should always be a priority, but as the seasons change things come up that might not have mattered last month. Besides, an auto maintenance calendar is a good thing to have in place. If your planning a road trip, all the more important.



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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Replacing the Battery in Your Car's Keyless...

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

It can be hard to diagnose a brake problem, but troubleshooting your brakes doesn't have to be impossible. Whether it's low brake pressure or a pedal that's hard to press, this brake troubleshooting guide can help you figure out what's wrong with your brakes.



Need Help With Your Honda Hot Start Problem?

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



How to Flush Your Car's Radiator

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

It's important to keep your car's radiator and cooling system clean. Performing a radiator flush at least once a year stops corrosion from building up in your radiator, keeping things nice and cool. This simple step-by-step car radiator flush is the key to good radiator health. Your cooling system is important. Change your antifreeze and stay cool.



How to Wet Sand Your Car's Primer or Paint

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

Wet sanding is a simple process that, when done right, can produce amazing results. Whether you are trying to prep your car for a paint job or revive a tired finish on your old car or truck, you should have wet sanding as part of your restoration arsenal. Learn how easy it can be done, and how to do it properly here.



How to Clean Your Car's ABS Wheel Sensor

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Diagnosing Automatic Transmission Problems With...

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



When and How to Clean Your Car's EGR Valve

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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?

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



How to Use a Dipstick to Check Your Oil

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

Checking your oil with your car's dipstick is the single most important thing you can do to extend the life of your car and keep your engine healthy.



Safely Jump Starting a Dead Car Battery

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



How to Replace The Turn Signal Relay on Your Car

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

If your turn signals aren't working, they won't come on or they blink rapidly, you need to replace your turn signal relay (also known as the flasher relay). The turn signal relay or flasher relay is usually easy to access so that you can repair your turn signals without spending a lot of time troubleshooting.



Help With Steering Wheel Shakes

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Dead Battery, Again? Help!

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



What to Know About Timing Belt Replacement

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



Fix Your Burnt Out Headlight

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Engine Whirring Sounds and What Might be Wrong

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



How to Check or Refill the Coolant in Your Car

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Easy Coil Tester DIY

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



Building a Car Repair Tool Box

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



What to Do if Your Car Shimmies, Bumps or Has...

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Help, my Battery Light is On!

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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 Repair Your Car's Plastic Bumper

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

If you're driving around with bumper damage, you can repair it at home and spend very little money in the process. Check out how we repaired this plastic bumper cover 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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Symptoms of Low Power Steering Fluid

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



4 Free Check Engine Light Fixes

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



9 Simple Steps to DIY Dent Repair

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Does Your Car Need a New EGR Valve?

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

Code P0401 is one of the more common numbers to pop up on a diagnostics screen when running a scan on a Chevy engine, especialy the 3.1 liter. This code can indicate an expensive problem, but it can also be something very simple. Check out a common, and cheap, solution to this code before you drop your car off for major Check Engine service.



Antifreeze Differences and Toxicity

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



How to Drain Your Car's Gas Tank Safely

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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 Diagnose Converter Lock-Up Problems in...

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

Diagnosing GM Converter Lock-Up Problems



How to Fix a Broken Exhaust Hanger on Your Car

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



5 Ways to Save More Gas

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

Here are five things to consider when thinking about your personal gas use and how you can change it.



The Buzz (Literally) on Wheel Bearing Replacement

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



6 Steps to DIY Master Cylinder Repair

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Body Repairs You Can Do at Home

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

Simple car body repairs can be made at home for very little money compared to what you'd pay at the body shop. If you want to tackle the job yourself, here are some guidelines to help you decide how to go about it, and if it's a job you can do. From dents to scratches, from filler to paint, it can all be done to some degree in your driveway.



A Primer on Primer

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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?



Tire Shopping Made Easy

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Antifreeze versus Coolant: the Battle

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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!



Plug Wire Safety Check

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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!



How To Test a Circuit Using a Test Light

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



How To Test The Main Relay on Your Honda

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



Can a Flat Tire Fix Really Come From a Can?

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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?



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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Wonder What Your Alternator Really Does?

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



How to Replace Your Car's Fuel Injector Yourself

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



How to Replace the Brake Pads

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Adding Power Steering Fluid

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



What's That Stuff Leaking Out Under Your Car?

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Where Are the Oxygen Sensors on a Ford V8?

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



Help! My Car was Sprayed With Paint!

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

Whether you drove through a freshly striped road or got stuck behind the tar truck, these tips will help you clean up your paint job, it's like turning back time.



What to Do if Your Car is Using too Much or...

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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. Engines may be burning oil or leaking oil, or you might have oil in the antifreeze.



How to Use Torch Heat to Remove a Stuck Bolt

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Is Your Car Battery Still Good? How to Test It

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



What's Wrong With Your Car's Rear Defroster

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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 Bench Bleed Your Master Cylinder in 5...

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Do You Know the Difference Between a Sunroof...

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

Every wonder the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof? Maybe the sunroof is for people who like to drive during the day and the moonroof is for night owls? Not likely, but the real answer is here for you to soak up. Check it out.



What to Do When Your Car Key Won't Turn in the...

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Car Painting Color Changing

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

If you plan to repaint your car, you may have considered changing the color. Should you do it? What are the pros and cons of a color change?



Engine Tick, Tick, Tick Help!

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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Can Engine Oil Stop Leak Live Up to Its Name?

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



How to Replace Your Fuel Tank Sending Unit

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

If your gas gauge readings are bad, or you know that you need to replace your fuel sender, replacing the sending unit isn't difficult. In most cars the fuel sender, also known as the fuel sending unit that controls your gas gauge readings, is in an accessible location to repair yourself.



Re-Cool Your Car's AC!

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

Warm air conditioning is not for you. This easy to follow step-by-step tutorial will save you big bucks by recharging your own AC. Printable directions with photos, better than video!



Resonator: Need or Don't Need?

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

A resonator is an important part of your exhaust system. Learn what a resonator does, and why you may or may not need one for your car or truck.



Fix That Loud Exhaust

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



6 Pre-Paint Tips for your Car

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

If you're thinking about having your car painted, there are some things to consider before you nail things down with a paint shop. Knowledge is power, and knowing that to expect from a painter can mean a lot. Check out this list of things to think about.



Timing Belt Replacement and Technical Info

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



MIG Welding Explained

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Oil Leaks: Bad, Ugly, Never Good

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



Fill Your Wiper Fluid!

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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!



How to Test Your Car's Ignition Coil Without...

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

A bad coil means no spark, so testing your ignition coil is an important step in troubleshooting an no-start or a no-spark issue.



Understanding Wheel Alignment

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Snap, Crackle and Pop Under the Hood, No Good

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



Help With Overheating Engines

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

An overheating engine can be more than frustrating, it can be dangerous. Figure out why your engine is running hot to give you some peace of mind this season.



How Does My Ignition System Work?

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

Without an ignition coil, distributor cap, rotor, spark plug wires and spark plugs, you can't do much at all with a tank of gas.



Knowing When You Need to Add Motor Oil and How...

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

Sometimes you need to top off your engine's motor oil. It's easy, and doesn't even have to be messy. Engine oil is vital to your car. Follow our tips and you won't make any mistakes.



Grounded, Electrically That Is

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Basic Welding Stuff FYI

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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



The No-Code Cure for OBD Scan

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



How the Automatic Air Conditioning in Your Car...

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

These are many parts that make up your car's AC system. Understanding what each does will make it much easier for you to know what's gone wrong. Page 2.



Use This Simple Trick to Remove a Stuck Wheel

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Are You Ready for a New Muffler?

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

If you suspect that you have a bad muffler, there are some things you can do to determine whether it's time to repair or replace the muffler or exhaust system. Don't make a hasty decision, but don't delay either.



How to Use Tow Straps, Hooks and Cables to Tow...

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



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

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



Car Repair with a Smartphone

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.



The Famous Pepper, No Salt, Radiator Repair

2016-09-29T11:13:45Z

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.