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Published: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:56:22 +0000

 



Spark Plug Firing Orders Here

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

If your spark plugs are not firing in the right order, your engine may not start or will run terribly. Look up your correct firing order to avoid future hassles.



Help! Car Won't Start!

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Never Wonder What ‘That’ Part is...

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

If you're trying to fix your car, you need to know the lingo. We define everything from the axle to the ZEV.



Fix a Dead Battery in Your Car Remote

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Safely Jump Starting a Dead Car Battery

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



C - Auto Repair Glossary

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Checking Car Idling Problems

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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 Repair Terms That Start With "S"

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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How To Troubleshoot When Your Car's Not Running...

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Troubleshooting is the most important part of auto repair. If you can properly troubleshoot a problem, you won't waste time and money fixing things that don't need to be fixed. If you can troubleshoot your bad engine performance, engine missing, misfiring, overheating, sounds like bad news, or other engine problems, you can repair them and be back on the road.



Car Won't Start - Bad Starter or Ignition Switch?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

What is the cause when you replace the battery and your car still won't crank? How to troubleshoot between a bad starter and a bad ignition switch.



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

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



What to Know About Timing Belt Replacement

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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



Plug Wire Safety Check

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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!



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

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



When and How to Clean Your Car's EGR Valve

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



4 Free Check Engine Light Fixes

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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 is Camber?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Battery Charge Check Made Easy

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

An in car battery and alternator tester makes the first step in charging system diagnosis quick and easy. And you can have one for less than $20. Wow!



OBD and OBD-II Code Listing

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Redirect to OBD-Codes.com. Auto Repair.



Diagnosing Automatic Transmission Problems With...

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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



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

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



How the Engine Works

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

How the Engine Works from your About.com Guide to Auto Repair



What is Automotive Empowerment?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Automotive Empowerment is a philosophy and a practice. The more you know about your car, the more you can do yourself, and the more you can protect yourself against unnecessary or inflated repair bills. From troubleshooting to repair, anybody can start to learn a little about their car, it's never too late to start, and you can learn or as much or as little as you like. Either way, you're saving yourself time, money and headaches. Did I mention money?



Gas Mileage and Your Driving Habits

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

There are lots of things we can do to increase our car's gas mileage. A tune-up, proper tire pressure and a clean air filter all help. But did you know that your driving habits can have as much or more of an affect on gas mileage? By changing your behavior behind the wheel, you can do the environment and your wallet a few favors. Gas mileage is important.



What Does an EGR Valve Do?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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! My Ignition is Stuck!

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



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

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Help With Steering Wheel Shakes

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



How Does a Diesel Engine Work and Why is it...

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Why is a diesel engine more efficient than an equivalent gasoline engine? What is a turbo diesel? There are a lot of physics in the answer to these questions, but I'll skip the high tech talk and give you the quick and easy explanations. It's interesting!



Bumper Repair the Cheap and Easy Way

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Auto Repair.



Wet Sanding Paint for Ultimate Shine

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



ABS Wheel Sensor Cleaning How-To

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Ford 3.6 Liter V6 Cylinder Firing Order and...

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Firing order for Ford 3.6 liter V6 engines. Also timing marks location.



Do You Have a Sunroof or Moonroof?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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 a Flat Tire Fix Really Come From a Can?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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?



Wiring Basics: Stripping and Crimping

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Before you attempt any electrical repairs, be sure you know how to properly handle wires and connections.



Troubleshooting Engine Misfires

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Troubleshooting a misfire can be tough, but this checklist will help you narrow it down. Check it out, and save some money on diagnostics.



Top 9 Extended Warranty Questions

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Your Auto Repair Questions Answered by your About.com Guide to Auto Repair: Top 9 Extended Warranty Questions



Fill Your Wiper Fluid!

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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!



9 Simple Steps to DIY Dent Repair

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Lowering Vehicle Repair Costs

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Getting your car repaired is inevitable. Here are some suggestions on how to control the cost of those repairs.



Is Your Car Battery Still Good? How to Test It

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



How to Replace a Power Steering Rack

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

It's a difficult repair, but you can replace a power steering rack yourself, depending on the vehicle. Here is a step by step procedure to do it.



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

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Car Painting Color Changing

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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?



Antifreeze Differences and Toxicity

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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



Fix Your Burnt Out Headlight

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Jeep Cherokee TPS Adjustments

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Your Auto Repair Questions Answered by your About.com Guide to Auto Repair: Jeep Cherokee TPS Adjustments



Automatic Transmission Diagnose By Symptom

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

What you can do to diagnose an automatic transmission problem.



Check Your Own Oil, Yo!

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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



Help, my Battery Light is On!

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Symptoms of Low Power Steering Fluid

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Timing Belt Replacement and Technical Info

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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



Easy Coil Tester DIY

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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



How Do Diesel Engines Stack Up Against Gas...

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Are diesel engines as reliable as Gas engines? Is a diesel engine more reliable than a gas engine? Does a diesel engine get better gas mileage than a gasoline engine?



How to Replace Your Diesel Glow Plugs

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Diesel engines have several pencil element glow plugs per cylinder to get them going when it is cold. Use these steps to replace them when needed.



Worn Car Suspension? Figure it Out!

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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



Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG)

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG)



How to Fix Honda Power Windows and Locks

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Intermittent problems with your power windows and locks can be more than frustrating. If you're a Honda ownwer, there's a quick, clean trick to try before you open your wallet to the man.



Total Vehicle Recall

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Auto vehicle recalls can seem scary, but a little knowledge about what to expect can help make it easier to digest. If you're worried that your vehicle may be part of a recall, don't panic. Just know what you're getting into!



Are You Low on Automatic Transmission Fluid?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

How can you check the level of automatic transmission fluid and how do you add more if it is low? Here are cautions and instructions to use.



Need Help With Your Honda Hot Start Problem?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



EGR Backpressure Sensor Help

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Installing a Dodge or Chrysler EGR valve is easy. The EGR valve and electrical backpressure transducer come off as a unit, making replacement and cleaning of the area straightforward. This step by step instruction will help you get it done.



Resonator: Need or Don't Need?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Why Does My car Whine in Reverse?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Why does my car whine in reverse? Why is my reverse gear so noisy? What's that sound in reverse? Good questions. Here's the answer.



Antifreeze versus Coolant: the Battle

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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!



Fix Your Turn Signals!

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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



How to Fix Your Own Chipped Windshield

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Typical CV Joint Assembly Diagram for...

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

If you are preparing to work on your car's CV joint, this diagram will show you how it is assembled, taken apart, repaired, and what parts are involved in your CV joint. Your clicking CV joint may need repair or replacement. This explanation of a common CV joint will help guide you. No more clicking or noisy CV joints!



How to Check or Refill the Coolant in Your Car

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Wonder What Your Alternator Really Does?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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 Does My Ignition System Work?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



How To Test a Circuit Using a Test Light

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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



The Low-Down on High Octane Gasoline

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Are you spending money you don't have to on higher priced fuels? Let me tell you a few things about gasoline then.



Fix It or Pitch It? The Repair Dilemma

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Deciding whether to spend the money to repair a well used car or truck can be tough. There are some important factors to consider, and these will help guide your decision.



Paint Your Own Car? Yes! Maybe!

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Painting a car can be very satisfying. Be sure you know how to do it right so this large job will be worth your while!



Tire Speed Ratings Explained

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



What Could Cause a No Crank After Running?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

What could be the problem if your pickup starts fine first thing in the day, but has no crank or start after you've run it for awhile and parked?



My Engine is Hissing

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

If your engine is making a hissing sound that you feel is abnormal, a careful inspection can help figure out the cause. Don't wait until it's too late.



Which Oil to Use for a High-Mileage Nissan...

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

What weight of motor oil is right for a high-mileage Nissan Maxima? Here's what to consider when your engine is aging and you want the right grade.



How to Flush Your Car's Radiator

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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



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

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



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

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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



Scraped Bumper? You Can Fix that!

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Building a Car Repair Tool Box

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



The No-Code Cure for OBD Scan

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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 to Fix a Broken Exhaust Hanger on Your Car

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



What's That Stuff Leaking Out Under Your Car?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



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

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Rotten Egg Smell = Bad Catalytic Converter or...

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Jeep Cherokee Blower Motor Replacement

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Your Auto Repair Questions Answered by your About.com Guide to Auto Repair: Jeep Cherokee Blower Motor Replacement



How to Drain Your Car's Gas Tank Safely

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Introducing: The Crescent Wrench

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

The Crescent Wrench is a versatile tool that should be in every tool box. Did you know that Crescent was actually the brand name for one company's adjustable wrench?



Are You Ready for a New Muffler?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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 Replace the Brake Pads

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



What Could Cause a High Idle Speed?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

What are possible causes of a high idle speed in a Toyota Corolla? See how to troubleshoot this problem and find solutions to your vehicle's problem.



Car Repair with a Smartphone

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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.



Why Does My Car Hesitate?

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

Troubleshooting is the most important part of auto repair. If you can properly troubleshoot a problem, you won't waste time and money fixing things that don't need to be fixed. If you can troubleshoot your bad engine performance, engine missing, misfiring, overheating, sounds like bad news, or other engine problems, you can repair them and be back on the road.



How to Replace Your Car's Fuel Injector Yourself

2017-03-13T11:56:22Z

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