Monday December 9, 2013
A shaking or vibrating vehicle can be more than annoying, it can be dangerous. If you're experiencing a recurring vibration, you should look into it before it turns into a costly car repair. Sometimes a simple balance or adjustment can cure the shake. See Why is My Car Shaking? for more.
Saturday November 30, 2013
While your vehicle is sitting in storage, your fuel is breaking down. With today's Ethanol-laced fuels, the breakdown is accelerated and aggravated. You could choose to drain your entire fuel system before you put your car, boat or ATV in the garage for winter, but there's an easier way. Let me try to convince you to use a fuel stabilizer rather than a drain-and-dry protection method for your engine this winter. I bet I'll win.
Saturday November 30, 2013
If you have a vehicle that is going to be stored for the winter, be sure it's prepped for its coming slumber. Whether it's a Chevelle or a chain saw, today's fuels can make a real mess of your engine in just a few months. Get your fuel system ready for storage and your spring fun won't be delayed by fuel issues.
Monday November 25, 2013
There are a number of things that can ruin your cold weather driving experience, but a low coolant (also known as antifreeze) level can really put the hurt on things. Check your coolant level to be sure your vehicle's engine isn't going to suffer this season. Your warm toes will thank you.
Sunday November 24, 2013
When you start your car on a winter morning, the countdown to heat begins. Those few minutes while you wait for the engine to warm up and hot air to flow from your heat vents can seem an eternity. On a really bad morning, you may be facing an actual eternity. There are lots of reasons for no heat. Check out the no heat guide to see if an easy solution is at hand.
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Any day now (or a month ago in some areas) roads in snowy regions will be wearing their seasonal sprinkle of salt. There's no getting around how pervasive the stuff is, but where safety is concerned we need to do more than grin and bear it. This means keeping the windshield clean, and you need good windshield wipers to do it. If your wipers are showing their age, replace them today. Streaking went out of style decades ago.
Sunday November 10, 2013
Does your gas gauge always seem to be setting you up for the punch line? There's nothing funny about running out of gas, so if your fuel level gauge is dancing around like a court jester (or lying there like a dead one) it's time to replace your fuel sender. This job is easier than you might imagine. Check it out.
Thursday November 7, 2013
Sorry for the hideous pun attempt, but if your car or truck has been running ragged, you may want to replace your PCV valve. They can often be cleaned, but if this hasn't worked or you don't want to chance it, it's not hard to replace. Save big money by doing this not-so-tough job at home.
Thursday October 31, 2013
There is always more than one way to do a job. There's the right way, the wrong way, and often there is a little gray area in between the two. Often, the back yard mechanic finds himself hovering happily in this gray area. Protecting a car's body from the elements between projects is a tough proposition. Paying to have the car sprayed in a primer sealer can be expensive, but leaving it to rust isn't much better. Thankfully, there is a crude but effective alternative for saving your project from the elements. Yes, you can spray primer yourself!
Sunday October 27, 2013
I'm always surprised at how many drivers don't know how to correctly and safely jump start their car should they find themselves with a dead battery. Don't be the one wandering through the parking lot asking every driver if they know how to jump a car, be on top of your game and master it yourself. Jumpstarting a car is easy if you know how!