Auto Repair - By Category
Products You Can Use on Your Car
Check out our product reviews! From old standbys to newly discovered nuggets we'll tell you what stuff we'd love to have around the shop and what should be left at the auto parts store and laughed at. From new products to industry secrets, check back often for picks and pans alike!
Your safety and the safety of those around you should be at the top of every car owner's list of concerns. If you're careful from the beginning and keep safety in mind while you work, you'll have a problem free car and enough fingers to enjoy it. A car is only as dangerous on the road as the bloke behind the wheel. The same is true for the bloak holding the wrench. Here are a few rules to help you stay safe.
Performing Regular Maintenance
Don't forget the maintenance! It's the little things that count, and checking a few of these little things off your list will put you ahead of the game, and ease the pain in your wallet. Most maintenance checks only take a minute, and most maintenance tasks can be tackled in an afternoon. Don't maintain your car and you'll pay the price down the road.
Quick Tips To Keep Your Car In Top Shape
There are scores of juicy bits of information, tips, advice and watch-outs that can make your life lots easier. Preventing problems both in your car and in your bank account will empower you and keep your hard earned cash where you want it.
Repairs You Can Do and How-To Guides
If you've made it this far you're no doubt ready to dive in and tackle your next repair. How do we know you're ready? Because you're determined, and because you were smart enough to come to About.com to find out more! The list of common repairs you'll find in this section will save you time, money and frustration dealing with your mechanic. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and let a professional take care of things. The rest of the time, it's all about you, your tools and the feeling of empowerment when you look at a job well done.
Troubleshooting Your Car's Problems
A little help troubleshooting your car's problems.
Dealing With Your Mechanic
Check out these nuggets of information and advice about how best to deal with your mechanic. Knowing what to ask and what to look out for will empower you to take control of your auto repairs instead of sitting on the sidelines with your checkbook.
Reference and Technical Data for Auto Repair
Proper information is important when working on your car. Use these reference pages to brush up on technical jargon with out complete auto repair dictionary, database of OBD and OBDII DTC Codes, timing belt information and more.
Optimize your gas mileage!
Gas prices are bananas! Those of us who remember $1 a gallon also remember how mad we got when the price of our prized juice hit that dollar mark. What we'd give today for $1 a gallon! What's gone is gone, and today's prices only seem to be getting worse. The only guy I know who isn't worried about the price of gas drives a company car and has a company gas card. One day I was griping about how much it cost to fill my tank and he turns to me with all seriousness and says, "So how much is gas these days anyway?" When I told him it had hit $3 a gallon in some places he couldn't believe it. We all believe it now, but we don't have to bow down. There are plenty of things you can do to give your car a gas mileage boost, and many of them are free!
Tools For Proper Auto Repairs
There's a tool for everything, but you don't need every tool under the sun to take car of your car. You can do 75% of the repairs your car will need with about 10% of the tools out there. Knowing which tool you'll need for a task, what it does, and where to buy it can save you a lot of time and money during maintenance and repairs.
Emergency Auto Repairs
If you're faced with a breakdown, a little preparedness can go a long way. MacGyver could fix anything with a roll of duct tape and a shoelace. He was a little optimistic, but he was onto something. There are everyday items all around us that can get you out of a pinch, and save you some cash in the process.