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What to Look For When You Just Can't Get Your...
If your car won't start, you're unhappy. Turn the key, no start, you need a jump start. If you don't have a dead battery, it might be the starter, or your wiring, or your fuel injection, cold start, key won't turn, hot start, distributor, fuel pump ... could be a lot of things, but let us help you sort out your car won't start problem.
What to Do if Your Car Won't Start or Even Turn...
This description of why your car won't turn over or won't start can help you get to the root of the problem. 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!
Do You Know the Difference Between a Sunroof...
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 Does Your Car's EGR or Exhaust Gas...
The EGR valve is a crucial part of your car's emission control system. The EGR valve was an invention that made your car more efficiently burn its fuel and create fewer emissions. Do you need to know what an EGR valve is? Do you wonder whether you can replace your EGR valve? We'll help you out.
Is Your Car Idling Low, Fast or Just Badly? How...
In many ways, engine idle is a good measure of your engine's health. If anything is going wrong under the hood, there's a good chance it will be affecting your car's idle speed and quality. Problems with idle speed, things like slow idle, low idle, bad idle, lumpy idle, fast idle -- these are symptoms that should be investigated, troubleshooted, diagnosed and repaired.
Why is my Car Shaking?
If your car is shaking, whether it's the steering wheel or something deeper, this checklist can help you figure out what's causing it and how serious a problem it is.
5 Ways to Tell Your Car is Overheating
Troubleshooting a car that is overheating can be frustrating. 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 that steam shooting from under your hood.
Diagnosing Automatic Transmission Problems With...
When your automatic transmission starts misbehaving, things can get frustrating really fast. Before you decide to drive your car into a wall, see if you can get closer to the real answer to your car's problem. A simple auto transmission checklist will help out to diagnose your aiutomatic transmission problems.
How to Clean Your Car's ABS Wheel Sensor
Your ABS light can be a pain in the neck. The ABS light can be triggered by a number of ABS symptoms. Before you decide to take the car in for some serious service, you might want to take a look at your ABS wheel sensors. If they are dirty, they can cause the ABS light to appear.
How to Flush Your Car's Radiator
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.
What to Do if Your Car's Brake Pedal is Low or...
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.
How to Recharge Your Car's Air Conditioner With...
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!
What to Do if Your Car is Using too Much or...
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.
Understanding OBD or On Board Diagnostics and...
Engine codes are the language of your car's diagnostic system. Don't speak OBD II? Don't worry, we've got you covered with a database of every single code your car can throw. Troubleshooting is a snap
How to Bench Test Your Car's Ignition Coil and...
Your ignition coil can be the culprit in many automotive troubleshooting situations. You will need to test your coil to see if its bad. On-car testing can evaluate, but for a definitive idea of whether you have a bad coil, you need to perform a coil resistance test. This type of coil testing can tell you if your coil is on the way to being bad even before it is obvious.
When and How to Clean Your Car's EGR Valve
Before you replace your EGR valve, many people try cleaning it. Many have had great results with this, too. It's easy to clean your EGR valve, and here's how to do it.
How to Jump Start Your Car With Jumper Cables
It's easy to jump start your car if you are stranded with a dead battery. Jumper cables are easy to use, and if you follow these simple instructions, you won't damage your battery or alternator and you will jump start your way back onto the road.
How to Replace Your Car's Water Pump Step-by-Step
Before you panic, you should be sure your water pump has failed. There are some definite signs to look for that can help you diagnose a broken water pump or troubleshoot the problem further to see what the problem may be. If you need a new water pump, our step by step instructions can help you save big money by replacing it yourself. Page 2.
Changing Your Own Fuel Filter Step-by-Step
Your fuel filter is your engine's safety net. Auto repairs can be avoided by keeping a clean fuel filter installed. It takes no time at all to replace your fuel filter, and avoiding the expensive auto repairs that can result from dirty gas is well worth the time. Change your fuel filter today.
How to Use a Dipstick to Check Your Oil
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. Use your dipstick! Check out these tips on how to do it safely and correctly. You'll save big money on repair bills, and you get to say dipstick.
How to Fix Your Own Chipped Windshield
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.
How to Replace The Brake Pads on Your Car
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.
How to Replace The Turn Signal Relay on Your Car
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.
What to Do if Your Car Shimmies, Bumps or Has...
Suspension problems are hard to diagnose, but help is on the way. Step by step troubleshooting is how to do it. Whether you have shakes, shimmies, vibrations, bumps, bouncing, knocks, or squishy shocks, we can help troubleshoot with you. It may be your brakes, it could be your shocks or struts, it could even be your uneven tire wear.
What to Do When Your Car Key Won't Turn in the...
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. You won't break your car key in half, either.
Timing Belt Tech Data and Replacement Intervals
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
How to Test Your Car's Ignition Coil Without...
If you're getting no spark at your spark plugs, you might have a bad ignition coil. The ignition coil sends the spark to the distributor, which then sends the sparks out to the spark plugs. 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.
Save Time and Money By Replacing Your Headlight...
If you don't replace your own headlight, you'll pay big (comparatively) at the shop. It takes 5 minutes in most cases and you'll save lots of money by installing it yourself.
Understanding Wheel Alignment
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 Does an Antilock Braking System Do and How...
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 (and When) to Replace Your O2 Sensor
If your Check Engine Light is illuminated, you may have a bad O2 sensor. These instructions will tell you how you can determine whether or not you need to replace one or more of your oxygen sensors. Save money by being sure before you do the work yourself or pay somebody to do the job for you.
What Blue, White, Gray or Black Smoke in the...
Your exhaust pipe has smoke coming out of it. What color is the smoke? What does blue smoke mean? White smoke? Your exhaust tells a story of what's going on inside your engine. You can use your exhaust smoke color to troubleshoot your engine's health.
Replacing the Battery in Your Car's Keyless...
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.
How to Replace the Universal Joint on Your Car...
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.
9 Simple Steps to DIY Dent Repair
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. Bondo is ok to use in small amounts, but don't go overboard with dent repair body filler!
How to Check or Refill the Coolant in Your Car
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.
Plugs Aren't Just for Hair...6 Steps to...
You can plug your own flat tire for about $5. Buy the tire repair kit and I will show you how to repair your flat tire safely in about 15 minutes. Easy step by step including photos of each step in the process. Save money and do it yourself!
Dodge Ram 1500 Running Rough
Your Auto Repair Questions Answered by your About.com Guide to Auto Repair: Dodge Ram 1500 Running Rough
How Does My Ignition System Work?
Your ignition system is an essential component to your car's engine. 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. So how does your ignition system work? It helps to know how things work when you need to troubleshoot them, so learning about your car's ignition system (which consists of the ignition coil, distributor and cap, rotor, spark plug wires, spark plugs and, in newer cars, an ECU (computer).
8 Simple Steps to Replacing a Stripped Wheel Stud
A stripped wheel stud can be dangerous. Any damaged wheel stud should be replaced as soon as possible. Your wheel hubs and brakes were designed to work with a specific number of wheels studs holding things together. Without all of them you may be compromising safety.
Need Help With Your Honda Hot Start Problem?
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. The hot start problem in these cars is well known, which means it is easy to troubleshoot, diagnose and repair a hot start problem in a Honda. If you're having trouble starting your Honda when hot, we'll help you lick the hot start problem.
4 Minor Things Your Car's Check Engine Light...
That Check Engine light glowing on your dash could be something serious, or it could be a case of the nothings that your mechanic will be glad to charge you $100 to tell you about. Take a look at these common triggers that can cause your Check Engine light to come on for almost no reason at all.
Use This Simple Trick to Remove a Seriously...
Whether you're doing routine maintenance or changing a flat, nothing's worse than a wheel that won't come off. It can be corrosion, gunk, goop or just general tightness, but none of these things can keep your wheel on with this handy trick.
How to Inspect Your Spark Plug Wires
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! Regular inspection of the wires will avoid this, just be sure to know what to look for. It's your first stop in troubleshooting.
How to Replace Your Car's Front Wheel Bearings
Replacing a wheel bearing isn't the easiest job, but when you need to replace a wheel bearing, you'll know it. We'll show you how to replace a front wheel bearing without going nuts.
How Do Diesel Engines Stack Up Against Gas...
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 the Automatic Air Conditioning in Your Car...
These are the parts that make up your car's AC system. Each one is important and understanding what they do and how they do it will make it much easier for you to know what's gone wrong when your air conditioning is failing you. Page 2.
How To Test Your Main Relay
Your main relay can go bad, and if it does, you'll have hard start, no start, hot start and other problems. Before you replace the main relay in your Honda Civic, Accord, Prelude, CRX or other Honda, be sure you perform this fairly simple test. You'll save a lot of time and money with wrong diagnoses and missed troubleshooting if you get it right the first time.
What's That Stuff Leaking Out Under Your Car?
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 Can I Find the Fuses in My Volkswagen...
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 Your Idler Arm
If the steering in your truck is getting loose, you might need to replace your idler arm or your pitman arm (or both). We'll show you how to replace them and get rid of that wandering steering wheel.
Ford V8 Oxygen Sensor Locations Diagram
This diagram shows the locations for Ford Explorer and simmilar O2 sensor locations. If you are trying to locate or replace your oxygen sensors in your Ford, this chart will tell you where they are located.
How to Safely Drain Your Gas Tank
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.
Diagnosing GM Converter Lock-Up Problems
Diagnosing GM Converter Lock-Up Problems
Spark Plug Installation: A How to Guide for...
Your car relies on the spark plugs to keep things running smoothly, cleanly and efficiently. Spark plugs wear out every 10,000 miles or so, and with them goes your gas mileage and engine power. Luckily, replacing spark plugs is a 15-minute job that doesn't cost much at all. You need to install new spark plugs. Check out this simple tutorial and get to it!
How To Test a Circuit Using a Test Light
A circuit tester is an important troubleshooting tool when you are trying to diagnose an electrical problem. You need to know what wire does what and which wires are active before you start. You can also use a test light to check for good ground or ground faults
DIY: Repairing Paint Chips
The moment you have been dreading has arrived. You have to go to the mall in your beautiful, expensive, brand new car.
How to Check the Power Steering Fluid in Your Car
There's no reason to drive around with malfunctioning power steering. Got a case of the squeals when you turn the steering wheel? Pretty sure it isn't your brakes? Find out if it's a simple fix by checking your power steering fluid level. It's not just a convenience, it's a safety issue if your power steering fails.
Using Heat to Remove a Stuck Bolt
Some bolts just won't budge. They are stuck, seized, stubborn, rusted, corroded and otherwise impossible to remove. 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 via the blue flame of a propane or butane torch.
DIY: How To Replace Your Transmission Filter
DIY: How To Replace Your Transmission Filter
How You Can Avoiding Muffler Repair By...
If you hear noise underneath your car that rattles and vibrates, you might not need expensive muffler repair. Muffler repairs can be costly, but if you do a little investigation you might find the rattle yourself. Then no muffler repair!
Replace Your Rear Suspension Bushings in 8...
If your car seems to thump and bump more than it used to in the rear, you may need to replace your rear suspension bushings. Use this how-to DIY guide to replace your rear suspension bushings using standard rubber bushings or stiffer polyurethane bushings.
How to Replace Your Car's Fuel Injector Yourself
If you need to replace a fuel injector, this is how to do it. Step by step, with photos. Ready for printout. Be prepared!
Skip the Repair Bill and Replace Your...
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. Be sure they are all working. We'll help you replace any that go dead.
How Does Your Vehicle's Cooling System Work?
Your cooling system consists of many parts, including your radiator, water pump, coolant, electric cooling fan and other parts. Understanding how your cooling system works is very important to understanding how to troubleshoot your cooling system if you have an overheating problem. Overheating can be avoided through good troubleshooting and understanding.
How to Bench Bleed Your Master Cylinder in 5...
If you have to replace your master cylinder, you will have to bleed the brakes. But how much you have to bleed your brakes after you install a new master cylinder may depend on your preparation. We'll show you how to bleed your master cylinder before you install it, making it much easier to get your brakes up to par and get back on the road.
Troubleshooting Steering & Suspension Problems
Troubleshooting Steering & Suspension Problems, from your About.com Guide
How to Repair Your Plastic Bumper
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.
Knowing When You Need New Windshield Wipers and...
Installing new wiper blades is easy and quick. Modern wiper attachments are nothing like the old, tricky wipers that took an hour to install. 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!
Troubleshooting Car Problems: Why Doesn't My...
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.
When You Need to Add a Quart of Motor Oil
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.
Silencing Squealing Belts is as Simple...
A squealing belt can be maddening. Have you ever pulled into a parking lot with a squealing belt only to have everybody staring at you? It's definitely not fun. Here's a quick fix for that slipping, squealing belt that will hold you over until you have the chance to make a proper repair. Whether it's the alternator, air conditioning, fan, generator, water pump or supercharger, get it fixed.
Repairing a Brake Line
Brakes are very important to your car, probably at the top of the list. If your brake lines become brittle, they need to be replaced. Brakes are no place to skimp. replacing a brake line (or brake hose) is not a bad repair at all.
Replacing a Blown Automotive Fuse
If one of your car's electrical components is not working, it could be a blown fuse. It's easy to look for a blown fuse, and just as easy to put a new fuse in.
How to Replace Your Fuel Tank Sending Unit...
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.
Never Wonder What ‘That’ Part is...
If you're trying to fix your car, no auto repair will be successful without a knowledge of car repair terms. This auto repair glossary covers the axle to the ZEV, so there's no way you'll end up with a tire on your steering wheel.
Can Engine Oil Stop Leak Live Up to its' Name?
A comprehensive review of the Bar's Engine Oil Stop Leak. Does it work?
Serpentine Belt Inspection
Your serpentine belt, or your v-belt, drive all of the components your car needs to be safe and comfortable. You should inspect your serpentine belt twice a year, and if it shows wear, you should replace your serpentine belt. Replacement is not something to play with.
Dash Lights: The Oil Light on Your Dashboard
Dash lights carry important messages. If you see your dashboard brake light or oil light illuminated, you should start troubleshooting the reason behind the light to avoid expensive repairs.
Trailer Wiring Diagram and Color Chart
This is the trailer wiring colors and location on a standard trailer wiring harness. If you need to know what color wire goes to what, see this chart.
What is Antifreeze?
What is antifreeze? What is coolant? Are they the same thing?
What's That Smell??
Does your air conditioner smell like a pile of old socks? Do you look under the seats for dead animals? Here is why you are getting that smell and what you can do about it.
Inspect Your Brakes!
Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. If you've even partially lost your brakes in the past, you'll remember the change of underwear that followed. Inspecting your brakes twice a year for wear and damage can protect you and your passengers while saving you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.
6 Steps to DIY Master Cylinder Repair
If you're experiencing low brake pressure, squishy pedal, bad pedal feel, soft pedal, or any other problems with your brakes, you might need to replace your master cylinder. Brakes are important, and the master cylinder is the centerpiece of the system. Replacing your master cylinder isn't too difficult. We can show the DIY mechanic how to install a new master cylinder.
How To Test Your Car's Cigarette Lighter or...
Your cell phone won't charge. Your GPS won't power up. You can't fire up that weekend stogey. What's going on? Is your phone charger on the fritz? A quick test of your car's cigarette lighter or 12V accessory socket can rule out the power source as the culprit. Check it out.
How To Replace Your Torque Converter Clutch...
How To Replace Your Torque Converter Clutch Solenoid (GM) from your About.com Guide to Auto Repair
How to Repair or Install Trailer Wiring
If you're installing a trailer hitch on your vehicle, you'll need to wire in the plug that makes the trailer lights work. Trailer wiring is not difficult, and you can install your own trailer wiring harness without much time or money. We will let you know how to install trailer wiring for most systems. Check it out.
8 Simple Steps to Changing Your Own Oil
Easy to follow step by step instructions with great photos, on how to do an oil change. Save money!
Exhaust Hanger Replacement Made Easy
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. Your car has more than one exhaust hangers, so you get an extra chance to make the repair before your muffler ends up dragging down the street.
How to Replace Struts on Your Car or Truck
Step by step instructions on how to replace struts in your car or truck, including photos of each important step. Learn from a pro with tools you have in your tool box. Replacing struts is easy.
The Truth About Flat Rate Repairs
Most shops these days operate within a system known as flat rate. The flat rate system is an industry standard. If your shop works on a flat rate repair pay scale, what does that mean? What is flat rate? Is flat rate a scam? Should you pay for flat rate repairs? All of these questions and more can be answered here.
Refinishing and Repairing Leather Seats
If you have a hole in your leather seat or your leather seat is worn out and showing wear, there is an easy way to care and repair it. Repairing leather car seats can be an affordable alternative to recovering and refinishing of your leather seats. We'll show you how to care for and replenish your leather seats.
DIY: Replacing Brake Wheel Cylinders
After a period of time the wheel cylinders will start to leak. When they do the braking force will diminish and, in extreme cases, could cause loss of braking.
Chevy Tahoe Distributor Installation
Your Auto Repair Questions Answered by your About.com Guide to Auto Repair: Chevy Tahoe Distributor Installation
Clean Battery Posts = Reliable Starting
If your battery posts are all cruddy, systems in your car can grind to a halt electrically. The most important function of your battery is starting the engine, but if your battery is covered with corrosion often times you can't get a good connection, and thus no start. Even with a jump start, you'll be in the same boat next time you get in the car. Cleaning your battery posts doesn't take any time at all, and the rewards can be large.
Repairing Your Overheating Engine
When the weather is warm, we rely on our car's cooling system to keep temperatures in the engine compartment under control, and keep us on the road. Your cooling system is a series of components that circulate coolant through the engine to absorb heat, then circulate air around the coolant to get it out. If any part of the system stops working, you're on the side of the road while your engine takes a steam bath.
DIY: How To Replace/Rebuild A Brake Master...
DIY: Replacing A Steering Rack from your About.com Guide to Auto Repair
How Does Your Car’s Alternator Work?
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.
Antifreeze: Red or Green?
What is the difference between red and green anti-freeze?
Adjusting Brake Pedal Height and Free Play
Pedal height adjustment will fine tune your brakes for comfort and effectiveness. If your brakes feel funny, low, or spongy, pedal height adjustment should be on the list of things you do to correct the brakes.
What Tools You Need to Get Started in Auto Repair
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.
Hissing Sounds
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. Page 2.
Troubleshooting Engine Problems
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.
Engine Overheating Quickly and on Short Trips
When the weather is warm, we rely on our car's cooling system to keep temperatures in the engine compartment under control, and keep us on the road. Your cooling system is a series of components that circulate coolant through the engine to absorb heat, then circulate air around the coolant to get it out. If any part of the system stops working, you're on the side of the road while your engine takes a steam bath. Page 2.
DIY: Replacing A Steering Rack
DIY: Replacing A Steering Rack from your About.com Guide to Auto Repair
Top 9 Extended Warranty Questions
Top 9 Extended Warranty Questions
Product Review: Slime Tire Sealant
A comprehensive review of the Slime Tire Sealant. Utilizing an innovative product to fix a blown or leaking tire.
Can a Flat Tire Fix Really Come From a Can?
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? Is there a discount tire fix that can get your flat tire back on the road? And how much of a pain in the neck is it to use it on a flat tire? Can you repair flat tires with a can?
Timing Adjustment Basics
The basics on adjusting your engine's ignition timing are super easy. It helps to understand how it's done and what to expect when you open your hood to adjust your timing. Page 2.
How To Replace Rear Brake Pads for Disc Brakes
Replacing rear brakes is like replacing front brake pads but a little different. How to replace rear brake pads and discs. We will show you how to make the repair, troubleshoot brakes, emergency and get it repaired.
Whirring Sounds
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. Page 3.
DIY: How to Replace Your Diesel Glow Plugs
DIY: How to Replace Your Diesel Glow Plugs from your About.com Guide to Auto Repair
Can You Repair Your Own Windshield
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.
Volkswagen Jetta Fuse Map
Your Auto Repair Questions Answered by your About.com Guide to Auto Repair: Volkswagen Jetta Fuse Map
What Is the Battery Light on Your Dashboard...
The dash lights on your car all mean something, and the battery light is no exception. Be sure you know what to do if your battery light comes on while you're going down the road.
How to Install a Trailer Brake Control
If you plan on towing a trailer that has electric brakes you will need to install a brake control to operate the brakes on the trailer. While many cars and trucks do come with a towing package, most do not come with a brake control. We will let you know how to install a trailer brake control. Check it out.
How To Replace Your Serpentine Belt, Fan,...
If your car or truck's serpentine belt, fan belt or alternator belt is worn, now is the time to replace it. These instructions will help you with step by step details and photos to make the job quicker and easier.
How To Replace a Ball Joint
Do you need to know how to replace a ball joint? Ball joint replacement is not that difficult with these instructions and step by step how-to guide with photos. Replace your ball joints today.
PB Blaster vs. All the Other Penetrants - Any...
Lubricants and penetrants make lots of claims, but do they really help you when you're dealing with a stuck nut or bolt thanks to years of rust or corrosion?
What is Ignition Timing and Cam Timing?
If you're doing a tune up, or you have just replaced your timing belt, or installed a new head gasket, or anything else that involved your timing belt, you're going to need to set your ignition timing. Understanding what timing is can be a huge help.
How To Avoid Oil Change Ripoffs and Upsells
If you're taking your car in for an oil change, you should know what to expect and what to avoid. There are ripoffs looming around the corner at some oil change lube locations. Don't get taken, ripped off, upsold or otherwise led astray next time you need to go in for an oil change.
How to Get an Auto Repair Manual for Your Vehicle
Everybody needs a car repair manual for their car. A repair manual will guide you through auto repairs and maintenance. You can buy your auto repair manual online. If you don't have a repair manual for your car, get one today!
Battery Testing, Maintenance And Myths
DIY: Replacing A Steering Rack from your About.com Guide to Auto Repair
Loud Exhaust or Backfiring
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. Page 4.
Troubleshooting Engine Problems By Sound
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.
Rattle Rattle Tick Tick
When your car is making strange sounds, it might be trying to tell you something. Before you make an auto repair or take your car to the repair shop, do some troubleshooting. You'll save time and money by knowing these sounds.
Engine Overheats on Extended Use
When the weather is warm, we rely on our car's cooling system to keep temperatures in the engine compartment under control, and keep us on the road. Your cooling system is a series of components that circulate coolant through the engine to absorb heat, then circulate air around the coolant to get it out. If any part of the system stops working, you're on the side of the road while your engine takes a steam bath. Page 3.
How To Perform a Compression Test
Your engine's compression can tell a lot about its inner health. Compression tests will reveal these numbers and allow you to troubleshoot the problem. Low compression can mean an engine rebuild. Do a compression test to find out if you have low compression.
Body Repairs You Can Do at Home
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.
How To Replace a PCV Valve
If your PCV valve becomes clogged, your car's performance will suiffer. Poor idling, loss of gas mileage, slow acceleration, loss of power - all of these things can be caused by a clogged PCV valve. Replacing your PCV valve is not hard at all, and it's a repair that will make a difference in the long run.
Point Type Ignition Systems
Point Type Ignition Systems
Popping and Hesitating
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. Page 5.
Troubleshooting Engine Driveability Problems:...
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.
Air Conditioning Dye Test
Warm air conditioning can be caused by a leaking air conditioning system, causing a freon leak. A common air conditioning leak test is a pressurized dye test.
Ford Explorer Transmission Fluid Level
Your Auto Repair Questions Answered by your About.com Guide to Auto Repair: Ford Explorer Transmission Fluid Level
Summer Auto Maintenance Checklist
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.
Setting Ignition Dwell And Timing
Your Auto Repair Questions Answered by your About.com Guide to Auto Repair: Setting Ignition Dwell And Timing
Diagnosing the Great EGR Error Code
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.

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