Maintenance

Get advice on how to help keep your car looking like it just rolled off the lot. Learn how to give your car an oil change, fix car paint, install new accessories and replace your car battery and windshield—without the aid of a mechanic.

Strange Car Sounds—And What They Could Mean

Your car is always giving you feedback, but are you listening? An auto repair shop owner and licensed auto service technician describes common car sounds, and reveals what they could possibly mean.

20 Essential Tools Every Car Mechanic Needs

If you're doing car repairs, you need these items in your toolbox.


How to Recharge a Dead Car Battery Quickly—and Safely

We break down the right method to use depending on the situation.


What to Do When Your Car Won’t Start

Try these troubleshooting tricks before you call in the tow truck.


Which Rust Proofing Option is Right for You?

Find out which one is best for your car—and your budget.

How to Treat Your Engine with Sea Foam

Clear out a clogged engine with this easy treatment.


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9 Things That Can Happen to Your Car When You Don’t Drive It

If you haven't picked up your car keys in a while, you should be aware of these nine things that...

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10 Car Repairs You’ve Probably Wasted Money On

Car repair and maintenance is essential to the safe, efficient operation of your vehicle. Don't skimp or delay on important...


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These Cleaning Tricks Will Leave Your Car Looking Like New

Automotive experts share 13 tips for a car so clean, it'll look like you just drove it off the lot.


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5 Clever Car Organizing Tips You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

Is the interior of your car basically a junk drawer on wheels? Here are five quick and easy car organizing...


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Weird Car Features Most People Don’t Know About

You might be missing out on safety lights, extra storage and more.

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13 Car Washing Tips the Pros Don’t Want You to Know

Want to get your car gleaming—without the professional price tag? Try these secrets to get that fresh-from-the-car-wash feel right at...


How to Fix a Burn Hole in Car Upholstery

Wondering how to repair those ghastly cigarette burns in your car seat? We’ve got you covered.


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Should You Be Worried About Old Gas in Your Tank?

Exactly how much impact can old gas in your tank have on your car's performance? Our automotive experts weigh in.


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Check Out This Incredible Camper Trailer Makeover

After almost 50 years of exposure to the sun, snow and rain, every exterior surface of this camper trailer needed work.


Does Driving Without the Air Conditioner On Actually Save Gas?

Sure, you can sweat it out without turning on a vehicle's air conditioning. But is it worth the sacrifice?

The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Car Washes

When you just can’t do it yourself, there are plenty of ways to get your car washed. Whether your ride...


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How to Check Tire Pressure

Learning how to check tire pressure is easy and inexpensive. Make it a part of your monthly maintenance routine in...


What to Do If Your Car Shakes When Braking

Sometimes cars shake when you brake. And while pulsating while braking is usually an easy fix, any issue with a...


What Is a Brake Caliper—And How Do You Tell If It’s Damaged?

If your car is equipped with disc brakes, brake calipers are critical to slowing and stopping your car. Here's what...


This is the Dirtiest Thing at a Gas Station

And no, it's not in the bathroom.


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How to Clean Rubber Car Mats

Cleaning the dried mud and spilled coffee off your rubber car mats is quick and easy with a high-pressure garden...


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7 Car Fluids To Check Right Now

Harsh winter conditions are tough on your vehicle's fluids. Spring is a great time to check the fluids to keep...


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How to Clean Inside Car Windows

Follow these steps to clean glass on the inside and get rid of fingerprints, smudges and the dust generated by...

How to Find a Car’s Engine Code in the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Identifying two key codes will help you buy the right parts for your car. Here's how you can find the...


What to Do When Your Engine Is Knocking

Take action to stop engine knocking before your engine becomes seriously damaged.


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15 Things You’re Doing to Your Car That Mechanics Wouldn’t

Your car goes through enough wear and tear as it is.


How to Change Your Own Brake Fluid

Save money at the mechanic by learning how to change your own brake fluid.


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Surprising Ways You’re Wasting Money on Your Car

Following outdated car care advice may cost you big in the long run.


Why You Need to Stop Using Your Phone When Pumping Gas

No, it's not because you could blow up.