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.


How to Check Your Windshield Wiper Fluid

Checking your windshield wiper fluid is not like checking your oil—it doesn’t have a dipstick. You simply fill it up...

This Is How Long You Can Drive on a Spare Tire

There are two types of spare tires, and you should absolutely know which type you have.


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What Is Ideal Tire Pressure in Cold Weather?

Lower temperatures mean lower tire pressure, so be prepared to inflate your tires more often during the cold weather months.


Why Is My Car Making a Clicking Noise When Starting?

The clue is in the clicking! Find out the likeliest cause based on the type of "click" you're hearing.


How to Defrost Your Windshield in Less Than One Minute

Beat the winter frost with this simple solution.

What Oil Does My Car Need in Winter?

Colder temperatures can change how well motor oil keeps your engine running. You may need to change the oil to...


This is the Safest (and Fastest!) Way to Remove Snow from Your Car

We know, it's cold. Here's how to do the job quickly.


How to Unlock a Car Door Without Your Keys

The next time you lock your keys in a car, you’ll want to try these genius tricks.


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Smart DIY Storage Ideas to Make Your Garage Work Harder

Is your garage getting so cluttered there's barely enough room to park your car? These DIY garage storage ideas will...


Testing Coolant with a Multimeter: Step-by-Step Instructions

A simple diagnostic test of the radiator coolant for conductivity will show if you've got corrosion in your water pump,...

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12 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage—and Pay Less at the Pumps

These savvy gas-saving strategies can improve your fuel economy and slash your car's operating costs.


Why You Shouldn’t Use Cheap Auto Parts

Take our auto expert's advice and avoid cheap economy auto parts. They typically wear out much faster than professional grade...


How to Replace Windshield Wiper Blades, Step By Step

Don't put up with streaky wiper blades. With the help of these easy instructions, you'll be able to install replacement...


How to Find a Vacuum Leak

Vacuum leaks can cause a variety of engine problems, and pros charge money to find them. Here's how to track...


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20+ Things You Must Do to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

This handy checklist will help you avoid no-starts, frozen doors and other seasonal maintenance issues that could leave you stranded.


Here’s How Often You Should Really Change Your Oil

No, changing your oil is not the same thing as adding oil.


What Makes a Car Backfire?

Backfiring is an auditory clue that some part in your vehicle isn't functioning properly and could be nearing the end...


6 Things to Look For When Checking Oil

Want to check oil like a real mechanic? Here are six things the pros know to look for after pulling...

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8 Things to Keep in Your Car in Case of Roadside Trouble

Are you prepared for a roadside emergency? Consult our checklist of items that will come in handy the next time...


How to Prevent Licence Plate Theft

Prevent licence plate theft by using screws that require a special security wrench to remove. They're inexpensive and take only...


How to Change a Flat Tire, Step By Step

Got a flat? You could call for roadside assistance, or you could change a tire yourself with the help of...


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Top 10 Cleaning Tips for the Inside of Your Car

If you drive a lot for work or have kids and pets, you know how hard it can be to...


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5 Car Security Tips to Protect Your Ride

Protect your car from theft and vandalism with these car security tips.


Why Do My Brakes Keep Grinding?

If you hear your brakes grinding, something is wrong. Here are four likely causes for the noise and what you...