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.

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 you need to know.

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Following outdated car care advice may cost you big in the long run.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


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The Ultimate Roadside Emergency Guide

When you're dealing with roadside emergencies, it's always better to have a plan of attack than a panic attack.


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12 Myths You Need to Stop Believing About Your Car

Don’t let mechanics trick you! These common car myths could actually be ruining your ride.

How to Fix a Seized Engine

Sitting idle can cause an engine to seize. Learn how to free it and get your vehicle running again.


This Genius Hack Will Keep Your Car Windows from Fogging Up

With the help of a few ordinary household items, you won't have to worry about your car windows fogging up...


Car Interior Cleaning Tips to Refresh Your Ride

You probably hit up the car wash on a regular basis, but when's the last time you gave your car...


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How to Change Automotive Light Bulbs

Is your car interior dark? High-mount stop lamp burnt out? Can't see in the fog? Here's how to change the...


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12 Car Hacks That Will Make Driving So Much Better

Whether you’re gearing up for a road trip or just want to make your daily commute less of a chore,...


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13 Car Problems You’ll Regret Ignoring

From the dreaded "check engine" light to dangerously low tire pressure, here are the automotive issues you should deal with...


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The Most Expensive Mistakes You’re Making at the Gas Pump

These gas pump habits may seem harmless, but they're likely costing you money every time you fill up.


6 Reasons Your Car Horn Isn’t Working—And How to Fix It

Car horn not working? The first step is to identify the source of the problem—here's how.

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20+ Secrets Your Auto Mechanic Won’t Tell You

Before you spend more money on car repairs, get the inside scoop from real auto mechanics on which expensive, unnecessary...


Why You Should Never Keep Your Phone in the Glove Compartment

It may seem like a good idea, but it also has damaging consequences.


What It Could Mean When Your Brake Light Comes On

Notice your brake light on? This is the first thing you need to check.


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13 Ways You’re Shortening the Life of Your Car

Put the brakes on these common mistakes to help keep your car on the road—and out of the shop.


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How to Improve Brake Performance and Extend Wear

The secret is to use a new high-temperature grease.


Why You Should Always Keep a Carpet Remnant in Your Trunk

Hint: it could help you get out of a slippery situation.