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.

How to Get Rid of Salt Stains in Your Car

It's tough to keep your car looking clean this time of year, especially where carpeting and floor mats are concerned....


The Freezing Point of Gasoline and Its Effect on Your Car

There are plenty of things to worry about when it comes time to winterize your vehicle—is frozen gasoline one of...


How to Prevent Winter Road Salt From Damaging Your Car

Canadian drivers are all too familiar with the corrosive effect of road salt on a car's finish and undercarriage. Thankfully,...


How Often Should You Wash Your Car in Winter?

If you live where winter brings snow, slush, sand and salt, it's nearly impossible to keep your car's exterior clean....


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How to Fix an Automotive Short Circuit

Automotive electrical problems might seem insurmountable, but they're not. All you have to do is locate where the current stops...


Why You Need to Keep a Nail File in Your Car This Winter

It has *nothing* to do with your manicure.


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9 Things You’ll Regret Leaving in Your Car This Winter

Forget about those cans of soda? You may want to check the trunk...


How to Pour Oil—Without Making a Mess

Believe it or not, there's a right way and a wrong way to pour oil. By holding the container properly,...

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What to Know About Changing Your Car’s Oil Filter

Want to take the best possible care of your vehicle? Learn all about oil filters and when and why your...


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9 Times You Should Be Using Your Emergency Brake—and 3 Times You Shouldn’t

It was one of the first things you learned in driver's ed, so of course you know when to use...


Protect Your Vehicle from Freezing Over with This Trick

Proper lube can prevent binding and freezing and save you the cost of a busted regulator. You can lube your...


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The Best Car Maintenance Schedule to Follow for Good Car Health

Maintenance is key to long car life and good performance. Keep your car in excellent shape by knowing what needs...


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.