Maintenance

Car maintenance tips, with advice on do-it-yourself auto repairs 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 Replace a Broken Wheel Stud

Tightening lug nuts without a torque wrench can be a recipe for disaster. Here are step-by-step...


How to Check Your Car’s Serpentine Belt for Wear

Although EPDM serpentine belts are superior to older models, it's not as easy to tell when they're worn out. Here's...


Do-It-Yourself Headlight Replacement: Step-by-Step Instructions

Got a burned-out headlight? Here are our quick and easy step-by-step instructions for headlight replacement, along with tips...


How to Replace Corroded Battery Terminals

Got badly corroded battery cables? Here's how to replace your car's battery cable terminals with new...


Cool Auto Shop Tools You Need

A do-it-yourself mechanic's wish list: all the tools you could ever need (and want) in your shop for

When to Replace a Coolant Temperature Sensor

If your car has starting problems and the "check engine" light doesn't come on, you may have a bad engine...


How to Change Your Car’s Serpentine Belt

Automatic belt tensioners, standard in most cars now, make changing a serpentine belt a simple DIY repair. Follow the clear...


How to Save on Brake Repair Costs

Learn how to avoid brake job rip-offs, extra costs and save up to $1,000 over the life of your car...

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,...


6 Ways to Get Your Car Winter-Ready

Snow, sleet and ice are far from ideal driving conditions, which is why it's essential to make sure your vehicle...


How to Fix Your Car Windshield Washer

Windshield washers are fairly reliable. But when they fail, it's usually the result of a clogged nozzle or a dead...


How to Check for a Bad PCV Valve

Perform the world's easiest diagnostic test: Shake your PCV valve to make sure it's working. It only takes five minutes...


How to Invest in Car Maintenance: The Bare Minimum

Want to make the most of the money you spend on car maintenance? These five essential maintenance practices deliver the...


How to Use a Car Jack Safely

It's vital to learn how to use a car jack before you attempt your own oil changes or repairs to...


How to Protect Your Car’s Paint

Protect the paint finish on your car's hood and mirrors from flying road debris with a special rubbery film. With...


4 Quick Car Maintenance Checks for Winter Driving

Expert advice on how to prepare your car for winter driving conditions.

What To Do When Your Car Won’t Start

The next time your car doesn't start, these simple tests will determine if it's possible to revive your car battery


How to Buy a Car Jack and Jack Stands

Make an investment in your own safety (and the safety of your car) and buy a semi-pro car jack and...


How to Fix a Car Blower Motor

These simple tips will help you fix your car's blower motor in no time at all. 


How to Replace Spark Plugs

Changing the spark plugs in your car is easier than you think. Just make sure you have the right tools.


How to Safely Remove a Car Radio or Car Stereo

Learn how to remove your car radio or car stereo system-without wrecking any of the other wiring in your car. 

10 Tips to Get Your Vehicle Winter-Ready

No matter where you live in Canada, you’re bound to hit snow-covered roads and slippery conditions at some point this...


What To Do When Your Car Heater Blows Cold Air

Does your car heater just blow cold air when you turn on the fan? It might be as simple as...


How to Grease Your Car Before Winter

Winter weather can take a toll on vehicles, but with with a few squirts of lubricant, you can keep the...


How to Change Your Car’s Transmission Fluid

Extend the life of your engine and save money by changing your car's transmission fluid on your own.


How to Check Your Car’s Air Filter and PCV Valve

Save money on your next oil change by checking the air filter and PCV valve yourself. Here's how to tell if...


13 Best Car Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Automotive experts share 13 tips on how to keep your car clean and looking as good as new.