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Car Stereo Installation Made Simple: DIY vs. Hiring a Pro

Reading Time: 5 minutes There are many reasons to replace the car stereo, from sound distortion and choppy radio transmissions to the need for… Read More

Here’s Why the USB Port in Your Car Isn’t Working

Reading Time: 4 minutes A USB port or USB socket is a convenient input type that lets you connect various electronics to your vehicle,… Read More

What Are Bull Bars on Trucks? Pros, Cons, and More

Reading Time: 4 minutes Bull bars are steel or aluminum bars installed in front of trucks or SUVs to protect the bumper, grille, and… Read More

Air Conditioning and Heating

Should You Turn Off Your A/C Before The Engine?

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s common for drivers to turn off their vehicle’s air-conditioning (A/C) system before shutting down their engine. Just like turning… Read More

What Causes the Burning Smell From the Heater in Your Car?

Reading Time: 4 minutes When the chill outside your car seeps into the cabin, your first reaction is probably to fire up the heater…. Read More

Why Is My Car’s AC Hose Frozen on the Outside?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Causes of Frozen A/C Pipes First, a note about outside moisture: since ambient temperatures directly affect refrigerant pressure (and by… Read More

Ask CarParts.com

Will Using an Aerosol Cleaner Prevent Carbon from Accumulating on the Engine Valves in My 2012 Ford F-150?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Q: I have a 2012 Ford F-150 with a direct-injected, 3.5L EcoBoost engine. To combat carbon build-up on the valves,… Read More

Where is the Windshield Washer Motor Located on My 2002 Kia Sportage?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Q: I have a 2002 Kia Sportage. Recently, my car’s windshield washers stopped working. I can no longer hear the… Read More

Why is My 2007 Toyota Tacoma’s Steering Wheel Shaking at Highway Speeds?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Q: I have a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The truck has a minor steering wheel shimmy on the freeway when traveling… Read More

Braking System

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Bleeding Your Brakes

Reading Time: 6 minutes Like most DIY car procedures, bleeding the brakes has its merits. For one, you get a sense of fulfillment and… Read More

Dual-Circuit Brake System FAQ

Reading Time: 4 minutes You’ve heard about drum brakes and disc brakes. But have you heard about the dual-circuit brake system? It’s a type… Read More

Chlorinated vs. Non-Chlorinated Brake Cleaner: Pros and Cons

Reading Time: 5 minutes Oil, dirt, grime, and other contaminants can build up on brake parts, affecting their performance and reducing their lifespan over… Read More

What Are Hitch Jacks and How Do They Work?

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you’ve ever tried towing a boat or a large trailer with your vehicle, then you know just how hard… Read More

What Are the Basics of Plastic Bumper Repair?

Reading Time: 4 minutes While it is possible to fix some scratches and scrapes with a plastic bumper repair kit, some tasks are better… Read More

Why Does My Windshield Wiper Skip and How Do I Stop It?

Reading Time: 4 minutes A skipping windshield wiper might not seem like a pressing issue, but it’s actually a matter of safety. Wipers clear… Read More

Do Headlight Restoration Kits Work?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Your headlights are crucial to your safety while on the road, especially if you’re traveling at night. But as your… Read More

HID vs. LED Headlights: Differences, Advantages, and More

Reading Time: 4 minutes If your headlights are dim, flickering, or not working, you’ll have a hard time seeing the road ahead at night… Read More

What Is an LED Load Equalizer and Should You Get One?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Turn signals should never flash more than 120 times per minute. Any higher than that and you’re likely to get… Read More

Cooling System

Tips For Replacing the Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor

Reading Time: 6 minutes Just like many vehicle sensors, the engine coolant temperature sensor can eventually wear out, which can cause it to send… Read More

Helpful Tips For Heater Core Replacement

Reading Time: 4 minutes The cost of replacing an old or faulty heater core can quickly pile up. Not only do you have to… Read More

What Causes a Water Pump to Leak? Plus FAQs

Reading Time: 5 minutes The water pump is one of the key components of the cooling system. It recirculates coolant from the radiator and… Read More

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you connect your vehicle’s battery cables to the wrong terminals, it can cause a wide range of issues. Reverse… Read More

Reading Time: 4 minutes In a manual car, the flywheel transmits and regulates power from the engine that goes to the manual transmission. But… Read More

Reading Time: 4 minutes Replacing your crankshaft’s rear main seal isn’t the easiest task. It usually involves removing your vehicle’s transmission and exhaust system,… Read More

What Is an Axle?

Reading Time: 6 minutes It’s not the biggest part, but the axle can cause various problems for your ride if it’s damaged or broken…. Read More

Six-Wheel Drive: What’s 6×6 or 6WD in Vehicles and Why Is It Important?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Six-wheel drive refers to a vehicle configuration that uses six wheels instead of the standard four. This means these vehicles… Read More

What Does the Transfer Case Control Module Do for Your Vehicle?

Reading Time: 4 minutes The transfer case control module is one of the many computers in modern four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles, especially the models… Read More

Electrical System

Reading Time: 4 minutes Like a map, wiring diagrams show how major electrical systems, circuits, wires, and devices are connected. Vehicle wiring diagrams can… Read More

Is an Alternator Rebuild Worth It?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Without a functioning alternator a vehicle will only run until the battery dies. So what are your options when you… Read More

Here’s Why You Need to Disconnect the Negative Battery Terminal When Working on Your Car

Reading Time: 4 minutes Disconnecting the battery during repairs is a pretty standard procedure regardless of the type of issue you’re dealing with. Along… Read More

How to Deal With a Stripped Oil Drain Plug

Reading Time: 4 minutes Small components that eventually get damaged are usually the reasons behind major engine troubles. For example, a small leak in… Read More

Got a Squealing Belt? These Issues Could Be Why

Reading Time: 7 minutes Unusual sounds other than the low hum coming from the engine are never a good sign, especially high-pitched noises like… Read More

Electric vs. Mechanical Oil Pressure Gauges

Reading Time: 3 minutes Your vehicle’s oil pressure gauge displays your engine’s internal oil pressure. It’s important to keep an eye on these readings… Read More

Exhaust System

Reading Time: 4 minutes When you boost your engine’s performance, you also increase the temperature of the exhaust gases it produces. When the gases… Read More

Tips for Exhaust Pipe Gasket Sizing

Reading Time: 3 minutes Your vehicle’s exhaust system is equipped with several gaskets along its exhaust pipes, all of which can vary greatly in… Read More

How To Install Different Types of Exhaust Clamps

Reading Time: 4 minutes The exhaust system keeps toxic combustion fumes away from you and your passengers, and it’s usually held together by exhaust… Read More

Ignition System

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you connect your vehicle’s battery cables to the wrong terminals, it can cause a wide range of issues. Reverse… Read More

What’s the Difference Between Refurbished and Rebuilt Carburetors?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many vehicles made before the ’90s were equipped with carburetor engines that mixed fuel with air before they entered the… Read More

Car Won’t Start After Getting Gas? Here are the Reasons Why

Reading Time: 5 minutes As a driver, one of the most nerve-racking things you can experience is having a vehicle that won’t start. For… Read More

Heated Seat Installation Tips

Reading Time: 5 minutes Winter is the proverbial wonderland–right up to when you leave your well-heated home and drive in freezing weather conditions. While… Read More

Are Your Heated Seats Not Working? This Could Be Why

Reading Time: 5 minutes Winter driving can be quite troublesome. Aside from wading through snow-filled streets, the cabin can also get too cold for… Read More

How To Safely Remove a Rear view Mirror

Reading Time: 3 minutes Your rear view mirror is an essential part of your vehicle. It helps you navigate and remain aware of your… Read More

Maintenance

Why is My Car Making a Rattling Noise? Possible Causes

Reading Time: 4 minutes Don’t ignore unusual sounds like rattling noises from your car. They can point to a wide variety of issues, from… Read More

Useful Tips on How To Clean a Gas Tank

Reading Time: 4 minutes You don’t have to clean your gas tank often, but there are specific instances where you’ll have to give it… Read More

Possible Reasons Why You Smell Burning Rubber in Your Car

Reading Time: 7 minutes Unless you’re a racecar driver testing the limits of your ride, smelling burning rubber from your vehicle is concerning. It… Read More

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P1345 Code: Camshaft Position Correlation

Reading Time: 3 minutes Modern vehicles are equipped with camshaft and crankshaft position sensors that send data to the powertrain control module (PCM). The… Read More

P1604 Code: Startability Malfunction

Reading Time: 3 minutes A “no-start” condition isn’t uncommon. There’s a plethora of reasons why a vehicle wouldn’t start, and it can be hard… Read More

P1151 Code: Lack of Upstream Heated Oxygen Sensor Switch Sensor Indicates Lean Bank 2

Reading Time: 3 minutes Your ride’s powertrain control module (PCM) relies on data coming from your oxygen sensors (O2 sensors) to help regulate air-to-fuel… Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to Power Steering Pump Replacement

Reading Time: 4 minutes Just because you can drive with a faulty power steering pump doesn’t mean you should. Power steering pump failure is… Read More

Bad Steering Shaft Symptoms To Watch Out For

Reading Time: 3 minutes Your vehicle’s steering shaft, also known as its intermediate steering shaft, plays an important role. It connects the steering gear… Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to CV Boot Replacement

Reading Time: 6 minutes Did you know a vehicle’s constant velocity (CV) joint rarely ever fails? Considering it protects your vehicle’s CV axle, that’s… Read More

Transmission

Reading Time: 4 minutes In a manual car, the flywheel transmits and regulates power from the engine that goes to the manual transmission. But… Read More

Reading Time: 4 minutes Replacing your crankshaft’s rear main seal isn’t the easiest task. It usually involves removing your vehicle’s transmission and exhaust system,… Read More

Reading Time: 3 minutes Has this happened to you? You open your coolant reservoir to perform a routine checkup on your radiator. To your… Read More

Warning Lights

What Does BAS Mean? Understanding Your Vehicle’s Brake Assist System

Reading Time: 5 minutes A triggered dashboard light is almost always bad news, so if you see one turn on, you’re going to want… Read More

What Is a Powertrain Malfunction?

Reading Time: 4 minutes You’re bound to experience a couple of issues when driving your vehicle, including a flat tire, worn-out bulbs, or even… Read More

Understanding Dashboard Warnings: What Does a Triangle With an Exclamation Point Mean?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Warning lights are on your dashboard for a reason一they’re your vehicle’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and… Read More

Wheels and Tires

What Are Tire Wear Bars? Plus FAQs

Reading Time: 4 minutes Every wheel has tire wear bars as mandated by the law. These bars are often found within the groove of… Read More

Tips and Tricks on Replacing Wheel Studs

Reading Time: 4 minutes Most cars use wheel studs in combination with lug nuts to keep wheels secured to the axle or wheel hub…. Read More

How to Change a Flat Tire and Ways to Keep Tires in Great Condition

Reading Time: 5 minutes Flat tires can happen anytime anywhere. They could leave you stuck in the middle of nowhere if you don’t know… Read More

Auto Repair

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you connect your vehicle’s battery cables to the wrong terminals, it can cause a wide range of issues. Reverse… Read More

Reading Time: 4 minutes In a manual car, the flywheel transmits and regulates power from the engine that goes to the manual transmission. But… Read More

Reading Time: 4 minutes Replacing your crankshaft’s rear main seal isn’t the easiest task. It usually involves removing your vehicle’s transmission and exhaust system,… Read More

Reading Time: 3 minutes Has this happened to you? You open your coolant reservoir to perform a routine checkup on your radiator. To your… Read More

Reading Time: 4 minutes When you boost your engine’s performance, you also increase the temperature of the exhaust gases it produces. When the gases… Read More

Reading Time: 4 minutes Like a map, wiring diagrams show how major electrical systems, circuits, wires, and devices are connected. Vehicle wiring diagrams can… Read More

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