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How to Replace Your Windshield Washer Reservoir

As the name suggests, the windshield washer reservoir stores the fluid that helps your vehicle’s wipers clean the windshield. While it’s a relatively simple container made from rugged polyethylene plastic,...Read more

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Why is There a Bubble on My Tire?

Tire bubbles or bulges are easy to miss—and they can cause accidents and damage your vehicle if left untreated. These egg-shaped bubbles usually form on the sides of your tires...Read more

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How to Flush Coolant

Nearly every vehicle manufacturer recommends a coolant flush as part of their maintenance schedule—it’s an essential part of any car care routine. Why? Because coolant breaks down over time and...Read more

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How to Replace an Ignition Coil

Are you a newbie looking for an easy repair project that you can do yourself? Many late-model cars have individual coil-on-plug (COP) ignition coils that are easy to replace⁠—with the...Read more

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How to Change Spark Plugs

Spark plug replacement is one of the most common maintenance procedures. The job seems easy in theory, which is why many vehicle owners want to attempt it themselves. And it’s...Read more

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Car A/C Not Cooling? 5 Reasons Why

If your vehicle’s air conditioning system isn’t working properly, it’s definitely an inconvenience⁠—especially if you’re driving around during the summer when temperatures can get extremely unbearable.  There are many possible...Read more

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How to Test a Car Battery with a Multimeter

Your car’s battery is responsible for providing the jolt of electricity needed to start your car. The battery also supplies electrical energy to the rest of the vehicle whenever the...Read more

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What are the Signs of a Blown Head Gasket?

The head gasket, which is located between the engine block and cylinder head, seals the combustion chambers to prevent compression loss. It also plays a role in sealing the coolant...Read more

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How to Test an O2 Sensor

Driving with a faulty O2 sensor may trigger the check engine light, cause performance problems, and eventually damage your catalytic converter. But how would you know if it is really...Read more

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Bad CV Axle Symptoms

There are quite a few things that can go wrong with the constant velocity (CV) axle assembly. Leaking grease and normal wear can cause its parts to deteriorate. How will...Read more

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How to Replace Inner Fender Liner

Inner fender liners protect the wheel well and vehicle body from rust and other forms of damage. They are usually made of thermoplastic or other non-corrosive, flexible, and durable materials....Read more

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Bad Spark Plug Symptoms

Spark plugs are vital components of internal combustion engines. They are responsible for producing the “spark” necessary to ignite the engine’s fuel. Although the spark plug is considered vital to...Read more

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Why are My Headlights Flickering?

Driving with a flickering headlight can create unsafe conditions on the road as they can create distractions not only for you but for other drivers as well. If you’re wondering...Read more

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How to Measure a Driveshaft

Some vehicles come in a variety of configurations (i.e., single cab, crew cab, etc.), which means several driveshafts of varying lengths may be available for the same model. And that...Read more

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Ignition Lock Cylinder Replacement: How-To Guide

A faulty ignition lock cylinder can be a real bummer. Sometimes, when the lock cylinder starts going out, you can jiggle the key to get it to turn. But eventually,...Read more

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Bad VVT Solenoid Symptoms: What You Need to Know

Every automaker seems to have a different name for its variable valve timing (VVT) solenoids. Depending on the vehicle manufacturer, these parts may be referred to as camshaft actuator solenoids,...Read more

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Bad Throttle Position Sensor Symptoms: What You Need to Know

Your car has dozens of sensors onboard—one of which is the throttle position sensor (TP). As you might have guessed, the TP sensor measures the position of the throttle blade....Read more

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How to Replace an Engine Splash Shield

A vehicle’s engine splash shield is also called the skid plate, the engine splash guard, or the lower/under-engine cover. It’s a panel that’s designed to protect the underside of the...Read more

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How to Replace a Windshield Wiper Motor

One potential cause for inoperative wipers is a faulty windshield wiper motor. But the good news is, usually, replacing a broken wiper motor is relatively easy. On most vehicles, all...Read more

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Sticky Dashboard: What Causes It and How to Clean

A lot of dashboards are given a soft-touch finish with vinyl to make them look sleeker than normal plastic. However, in some makes and models, these vinyl covers tend to...Read more

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How to Replace Sway Bar Links

If you hear a knocking or clunking sound when driving over bumps, it might be because your car's sway bar links (also known as stabilizer links) are worn-out or broken....Read more

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Symptoms of a Bad Idle Air Control Valve

In the not-so-distant past, nearly all cars had an idle air control valve (IAC). It’s a pretty simple device that controls idle speed by managing the amount of air bypassing...Read more

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Bad Door Lock Actuator Symptoms: 4 Signs to Watch Out For

In the past, most cars had door locks that you had to operate manually. Obviously, that’s no longer the case since nearly all modern vehicles have power door locks operated...Read more

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How to Check Your Car Battery & Battery Cables

Nearly every driver is familiar with automotive batteries and the all-too-common occurrence of needing a jumpstart. Much like the batteries in a flashlight or any other household device, a car...Read more

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5 Signs of a Bad Starter

When a car doesn't start, many people assume that the starter motor is to blame. After all, the component has the term "start" right in its name. But in reality,...Read more

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How Does a Car Battery Work: What You Need to Know

Even though your car’s battery might seem simple, it’s quite complex and important. Anyone who’s needed a jumpstart understands the critical role the battery plays in getting (and keeping) your...Read more

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How Hot Does a Radiator Get?

Your car’s engine produces a lot of heat as it burns fuel and air during the combustion process. This heat must be removed through a heat exchanger in order to...Read more

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Bad Strut Symptoms

Worn-out struts can create issues, such as a symphony of noises and a harsh ride, that make your car extremely uncomfortable. Furthermore, struts that are well-past their prime can cause...Read more

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How to Check Automatic Transmission Fluid

Checking automatic transmission fluid (ATF) used to be a straightforward affair—but not anymore. These days, because so many cars no longer have a transmission dipstick, the process can be complicated....Read more

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Why Won’t My Car Start?

It never fails—when your car refuses to start, it happens at the most inopportune time. It’s always when, say, you’re running late for a critical doctor’s appointment or a big...Read more

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Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

You’re driving along, minding your own business, and the check engine light suddenly pops up on the dash. You get a lump in your throat and your heart begins to...Read more

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Turn Signal Switch Problems

Once upon a time, drivers relied on hand signals to notify other people on the road of their intention to stop or turn their vehicles in a certain direction. While...Read more

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How to Clean Aluminum Wheels

Many modern vehicles are equipped with aluminum alloy wheels, generally made from a combination of nickel and aluminum. These wheels are known for being lighter than steel, and they can...Read more

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Why Are My Brakes Smoking?

So you’re driving to the office, and you suddenly smell smoke. Alarmed, you wonder what it could be—until you see smoke coming from the back of your car. Now, it...Read more

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Bad Transfer Case Symptoms

The transfer case is one of the most important components that distinguish all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles. Driving all four wheels provides superior traction, resulting in improved...Read more

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How to Fix a Stuck Car Window

It’s a nice day out, so you decide to roll down your car's windows to enjoy some fresh air. But then you get on the freeway, and you press the...Read more

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What Happens When a Wheel Bearing Goes Out

Wheel bearings support the weight of the vehicle and allow the wheel/tire assembly to rotate when you’re traveling down the road. All four of your car’s wheels have wheel bearings....Read more

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Bad Throttle Body Symptoms

The throttle body is the device in your vehicle that opens and closes to regulate the amount of air entering the engine. When it gets dirty, clogged, or damaged, you...Read more

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Oil Pan Leaks: What are the Causes and How to Fix

Oil is considered one of the most critical fluids in a car because it lubricates (and provides a barrier between) the internal engine components. Without oil, friction between these components...Read more

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How to Change Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid serves to cool, lubricate, and provide a barrier between the moving parts of your car’s transmission. In an automatic transmission, the fluid is also used to create hydraulic...Read more

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What are the Symptoms of a Bad Speed Sensor?

The vehicle speed sensor (VSS) is also commonly referred to as a transmission speed sensor or output shaft speed sensor. It is a small device—typically mounted somewhere on the transmission—that...Read more

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How to Test a Blower Motor Resistor

If your car’s blower has only 4 or 5 different speed settings, it likely uses a simple electric resistor to control the fan’s speed. The resistor limits electrical current so...Read more

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Bad Tie Rod End Symptoms

A tie rod end is one of the lesser-known components of a car—but that doesn’t make it any less important. Tie rod ends are essential to the safe operation of...Read more

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How to Detail Your Car’s Exterior: Get a Showroom Shine with These Key Detailing Tips

National Car Care Month, which is celebrated every April, acts as a reminder to take care of all aspects of your vehicle—including the exterior. Although many owners think a quick...Read more

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How to Tint Headlights: A Step-by-Step Guide

As most of the population shelters in place in the next few weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many are choosing to keep a positive mindset and look for...Read more

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Bad Motor Mount Symptoms

Just imagine driving along, when suddenly you hear a clunking sound coming from your car’s engine compartment. This noise, which usually occurs when you accelerate or slam on the brakes,...Read more

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Essential Underhood Maintenance Tips from Our Chief Mechanic

In the past, cars required constant adjustments to mechanical bits, such as carburetors and ignition points. Thankfully, today’s vehicles are governed by computers and other electronics—and that means far less...Read more

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How Long Does a Catalytic Converter Last?

A catalytic converter is an emissions control device located in your car’s exhaust system. You probably know that much already. But what you might not know is—just how long is...Read more

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Symptoms of a Bad Power Steering Pump

An average vehicle weighs about 2,900 pounds. That, of course, will vary depending on what type of vehicle you’re driving. On average, a midsize car can weigh up to 3,400...Read more

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Bad Cooling Fan Relay Symptoms

Most vehicles rely on a liquid-cooled cooling system to regulate their engine temperature. A mixture of water and antifreeze flows through channels and absorbs the heat produced by the engine....Read more

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Do You Need an Alignment After Replacing Shocks and Struts?

Every so often, car owners are faced with the task of replacing their shocks and strut assemblies to ensure proper ride height and maximum ride comfort. While knowing when to...Read more

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When to Replace the Timing Chain on Your Vehicle

Your car’s engine contains many components, one of which is either a timing belt or a timing chain. Although the timing chain doesn’t get as much attention as some other...Read more

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How to Remove Blind Spot Mirrors

A blind spot mirror is an accessory that you can attach to the side mirror of your car to increase your visibility of the road. Also known as a fish-eye...Read more

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How to Clean Bugs Off Your Car

If you live in a state where there is a dense population of bugs, such as Florida or Louisiana, it’s inevitable that your car will get splattered with bugs on...Read more

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What is Brake Fluid and What Does it Do?

Every driver knows what brake fluid is, and you’ve probably topped up once or twice already. But have you ever wondered what it does or how it functions inside the...Read more

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How to Clean a Radiator

You can tell that you have a clogged radiator once you start observing signs such as overheating and inefficient cabin heating. But why wait for this to happen when performing...Read more

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Car Maintenance Tips for Spring

The chill of winter is finally wearing off and spring is just around the corner. That means rebirth and rejuvenation for not only nature but your vehicle, as well. Although...Read more

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Power Steering Not Working: Why This Happens and What to Do

Imagine you are driving at highway speed jamming to your favorite song when suddenly, you feel this weird resistance from the steering wheel. You find yourself having to exert more...Read more

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Fog Lights: What They Do and When to Use Them

Heavy fog, rain, and other weather conditions that reduce your visibility on the road can make driving difficult—if not downright impossible. If your vehicle isn’t equipped with the right lighting...Read more

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How to Tell If the Catalytic Converter is Clogged

More than 90% of cars today are powered by internal combustion engines (ICE)—and until electric vehicles completely take over, this type of engine is likely here to stay. However, it...Read more

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Can You Put Seat Covers on Heated Seats and Is it Safe?

There’s nothing more satisfying than stepping inside a warm and toasty car after freezing outdoors on a cold winter day. In addition to cranking up the heater, you can turn...Read more

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How Often Do Brakes Need to Be Replaced?

A vehicle’s brake system is one of its most critical safety features. It allows you to slow down or bring the vehicle to a complete stop when necessary. But as...Read more

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How Long Do Shocks Last?

Your car’s suspension system is made up of various components that work together to keep the vehicle from bouncing around when driving over bumpy roads—and one such component is the...Read more

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Radiator Fluid Colors Vary and How To Pick the Right One

Radiator fluid, also known as engine coolant or antifreeze, was first used in military vehicles during World War I. Ethylene glycol was initially used as an alternative to glycerol to...Read more

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How to Close Car Hood Properly

Exercising care when closing the hood of your car is important in keeping it in good working condition. The hood protects the most essential components of your vehicle, which includes...Read more

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How Long Do Brake Rotors Last?

The braking system is one of the most hardworking components of your car. And because it takes a lot of abuse, certain parts of the brake assembly will need to...Read more

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[Infographic] What to Consider Before You Start Doing Your Own Auto Repairs

YouTube makes fixing your own car look easy. Undo a couple of bolts here, unplug a few electrical connectors there, and the job is done. But in reality, auto repair...Read more

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How to Get Moisture Out of Headlights

Condensation is a natural occurrence that happens when water vapor condenses into a liquid. In regard to your car’s headlights, the phenomenon takes place when the outside air is cooler...Read more

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How to Remove Scratches from Your Car Bumper

Getting scratches out of your car bumper can be costly if you get it done at an auto body shop. But if the scratches aren’t too bad, you can opt...Read more

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How to Pass an Emissions Test: 7 Tips That May Help

Note: Please check your local and state laws regarding exemptions and coverage of car emissions testing in your area. Emission testing, or smog check, ensures your car meets the emission...Read more

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How to Get Dog Hair Out of Your Car

Driving with your dog, whether on a short jaunt or on a long road trip to the beach, is always special. But having a furry companion in the car isn’t...Read more

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Brake Dust: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Wheels Clean

You know that black residue that builds up on your car’s wheels? Yup, that’s brake dust. It’s a naturally occurring phenomenon that’s hard to eliminate. But with a few helpful...Read more

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Can You Make Your Mustang as Rad as the Bullitt GT?

Last week, history was made when the most famous—and now the most expensive—Ford Mustang sold at Mecum Auctions for $3.4 million. The car on the block? The iconic 1968 Ford...Read more

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Wheel Bearing Noise: Do You Have a Bad Wheel Bearing?

You’re driving along on a warm, sunny day listening to your favorite song. Life is good. But when you turn down the radio, you hear an unusual noise that coincides...Read more

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How to Clean Foggy or Oxidized Headlights

At one time, you were in love with your car—just the sight of it made you swoon. But now, thanks to those yellow, oxidized headlights, your car is, well, ugly....Read more

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How to Remove Ice From Your Car and Windshield

Nobody enjoys starting their day by scraping ice off their windshield. It’s tedious work, and it can be tempting to remove just enough ice to see from the driver’s side...Read more

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How to Keep Rats Out of Your Car During Winter

Summary: Rodents love the heat that your car produces especially during the winter, therefore attracting them towards the insides of your vehicle.They can cause a range of damage, from gnawed...Read more

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Squeaky Brakes: What Do They Mean & How to Fix Them

Nothing—except, perhaps, 90s boy band music—sounds worse than squeaky brakes. Every time you press the brake pedal, the unnerving sound fills your ears. Besides turning up the radio, and masking...Read more

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I have a leased car – all I’m interested in is keeping my costs to a minimum when turning it back in.

Assuming your lease is for 3 years or less. Under hood checks Once a month. New vehicles require less attention and most problems are covered by the warrantee, BUT if...Read more

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Bad Catalytic Converter Symptoms: Signs to Watch Out For

When I was 20 years old, I owned a Pontiac Trans Am. Of course, it was bright red because, at that age, I wanted something flashy. The car also had...Read more

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What are the Signs of a Bad Heater Core?

The heater core, which is part of the cooling system, helps transfer heat from the hot engine coolant into the cabin.An inoperative heater, a slimy film on the windows, a...Read more

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What is a Distributor?

Thankfully, today’s cars no longer have distributors. Modern engines use individual coil packs, which are far less complicated, instead. But there are still countless vehicles on the road with a...Read more

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How to Replace Your Tail Light Assembly

There are several reasons why you may want to replace your entire tail light assembly (not just the bulb). Maybe you got into a fender bender and the lens is...Read more

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Understanding Tire Speed Rating & Tire Load Index

Tires are essential in keeping your vehicle maneuverable on the road. They’re made of vulcanized rubber—which is rubber that has been hardened and cooked—so that they can grip the ground...Read more

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Keeping Your Cool Behind the Wheel: How to Deal with Road Rage

Imagine driving on the highway with your kids strapped in the backseat, and suddenly a car cuts into your lane without their turn signals on. You step on the brakes...Read more

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How to Prepare for Hazardous Winter Driving

It’s that time of year again—Old Man Winter is here. And he’s angry. If you live in a part of the country that sees real winter conditions (60-degree temperatures and...Read more

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How to Replace a Side Mirror

There are several reasons why you might want to replace one of your car’s side mirrors. Maybe some dimwit sideswiped you and knocked off your mirror. Or perhaps you’ve got...Read more

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How to Replace a Halogen Headlight Assembly

There are several reasons you might want to replace your entire headlight assembly (not just the bulb). Maybe you got in a fender bender and the lens is broken. Or...Read more

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How to Avoid Thanksgiving Traffic Jams: When is the Best Time to Travel and Other Tips

Travelling on the road during the holiday season can get really stressful really quickly. Traffic, just like turkey and stuffing, has now become part and parcel of every Thanksgiving. It...Read more

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How to Install Power Folding Mirrors on a 2015 Ford F-150

Upgrading from standard mirrors to power folding mirrors (standard or tow) on any 2015+ Ford F-150 may seem like a difficult task, but it really isn't. With the Kool Vue...Read more

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How to Replace a Front Lower Control Arm

Control arm replacement can be difficult—especially if the vehicle’s suspension is rusted and corroded. Separating the ball joint from the steering knuckle can be tricky, too, if you’ve never done...Read more

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How to Diagnose a Faulty Control Arm

Control arms are basically just big hunks of metal. Unless they suffer impact damage from, say, a collision, they rarely fail. Instead, what usually require replacement are the bushings and...Read more

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Hand Turn Signals for Driving

Your vehicle is equipped with various lights and warning devices to allow you to communicate with drivers and pedestrians on the road. Turn signals allow you to visually warn other...Read more

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Common Control Arm Symptoms

When it comes to car parts, control arms don’t get a lot of attention. Instead, it’s all about engines and transmissions. You know, the big, expensive stuff. But control arms...Read more

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A Wake-up Call Against Drowsy Driving: Serious Signs and Prevention

Most of us underestimate the benefits of a good night’s sleep. We live in a time where being overworked and sleep-deprived are proudly worn as badges of honor. But what...Read more

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School Bus Safety Guide: Common Safety Rules and Stop-Arm Laws

According to the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, children are 70 times more likely to get to school safely if they ride a school bus instead of...Read more

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How to Replace a Brake Disc

Changing a set of brake discs is usually one of the easier automotive repairs. Many people attempt a brake job shortly after learning how to perform other basic tasks, such...Read more

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How to Diagnose Faulty Front Brake Discs

Rotors don’t take fancy equipment to diagnose. Most professionals test-drive the vehicle to see how the brakes feel. Then they perform a visual inspection of the rotors and, if necessary,...Read more

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Think You’re Ready to Build the Car of Your Dreams? First, Consider This.

Building a project car can be a lot of fun—if you think ahead and plan things out. Like any other undertaking, it helps to be organized and have a strategy...Read more

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8 Tips for Finding a Great Mechanic or Repair Shop

Is your car’s check engine light on? Or maybe there’s a clunking noise coming from the undercarriage? Uh-oh—it sounds like you need to visit a mechanic, a.k.a. automotive technician. But...Read more

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How to Replace Front Brake Pads

Brake pad replacement is usually one of the easier automotive repairs. Many people attempt it shortly after learning how to perform other basic tasks, such as changing engine oil. But...Read more

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How to Diagnose Worn Brake Pads

Diagnosing a set of worn brake pads is pretty easy. Generally, all you need are your eyes and a few simple tools. Note: The following is a general guide for...Read more

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Safety Tips for Parents of New Teen Drivers

Watching your kid transition from a learner’s permit to a driver’s license may give you a feeling of de ja vu, like a reboot of a John Hughes movie unfolding...Read more

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Common Symptoms of Bad Brake Pads

Brake pads are a crucial yet frequently neglected part of your car. All too often, you’ll hear a vehicle that makes a horrendous grinding noise while braking. That sound usually...Read more

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Common Symptoms of a Bad Brake Disc

Here’s a novel concept: Disc brake systems contain brake discs, which are also referred to as rotors. Like brake pads, rotors are considered wear items that require periodic replacement. I...Read more

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[Infographic] 15 Tips to Prep Your Car for the End of Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday, November 3rd, the clocks get set back, marking the end of daylight saving time. That means hoodies and hot cocoa—along with pumpkin everything—are just around the corner. And...Read more

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10 Halloween Driving Safety Tips

It's almost Halloween--that time of the year when kids in costume flock the streets for candy and a night of spooky fun. Despite its festive vibe, statistics show that Halloween...Read more

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[Infographic] How to Prevent or Deal with Deer-Vehicle Collisions: A Complete Guide

We're a few weeks away from deer migration and mating season, when deer roam and forage for food in preparation for the long winter. A time of year that, unfortunately,...Read more

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How to Replace a Brake Caliper

Brake caliper replacement is pretty simple – until you get to the bleeding part. Then you’ll need a friend (and possibly a whole lot of patience) to finish the job....Read more

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How to Diagnose a Faulty Brake Caliper

Before spending your hard-earned money on a new caliper, you’ll want to make sure the old one is bad. The good news is that caliper diagnosis is straightforward and doesn’t...Read more

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[Infographic] The Ultimate Guide for Child Passenger Safety: Car Seats, Booster Seats, and More

Every 32 seconds, an American child is involved in a crash while inside a passenger vehicle. In a year, the total number of children injured in motor vehicle accidents is...Read more

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What to Do if Your Car Gets Flooded

One of the most exasperating causes of car damage is a flood, especially if the floodwater reaches the engine. Floods can rise overnight and leave cars parked on the streets...Read more

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Five Fall Car Care Tips: Preparing Your Vehicle for the Changing Seasons

Fall is officially here—time to break out our comfiest sweaters and bundle up as temperatures start to drop. Now is the perfect time to brush up on fall car care...Read more

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Bad Brake Caliper Symptoms: 7 Signs to Watch Out For

If you’re like me—and almost everyone else on the planet—you rarely think about your brake calipers. While brake pads must be replaced periodically, calipers should last the life of the...Read more

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Checklist for Purchasing a Used Car: 10 Tips to Live By

When the time comes to purchase a used car, you might feel overwhelmed and confused. It's perfectly normal to experience uncertainty as you navigate the used car world. Even as...Read more

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How to Replace a Wheel Hub

Wheel hub assembly replacement is easy—at least, that's what YouTube leads you to believe. But the job doesn't always go smoothly in the real world, and I can personally attest...Read more

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How to Diagnose a Faulty Wheel Hub

A lot of other car problems can mimic a faulty wheel hub assembly. So, before you dive into any repairs, you'll want to diagnose the problem thoroughly. On some vehicles,...Read more

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4 Signs Your Mass Air Flow Sensor is Failing

Fuel efficiency has become a major consideration when purchasing a vehicle. With gas prices rising, every drop of fuel counts. While driving style greatly affects fuel efficiency, maintaining your car’s...Read more

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Common Wheel Hub Symptoms

Nothing's better than listening to your favorite song while cruising down the road. But if you have the tunes cranked full blast, as I often do, you may not hear...Read more

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How to Replace a Fuel Pump

Fixing your car yourself can create a great sense of accomplishment. On the other hand, a repair job that goes awry can lead to frustration, swearing and bloody knuckles. The...Read more

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Maintenance You Should Perform on Your Vehicle to Increase Its Resale or Trade-In Value

With Labor Day weekend fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start thinking about selling or trading in your current vehicle and purchasing a new one. The end of...Read more

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Car Safety for Dogs: How to Keep Your Dog Cool for Your Next Road Trip

Summer is the best time to explore the outdoors and go on road trips. For pet lovers who can’t bear to leave their dogs behind, bringing them with you on...Read more

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How to Diagnose a Faulty Fuel Pump

So, you think you may have a faulty fuel pump? Troubleshooting the problem is usually pretty straightforward. But occasionally, a tricky diagnosis will have you pulling out your hair and...Read more

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Rav4: The Small SUV that Grew Up with a Generation

The 90s is best described as the golden age for sports cars. It was a time when almost every automaker took a shot at making a sports car. Acura had...Read more

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Bad Fuel Pump Symptoms

It's a frigid winter morning and you go to start your car—it cranks and cranks but doesn't fire. Sound familiar? Then you may have a bad fuel pump. But don't...Read more

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Signs Your Vehicle Isn’t Running Properly: 10 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Many modern cars feature high-tech diagnostic systems that monitor the health of the vehicle. Still, drivers will ignore common warnings that something is wrong. While it's okay to prolong a...Read more

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Dash Cover Installation Guide

Extreme heat is not only bad for you, but it's also bad for your car, especially the parts that are directly exposed to intense sunlight. Your dashboard, in particular, can...Read more

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The Essential College Readiness Automotive Checklist for Parents

It's back-to-school season and you're about to hand your college bound son or daughter the keys to the old family car. It's been a trusted car for many years, but...Read more

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Nerf Bars vs. Running Boards: What’s the Difference

Nerf bars and running boards are commonly found on trucks, which are built to be larger than regular vehicles. They have taller ride heights and are higher off the ground,...Read more

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Oil Filter Housing: A New Perspective on an Old Solution

A large amount of R&D in car manufacturers are geared towards making their products more friendly to the environment. The evolution from larger than life vehicles to smaller and greener...Read more

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Finding the Best Steering Wheel Cover for Heat Protection

Summer is the best time for scenic trips and long drives. But before going on an adventure, preparing your vehicle for rising temperatures is a must. You’ve checked your batteries, engine,...Read more

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Shocks vs. Struts: What You Need to Know

Have you ever owned a car with such a bumpy ride that every road imperfection was sent straight to the seat of your pants? Perhaps, the rough ride was accompanied...Read more

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How to Replace a Faulty Radiator

You've done all the checks needed and you've determined that your cooling system troubles stem from a faulty radiator - now what? You have several options depending on how severe...Read more

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How Loud is Too Loud for an Exhaust System?

Performance vehicles have always been associated with how beautiful their exhaust notes are. Muscle cars give off a loud and throaty V8 bellow while supercars give off a higher pitched,...Read more

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6 Signs of a Bad Radiator

You know that the radiator is an essential part of your cooling system, but how can you tell when something is wrong? Spotting the signs of a bad radiator is...Read more

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6 Simple Car Checks to Prevent Heat Wave Disasters

2019 is set to be one of the hottest years in history. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the month of June has already set a global...Read more

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How to Replace a Faulty A/C Condenser

When your air conditioning isn't working right, things get pretty heated. Okay, it was corny, but we had to make light of the situation - mainly because we understand that...Read more

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Bad A/C Condenser Symptoms

Many drivers simply can't live without air conditioning, especially on a hot summer day. If you’re one of those drivers, then having a busted A/C probably sounds like the worst...Read more

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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Floor Jack

We’ve all wrestled with using a floor jack at least once or twice. Whether you’re an avid car guy or a first-time driver, it’s one of the tools in the...Read more

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How to Diagnose a Bad A/C Condenser

Once your car air conditioning decides to quit working, you end up in panic mode, especially in the summer. After all, who wants to arrive at work drenched in sweat?...Read more

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Windshield Sun Shade: The Simplest Protection from Interior Wear and Tear

Have you ever parked under the sun all afternoon and returned to a scalding hot car? With the average temperature during summer reaching 70 °F to 75 °F in California...Read more

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Why You Should Consider Keeping a Tire Pressure Gauge in Your Car

A basic precautionary measure before driving your car is checking if the tires have the right pressure. It is also considered the easiest and simplest among the driving safety practices....Read more

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What are the Advantages of LED Headlights?

The earliest versions of headlights were lamps on horseless carriages. But using candles as the earliest form of illumination had a huge flaw. As horseless carriages became faster, the candles...Read more

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5 Symptoms of Bad Shock Absorbers

The paved roads we use aren’t always perfect. Daily abuse, exposure to the sun, and weather causes ruts, cracks, and potholes. Car manufacturers deal with the challenge posed by such...Read more

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Next-gen Toyota Land Cruiser May Lose the V8

With the new-generation Toyota Land Cruiser currently in the works, rumor has it that the brand is dropping the V8 engine from the model. Instead, the SUV will be carrying...Read more

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Important Pointers For Choosing a Set of Tires For Your Vehicle

The all-terrain tire is designed to give vehicles traction on and off the road. It puts together the characteristics of an aggressive mud tire and refined road tire. Pick-up trucks...Read more

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Eight Factors to Consider Before Buying a Rooftop Cargo Carrier for Your Summer Road Trip

With summer in full swing it is the perfect time to hit the road and create your own adventure. Planning on what to bring along may be a daunting task,...Read more

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How to Test a Coil Pack or Ignition Coil

Pop the hood on an older vehicle and you’ll find a cumbersome distributor ignition system with spark plug wires snaking all over the place.  Thankfully, these days, nearly all cars...Read more

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How to Remove Rust from Your Car Without Welding

Rust is the product of air and moisture on surfaces with iron. You can compare rust to a cavity in your tooth. Once it is present, it can eat away...Read more

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How to Fix a Transmission Leak

Special fluids are used to keep your car’s components cool, and at times lubricated. These fluids should be inspected periodically, but because of advanced formulation they don’t typically need to...Read more

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How to Clean Hazy Headlights with Household Products

Have you ever wondered why your headlights haze or even turn yellow over time? Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with the quality of your headlights but more on...Read more

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How to Tell if Your Alternator is Bad

Powering your vehicle’s electronics isn’t solely the job of your car battery. The alternator provides the necessary electrical energy whenever your car’s engine is running. Plus, the alternator charges the...Read more

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Reduced Engine Power Mode: What Does it Really Mean?

Is your Chevy or other General Motors (GM) vehicle displaying “Engine Power Reduced” on the instrument cluster? Maybe the check engine light is on as well? Don’t panic and trade-in...Read more

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Car A/C Maintenance Tips: 8 Rules to Stay Cool This Summer

With summer just around the corner, it's time to get ready for clear skies, glorious sunshine, backyard water hose fun... and heatwaves. You're probably well-versed on Newton's most famous law...Read more

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Adjust Your Mirrors to Work in Harmony

Remember the scene in Jurassic Park when the T-Rex was chasing down the Jeep Wrangler? The words "objects in the mirror are closer than they appear" takes a wise crack...Read more

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Finding the Sweet Spot for your Seating Position

Safety should be your utmost concern when you drive. Before you even start the engine, the first safety check you should do is with yourself. Making sure you are seated...Read more

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How to Curb the Depreciation of Your Car

There’s a saying that “when you drive your car off the lot, it depreciates by 10%.” This is even if you have the latest model with all the options equipped....Read more

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Revive the Luster of Your Car’s Paint

Memorial Day weekend comes every year with a myriad of offers from car dealerships nationwide. But if you're still in the middle of your lease or can't get yourself in...Read more

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How to Replace Your Interior Light Bulbs

If the inside of your car has grown dim through the years, then it might be time to replace your interior light bulbs. Vehicles are usually equipped with a dome...Read more

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The Top 10 Accessories to Install on Your Truck for the Great Outdoors

With summer just around the corner it is the ideal time to plan for road trips, beach bumming, and camping with friends. The best spots to hit up may not...Read more

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How to Check if Your MAP Sensor is Bad

Balance is vital in engine performance. The right amount of air, the right amount of fuel, proper ignition timing—all of these affect how the engine operates. There is a complex...Read more

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Follow this Guide to Remove Scratches from Your Windshield

Nothing ruins the look of a vehicle quicker than deep scratches on the windshield. Not only are they so common and unsightly, they can also be a serious distraction when...Read more

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How to Replace a Damaged Radiator

Engines generate high amounts of heat from the constant combustion of fuel. Though hot exhaust gas does exit through the vehicle’s exhaust system, the engine block itself absorbs much of...Read more

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How To Remove Scratches From Your Car Using Common Household Items

Wondering how to get rid of scratches from your car on a tight budget? You don’t need to spend a lot of dollars because some solutions can be found in...Read more

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How to Attach Emergency Brake Cables?

The emergency brake, also known as a parking brake, has a series of steel cables called emergency brake cables that control the rear brakes. If the car’s main braking system...Read more

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How to Replace a Faulty Crankshaft Position Sensor

The last thing you need on a summer road trip is your car suddenly stalling in the middle of the highway with the baking-hot sun scorching everything in its path....Read more

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How to Clean a Spark Plug

Oil on spark plug threads is not something you should ignore because it could impair the functionality of your spark plugs over time. You may need to replace your spark...Read more

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How to Fix a Rusted Truck Frame

Trucks can be prone to rust if you reside in snowy or coastal areas. A little spot of rust can spread and cause severe damage to your truck when ignored....Read more

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How to Make WeatherTech Mats Look New

Does it seem like you can't get all the dirt stains off of your WeatherTech mats no matter how much you scrub or rinse them off? Here’s an easy guide...Read more

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What Is A Coil Pack?

A coil pack, simply put, is an electronically controlled pack of ignition coils controlled by the car's computer.  Its main responsibility is to build up the energy and then release...Read more

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7 Reasons Why Your Car AC Unit Isn’t Keeping You Cool this Summer

One of the best things about summer is that the weather is perfect for road trips, be it with family or friends. It’s a totally different story though when extreme...Read more

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How to Blackout Tail Lights

Getting blacked out tail lights is a favorite customization trick among car enthusiasts. It gives the back of the car an upgraded look that can either be elegant, wicked, or...Read more

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How-to Video: Honda Accord Windshield Washer Reservoir Replacement

Mitch Cox gives the lowdown on how to replace a Windshield Washer Reservoir on his 2003 Honda Accord in this awesome instruction video. The vid also shows how to replace...Read more

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How-to Video: Oil Filter Change on Toyota T100

If you’re looking to change the oil and oil filter in your vehicle, make sure you’re more than up for the job. Learn how to do it properly by watching...Read more

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How-to Video: Replacing the Cabin Air Filter in a Honda Accord

Michael shows us how easy it is to replace the cabin air filter on this #HondaAccord. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Oh0DqOYaIURead more

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How-To Video: Headlight Replacement on 1995 Ford F-250 4×4

YouTube user shadowrider460 shows us how to install a new set of Replacement Headlights from CarParts.com on his 1995 Ford F-250 4×4. If you’re interested in doing your own using...Read more

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How to Clean Fuel Injectors

Fuel injectors, which help vehicles achieve higher fuel efficiency and better emission control, are said to be “non-wearing” items. In fact, they are so sturdy they can last the shelf-life...Read more

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A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Test a Car Battery

“What should my battery voltage be?” you may ask. On a full charge, automotive batteries have 12.6 volts or above. When the engine’s running, the battery should have 13.7 to...Read more

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How to Fix Front Bumper Clips

It's highly noticeable, but, more importantly, dangerously out of place. While having a dislodged front bumper makes your car look like a piece of junk, it also compromises the part's...Read more

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How to Gap a Spark Plug?

Gapping your spark plugs is crucial as it affects the performance of your ignition system. An incorrect gap will cause poor mileage, misfires, and a lousy engine performance. Truly—and we...Read more

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How to Turn On Low Beam Headlights

The proper use of headlights is a simple task yet a lot of drivers still take it lightly. Correctly using your headlights promotes your safety, as well as other motorists’....Read more

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How to Install LED Light Bar

Energy-saving features, customizable colors, intense illumination—these are the things that car lighting enthusiasts love about LED light bars. These light bars allow for better road visibility when going off-road and...Read more

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How-to Video: Fan Clutch Replacement on 1995 Dodge Ram 6BT Cummins Turbo Diesel

Check out this practical installation video on replacing a fan clutch on a 1995 Dodge Ram 6BT Cummins Turbo Diesel from Broncocarl92 on YouTube. He got the Replacement Fan Clutch from CarParts.com....Read more

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How-to Video: Applying Thermo-acoustic Insulation in your Car

Putting in sound deadening and heat reflective material into your car seems like a good idea. Learn how to do it by watching Chris’ DIY video. Auto Parts Warehouse is...Read more

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How to Unblock a Catalytic Converter

There may be something wrong with your catalytic converter when your car starts to feel sluggish and your gas mileage becomes poor. Catalytic converters don’t just wear out on their...Read more

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How to Put On a Steering Wheel Cover

The steering wheel, like any other part of the car, deteriorates over time. Putting on a steering wheel cover will help extend the life of your steering wheel. In addition,...Read more

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How-To Video: Replacing Tailgate Handle on Dodge Ram

Carl Barbara’s back as he shows us how to replace the tailgate handle on this pickup truck. If you’re interested in doing your own using parts from CarParts.Com, click here....Read more

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How-to Video: Spark Plug Wire Replacement

Watch how Chris keep his Ford Ranger in tip-top shape by carrying out a spark plug replacement.Read more

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How to Recharge a Car Battery?

When a car battery dies, you can attribute it to one of the following reasons: either you left your headlights on for too long, used your car accessories excessively, or...Read more

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How-to Video: Replacing Front Bumper End Caps on 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Ever wondered how to replace a front bumper end cap? This video from roadragecustoms shows us how to install a new Replacement Front Bumper End on a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado...Read more

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How to Tell Positive and Negative Terminals on a Car Battery

So, you’re stranded in a strip mall parking lot with a dead battery. Thankfully, there’s a kind passerby who’s willing to give you a jump start, and you’ve got jumper...Read more

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Starter Solenoid Clicks But Starter Does Not Crank Engine

Why won’t my car start? It’s a question that casts a wide net but essentially comes down to one big fish of a problem: components meant to provide power to...Read more

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20 Ways to Beat Old Man Winter

Many believe spring and summer are the best times to wash and wax our cars, which is true for us, but not necessarily our cars. The season that destroys cars...Read more

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Tire Rotation

On front wheel drive cars, it is especially important to rotate your tires periodically because the front tires wear faster than the rear. Uneven tire tread thickness, front to rear,...Read more

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Oil Change

One of the few maintenance items that automobile manufacturers have not found a way to eliminate. Regular oil changes are the best way to ensure longer engine life. If you...Read more

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What Type of Vehicle Should You Buy?

Sedan? Minivan? SUV? Crossover? What type of vehicle should you buy? We discus the good and the bad qualities for each vehicle type. Today's cars have features that would boggle...Read more

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I Want to Keep My Car for as Long as Possible With Minimum Cost

Under hood checks: Once a week or when refueling Oil change: Every 3000 miles with oil filter Washing: Every 2 to 4 weeks depending on conditions in your area. Garaged...Read more

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Thinking About Buying a Car?

First, ask yourself some questions. Should I keep my old car or buy a new one? If the body of your current car is in reasonably good shape and the...Read more

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Is the Car You Are Considering Driver Friendly?

Today's cars have features that would boggle the mind of folks just a few years ago. The problem is that with all these features, it is becoming more difficult to...Read more

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It’s Easy to Remember Tire Maintenance

Admit it. You find it hard to care about your tires. Even with all the recent headlines, you still don't check your tires air pressure. You don't take the time...Read more

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How Much Should You Spend for Your Next Car? (and what will you get for your money?)

Looking for a new car? There are hundreds of models to choose from, with prices starting below $10,000 and going beyond a quarter-million, with most falling somewhere in between. With...Read more

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How to Avoid Being Ripped Off

At one time or another, every motorist has been left stranded by the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. At this point the motorist is at the...Read more

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Washing

Environmental pollution, not to mention fallout from birds, will take its toll on your car's finish. The best way to protect the finish is to keep it clean. This is...Read more

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Waxing 101

Regular waxing will keep a car looking new for many years. A ten-year-old car that has been waxed twice a year will probably have a better shine then when it...Read more

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How to Get Comfortable When Buying a Second Hand Hybrid

I'm encouraging consumers to go hybrid! As hybrid vehicles have been on the market since model year 2000, buying a used one has become a viable alternative for those who...Read more

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Filters

There are a number of replaceable filters in a car. They are listed in your owners manual along with recommended replacement intervals. If you live in a dusty area or...Read more

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Credit Scores and Car Loans

With the average price of a new car in the $26,000 range, it makes sense to obtain an auto loan for your next car purchase. But auto loan rates can...Read more

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Front-Wheel Drive, Rear-Wheel Drive, or All-Wheel Drive?

Most modern cars have front wheel drive for a very good reason: front wheel drive is safer and more controllable for the average driver. A front wheel drive vehicle has...Read more

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Common Questions Asked by Motorists

Q: Every once in a while I can hear a squeak or metal grinding noise coming out of the front wheels. It happens mostly at low speeds while turning. When...Read more

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How-To Video: Door Lock Actuator Replacement on 2002 Acura RSX

Keith is back with a new video showing how to install a new driver's side replacement door lock actuator on his 2002 Acura RSX: )Read more

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How to Remove Stickers from Car

Car stickers can either be cosmetic or law-required. Whatever their purpose may be, the day will come when it’s time for them to go. Mandatory inspection stickers, which are commonly slapped...Read more

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I Want to Keep My Car for as Long as Possible and I Want It to Look and Run Great

Under hood checks Once a week or when refueling. Oil change Every 3000 miles with oil filter Washing Once a week Hand washing is best, but if you must use...Read more

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Tune Up

Back to Car Care Prior to 1975, a tune up consisted of replacing the plugs, points and condenser; then setting the timing, adjusting the carburetor and checking or replacing the...Read more

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What Is Important to You in a Car?

Reliability? Safety? Price? Fuel Economy? Size? Performance? Handling? Comfort? Looks? Prestige? Quality? Get a piece of paper and list each heading above in order of importance. Your list should look...Read more

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Underhood Checks

Back to Car Care Do you know your way around under the hood of your car? While not as critical as it used to be, checking under the hood periodically...Read more

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Alignment and Balance

Wheel alignment and Wheel Balancing are two totally different things, but many people often get them confused. In a nutshell, wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels...Read more

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YOUR NEXT CAR – Which Vehicle is Right For You?

Purchasing a car, whether new or used, is a big decision for most people. You will likely live with (and pay for) the choice you make for at least the...Read more

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Does Your Car Do This? (Common Symptoms and What to Do About Them)

The steering wheel vibrates at certain speeds, usually between 50 and 70 miles per hour. This is usually caused by a front wheel out of balance. If you feel the...Read more

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Fluid Leaks 101

Do you have a fluid leak under your car or truck? Here’s a simple way to be your own private investigator. If you’re not sure whether you are losing oil,...Read more

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CAR REPAIR – What’s Wrong With My Car?

Having car problems? Need advice about your vehicle? We know that an unexpected auto repair is about as welcome as a snarling dog standing in your path. We can help...Read more

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CAR CARE — What Must I Do to Take Care Of My Car?

What does your car mean to you? How you view your car may determine how well you tend to treat it. If you see it as a mere conveyance, you...Read more

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How-To Video: Installing Tail Light on Dodge Neon SRT4

YouTube user DIY Ethan shows us how to remove stock tail lights and install Replacement Tail Lights from CarParts.com on his Dodge Neon SRT4. https://youtu.be/0YoCCFX5Pu8Read more

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