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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 that the radiator is failing...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 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 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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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: Replacing Sway Bar Links

Broncocarl92 has done so many videos for us that we’re starting to lose track. Here you'll catch him replace a sway bar link: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

You may ask, “What color is positive on a car battery?” or “Which battery terminal do I disconnect first?” if you’re a beginner when it comes to car maintenance and...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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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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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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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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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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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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How Do You Test a Coil Pack?

A coil pack is a group of ignition coils that plays a vital role in starting your vehicle. Ignition coils are heavy duty but excessive heat, vibration, and bad installation...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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Ask the Experts About Your Car Repair Problems

Before Asking Your Question, Please Read Below... Do not ask do-it-yourself questions like: "How do I replace my carburetor" or "How do I bleed my brakes". It is impractical to...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