Maintenance

Get advice on how to help keep your car looking like it just rolled off the lot. Learn how to give your car an oil change, fix car paint, install new accessories and replace your car battery and windshield—without the aid of a mechanic.

Strange Car Sounds—And What They Could Mean

Your car is always giving you feedback, but are you listening? An auto repair shop owner and licensed auto service technician describes common car sounds, and reveals what they could possibly mean.

20 Essential Tools Every Car Mechanic Needs

If you're doing car repairs, you need these items in your toolbox.


How to Recharge a Dead Car Battery Quickly—and Safely

We break down the right method to use depending on the situation.


What to Do When Your Car Won’t Start

Try these troubleshooting tricks before you call in the tow truck.


Which Rust Proofing Option is Right for You?

Find out which one is best for your car—and your budget.

How to Treat Your Engine with Sea Foam

Clear out a clogged engine with this easy treatment.


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How to Test a Car Battery

Car batteries eventually stop working and it's important to diagnose the problem correctly. Learn how to simply and safely test...

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How Often You Should Be Replacing the Cabin Air Filter in Your Car

It's one of those little maintenance jobs you tend to ignore—at the risk of your own health.


How to Clean Your Car Seats Like a Pro

Ride in clean comfort with these tips for how to clean car seats. With minimal effort, your car seats will...


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How to Fix Paint Chips on a Car in 4 Easy Steps

If you ignore chips and dings in your car's paint, they'll turn into a much bigger problem: Rust. Here's how...


Here’s What Those Numbers on Your Tires Mean

There's more to those numbers than meets the eye. Here's what those numbers on your tires mean—and why knowing them...

The Real Reason You Need to Repair a Chipped Windshield

That chipped windshield may have been caused by a small stone, but it could spell big trouble if you don't...


What You Should Know About Car Wax

If you've never waxed your car before but are interested in giving it a try, here's what you need to...


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3 Easy Ways to Remove Paint Scratches From a Car

Car paint gets marred all too easily, but you can easily repair scratches yourself (provided they're shallow) with polishing compound,...


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Should You Be Worried About Old Gas in Your Tank?

Exactly how much impact can old gas in your tank have on your car's performance? Our automotive experts weigh in.


Why Does My Steering Wheel Shake?

Modern vehicles are designed to drive smoothly, even on not-so-perfect road surfaces. Although some vibrations when driving can be normal,...

What Most People Don’t Know About Car Bumpers

Wondering exactly what a car bumper is and how it works? There's more to it than you might think! Here's...


The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Car Washes

When you just can’t do it yourself, there are plenty of ways to get your car washed. Whether your ride...


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5 Steps to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Extreme weather can take its toll on your car’s interior, body and undercarriage. Use this spring cleaning checklist to help restore...


How to Fix a Burn Hole in Car Upholstery

Wondering how to repair those ghastly cigarette burns in your car seat? We’ve got you covered.


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Check Out This Incredible Camper Trailer Makeover

After almost 50 years of exposure to the sun, snow and rain, every exterior surface of this camper trailer needed work.


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7 Car Fluids To Check Right Now

Harsh winter conditions are tough on your vehicle's fluids. Spring is a great time to check the fluids to keep...


Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Brake squeal is not uncommon; often caused by worn brake hardware, pads or rotor finish. But are squeaky brakes dangerous...


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9 Things That Can Happen to Your Car When You Don’t Drive It

If you haven't picked up your car keys in a while, you should be aware of these nine things that...

What to Know About Fuel Stabilizers

Find out why this special liquid is so important for the trouble-free operation of engines.


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How to Clean Rubber Car Mats

Cleaning the dried mud and spilled coffee off your rubber car mats is quick and easy with a high-pressure garden...


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How to Check Tire Pressure

Learning how to check tire pressure is easy and inexpensive. Make it a part of your monthly maintenance routine in...


Why You Should Always Touch Your Car Before Pumping Gas

This simple action will keep you safe when pumping gas.


Are Remote Car Starters Bad for Your Vehicle?

Are remote starters a harmless convenience, or are they an unnecessary gimmick doing real damage to your vehicle?


What Is a Brake Caliper—And How Do You Tell If It’s Damaged?

If your car is equipped with disc brakes, brake calipers are critical to slowing and stopping your car. Here's what...