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.


Why You Need to Keep a Nail File in Your Car This Winter

It has *nothing* to do with your manicure.

How Often Should You Wash Your Car in Winter?

Between the snow, slush, sand and salt, keeping your car clean is a constant battle. If you want to stay...


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Smart DIY Storage Ideas to Make Your Garage Work Harder

Is your garage getting so cluttered there's barely enough room to park your car? These DIY garage storage ideas will...


Licence Plate Theft is On the Rise—Here’s What You Can Do About It

In a matter of minutes, you can protect your licence plate from sticky-fingered gas thieves.


This Genius Hack Will Defrost Your Windshield in 60 Seconds—Or Less!

All it takes is a spray bottle filled with two common household ingredients.

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8 Times You Need to Use Your Emergency Brake—and 3 Times You Don’t

It was one of the first things you learned in driver’s ed, so of course you know when to use...


What It Could Mean If Your Car Makes a Clicking Noise When Starting

The diagnosis depends on whether it's clicking once, or a series of rapid clicks. Either way, there's some maintenance in...



The Best Way to Remove Snow from Your Car

We know—it’s cold out there! Here's expert advice on how to tackle one of the season's most dreaded tasks quickly...


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What Is Ideal Tire Pressure in Cold Weather?

Lower temperatures mean lower tire pressure, so be prepared to inflate your tires more often during the cold weather months.

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14 Signs Your Car Is About to Die

Maybe you love your old car—or the fact that it's paid off. Either way, there comes a point when it’s...


Here’s How Often You Should Really Change Your Oil

No, changing your oil is not the same thing as adding oil.


What Makes a Car Backfire?

Backfiring is an auditory clue that some part in your vehicle isn't functioning properly and could be nearing the end...


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10 Tips For Cleaning Your Car’s Interior

If you drive a lot for work or have kids and pets, you know how hard it can be to...


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5 Car Security Tips to Protect Your Ride

Protect your car from theft and vandalism with these car security tips.


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?


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12 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage—and Pay Less at the Pumps

These savvy gas-saving strategies can improve your fuel economy and slash your car's operating costs.


How Often Should You Change Your Brake Pads?

How often should you change your brake pads? The answer depends on the unique combination of your vehicle and typical...

How to Repair and Maintain Weather Stripping on Car Doors

Use these simple tips to repair torn weather stripping on car doors quickly and easily. Plus, learn about a simple...


Why Do My Brakes Keep Grinding?

If you hear your brakes grinding, something is wrong. Here are four likely causes for the noise and what you...


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20+ Things You Must Do to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

This handy checklist will help you avoid no-starts, frozen doors and other seasonal maintenance issues that could leave you stranded.


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How to Fix Rust On Your Car

If you ignore rust spots on your car, they'll spread and turn your sheet metal into Swiss cheese in no...


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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Maintenance Tips That’ll Extend the Life of Your Tires

A three-step maintenance plan to keep your tires in top condition.