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.


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.


Why You Shouldn’t Attach Any Other Keys to Your Ignition Key

It's hard to believe something as small as keys could have such a big impact on your vehicle.


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50% of Canadian Cars Have This Tire Problem

Addressing the issue—along with these other often-neglected maintenance services—can extend the life of your car, and save you a lot...


This Genius Hack Will Keep Your Car Windows from Fogging Up

With the help of a few ordinary household items, you won't have to worry about foggy car windows ever again.


Can You Put Racing Oil in Your Daily Driver?

Racing oil is a special blend of oil designed for the rigours of high speeds—not for daily driving. Here's why...


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15 Things You Should Never Do To Your Car

If your goal is to keep your car in great shape, don't even consider doing any of these things.


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5 DIY Car Repair and Maintenance Tasks To Keep Your Car Running Well

No one likes paying for car repairs and maintenance. Save money by doing these simple maintenance tasks and repairs yourself.

What It Means If You See a Red or Yellow Dot on Your Tires

If you had new tires installed recently, red and yellow paint dots on the sidewall are perfectly normal. Here's why...


Why Does My Battery Keep Losing Its Charge?

If your car battery keeps losing its charge, don't ignore it. Here's why it happens and what you should do...


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How Long Should a Car Battery Last?

When it comes to predicting how long car batteries last, several factors come into play.


How to Jump Start a Car Safely

Ever found yourself stranded with a weak or dead car battery? Learn how to jump start your car safely with...


This is the Dirtiest Place in Your Car

According to new research, parts of your car can be dirtier than a toilet seat. Can you guess which is...


Is a High Mileage Oil Filter Worth It?

High mileage oil filters and motor oil, which fight corrosion and other problems caused by combustion gases, can be especially...