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How to Clean Tires and Rims
Anybody that owns a car has the issue of tires. Whether it is simply keeping them inflated, or the more complicated issue of keeping them looking clean. Tires were meant to get dirty. But if you follow a few simple steps, you can cheat the...
10 Car Paint Prep Tips
Painting a car is a time-consuming process, but one that you can handle with some patience and practice. Here are 10 car paint prep tips to get you started.
This is What a Massive 500 Gallon Propane Tank Explosion Looks Like
If there's one thing that you want to avoid with anything that's propane powered from your grill to your heater, It would most obviously be a situation that would put the propane tank in danger of building up enough pressure to explode and send shrapnel flying everywhere. While these tanks are fitted with safety...
Oil Changes: What You Need to Know
LeventKonuk/iStock/Thinkstock Oil-change intervals vary by manufacturer and engines, so consult your owner's manual or maintenance schedule to see how often to change the oil in your vehicle and what type of oil to use. You may be surprised. We were surprised to learn that a Camry's 2.5-liter engine requires 0W-20 synthetic oil, for instance. Manufacturers suggest you change oil more often for "severe" driving conditions, such as frequent trailer towing, extensive stop-and-go driving or idling in traffic, driving in extreme heat or cold, or frequent short-distance driving in which the engine doesn't reach full operating temperature How do I know when it's time for an oil change Time and mileage intervals vary by vehicle manufacturer and…
Auto Parts A to Z: A Beginner's Guide to What Makes Your Car Tick
What does a ball joint look like, anyway?
Ten Hilariously Overpriced Cars You Could Buy On eBay Right Now
In the used car market there are automotive bargains, and then there are cars priced so heavily out of anyone’s comfort zone that you wonder if they’re really trying to sell the car at all, or just look like they are to placate a furious partner who wants their garage back.
What Does the Check-Engine Light Mean?
Share That is a signal that the onboard diagnostics system (or OBD II) has detected a malfunction in the vehicle's emissions, ignition or fuel systems. It could be something as simple as a loose gas cap or something as severe as a faulty catalytic converter, so you shouldn't ignore it. All cars and light trucks have onboard diagnostics that are supposed to detect engine-related problems that affect the emissions control systems The check-engine light (typically a yellow or orange outline of an engine with the word "Check") should come on for a few seconds every time you start the engine with other warning lights. If it stays on, that means there is a problem. If the check engine light is flashing, that usually indicates a misfire or other serious issue, and it should…
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What Does a Muffler Do? Muffler Function, Maintenance, and Repair
What does a muffler do for your car? When do they need to be replaced? Here's a thorough explanation of your muffler and why it's so important.