Fire your mechanic and keep your vehicles running smooth with these repairs and routine maintenance projects.
How to Buy Tires
When buying tires do your homework. Consider your priorities like traction in snow and rain, tread wear rating, noise, handling and other key factors. Then check the tire ratings for each priority. We walk you through the entire tire buying process.
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Utility Trailer Upgrades
Get more value and better performance from your utility trailer. These easy DIY upgrades and add-ons will let you haul cargo more efficiently and safely, without costing you a bundle.
How to Repair a Dim Headlight
Simply clean the ground connection to restore the brightness of dim headlights. And apply a little dielectric grease. Or replace the bulb if you see a gray/brown film on the inside of the glass.
What to do If
What do you do if a dashboard warning light comes on? Our experts tell you how to respond to these and other common roadside emergencies. We also include tips on preventative maintenance that’ll help avoid these troubles.
Save Money on Gas: Tips for Better Gas Mileage & Fuel Economy
Why spend more at the gas pump when you can easily spend less? Follow these simple tips and you'll see a noticeable difference in your fuel costs. The savings are based on driving 20,000 miles per year, in a car that gets 20 mpg, with gasoline priced at $3.75 a gallon.
Replacing Auto Fuses
Cars run on electricity as well as gas, and almost all of it runs through fuses. Learn where they are, how to spot a blown fuse, and how to replace them. It takes about five minutes, costs about $1, and it'll save you the hassle of a trip to the repair shop.
How to Change Air Filter
Replace your air filter in minutes. And vacuum out debris while you're at it.
Don't Use Economy Auto Parts
Avoid economy auto parts. They typically wear out much faster than professional grade parts and will cost you time, money and aggravation in the long run. Our auto expert's testimonial!
How to Replace an Alternator
If your car or truck won't hold a charge, you probably need a new alternator. Learn how to test it, how to replace it, and where to find the best deal on a new one.