Ten possible events that can trigger a "check engine" light in a Honda. Read the ten questions here; they will give you useful information that will help your mechanic diagnose the problem quickly.
How to do a timing belt replacement for the Toyota V6 Camry, Avalon, Solara, Sienna, HIghlander, Lexus ES300 and Lexus RX300. Video instruction, lots of photos, and step-by-step instructions.
If your brakes squeak, and you want to know why, maybe I can help! Here are four common brake squeaks plus a bonus scraping noise; compare these situations to yours. Questions are welcome.
The charging system consists of the alternator and the batteries. The alternator's task is to keep the batteries charged and produce enough amperage to run the vehicle.
Computer systems operate and monitor almost every system on our vehicle today. Sensors and switches are used for inputs to the computer. Output devices are solenoids, relays, lights and injectors.
This guide shows you how to locate, remove & clean your exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve on Renault Trafic, Opel / Vauxhall Vivaro & Nissan Primastar vans. Cleaning helps your diesel engine run smoothly and it's possible to bypass the valve to increase performance & economy.
Diagnose the most common problems with your car's starting system without special equipment or knowledge, based on the symptoms described here.
DIY on changing out your coolant temperature sensor that can lead to rough idle and a number of other problems. This DIY works for Audi and VW across the board depending on year.
This article, with video, will show you how to replace both the rear shock absorbers and suspension springs on a '04 Toyota Sienna.
How to replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.
If your steering wheel vibrates, or your car shakes while driving at highway speed, find out why. Don't spend money unnecessarily on an alignment or other services that won't fix this problem.
Find that parasitic battery drain that's causing your car battery problems whether you have a newer or older vehicle model.
Simple, easy to understand proven methods on how to earn the highest salary as an automotive technician without stealing from the customer.
Maybe this article will help other folks with the same 4WD symptoms who’ve exhausted all the other possible solutions. Or, maybe it will just make you pull more hair out because it doesn’t help you at all. Hopefully the former. Keep in mind, I’m not a mechanic, as I’m sure you'll be able to tell.
How to replace the timing belt and pulley yourself on the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Spectra. Step-by step instructions, plenty of photos, and a video!
This article provides step-by-step instructions for replacing a broken exterior driver's side door handle on a Lexus ES300, which should also work on the very similar Toyota Camry.
How to test your vehicle yourself to investigate common and not-so-common reasons for a sluggish engine.
This article with video shows you how to replace all the front torsion bar suspension components on a RWD '06 Chevrolet Tahoe with 150,000 miles.
Does your Toyota erratically change steering direction? Do you notice thumping or a tugging sensation when accelerating from a slow speed and turning? New control arm bushings may be needed. Includes video!
How to remove and replace the driver's-side CV axle shaft and seal on most Toyota Camrys. Detailed instructions and plenty of photos. No special tools required.
How to drain and replace the ATF on your Camry, or flush the ATF if necessary. Includes videos of flushing the ATF with and without the help of a 12-volt oil pump.
Diagnose alternator and charging system problems with this practical guide to get your car back on the road faster.
DIY How To Honda Accord engine head gasket, timing belt, water pump and radiator replacement / replacement.
Signs and symptoms of a bad heater core in your car: fog, drips, and funny smells in the cabin, no heat in the cabin, the engine overheating.
This article, with segmented videos, will show you step-by-step how to replace the water pump on a '06 Toyota Camry V6 with the GR-FE engine.
DIY Toyota or Lexus Fuel Pump replacement. Many photos and step by step instructions. No special tools required. Relatively safe and easy and not too time consuming.
Of all the faults the ZF 6HP automatic transmission can throw at you, the E Clutch fault is by far the hardest to determine the cause of.
If your engine won't turn over, this guide helps you find the most common—and not so common—problem sources.
An explanation of the types of sensors found in an engine, including their typical functions and locations.
Is your car using too much oil? How to do some tests to find the reason. Learn about common leak sources and prevention.
This guide will show you how to use a digital multimeter, hydrometer, and other simple tools to troubleshoot, inspect, and clean your battery if necessary.
Five common brake problems: soft brake pedal, pulling to one side while braking, vibration while braking.
Check your fuel pump relay — and other automotive relays — in minutes using three different simple methods.
Troubleshoot your potentially bad brake booster using the simple tests in this guide to save time and money.
AC systems remove heat and moisture using refrigerants such as R134a in a closed system. The pressurized refrigerant boils after a pressure drop using the heat from the cabin of the vehicle.
This article will show you how I replaced a worn and damaged leather steering wheel with a used steering wheel I got from a salvage yard and re-finished. The video shows a Lexus ES300 but the replacement method can be used on other Toyota/Lexus sedans.
I discovered how to avoid expensive car repair bills when the "check engine light" is on. If it’s a catalytic converter warning, try my low-cost solution first before going to a mechanic.
Do it yourself (DIY) replacement of the timing belt, water pump, and oil seals on the 4-cylinder Toyota Camry and similar cars, with photos, lists of tools, and parts recommendations.
BMW X3/X5 Brake, ABS, and 4x4 warning lights all on at the same time. Information on the probable cause (defective BMW transfer case actuator motor gear) and fixes.
Use a car battery hydrometer on a dead car battery or suspected bad car battery to learn its state of charge and health in minutes.
Fluid leaking from a car could mean immediate repairs are needed, or it could be something totally normal. How to identify the leak and figure out what, if anything, needs to be done about it.
This article will show you how to replace both the inner and outer tie rod on a '06 Chevy Tahoe. Many other GMC trucks and SUVs use the same tie rod design.
How to troubleshoot a mass airflow sensor in a few simple steps, what to look for, and how to interpret your results.
The GM 5L40-E is a popular transmission, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the most common ones.
The most common reason for a slipping automatic transmission, and the most common reason for a slipping standard transmission. What to do to fix it in either case.
The most likely reasons for bad clutch performance, a noisy clutch, or strange behavior by the clutch pedal. Look for your symptoms here.
How I used a "Save-a-Thread' thread tap kit to repair a blown-out spark plug in my customer's Ford Crown Victoria.
If your engine cranks but won't start, this guide tells you where to begin your diagnostic and what to do next.
Replace your coolant temperature sensor at home now using some common tools, a few minutes, and this practical guide.
Three common brake noises I encounter every day: a grinding sound, a thumping from the rear, and a squeak. Includes a repair technique for noisy drum brakes that I found by trial and error.
Do you know how old the 12-volt battery is in your Prius? Think it needs replacing? Read on to find out how easy it is to perform a battery test without even breaking out a wrench!
Do you know what to do in the event that you get in and turn your car on but it doesn't start? Check out this hub for some helpful tips on what to do.
DIY (Do it yourself) Toyota MZFE V6 Fuel Injector Replacement. Detailed instructions with plenty of step by step photos. Replacement method can be used in the Camry, Avalon, Sienna, ES300 & RX300.
If you are like the millions of people electing to drive their cars beyond the 100,000 mile mark, it would be wise of you to invest the money into getting the proper maintenance needed that this integral moment in your car's life.
AC system diagnosis can be done by feeling the lines for the correct temperature/ pressure relationship. With gauges hooked up, the pressures can be measured and then diagnosed.
A malfunctioning sensor can cause performance problems, turn on the "Check Engine Light" and fail an emission test. Testing a sensor is usually done with a DVOM. Test the ECT, TPS and pressure sensors
This collection of repairs for Honda Harmony lawnmower transmissions is growing monthly. If your Harmony transmission has a problem, we probably have the solution!
Alternator problems? This guide shows you how to test an alternator in your car using a digital multimeter.
If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, have a look into your camshaft position sensor before it gets you in trouble.
This guide helps you diagnose turn signal problems, when one or more of the signal lights refuses to work.
Do-it-yourself Front Wheel Drive (FWD) wheel bearing replacement for most Toyotas and many other cars. Lots of photos, and details about tools needed.
How to remove and replace the fuel filter to help with rough idle, lack of performance or low fuel pressure. For VW MKIV, Jetta, GTI, and Audi A4.
DIY Toyota Camry tuneup, plus PCV valve cleaning. Use iridium plugs for better fuel economy and performance.
Batteries are the heart of the electrical system on cars, trucks and boats. The battery is a storage unit that converts chemical energy into electrical voltage. Problems can effect the entire vehicle.
Though old news, 6-speed DSG transmissions are still on the road in many vehicles. So let's look at some of the more common problems you might encounter with yours.
What are the best spark plugs for your car? Can platinum or iridium breed new life into your engine? Should you upgrade?
Automatic transmissions are great to drive ... when they're working well. Let's look at what to do when they're not.
Install a car thermostat replacement in minutes without causing coolant leaks, damage to components, or engine overheating.
The starter uses the battery and battery cables to provide the power to crank over the engine. The starting system can be tested to find a slow-crank or no-crank problem.
There are a few types of transmission you might find in your vehicle, here are the differences between them.
Loss of cooling at high engine speeds? It is very likely that you have a variable-displacement compressor. Before deciding to replace the compressor, read this article.
DIY How To Rear Door Handle, Door Latch or Door Lock Actuator Repair. Detailed step by step photos and no special tools required. Save money doing it yourself.
If the air conditioning goes out in your car, you want to get it fixed quick. There are a number of problems that could cause this issue. Keep cool with these tips and tricks.
Recognizing symptoms of a bad EGR valve will help you troubleshoot potential problems sooner and restore engine performance faster.
Mice, rats and other rodents can do surprising damage to your car engine and other automotive parts. How do you keep them out of your vehicle?
I have well over 100,000 miles already on my car. Proper maintenance helps prolong the useful years of your car. I’ll tell you how I'm keeping my old car running as good as new with little cost for upkeep.
Regular automotive preventative maintenance is conducted at intervals that, allow you to discover potential issues before they become serious problems down the road.
Tips and precautions to use when replacing your brake pads, so you can get quality results on a Honda or any other vehicle.
Performance car enthusiasts have been asking this question for years and continue to ask it. Both are great engines that offer subtle trade-offs over the other. Understand which one is right for you.
Getting rid of rodents that damage your car or truck can be challenging, but there are several approaches that can do the job.
Replacing a worn bushing on the sway bar (stabilizer bar) will eliminate a common rear end rattle in the '90s Camry.
How to replace an in-tank fuel pump and its associated filter assembly, with pictures. The disassembly and the assembly of parts, the testing of the installation, and trouble-shooting.