You start your car on a damp morning. The engine sounds like it’s struggling, and for the first moment or two, it acts like it’s low on power before returning to normal. Or, maybe you have a newer car and you’ve just gotten a diagnostic trouble code indicating a misfire.
The primary reason I end up doing so much work on my own car is that I drive older cars. I’ve heard stories and songs telling of warranty work on cars. A problem pops up and the owner turns the car over to the dealership, who in turn, fixes it.
As much as people talk about it, you’d be amazed how often people overlook checking their oil. A simple check is one of the best and most important things you can do for your car. Granted, there are some newer cars that don’t have an engine oil dipstick and instead
Like most parts of your car, you wouldn’t necessarily notice it when your suspension is working properly. You’d be more likely to take notice when it’s broken. After all, its primary function is to smooth out the ride. So, what would you look for in order to spot a problem?
There’s a lot more to consider about tires than whether or not they’re inflated. Age, improper care, and other factors can lead to more than one kind of damage. If you see any of the below, this should serve as a guide to helping correct the problem so that your
When it starts raining, you want to flip on your windshield wipers and have them work properly. In order for this to happen, you’ll need to give your wiper system some attention once in a while. If you haven’t lately, now’s a good time to do so. Chances are that
So you’re on the road, and you sow down to a stop. As you’re on the brakes, you notice a scraping sound that wasn’t there before. That’s most likely the first indication that your brake pads are worn out, and that it’s time to change them. This isn’t too difficult
One of the most commonly-neglected maintenance items I see on older cars is fuel lines. This isn’t a job that’s usually included in the factory-recommended maintenance schedule. Maintenance items are usually limited to wear-and-tear items, such as brake pads and tires. Unfortunately, very few people think of fuel lines in terms
When it comes down to ways I’d choose to spend my time, taking my car in for its annual state inspection ranks right up there with going to the dentist and going in for jury duty. But, where I live, it’s a requirement. My last inspection was over a year
If your car’s going to have a problem, chances are it’s going to happen out on the road. Most likely, the first indication you’ll have of a problem is a warning light on the dashboard. Sometimes, these take the form of the ubiquitous check engine light. If so, you’ll need