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The Auto Basics Channel offers detailed, accurate articles about cars and educates you on auto terminology. For fun, get to know how car crushers and car washes work or which 33 cars are named after animals.

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How Sports Cars Work

Trace the exciting history of sports cars, from their postwar boom to the present day. Along the way, you will also find links to individual sports car profiles that offer history, specs, and photos. Here is your chance to climb behind the wheels of some the fastest and most innovative sports cars ever built.


Is "new car smell" toxic?

 Is "new car smell" toxic?

Is 'new car smell' toxic? Keep reading to learn about 'new car smell' and discover if it is toxic. See more »

How Lemon Laws Work

 How Lemon Laws Work

How much do you know about Lemon Laws? Nobody wants to be stuck with an automotive lemon. Keep reading to learn about lemon laws. See more »

Diesel Fuel Storage Regulations

 Diesel Fuel Storage Regulations

How much do you know about Diesel Fuel Storage Regulations? Keep reading to learn about fuel storage regulations and keep it safe and legal. See more »

 Fast and Loud: Paint Demo

The crew from Fast and Loud repaint a classic Ford truck they are restoring. See more »

Should You Wash Your Car Naturally with Rain?

 Should You Wash Your Car Naturally with Rain?

While some folks never think much about it, a clean vehicle is actually a happier vehicle. Learn more about washing your car naturally with rain. See more »

Could your car get a computer virus?

 Could your car get a computer virus?

Could your car get a computer virus? Find out if your vehicle could be at risk of a computer virus attack at HowStuffWorks. See more »

 What is the redline of an engine?

The redline of an engine is the maximum rpm value it can handle. Learn about the redline of an engine in this article. See more »

 What is the four-stroke combustion cycle?

The Otto cycle includes the intake, compression, combustion and exhaust strokes. Learn about the four-stroke combustion cycle from this article. See more »

 How to Use Jumper Cables

Every driver should keep jumper cables in the trunk and be able to use them if the car stalls. Learn about how to use jumper cables in this article. See more »

How Car Washes Work

 How Car Washes Work

Thinking about scraping those bugs off your windshield? Wish someone else would do it? Take a ride through an automatic car wash and see how it makes your car shine. See more »