MECHANICAL AUTO PROBLEMS

Learning to diagnose mechanical auto problems can save you time and money on your vehicle. In this section, get familiar with the inner workings of your car and learn how to tell what may be wrong with it.
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What does the check engine light usually mean?

Most everyone sees that small, menacing glare appear on their car's dash from time to time: the check engine light. What does it mean, and what should you do when it comes on?

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  • 5 Signs Your Engine Is Losing Power

    5 Signs Your Engine Is Losing Power

    Have the horses under your hood turned into mere ponies? If so, you and your four-banger may have a power problem on your hands. Here's how you can tell. See more »

  • Are modern cars less problematic?

    Are modern cars less problematic?

    There's a debate raging amongst two bitterly divided sets of car buffs: Are older cars more reliable -- or are modern cars easier to fix? The answer: Both. See more »

  • Do I need a mechanic?

    Do I need a mechanic?

    No matter how much you might believe in the DIY ethic, the hands-on approach doesn't make sense for all car repairs. This quiz might help you decide when it's time to call a pro. See more »

  • Does the Kaizen philosophy prevent auto problems?

    Does the Kaizen philosophy prevent auto problems?

    You can apply the Kaizen philosophy to the maintenance you perform your own car; however, some auto manufacturers make Kaizen a crucial part of the assembly process, too. But does it really work? See more »

  • How do I know my car is getting its best mpg?

    How do I know my car is getting its best mpg?

    Are your driving habits draining money out of your gas tank? What steps can you take to ensure you're getting your vehicle's best MPG? See more »

  • Should I replace or repair my car?

    Should I replace or repair my car?

    Hanging onto your older car for as long as you can makes solid economic sense. As long as your ride isn't costing more than your car is worth and is relatively reliable, you're in good shape. But if your car just won't cooperate, it may be time to upgrade. See more »

  • Top 10 Signs of Transmission Trouble

    Top 10 Signs of Transmission Trouble

    Transmission repairs can be expensive. When you notice something out of the ordinary, it's time to consider the problem and find a way to fix it. But do you know the signs? See more »

  • Top 5 Signs of Alternator Problems

    Top 5 Signs of Alternator Problems

    When your car's alternator begins to fail -- or already failed -- there are certain warning signs that you can expect to see along the way. But do you know the signs? See more »

  • Top 5 Signs of Engine Trouble

    Top 5 Signs of Engine Trouble

    It's rare that a car's engine suddenly stops working altogether. Usually there are warning signs to indicate engine trouble is on its way. But what are the signs? See more »

  • What does the check engine light usually mean?

    What does the check engine light usually mean?

    Most everyone sees that small, menacing glare appear on their car's dash from time to time: the check engine light. What does it mean, and what should you do when it comes on? See more »

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