Vehicle Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance can increase the lifespan of your vehicle. Regular vehicle maintenance can seem like a lot of work, but it will usually save you money in the end. In this section you'll find articles dedicated to vehicle maintenance.


You simply love your car. You've been all over the place with it, but now you're staring at the 30,000-mile service — the first major check up on the vehicle. Is it worth it?

There are so many dangerous, irresponsible and downright ridiculous things you can do to a car while "fixing" it that it was difficult to narrow this list down to just 10 examples.

Whether you're debating the need for oil independence or discussing the environmental impacts of oil drilling, there's no doubt about it: Oil is a hot topic of conversation. However, do you know the proper way to recycle it?

As a long time automotive writer and enthusiast I am often amazed at the prices mechanics charge for simple repair work that most anybody could do themselves. Learn more about the 6 DIY automotive repairs anyone can do.

Owning jumper cables is like owning a truck. When you own a truck, people seem to cozy up to you when they are moving. Learn more about the 6 great car battery maintenance tips.

Did you know that many insurance companies figure most vehicles on the road have only 10 years of useful life before being carted off to the junkyard? Learn more about the 7 ways to make your whole vehicle last longer, from wheels to wipers.

There are a lot of lids in this fast-paced, modern world. There are lids for ketchup bottles. Learn more about could your gas cap be costing you money.

DIY Vehicle Care: Spark plug vs. Fuel economy, Part I. In this aritcle learn the differences between spark plugs and fuel economy.

Before embarking on a project like replacing your car’s engine oil, you need to decide which size socket wrench you should use. Learn more about what size socket wrench you need for an oil drain plug from this article.

The noise you hear is not from gears grinding against each other, it's from the dog teeth on the gears. Learn why cars make noise when you shift gears poorly in this article.

Do you have to remove your intake manifold because your internal combustion engine isn't getting enough airflow? Learn about how to remove your car's intake manifold in this article.

Every time you park your car under a tree you find tree sap on the hood, and you'd like to learn how to remove it. In this article we will give you a few solutions about how to remove tree sap from your car.

You're driving out of a parking lot when you suddenly feel that you're having problems with the power steering. Learn about how to diagnose power steering problems in this article.

You're ready to go out on your motorcycle when you find that the battery needs charging. Learn how to charge a motorcycle battery in this article.

You'd like to learn how to polish the aluminum valve covers on you car's engine and restore their shine. Let's show you in this article how to polish aluminum valve covers.

You want to check ball joints, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to check ball joints in this article.

Would you like to find out the history of your vehicle? Learn about how to find the history of a vehicle in this article.

Learn how to clean your leather car seats and your car will feel like new. Learn about how to clean leather car seats in this article.

There is a sudden vibration in your car and you suspect it's time to learn how to clean the wheel bearings. This article will save you money by teaching you how to clean wheel bearings.

If you're planning to be away from home for an extended period and no one will be using your car in the interim, it's important to know how to properly store your car's battery. Read this article to learn how to store a car battery.

You'd like to learn how to do a front end alignment. This article will tell you how to do a front end alignment.

It's not hard to learn how to match auto paint exactly. Learn about how to match auto paint in this article.

You can put water in a car radiator if you exercise caution and know a bit about car maintenance. Learn about how to put water in a car radiator in this article.

You'd like to learn how to use a dial bore gauge so you can measure the inside diameter of a pipe. This article will teach you how to use a dial bore gauge.

You're having difficulty braking and you realize you have to install a new the proportioning valve to your master cylinder. Follow the steps outlined below to learn how to install a proportioning valve to a master cylinder.