Under the Hood

The Under the Hood Channel explores the systems that make your car function correctly. Learn about car parts and systems and how to do routine maintenance.

Learn More / Page 7

You'd like change your car's windshield wiper blades, but you're not sure how. We will now give you instructions on how to change wiper blades.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

You find liquid leaking from your car and are at a loss about what to do. Learn about how to identify a transmission fluid leak in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

There's no reason you can't enjoy riding a motorcycle all year long. Prepare for the special challenges of winter with the right equipment and clothing.

By Thomas Moore

Advertisement

To ride safely when it's hot, you have to dress to protect yourself against hyperthermia, drink plenty of liquids and stop to rest in the shade.

By Jeff Harder

Today's motorcycle apparel can be made of leather or modern synthetics. Both provide abrasion resistance in case of a crash, but leather will give you the best protection.

By Jodie Schneider

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.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Rebuilding a carburetor is easier than it sounds and cheaper than paying a mechanic. Learn about how to rebuild a carburetor in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Advertisement

With hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars, you can restore a real classic car. The crux can be finding the parts to make it look like a full-scale version of a plastic hobby model. So where can you find the right parts?

By Garth Sundem

Your car has been acting up lately and you're wondering if you have a blown head gasket on your engine. Learn how to tell if you have a blown head gasket from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Somewhere -- maybe down the street or maybe on the other side of the world -- is the part you need for your classic car restoration. So where can you look to find that last specific part you need to complete your project?

By Garth Sundem

Would you like to find out how to set up new car speakers so you can upgrade the sound system in your car? This article will tell you how to set up car speakers.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Advertisement

The radiator of your car is composed of tubes that carry the coolant fluid, a protective cap that’s actually a pressure valve, and a tank on each side to catch the coolant overflow. Learn more about how a radiator cap works from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

The job of a car's cooling system is to release the surplus heat from the engine as the car burns fuel. So what happens when it fails?

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Have you ever hit a bump in the road and gone flying up in the air? Learn how vertical acceleration works in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Make sure your tires are properly aligned for a good driving experience. Learn about how wheel alignment affects tire wear in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Advertisement

Diesel engines and gas engines work in different ways. What makes diesel fuel injection systems so different?

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

The ignition coil passes its power to the cylinders through a distributor. Learn how to wire an ignition coil to a distributor in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Make sure your tires are properly inflated, because over inflation can lead to problems. Learn about how over inflation affects tire wear from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Make sure your tires are properly inflated – under inflation can lead to poor performance. Learn about how under inflation effects tire wear in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Advertisement

You've found it: that dream car that you've always wanted to own. But as you look closer, you notice two words on the edge of the "for sale" sign or the bottom of the online ad: "salvage title." Why might the car have this kind of title?

By Matt Cunningham

Buying a salvage car can be a gamble with your time, money and effort. But if you do your research, you could win big. Don't and you could lose everything.

By Cherise Threewitt & Garth Sundem

Women are no longer just hanging on to the guy driving the bike. Today, they’re discovering the fun of motorcycles on their own, and they want to outfit themselves for safety, comfort and fashion. So what do they need?

By Jodie Schneider

Buying the right kind of insurance can be tricky with any car, but if you're dealing with one that has a salvage title, it can be even more difficult.

By Garth Sundem

Advertisement

Hot weather is a blessing and a curse for motorcyclists. You can hit the open road virtually any time you'd like, but it's difficult to stay comfortable under the blazing sun. Here are some key items to help you avoid a sweltering journey.

By Jeff Harder

Reconstructing classic cars to their former glory is a popular hobby, and as such, there are many reasons why millions of passionate enthusiasts get involved. But can every classic car be saved?

By Jacob Clifton