Diagnosing Car Problems

Diagnosing car problems may seem like a daunting task but it's doable with a little know-how. Diagnosing car problems becomes easier once you understand what to look for. In this section you'll find articles dedicated to diagnosing car problems.


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.

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.

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.

If your car persistently pulls you to the side of the road, it may be trying to tell you something. Relax. This simple service shouldn't cost you that much.

Tire rotation isn't hard: It won't take you long and it's cheap to have done professionally. Still, it's something we often neglect to do. How often should you rotate your tires?

Bald heads are OK. Bald tires are not. How can you tell when your car's rubber road-huggers need to be retired?

Most people take pretty good care of their cars' insides, but they may neglect the outside. Why is it important to wax your car and how often should you do it?

Wouldn't it be awesome if your car wore some kind of protective armor that warded off scuffs and dings? Well, maybe it can.

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.

The idea an airtight car might initially seem appealing. After all, it would likely be very quiet inside and water tight, too. But is an airtight car really a good (or safe) idea?

It seems that most modern cars -- with a few high-performance exceptions -- are designed to be somewhat silent inside the passenger cabin. But will your car's quiet interior get noisier over time?

One thing is certain: If your car is vibrating, you know you've got a problem. But determining the root cause of that wobble or shake might not be as difficult (or expensive) as you may think.