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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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.

By Nicholas Gerbis

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 Contributors

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.

By Sara Elliott


Your car's transmission is very complex and can be more expensive to repair than your engine. That means you better pay attention if any of these 10 transmission problems appear.

By Akweli Parker & Christopher Neiger

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?

By Akweli Parker & Kristen Hall-Geisler

When your car's alternator begins to fail — or has already failed — there are certain warning signs that you can expect to see along the way. But do you know what they are?

By Eric Baxter & Cherise Threewitt

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?

By Jessika Toothman


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?

By Jamie Page Deaton

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.

By Josh Clark