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.


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The Dirty Truth About How Often You Need Your Oil Changed

Think you need to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles? Think again.

Is Your Car Road-trip Ready?

You might think your car is fine for your upcoming summer road trip. But if it's more than 10 years old, you might want to think again.

Do you really need to pay for that 30,000-mile service?

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?

10 Serious Mistakes in Car Maintenance

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.

How does oil recycling work?

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?

6 DIY Automotive Repairs Anyone Can Do

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.

6 Great Car Battery Maintenance Tips

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.

7 Ways to Make Your Whole Vehicle Last Longer, From Wheels to Wipers

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.

Could Your Gas Cap Be Costing You Money?

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.

Do It Yourself Vehicle Care: Spark Plugs vs. Fuel Economy, Part 1

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

What size socket wrench do you need for an oil drain plug?

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.

Why do cars make noise when you shift gears poorly?

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.

How to Remove an Intake Manifold

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.

How to Remove Tree Sap From a Car

Every time you park your car under a tree you find tree sap on the hood. We'll give you a few solutions to removing tree sap from your car.

How to Diagnose Power Steering Problems

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.

How to Charge a Motorcycle Battery

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.

How to Polish Aluminum Valve Covers

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.

How to Check Ball Joints

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.

How to Find the History Of a Vehicle

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

How to Clean Leather Car Seats

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.

How to Clean Wheel Bearings

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.

How to Store a Car Battery

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.

How to Do a Front End Alignment

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

How to Match Auto Paint

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

How to Put Water In a Car Radiator

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.