Articles about Car Maintenance

In case you’re up to the task
Have you ever had your car battery die on you prematurely? Before replacing it, it may be a good idea to give the car's electrical system a once over. The alternator charges the battery and supplies electrical energy to all powered
In three easy steps
Sometimes, your car may have the following symptoms: an irregular idle, poor fuel economy, lack of power, stalling, or a high-pitched hissing sound from the engine. These symptoms may happen one at a time, all at the same time, or in
Forget about midnight food trips—it’s time for some late night casa runs
One of the most important aspects of car ownership is maintenance. It's considered a burden more than anything because it comes at a heavy cost-namely, money and time.Then again, you can always save up the money to prepare for
In our climate, a car without a working A/C is a torture chamber
The air-conditioning (A/C) system of a vehicle is a closed system for exchanging heat from the inside of the cabin to the outside. This is accomplished by circulating refrigerant gas though a circuit of tubes into two large surface areas
Through six easy steps
Rearview mirrors on modern cars are attached to the windshield using special adhesives that create a chemical bond. The attachment is through a base plate that is glued directly on the glass, where the rearview mirror's stalk is clip-locked into
For when you need to accomplish a DIY fix
A torque wrench is an invaluable tool for the do-it-yourself mechanic. Fastening nuts and bolts can be done with any set of spanners or with a ratcheting handle and a set of sockets. The value that a torque wrench adds
It’s a matter of push or pull
In densely populated environments like ours, car dents are a fact of life. We can take the utmost care of our cars, but there will be instances-whether it's out on the road or in a parking lot-when we'll
Ready your stomachs
Who hasn't spilled something inside their car? Very few car owners, we're assuming-which is fine, because hey, it happens to everybody at some point.A cup of coffee, a bottle of water, some fries, maybe...nothing too extreme. Every
In case you want to do it yourself
Universal joints-or U-joints-are located on both ends of a driveshaft on rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicles, or they could be used on both ends of the half-shafts. As the suspension travels up and down, they allow height misalignment
Wheel bearings in top shape are important to the smooth operation of your car
The subject of wheel bearings is already rather deep in the subject of car maintenance. Ordinarily, we just cover simple topics like tuneups and oil changes. But if you intend to keep your car for a decade or more-or drive it
Catch the issue before it’s too late
There's a red warning light on the gauge cluster of many cars that looks somewhat like a teapot with a drop near the spout. Obviously, it's not a teapot-it's an old-fashioned oil can. This particular warning light
For starters, don’t open the radiator cap immediately
An overheating car is something that can occur if you're a bit careless with maintenance. This can be a potentially dangerous situation, so if you find this happening to your vehicle, you need to take the necessary steps to cool it
A simple DIY task
A vehicle's cooling system is essential in keeping an internal combustion engine in operating temperature. When the engine gets too hot, the system cools it down; when it's starting from cold, the system is designed to get it up to
So you can remove that pesky dilapidated tint yourself
Window tints are some of the most common car accessories here in the Philippines. For the most part, window tint films are used to repel heat and UV rays from the sun. You can even consider it a necessity given how hot
A useful thing to know
Drum brakes, often only found on the rear wheels, are designed to adjust themselves every time you reverse and apply the brakes. A ratcheting mechanism does this automatically and moves the brake shoes a fixed distance closer to the drums as friction
Because a dead battery isn’t always what it seems
It takes a while for an alternator to develop problems-ordinarily, they're good for about 10 years or so, barring any other issues. If this is of interest to you or you suspect you're having problems with your alternator, you
Watch out for these
While doing a routine close inspection under my car, I found chunks of grease on the inner barrel of my passenger-side front wheel and brake calipers-a telltale sign of a constant velocity (CV) joint with a leaking boot.The driven
Because it might be the reason why your car won’t start
It's another mundane workday. You settle into the driver's seat, turn on the ignition, and start the car. The starter motor cranks, but the engine won't fire up. Uh oh. There might be a dozen reasons for this annoying
A lot of times a replacement isn't necessary
Keeping what's under the hood clean is just as vital, if not more so, as maintaining what's outside. As such, you need to keep an eye out for dirty parts-what they look like, and more important, how to get
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