Articles about Car Ownership 101

These will help in keeping your car in good running condition
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One of the best things about the holidays is having a lot of free time (or a bit, for the unfortunate few) on our hands. This means we have the chance to do the things we love that our regular day-to-
Here’s an easy-to-follow guide
It's a fact of car ownership that your vehicle's tires will sustain wear and tear-how bad and how quickly this happens depends on how you use them, and how often.Tires can be rather expensive and we tend to
If the need arises
Car alarms help deter crooks from stealing your car or any valuables you may have inside. It does that by blaring a loud siren or blowing the car horns, and immobilizing the car by shutting off the ignition and the fuel-injection
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
Because we all want that squeaky-clean look
Water spots on a car-ugh!It's bound to happen sooner or later, unless you're one of those people who live and breathe car polish. In that case, this article isn't for you. This article is for us mere
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
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
Don’t worry—it’s hard to mess this up
When I was a kid, washing my car was something I did quite often. Back then, it was all the rage to have body-colored fender wells and to have them really clean. Just about every time I washed my car, I'
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
In case of emergencies
Did you know there's a way to keep a battery fresh for longer periods of time? It comes in the form of a battery tender. This one, produced by CTEK, "restores, charges and reconditions the battery using a patented multi-step
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
It might seem a bit much, but this will do the trick
The stench of cigarette smoke easily sticks to clothing, regardless if you're the one smoking or not. Now, imagine that same smoke circulating inside your car. Simply put, that odor won't come off easily.If you regularly smoke inside your
Bonus: How to replace wiper blade refills
It's officially the rainy season. During summer, car wipers are taken for granted and we rarely check the condition of the rubber blades. At least not until a sudden downpour occurs and the streaking or skipping sound on your windshield suddenly
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