A man looking over his car, getting ready to change his oil during regular maintenance
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Can You Avoid the Most Common Auto Repair Issues?

The most common auto repair issues can’t really be avoided. That said, here are some of the problems nearly every car owner will face. Even if you stay on top of regular maintenance, there’s a high likelihood you’ll deal with at least one of these common car problems during the life of your vehicle. Changing …

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5 Car Problems It Never Pays to Avoid

Have you ever heard a mysterious noise coming from the engine bay of your car and then turned up the volume on the radio to drown it out? If you can’t hear it, it doesn’t exist, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as ignoring and noises, glaring issues, or even warning lights on your dashboard …

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5 Tips For Finding the Right Auto Body Shop

Let’s face it, accidents happen. And whether or not your most recent accident was caused by another vehicle or just something as simple as hitting a pole when backing up, you’re likely faced with having to find a reputable body shop to repair the damage. However, with so many different body shops in the area, …

The Land Rover Defender is the brand's newest off-roading SUV.
Trucks & SUVs

Broken 2020 Land Rover Defender Becomes Literally Unfixable

Last week we caught wind of The Fast Lane Car’s broken 2020 Land Rover Defender. In short, the brand-new Defender broke almost immediately after delivery. From there, it came and went from the dealership with no permanent fix in sight. However, a new update posted by The Fast Lane Car highlights that the troubled SUV …

A mechanic working to fix a Ford F-150 with engine problems
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5 of the Most Expensive Car Repairs

No matter which way you slice it, car ownership can get really expensive. From monthly finance or lease payments to high insurance rates, the cost of owning a car can skyrocket depending on the car’s age and condition. However, an even larger factor is the cost of repairs, especially if you own an older car. …

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What Do You Do If You Lose Your Car Keys?

Losing your car keys is one of the most annoying and nerve-wracking experiences when it comes to owning a car. Back in the day, it wasn’t that big of a deal as car keys could be easily replaced, but as cars have become more advanced nowadays, so have their keys. So what do you do …

Tesla Model 3 on the pavement
Hybrids & Electrics

How Does the Tesla Model 3 Hold Up After 100,000 Miles?

Considering its relatively low cost of entry, excellent range, and phenomenal performance stats, the Tesla Model 3 is practically the poster child for electric cars. However, it’s still relatively new to the market and some prospective buyers might be wary when it comes to the longevity of these Teslas. After all, there’s no true test …

A white-suited NASCAR mechanic reached into their red open toolbox
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What Tools Do You Need in Your Maintenance Toolbox?

Whether you’re working on a car or a motorcycle, proper maintenance or repair work requires the right tools. However, even tasks like replacing a water pump or a clutch don’t require filling your toolbox with specialist equipment. Nevertheless, setting up your first toolbox can understandably be a little intimidating. But with the guide below, you’ll …

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What Is Paintless Dent Repair?

One of the worst feelings when owning a car is walking out to in a parking lot and seeing a new dent on the side of it. Was it from the car next to you? Was it the rogue shopping cart that just happened to end its parking lot journey in the side of your …

Mechanic tunes up an old Hyundai Galloper engine
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Why Do Car Engines Lose Power Over Time?

Besides 0-60 times, one of the most common ways you can compare two cars’ performance is horsepower. And owners often install mods like performance exhausts and turbochargers in an effort to give their engine more power. However, not only is your engine’s quoted horsepower not always accurate, but it’s also not static. Over time, no …

Stacks of car radiators with their grilles on a factor floor
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It’s Probably Time You Changed Your Car’s Radiator

Coolant is just as important as oil when it comes to car maintenance. But so is where the coolant resides—the radiator. Compared to moving wear items like timing belts, brake pads, and clutches, your car’s radiator is fairly long-lived. But nothing on or in your vehicle lasts forever, not even the radiator. Air-cooling vs. liquid-cooling …

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Your Fuel Injectors Really Do Need to Be Cleaned

Oil and coolant aren’t the only fluids involved in car and motorcycle maintenance. But even if you change your transmission fluid, if your vehicle isn’t electric, it’s not going to run without gasoline or diesel. Or rather, it won’t run unless the fuel makes its way into the combustion chamber. Which, in modern vehicles, is …

Bottles of different coolant colors on shelves, along with oil and other automotive fluids
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Does the Color of Your Coolant Matter?

Even outside of oil, a significant part of vehicle maintenance involves taking care of fluids. And while EVs don’t have motor oil, they do still need coolant. However, just like it’s easy to be overwhelmed by oil grades, it can be challenging to know what coolant to pick. Especially when it’s available in such a …

Bins of classic car parts at a classic car show
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Can You Still Get Classic Car Parts?

Vintage and classic cars’ styling isn’t the only thing that can make them more appealing than modern vehicles. Their simpler designs typically make for more straightforward maintenance. Provided, of course, you can get classic car parts. Luckily, thanks to the Internet, new technology, loyal fanbases, and rising auction values, finding these parts has gotten significantly …

A red 2020 Subaru Outback driving on the countryside.
Crossover & Midsize

Is the Subaru Outback More Expensive to Maintain?

The Subaru Outback is one of the most popular AWD crossover SUVs in America. The Toyota RAV4 is also a popular choice. But does the price to buy the Subaru wagon come with expensive maintenance costs that the dealer didn’t tell you about? How expensive is Outback maintenance? The investment in buying a car is …

Car A/C recharge kits in canister form, with a can of R134a refrigerant
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Your Car’s A/C May Be Due for a Recharge

Summer heat requires more from your car than just swapping on dry-weather performance tires. Although it isn’t a usual maintenance item, your car’s A/C can also degrade over time. And no one wants to be stuck in a hot car while you’re going on a road trip. One of the simplest ways to keep cool …

Mechanic performing a wheel alignment
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What Does a Wheel Alignment Do Exactly?

Driving wears away at your car, and not just through paint chips and scratches. Your tires work through friction, and eventually, they’re worn to the point they need replacement. Normally, that takes tens of thousands of miles, especially with regular rotation. But if you’re replacing your tires after just a few months, you may need …

Running a Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Peugeot 206 without engine oil or coolant
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How Long Can Your Car Run Without Oil or Coolant?

It’s not entirely incorrect to say cars run on carefully-timed explosions. That’s why regular maintenance is so important. But your car’s engine doesn’t just rely on mechanical parts. Without vital fluids like engine oil and coolant, the motor wouldn’t run properly, if it ran at all. And as Carwow recently demonstrated, improper oil and coolant …

Gray Mercedes-Benz with foggy and clouded-over headlight lenses in a shop
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How to Clean and Restore Foggy Headlights

When brand new, modern headlights can seem almost too bright. But, like almost everything in and on a car, they’re still maintenance items. And not just the bulbs. Over time, headlights can become foggy or cloudy. In some cases, they may start to yellow. However, unlike a burned-out or broken bulb, foggy headlights don’t always …

Clutch replacement
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How Often Should You Change Your Clutch?

Regular car, truck, and motorcycle maintenance and inspection can often prevent or catch problems before they become catastrophic. However, it’s relatively easy to inspect your brakes or check your oil level. Not every vehicle component is so easily examined, especially the transmission. And apart from the transmission fluid—which isn’t actually a ‘lifetime fluid’—there’s one component …

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Surprising Automotive Tools You Can Buy at Harbor Freight

Many people love to work on cars, but aren’t professional mechanics. When it comes to buying tools, you want professional quality without the professional investment. Depending on the vehicle, you could easily spend the same amount for tools that you paid for the car itself. Add this to the list of things your mechanic wishes …

Audi LED headlights
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Why Are Headlights so Bright These Days?

Car headlights in the US can be a major headache, even if you know not to be fooled by blinker fluid. Headlights were arguably the first major automotive safety feature, but today they’re often side-lined compared to advanced driver-assistance systems. The result is that many modern headlights simply don’t do an adequate job of illuminating …

2001 Ford Ka Brake Disc.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Are the Marks on Your Brake Rotors a Bad Sign?

Of all the regular maintenance items your car or truck requires, brakes are perhaps the most vital non-engine component. Especially now that so many cars come with automatic emergency braking. Many owners know to regularly inspect and change their brake pads. However, it’s also important to pay attention to your brake rotors. After all, the …