The idea behind maintenance is to avoid large scale repairs. This means that you need to stay consistent with routine check-ups and evaluate minor problems before they become major hassles. This can be done easily with a maintenance calendar or another system that alerts you about the need to go in for a check-up. It’s […]
Category: Maintenance & Repairs
How To Do Your Car Washing The Eco Friendly Way
These days the idea of living a green and environmentally friendly lifestyle is gaining a lot social traction. Thankfully this trend is supported on the supply side too, as everything from house cleaning to car washing can now be done in a way that’s nicer for the environment. This has obvious benefits for the planet […]
Ask AAA: Camry Power Window Warranty Problems
Here’s a question that was recently sent to us: I lease a 2006 Toyota Camry and recently the driver side window made a really loud noise when I rolled it down, and then I wasn’t able to roll it back up. I paid the dealership $150 for them to look at it and tell me […]
Exactly How Cars Work Explained REALLY Nicely
Most people in the world have only a vague concept of how the mechanical components in their vehicle actually function. Ask someone to explain how their engine really works, or what happens when the transmission is “shifted,” and you’ll get a blank stare. Let me say right now that while I believe everyone should have […]
Catalytic Converter Theft – Info and Prevention
Your exhaust system might not seem like the most likely target for theft. For one, it’s heavy – a complete system is a mass of stainless steel pipes, mufflers and catalytic converters. For another, it’s underneath your car, which is not exactly the easiest place to get at without jacking or otherwise lifting the car […]
Ask AAA: Should I Restore My Older Car?
Question: I have a 1990 Honda Accord with about 150K miles. I bought it new. It’s in very good condition as far as body (no rust) and runs like a top, but is starting to show its age. About 3 months ago I did have the AC repaired, (it hadn’t worked in over 3 years) […]
Fuel Saving Gadgets Do NOT Work
With $4.00 a gallon gasoline weighing heavily on everyone’s minds, and major news sources like CNN constantly making reference to the coming energy crunch, fuel economy has taken on a new importance for many drivers. Pickup truck operators in particular feel the pinch more than car owners, as trucks are usually less fuel-efficient than cars. […]
Using Auto Touch Up Paint
You’ve just exited your local mall and you’re confidently walking towards your car when you notice something isn’t right — the paint is SCRATCHED! You look around, hoping to see the culprit, vainly wishing they were still around so you could vent your rage. Then, you walk up to the scratch hoping it will “rub-off”. […]
After Warranty Assistance: Warranty Coverage For Vehicles Outside Of Warranty
If you have a problem with your vehicle, and if it’s just outside the terms of your factory warranty, you might still be able to get your car repaired for free. Read our post and then ask your dealer about after-warranty-assistance.
How To Handle An Unnecessary Repair: A Clogged Catalytic Converter
A reader has a problem with his local repair shop – they recommended he buy an exhaust system that didn’t fix his car, and now he’s trying to figure out what he should do. Here are some suggestions for dealing with this problem.