Getting your oil changed, or changing your own oil, seems like a pretty basic process. Drain out the oil, replace the filter, put everything back together, and add new oil. In some mechanics’ garages and quick-lube shops, though, “suction” or “siphon” oil changing methods are gaining popularity. What are the basic differences between suction oil Read on! →


Having a great car with bad tires is a recipe for ending up in a roadside ditch. You probably aren’t a professional stuntman, so don’t mess around. Learn why your tires are failing, and swap them out for quality rubber. It’s not just about flat tires Unless you run over a nail on the highway Read on! →


New or old, your vehicle’s paint can make a huge difference on the value and visual impact of your car. Knowing how to fix a paint scrape on your car’s finish yourself can help save you time and money. Anatomy of a paint scrape Most modern vehicles have at least three layers of paint over Read on! →


All cars these days typically come with a jack and a spare, but the jack is usually one of the screw-wound, plate metal things. It’s better to buy a hydraulic jack and a full size spare instead of the insipid donut that comes standard. Flat chance A flat tire is stressful, can be embarrassing and Read on! →


Buying a car is exciting, but it’s also confusing and stressful. You might think that the confusion and stress would end once you find the car you want and settle on a price. Even after you’ve gotten that far, however, the process can be nerve-wracking because once you’ve negotiated a price, a dealer will ask Read on! →


Carburetors had long been a part of vehicle engines, but the last carburetors were used in United States engines around the early 1990s. With the death of the carburetor came the reality that idling a vehicle engine for more than 10 seconds is not worth the cost, environmentally or financially. When engines idle Engine idling Read on! →


It’s inevitable: Winter weather changes the relationship between you, your car and the road. That’s why it’s important to know the truth about winter car myths. Debunking the falsehoods about such things as visibility, engine issues and snow traction help you  focus on what’s important – staying on the road and out of snow berms. Read on! →


One of the first things the casual automotive fan might notice about the 2013 Ford Flex crossover is that the blue Ford oval is not immediately visible. The front and rear lift-gate advertise emphasize the make, rather than the model, a mark of the automaker’s brand research. Automotive News points out that Ford is in Read on! →


If you’re a gearhead or just someone looking for a vehicular project, you might be thinking about converting your car to electric. Electric car conversion is a project that some say could save you money and carbon footprint. There are advantages and disadvantages of electric car conversion to consider. What is electric car conversion? Rather Read on! →


It may be red or yellow, flashing or solid, a graphic or some words – but the “check engine” light is an important communication tool between you and your car. Usually, when the check engine light is off, you don’t even think about it. When it comes on, though, it is a warning from your Read on! →