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How Much it Costs When You Ignore Basic Car Care
Car maintenance like oil changes, brake service, and tire care save money when done on time. Ignoring oil changes can cost you thousands of dollars.
Understanding Land Rover Service Indicator Lights
Car symbols, or dashboard lights, are a car service reminder. The Land Rover mileage-based system indicates when and what service your car needs.
How to Maintain Automotive Power Tools
Automotive technicians take care of power tools to save money. Check for dirt and debris and change filters and oil regularly to maintain longevity.
Top 10 Hacks for Cleaning and Organizing Your Car
Keeping your car clean and organized makes driving more enjoyable and safer. Use baking soda and household items to maintain a clean car.
How to Maintain Automotive Hand Tools
Automotive technicians take good care of automotive hand tools to stay safe and save money. Keep parts clean and in working order to maintain tools.
Top 10 Car Hacks
Simplify your life with ten car hacks: charge your phone while you drive, use a tennis ball to park, and prevent dings with pool noodles.
Should You Wax or Polish Your Car?
Polishing a car removes small damages done to the top coat of a car and wax provides a protective coating to keep paint jobs from fading.
What to Check For Before Using a Drive-Through Self-Serve Car Wash
Drive-through car washes can use brushes, cloths, or are touchless. Spray-on wax or polish isn't as effective as products that are applied by hand.
Which Cars Last the Longest?
The best cars are ones that last the longest without needing much maintenance. The Honda Civic has low repair bills and can rack over 200,000 miles.
All About Car Service Indicator Lights
No matter which manufacturer your car is from, there is a service indicator light that lets you know when your car needs maintenance or attention.
All About Car Warning Lights
Your car has a variety of warning lights to let you know when a specific feature is on, or if a part needs service or maintenance.
The Best Tool to Heat Up Rusted or Seized Parts
A micro torch is a great addition to a mechanic's tool box. It can clean rust that has built up in various parts of a car.
How to Flush a Fuel Injector
Clean fuel injectors help keep your engine running smoothly and efficiently. Clogged fuel injectors result in reduced fuel economy and loss of power.
How to Maintain a Car at 50,000 Miles
Maintenance at the 50000 mile mark is essential. These services include inspection of the exhaust, suspension, fuel caps and filter, and tire changes.
Understanding the Plymouth Service Indicator Lights
Car symbols, or dashboard lights, are a car service reminder. The Plymouth service indicator lights indicate when and what service your car needs.
How to Extend the Life of Your Car
There are many things you can do to extend the life of your car, including regular fluid maintenance, timely vehicle repair, and exterior maintenance.
How to Check and Add Fluid to an Automatic Transmission Car
Checking and keeping your transmission filled with a good level of fluid will help give you a seamless experience when driving.
How to Replace a Serpentine Belt
Replacing the serpentine belt can be challenging, as it involves removing the tensioner and determining the correct route to install the new belt.
How to Replace a Shock Absorber
Replacing a shock absorber can take some work, as it requires lifting your vehicle and ensuring you are aligning the new shock correctly.
How to Improve Automatic Transmission Performance and Reliability
The transmission on automatic cars is improved by changing driving habits, maintaining engine performance, and replacing transmission oil and filter.

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I'm gonna buy a second hand 2012 sonic lt.
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Oil Change timing
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Tips to up keep car that's used all day everyday
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How would you compare Audi A4 maintenance cost with Hyundai Sonata or BMW 3/4 Series? 2015 Audi A4
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Vans alternator is making loud sounds. Both sliding doors need rollers and door hinges.
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My service engine soon light is on. I hear like a rattling noise when engine is running sometimes. The power doesn't feel the same
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Is getting a 2010 BMW M3 with 70,000 miles used as a daily driver expensive annually?
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I just want to know the basic maintenance needed for my vehicle
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