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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 50,000 mile mark is critical. 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 thinking of buying a 2002 Mercedes ML500 w/ approx 208k miles. What parts do I possibly need to replace or check?
Hello....used car repair, maintenance, and restoration costs are highly dependent on the actual, as found, condition of the vehicle. To get a reasonably precise estimate, and also to protect yourself in the transaction, I recommend you request a pre-purchase vehicle...
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do i need to take my car to BMW for an oil change or brake fluid flush
In regard to your question, the criteria of relevance insofar as "who" should work on your car is simply that the person you select is appropriately trained, skilled, as knowledgeable as possible, knows how to follow instructions, and is conscientious,...
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Older car, worth putting money into?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The future maintenance is going to depend on the past repairs that have been done. With the age of the vehicle, there are a relatively large amount of components that may need maintenance. They...
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I have a 2002 Monte Carlo SS. Experiencing acceleration issues, won't go past 30mph, shudders when turning corners.
Hello, thank you for writing in. You are definitely heading in the right direction. A misfire code can be caused by a number of sensors, air issues, spark issues, or fuel issues. Doing a general tune up will not harm...
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I recently purchased a 2005 Honda Civic and do not know the history of the vehicle.
Hello. When you do not know the history of the maintenance of the vehicle it is important to have it fully checked out. Though many of the parts can be inspected to see if they need to be done, some...
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I have a 2011 Audi A5 quatro 2.0T, it has 55K miles. Needs an oil change and turn off the service message.
Hello. You are right. Your vehicle does need these filters changed and the oil changed during this service. It will also need to have a complete vehicle inspection as part of this service. A certified mechanic from YourMechanic can come...
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What is the maintenance upkeep on a 2010 Mercedes s550 with 105,000 miles
Hello. If the vehicle is up to date on its maintenance then moving forward you will need to keep up on vehicle maintenance from this point on. Most everything at this mileage has to do with fluid changes, but you...
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I live in a gated community and working on cars in here is prohibited. Any suggestions?
Hi there. You are allowed to check all of the fluids in your vehicle and perform all safety checks to your vehicle. The HOA system says that you are prohibited from working on the vehicle due to noise and leaving...
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Type of oil and when to change
Oil change intervals on your vehicle are determined by the vehicle's engine oil change monitoring system. A message on your instrument panel will alert you when it is necessary to change the oil. The change interval is based on a...
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30,000 mile
Vehicle maintenance schedules are year, make and model specific. The maintenance schedule for your specific car, as printed in the Vehicle Owner's Manual, states that at 30,000 miles you should change the engine oil and filter, replace the cabin air...
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How often should you flush fluids (power steering, coolant, transmission)...shop says every 2 years? 2007 Honda Odyssey
Hi there - in general, YES, most industry experts recommend changing engine coolant, power steering fluid and brake fluid on 2 year intervals. Changing transmission fluid (and filter) can get into a "religious" discussion. Many vehicles today are delivered with...
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Dan, Need to know the following estimates on when to replace Drive Belt and Brake Fluid
For the 2012 4Runner, based on the normal service maintenance schedule Toyota recommends that the brake fluid be replaced every 30,000 miles. Modern serpentine belts are generally good for at least 100,000 miles. Toyota does not have a replacement recommendation...
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How much for a tune up
Annual "tune-ups" are not really applicable to modern vehicles. Instead, what is typically of importance is following the vehicle manufacturer's "maintenance schedule". The required maintenance at this time for your car will depend on the vehicle history. In particular, if...
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How long can it take an ECU computer to go bad?
Hello, and thank you for writing in. The vehicle likely did not suddenly develop all of these problems. Oil leaks in particular happen due to excessive engine wear. The spark plugs and their coils tend to be regular maintenance with...
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I am getting a 2007 Scion tC. I am having a mix feeling about it.
Hi there. The maintenance is good on the Scion vehicles. All parts are designed to wear and tear out, but as long as the maintenance is kept up with the vehicle, then there should be minimal maintenance to perform. I...
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Will using the incorrect ATF on my car cause sensors to fail
With regard to the 2003 Acura TL Honda states in the Owner's Manual, "Always use Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid). If it is not available, you may use a DEXRON III automatic transmission fluid as a temporary replacement. However, continued...
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timing belt
Timing belts are not generally condemned and replaced on the basis of visual "inspections". Rather, vehicle manufacturers set forth specific replacement schedules, based on both elapsed time and engine mileage, and the belt is simply replaced "on schedule". This is...
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General question
Hello, thank you for writing in. Every vehicle is going to need maintenance and repairs eventually. At 50,000 miles, the vehicle likely does not have much that in needs in the form of repairs, but it may be time for...
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Timing belt condition
The timing belt on the 2003 Accord is good for 90,000 miles. That implies that if the belt was previously replaced as required, you have 43,000 miles on the present belt. The only way to determine the age of the...
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My car os about to hit 230000 miles its an acura integra gsr what parts should i replace so tjat my car keeps running for a long t
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle's maintenance needed at this point is going to largely depend on that types of repairs you have main recently. Typically at this stage in the vehicle's life, any component is capable of...

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