8. Fuel Filter Replacement Tools You Need: New fuel filter, new fuel line washers, open end wrenches, rags, eye protection Time to Complete: 30 minutes Estimated Cost: $20 For $20, a new fuel filter can protect your engine from very costly damages, so follow the rule of thumb and replace it annually. But keep in […]
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7. Brake Pads Tools You Need: Lug wrench, C-clamp, open-end or adjustable wrench, hammer Time to Complete: 30 minutes to an hour Estimated Cost: $40 and up (depending on your car) You’ll need to replace most brake pads around every 20,000 miles, but as always, check your owner’s manual for specifics about your model. If […]
6. Radiator Flush Tools You Need: Phillips-head screwdriver or wrench, rags, radiator flush solution, coolant, funnel, used coolant receptacle Time to Complete: 30 minutes Estimated Cost: $25 Your car’s radiator and cooling system need to be clean to work efficiently and effectively. With normal wear and tear, your car’s radiator builds up deposits that can disrupt […]
5. Battery Maintenance Tools You Need: Wrenches, corrosion-removal fluid, wire brush, rags Time to Complete: 20 minutes Estimated Cost: $5 The key to keeping your car running smoothly and efficiently is a good battery connection. Just a few specks of crunchy white residue on the posts can keep your car from starting. A simple visual […]
4. Oil and Oil Filter Tools You Need: Ratchet, oil filter wrench, oil pan, funnel Time to Complete: 30 to 45 minutes Estimated Cost: $20 Experts say you should change your oil every 3,000 miles, but with better products and cars operating more efficiently, I think you can get away with changing it every 5,000 miles. […]
3. Spark Plugs Tools You Need: Ratchet or socket wrench, 12″ socket extension, spark plug socket Time to Complete: 20 to 30 minutes Estimated Cost: $10 to $15 Most spark plugs need replacing after about 30,000 miles, but check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle is any different. While changing spark plugs might sound […]
2. Windshield Wipers Tools You Need: None Time to Complete: 15 minutes Estimated Cost: $10 to $20 I laugh when I visit my local auto parts store and see that they’re having a sale on wiper blades, offering free installation. The free installation only applies if I buy the most expensive blades in the store, so […]
1. Air Filter Tools You Need: None Time to Complete: 10 minutes Estimated Cost: $10 You need a new air filter for your car every 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. You can pay a mechanic and give up your car for a day, or you can replace your air filter at home in […]
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Unlike many toys, your vehicle actually comes with a battery. But your car battery won’t keep working without some diligence on your part. Before we get into the maintenance tips, there are a few things worth knowing about automotive batteries, which will help you understand exactly what they do.
Learn the top 10 tips for making your transmission last as long as you need it to.
Stop your brakes from making squeaking and grinding noise! This video shows the top 5 reasons your brakes make noise and how to fix them.
This is a questions we are often asked at A Team and the answer is Yes, though how often this service should be performed varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it’s open to debate.
The manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn’t call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some Ford transmissions, even 150,000 miles. A lot of mechanics say…
Replace Spark Plugs and Wires The spark plug seals the combustion chamber and provides a gab for a spark to jump across and initiates combustion in your engine. When the plugs are failing, the spark plugs misfire. You’ll feel a little jolt in your car’s acceleration when this happens. What causes it: Most spark […]
The Mass Airflow Sensor The mass airflow sensor tells the car’s computer to add the proper amount of fuel based on the air coming through to the engine. A faulty one can increase emissions, cause the car to stall, and decrease gas mileage. What causes it: Most mass airflow sensors fail because of a […]
The catalytic convertor works to reduce exhaust gases. It converts carbon monoxide and other harmful materials into harmless compounds. If your catalytic convertor is failing, you’ll notice a decrease in gas mileage or your car won’t go any faster when you push the gas. What causes it: Catalytic convertors shouldn’t fail if you’re keeping up […]
Loose or Faulty Gas Cap You wouldn’t think a gas cap would be that important, but it is. When it’s loose or cracked, fuel vapors leak out and can throw the whole fuel system off. This causes a reduction in gas mileage and increases emissions. What causes it: If you get an error pointing to […]
Replace Oxygen Sensor: An oxygen sensor is a part that monitors the unburned oxygen from the exhaust. It helps monitor how much fuel is burned. A faulty sensor means it’s not providing the right data to the computer and causes a decrease in gas mileage. Most cars have between two and four oxygen sensors […]
When your transmission gets tired enough, you’ll have to have it rebuilt. It’s true. For some makes and models of car, it’s true a little too often, but that’s neither here nor there. The important thing is checking any other possible causes to your problem before you take the transmission apart, which is very expensive. […]
Spark plug wires are pretty durable. They aren’t a moving part so they don’t wear out too often. A careful inspection of your plug wires can avoid any problems. If you are having problems that you think could be related to your plug wires, it’s easy to troubleshoot. The only thing that can really go […]
If the starter is spinning and the sparks are flying, your no-start problem has got to be related to the fuel system. If your vehicle is fuel injected, there are a number of sub systems that could be the culprit. It will take some serious diagnostic work to figure it out, but there are some […]
With the starter-related causes of your no-start problem out of the way, we continue the search for why your car won’t start. If the engine can’t get spark, there will be no fire. But don’t crawl into the hole just yet. Spark is created by your car’s ignition system (ignition means “to ignite). Ignition system […]
If you turn your car key and get nothing, or get anything less than an engine roaring to life, you might be in for a bad day. Starting problems can be very frustrating because there are so many things under the hood that can keep a car from starting. Heck, pretty much everything under the […]
Transmission problems fall into two very similar categories: Won’t go. Won’t go smoothly These two groups of problems are caused by the same faults in your transmission, so whichever your car is doing, the following applies. Is your fluid level correct? It’s important to check your transmission fluid at least twice a year. Not only […]
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