If you’re on the road and your vehicle breaks down, will you know what to do? Unless you know how to fix the most common problems, your options are limited. You can call a towing company, your auto club, a friend or your spouse. You may be stuck for quite a while in miserable weather, in the middle of nowhere or in an unfamiliar part of town. Wouldn’t it be better if you could prevent this type of situation from happening in the first place? While you cannot prevent absolutely everything from going wrong when you’re on the road, a little preventive maintenance is a great idea. Whether you are a do-it-yourself car owner or you bring your vehicle to the dealer or a trusted mechanic for regularly scheduled maintenance, there are some things that all responsible car owners should know. You’re not handy? Don’t know one part of the engine from another? Don’t worry! You don’t have to know how to do it all yourself. At a minimum, you should to know what to look for, what tools you should carry in your trunk, and who to call for routine maintenance. Learning a couple of simple things — such as knowing what your emergency lights mean, how to check the oil and other fluids, and a few other basics — can mean the difference between being stuck on the road with a broken-down vehicle and getting to your destination safely. Let the accompanying infographic be your helpful road map to basic DIY car maintenance.

Go The Extra Mile With DIY Car Maintenance

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Help yourself out by being proactive in your car maintenance!

Improving Diagnostics With The Right OBD2 Scanner

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OBD2 was introduced in 1996 and has been a requirement…

Audi Q7 Transmission Won't Shift

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Vehicle: 2014 Audi Q7 Quattro (4LB), V6-3.0L DSL Turbo (CNRB),…

DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle: Replace a Broken Wheel Stud

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Wheel studs keep the wheels attached to the hub. Naturally, wheel…
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8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle #8 - Fuel Filter Replacement

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8. Fuel Filter Replacement Tools You Need: New fuel filter,…
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8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle #7 - Brake Pads

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7. Brake Pads Tools You Need: Lug wrench, C-clamp, open-end…
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8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle #6 - Radiator Flush

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6. Radiator Flush Tools You Need: Phillips-head screwdriver…
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8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle #5 - Battery Maintenance

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5. Battery Maintenance Tools You Need: Wrenches, corrosion-removal…

8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle #4 - Oil and Oil Filter

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4. Oil and Oil Filter Tools You Need: Ratchet, oil filter…

8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle #3 - Spark Plugs

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3. Spark Plugs Tools You Need: Ratchet or socket wrench,…

8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle #2 - Windshield Wipers

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2. Windshield Wipers Tools You Need: None Time to…

8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle #1 - Air Filter

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1. Air Filter Tools You Need: None Time to Complete: 10…

Different Types of Oil Filters and How They Work

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Oil is the lifeblood of the engine in your car or truck (or motorcycle, boat, airplane, tractor and so on). Plain and simple. But as the oil circulates through the engine, it picks up any number of contaminants (in simple terms, dirt). That dirt can obviously damage your engine. And over time, that dirt can bring the engine to its death.

How to Inspect and Replace Vehicle Lighting

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Although vehicle lighting is paramount to safety, the inspection and/or replacement of the various lights on your car or truck are less involved than you might believe.

How To Maintain Your Car's Fluid Levels

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Just like a human being, your car needs fluids to survive. If they were taken away, your vehicle would quickly find its way to the shoulder and beg for a drink.

How To Tow a Trailer

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Two of the most important things to have when you tow are basic common sense and the ability to adjust your driving. In other words, when towing, everything you do while driving needs to be done at about half the speed when compared to driving without a trailer. When you turn, go much slower. When you accelerate, do it much easier. When you brake, allow yourself a great deal more space to stop. And when you change lanes, allow room for your vehicle and the trailer.

How To Check Your Car's Tire Pressure and Inflate Tires

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Steps for Changing a Flat Tire

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10 Steps to Selling Your Car

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How to list, price, negotiate and close the deal on your car.

Fix a Snapped Timing Belt

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Your engine's timing belt is the most important maintenance item in your car. What happens when this component gives up the ghost, and how hard is it to fix by yourself?

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Car Battery Maintenance

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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.