How to check your car’s transmission fluid
Most drivers know that they need to check their car’s engine oil and top it off as needed on a regular basis, but most drivers also forget about their transmission fluid. Just like an engine, a manual or automatic transmission relies on oil to stay lubricated, and running it dry
How to check your engine oil and fill if it’s low
Checking your engine oil level is a quick, easy task that’s a crucial part of car maintenance. Keeping the right amount of oil in your engine will increase its longevity regardless of age, cylinder count or horsepower. To do it, all you need is a clean rag and a couple
Tire sizes and ratings: What do letters and numbers mean?
Your tires can’t talk, but they have a lot to say. Not all tires are created equal, and most of the details that make the difference between a Bridgestone Blizzak and a Pirelli P Zero are summarized on the sidewall. Here’s what the letters and numbers on your tires mean.
Symptoms of a bad or failing thermostat
The thermostat is a crucial part of your car’s cooling system because it plays a significant role in regulating the engine’s temperature. It controls the flow of coolant between the engine and the radiator. If the engine is cold, the thermostat stays closed to let it warm up. As the
How to change your car’s spark plugs
Spark plugs are a vital part of a gasoline-powered car’s engine. Without them the engine won’t start, and if they’re in rough shape the engine will run poorly. Nearly all gasoline-powered cars are fitted with spark plugs, regardless of whether you drive a new Porsche 911 or a 1990s Toyota
Consumer Reports lists the cars most likely to blow a head gasket (or two)
Cars that suffer from chronic head gasket problems are astonishingly expensive to keep running. Consumer Reports has put together a list of the worst offenders by analyzing data from its Annual Autos Survey. There are four Subaru models on the list, several luxury cars, and, surprisingly, everyone’s favorite Mazda roadster.