Car Maintenance

Car Maintenance

Auto Recall Scams!

You get a postcard warning you that your vehicle has been recalled. Is it for real?

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Old Car? How to Decide

There’s nothing like a car that’s already paid for. But is it worth putting in more money for an expensive repair? Here’s how to decide.

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5 Car Noises You Should Never Ignore

When your car starts making unexpected sounds, it can be annoying...confusing...or even frightening. Here’s what to do.

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Car Maintenance You Don’t Need—Including Most Every Kind of “Flush”

Even the smartest people sometimes feel foolish when speaking with car mechanics. We often say yes to maintenance services because…

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How to Make Your Car Last 300,000 Miles

It used to be that drivers were lucky to get 100,000 miles out of their vehicles. But now it’s not…

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Car Problems to Fix Immediately…and Those That Can Wait

Your car can develop small or large problems at any time, but you might not have room in your budget…

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Never Overpay for Car Repairs Again

Here are 8 secrets about car repair costs from a former service advisor who knows all the angles.

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Automakers Are Installing Faulty Air Bags in New Cars

Four automakers—Toyota, ­Volkswagen (including VW brand Audi), Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi—continue to install air bags that they know are defective…

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The Hybrid-Battery Lie

Hybrid car batteries have proved to be long-­lasting, but they don’t last forever. And when hybrid batteries fail, car owners…

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Get Bird Poop and Tree Sap Off Your Car

Trees and wildlife can wreak havoc on your car. Here’s what to do… Don’t let sticky sap cake on—clean it…

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No More Hot Car Seats

Ouch! Car seats are heat magnets! If you’re parking at the beach…or anyplace where the car will sit in the…

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Quick Squeaky-Door Fix

Do you have a door that loves to complain when you open or close it, and there’s no WD-40 in…

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Fix for Frozen Car Locks

We don't mean to imply that you're full of hot air, but this trick will help open your car if…

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Keep Your Car Doors from Freezing Shut

If you aren't blessed with a garage, like some lucky so-and-sos, and wet, cold weather is in the forecast, you…

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How to Learn About Car Dangers Before a Recall

An automobile recall notice often is not the best way to find out that there is a problem with your…