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Does Brake Fluid Need to Be Changed?

Brakes | December 13, 2013 | By Rick Popely

Changing brake fluid can be a slippery subject. Some manufacturers include it in their mai... Read more

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How to Restore Your Vehicle's Headlights

Electrical & Lighting | December 3, 2013 | By Robby DeGraff

Cars get old and if you're part of the vast majority of Americans who own a set of wheels ...Read more

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How to Store Your Car for Winter

Car Maintenance 101 | October 30, 2013 | By Robby DeGraff

From washing and waxing to detailing the interior, people baby their cars in all sorts of ...Read more

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Expensive Oil Changes Are Here to Stay

Oil Fluids & Filters | August 6, 2013 | By Joe Bruzek

Compact car shoppers may not be too happy when their budget-friendly car requires a $40 — ...Read more

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How Often Should You Change the Engine Air Filter?

Oil Fluids & Filters | July 29, 2013 | By Rick Popely

Vehicle maintenance schedules vary on how often the air filter should be changed. On most ...Read more

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Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

Oil Fluids & Filters | July 2, 2013 | By Matt Schmitz

By Rick Popely for Cars.com Yes, though how often this service should be performed varies ...Read more

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When Do You Need a Wheel Alignment?

Wheels Steering & Suspension | June 25, 2013 | By Rick Popely

If your car drifts to one side and you have to turn the steering wheel away from the cente...Read more

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Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

Engine & Tune-up | June 7, 2013 | By Rick Popely

All vehicles have an accessory belt that drives features such as the alternator and air-co...Read more

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Do You Need To Change Your Car's Power-Steering Fluid?

Oil Fluids & Filters | June 5, 2013 | By Rick Popely

Replacing power-steering fluid generally is not listed among the regular maintenance items...Read more

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How To Properly Check and Fill Tires

Wheels Steering & Suspension | June 4, 2013 | By Robby DeGraff

While it may seem like a mundane task, inflating tires is much more crucial to your car th...Read more

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What's Included in a Tuneup?

Engine & Tune-up | May 22, 2013 | By Rick Popely

Actually, there is no such thing as a tuneup in the traditional sense of replacing parts t...Read more

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How Long Do Tires Last?

Wheels Steering & Suspension | May 15, 2013 | By Rick Popely

We would expect at least 50,000 miles from the tires that come with any new vehicle, but t...Read more

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Does Engine Coolant Go Bad?

Engine & Tune-up | May 9, 2013 | By Rick Popely

Yes, engine coolant does deteriorate over time, but unless something unusual occurs, you p...Read more

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How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Wheels Steering & Suspension | May 6, 2013 | By Rick Popely

A good time to rotate your tires is when you get the oil changed, assuming you do that at ...Read more

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What's a Cabin Air Filter and When Should You Replace It?

Oil Fluids & Filters | May 2, 2013 | By Rick Popely

The cabin air filter, a feature found on most late-model vehicles, cleans the air that com...Read more

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How to Remove A Sticker From Your Car

Car Maintenance 101 | April 29, 2013 | By Robby DeGraff

Stickers on cars can symbolize just about anything under the sun. They can show support fo...Read more

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When Do You Need to Replace Your Brakes?

Brakes | April 15, 2013 | By Rick Popely

Just as your gas mileage will vary depending on where and how you drive, so it goes with t...Read more

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Do You Really Need to Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles?

Oil Fluids & Filters | April 10, 2013 | By Rick Popely

No, you don't, according to every auto manufacturer we've talked to. The main advocates of...Read more

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What Does the Check-Engine Light Mean?

Engine & Tune-up | April 2, 2013 | By Rick Popely

That is a signal that the onboard diagnostics system (or OBD II) has detected a malfunctio...Read more

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How Do You Know When to Replace Your Shocks?

Wheels Steering & Suspension | March 12, 2013 | By Rick Popely

What we call shock absorbers are really "dampers." The springs in a vehicle's suspension a...Read more

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How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

Electrical & Lighting | March 8, 2013 | By Rick Popely

Though battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine ...Read more

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How to: Get Rid of Tree Sap on Your Car

Car Maintenance 101 | November 20, 2012 | By Robby DeGraff

I like to keep my car clean, all the time, and nothing is more frustrating than finding dr...Read more

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