Maintenance 101

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

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 02:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016


CARS.COM — Though battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine says heat is a bigger enemy of car batteries and will take a bigger toll on performance and reserve capacity. The magazine recommends that vehicle owners… Read More

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

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 02:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Though battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine says heat is a bigger enemy of car batteries and will take a bigger toll on performance and reserve capacity. The magazine recommends that vehicle owners… Read More

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

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 00:30:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — The cabin air filter, a feature found on most late-model vehicles, cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. It catches dust, pollen and other airborne material that can make riding… Read More

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

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 00:30:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — No, you don't, according to every auto manufacturer we've talked to. The main advocates of the 3,000-mile oil change schedule are those who would profit by it: repair facilities, quick-lube chains and service departments at some new-car dealers.… Read More

How to Remove a Sticker From Your Car

By Robby DeGraff on Sat Oct 01 00:30:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Stickers on cars can symbolize just about anything under the sun. They can show support for a certain political candidate, identify you as a proud parent of an honor student or the fact that you just love that… Read More

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

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 00:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Replacing power-steering fluid generally is not listed among the regular maintenance items that should be performed, so on most vehicles replacing it is at the owner's discretion. Related: More Service Advice When you take your car in for… Read More

Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 00:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — All vehicles have an accessory belt that drives features such as the alternator and air-conditioning compressor, and perhaps the power steering and water pump. This belt is usually mounted externally so you can see it on the front… Read More

Video: Tire Pressure 101

By Matt Schmitz on Thu Sep 15 05:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — They are where the rubber meets the road. I'm talking about ... your tires. They're the one thing — OK, the four things — standing between you and the pavement. And yet proper tire inflation is among the… Read More

What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

By Rick Popely on Wed Aug 17 05:00:21 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — If your vehicle is giving off an unusual or sickening odor instead of that new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells can lead to expensive repairs or health hazards and shouldn't… Read More

Do I Need to Replace More Than One Tire at a Time?

By Rick Popely on Wed Aug 03 05:00:53 GMT-06:00 2016

You can safely replace only one tire if the others still have most of their tread. Unlike the old days, when a pair of "snow tires" would be mounted to the drive wheels only for winter use, today we recognize… Read More

Why Is It Hard to Shift My Automatic Transmission Out of Park?

By Rick Popely on Tue Jul 26 05:00:38 GMT-06:00 2016

Your shift interlock feature, which requires you to step on the brake pedal to prevent unintentionally shifting out of Park, could be malfunctioning. Alternatively, the shift cable or linkage connected to the shift lever could be gummed up with grease… Read More