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Locking your keys inside of your car is frustrating, to say the least, especially if you're in a hurry to get somewhere. You can always call AAA roadside assistance or a locksmith, but you'll probably have to fork over some money, as well as wait for them to get to you. You mi ...more
Dented your parents car, or dinged your neighbors? Watch this how-to video and get cracking before anyone notices the auto body damage. You won't believe how easy it is to fix a dent on your car with a hair dryer and carbon dioxide. Check out this instructional video and learn ...more
Even if you're lucky enough to not be injured in a car accident, it's rare to escape without some sort of damage to your vehicle. It goes without saying that there are some things you shouldn't try to fix yourself, but if it's just a scratch or dent, DIY can be a cheaper way t ...more
If your windshield wipers don't come on when you turn the switch, then try out the solutions in this video! First, check to see if there's a blown fuse. If that's okay, next check the power going to the wiper motor. You have to take the wiper arms off to get to the motor. Watc ...more
Your "check gauges" light comes on inside your vehicle, which prompts you to notice your oil pressure gauge, which is reading pretty low. What do you do to resolve this car problem? In this video, Scotty Kilmer shows you what you can do to shut that low engine oil light off fo ...more
Have you locked yourself out of your car? Well, as long as you have a shoelace, you may be able to get back in. Don't Miss: 15 Ways to Open a Locked House/Car Door Without a Key Don't Miss: 6 Easy DIY Ways to Open Your Car Door Without a Key Video: . Pull your shoelace out of ...more
Air conditioning systems are cold and wet and make great breeding grounds for bacteria and mold. If the AC in your car is making a foul smell, it may well be inundated with bacteria. Watch this video to learn how a simple can of Lysol can fix the problem.
This article will show you how to lift a Chevy Venture van using a floor jack and jack stands. This procedure may work on other vehicle types and models, such as cars and trucks. The key is to use the proper sized heavy duty floor jacks and jack stands to lift your vehicle, a ...more
Most cars made in the last ten or fifteen years can be unlocked with a keyless remote, and once you get used to them, unlocking your car with a traditional key feels like a pain. The most common reason they stop working is just because the battery needs replacing, but when the ...more
Having a dent on your car is like walking around the mall with a huge ketchup stain on your white tee—it's unsightly. You can ignore it, but other people won't and they'll unfairly judge you for it. My ride currently has a dent on the passenger side door and a broken rearview ...more
Error code P0300 is one of the most infamous in auto maintenance, indicating random misfires in the engine. This can mean several different things, and in this video mechanic Scotty Kilmer will teach you how to figure out where the problem is and fix it.
Brake repair bills from a mechanic can be unmanageable, so learn how to do this auto repair yourself by watching this video. Using a 2000-07 Chevy Silverado as the example, this video demonstrates how to remove and replace a truck's rear brakes.
Changing the fuel filter on your car isn't too hard and is great way to save money for the DIY automotive enthusiast. This video will teach you how to replace the fuel filter on a Ford Escape, but these principles apply to most other cars too.
Replace the thermostat on your GM 3100 or 3400 vehicle with this nifty tutorial. The video shows you how to replace a thermostat on a 3.4L GM but it should also help you repair a 3.1L GM as well. Just a heads up - you'll need to replace an o-ring when you install the new therm ...more
A common problem on bumper covers is that the tabs that attach the bumper to the car get broken. This is critical, as this is what secures and aligns the bumper cover. Many times, a broken tab is all that is wrong with the bumper cover. With the cost of these plastic parts $20 ...more
What if you forgot your car keys and that keyless entry remote banded to them, how are you going to get in your car? Well, if you haven't forgotten your cell phone, too, you can call up someone who has access to that keyless remote, so you can unlock your car or truck via the ...more
Paying for someone to get a small dent out of your car can be expensive, especially when you realize that you can just do it yourself. If you've got a bathroom—and you probably do—then it's a surefire bet that you've also got a plunger. Still on board? Well, you can use that ...more
If your engine is leaking oil from under the pulley in the front of the engine, you probably need to replace the oil pump seal. In this video Emmy Award-winning mechanic Scotty Kilmer will teach you how to do just that at home.
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A blown head gasket is a very serious problem, in fact, if you have one, your car probably isn't running. But, just because your car isn't running, doesn't mean you've blown the head gasket. In this video series, you'll learn how to find, check, and replace or repair a leaking ...more
Don't let an overpriced mechanic take control of your Chevy Tahoe repairs, learn to fix your car yourself. Learn from an ASE certified Master Automobile Technician with over 14 years of experience. He'll teach you how to replace the electric fuel pump in a Chevy Tahoe. This st ...more
When replacing your brake pads on your Ford Explorer, you first need to jack up the vehicle and remove the tire. This will give you access to the brakes. Locate the caliper, remove the two bolts and slide the caliper off. Inside the calipers are the brake pads. Pry out the out ...more
Replacing the rear wheel bearings on a car is a great place to start for at-home mechanics, as you don't need to fully lift the car or work with any really complicated parts. This video will teach you everything you need to know to change out the rear wheel bearings on any Toy ...more
This video series is all about removing and replacing steel brake lines, and includes tips and techniques for doing so. The example vehicle is a Ford Explorer. Learn what tools you need, how to remove brake lines, how to mount brake hoses, the differences in brake line fitting ...more
Power steering is one of the nicest and least-appreciated amenities of the modern car, and if yours stops working you'll know it fast. In this video you'll learn how to check if your power steering hose is leaking and how to replace it if it is.
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For most vehicles, the only way to replace the fuel pump is by dropping the tank, which could take a long time. But on most flatbed pickup trucks, there's a simpler way to access the troublesome fuel pump. Simply unbolt the bed and lift that sucker up! See the trick to avoidin ...more
If your car's fan only works on one speed you may need to replace the blower motor resistor. The blower motor resistor regulates the air conditioning and heating system fan controls. Keep your car in top shape by doing this simple repair yourself.
Just because your car shows an error code doesn't mean you should pull any parts. This video will show you how to confirm error code P 0340 on a Nissan (Bad Cam Sensor) by using a lab scope to check the cam sensor.
In this video, we learn how to replace a serpentine belt on a Chevrolet Aveo. Start off by turning the passengers side wheel to the right and raising your car so you can get underneath it. Now, remove the nuts and bolts that are underneath the belt so you can get to it. When y ...more
This guide to replacing the timing belt and water pump on a Ford Escort is for a 95 Escort, but it will likely help with several different types of vehicles. Watch as both the timing belt and the water pump are removed carefully from the car and then replaced with new parts.
If, for some reason, you need to remove one of the door panels from your '07 or later-model Chevy Avalance, this video shows you everything you need to know to be able to do that! This tutorial will also work for any similarly constructed GM truck.
Richpin demonstrates how to remove the inner tie rod end on an automobile. First, get the car up in the air and support it by jack stands. Remove the wheel assembly. Loosen the outer tie rod end next to the steering knuckle. Loosen the jam nut. Then remove the nut that secures ...more
This video will show you how to repair a worn CV Axle shaft on your 99-2004 Honday Odyssey Video: .
Time for some serious auto repair. This video will show you how to remove the wheel bearing hub for the rear wheel of a 1998-2004 Dodge Intrepid, and install a new wheel bearing hub on the rear wheel. You will remove the wheel and brakes to get to the wheel bearing hub.
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In the past, most mechanics ended up having to replace the speedometer head when a vehicle came in with a broken speedometer. Nowadays, there's a possible reset procedure that can be used, and it can be done by most car owners right at home. A common problem for this malfunct ...more
If you've got an oil seal leak in a very inconvenient place, then this video by Scotty Kilmer will show you how a little bottle of re-sealer may be able to fix that leak. The vehicle in this video has a leak in the front main seal of the automatic transmission. The seal is pre ...more
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