Car Tips and Videos

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Vehicle Maintenance Infographic

Why is National Car Care Month important? This car infographic displays what free car care inspections around the country found last year. Do you know how healthy your car is?     Want to learn more about taking care of your car? Participate in National Car Care Month: Find a free event or clinic in READ MORE »

Time to Change Your Vehicle’s Cabin Air Filter

Before winter sets in is a good time to check your cabin air filter, after it’s been working hard all spring, summer and fall. Cabin air filters clean the incoming air and remove allergens, and according to the Car Care Council, should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, or per the owner’s manual. The READ MORE »

Car Care Clips – Episode: 8 Before You Leave the Shop Checklist

Episode 8  (final) in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. Car Care Clips are released every other Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT.   Episode 7 available HERE.

Car Care Clips – Episode: 7 Preventive Maintenance is the Key

Episode 7 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. Car Care Clips are released every other Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT.   Episode 6 available HERE.

Car Care Clips – Episode: 6 Buying the Right Part

Episode 6 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. Car Care Clips are released every other Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT. Episode 5 available HERE.

Car Care Clips – Episode: 5 Why Pay for Diagnostics

Episode 5 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. Car Care Clips are released every other Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT.   Episode 4 available HERE.

Car Care Clips – Episode: 4 How to Communicate & Ask Questions

Episode 4 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. Car Care Clips are released every other Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT.   Episode 3 available HERE.

Car Care Clips – Episode 3: What to Expect at the Repair Shop

Episode 3 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. Car Care Clips are released every other Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT. Episode 2 available HERE.

Car Care Clips – Episode 2: Do I have to Return to the Dealership?

Episode 2 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. Car Care Clips are released every other Tuesday.   Episode 1 available HERE.

Car Care Clips – Episode 1: Finding the Right Repair Shop

Episode 1 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. Car Care Clips are released every other Tuesday.

Recharging Your Car’s Air-Conditioning System

Video provided by IDQ Operating, Inc.

How To Change Your Headlights And Taillights

DriverSide shows you how to change your car’s headlights and taillights

How To Check Your Car’s Drive Belts

DriverSide shows you how to check your car’s drive belts to see if it’s time to replace them

How to Use a Car Jack

Being stranded on the side of the road might not be the best time to learn where your car jack is located and how to use it. Our mechanic shows you the basic steps for getting your vehicle raised up.

How To Change Your Cabin Air Filter

DriverSide shows you how to check and change your cabin air filter.

How To Change Your Engine Air Filter

DriverSide shows you how to check and change your engine’s air filter.

How To Check Your Car Fuses

Our resident mechanic shows you where a vehicle fuse box is located and how to properly change fried fuses.

How and When to Check Your Brakes

DriverSide’s resident mechanic shows you what to look for when replacing your brakes.

How to Perform Basic Tire Maintenance

DriverSide’s resident mechanic shows you how to check the tread on your tires, check your tire pressure and change or rotate your car tires.

How To Change Your Oil

Our resident mechanic shows you how to change your oil.

Top 10 Factors Contributing To Fuel Economy

Discover the top 10 factors contributing to fuel economy from DriverSide. Even though gas prices have eased compared to the outrageous numbers we saw just a few short months ago, fuel economy is still on the minds of vehicle owners everywhere. We’ve already shown you a few simple steps to save gas and how to READ MORE »

Do-It-Yourself Wheel Repair

Scratched your wheels? We know exactly how annoying that can be. There are many tips on sprucing up your car’s paint or preventing theinterior from looking worn in the first place, but the wheels need attention too – especially since they usually take the brunt of urban driving; parallel parking and curbside drop-offs are a rim’s worst nightmare. If your READ MORE »

Indexing Spark Plugs

Carmakers continually look for more ways to increase efficiency, improve airflow and boost performance. Unfortunately, increased power usually comes at ever increasing costs, and with the days of screw-tuned carburetors long behind us, it has become harder to find a cheap power producer. Enter spark plug indexing. This simple technique has been in use throughout READ MORE »

Battery Care

Your car’s radio and headlights, plus a slew of other important functions, are powered by an electrical current generated by your vehicle’s engine. A vital part of generating electricity is having a place to store it while it’s not being used, which is where a car battery comes into play. The battery holds electrical energy READ MORE »

Replacing Shock Absorbers

Tires may be the only part of a vehicle that physically meets the road, but your shock absorbers are next in line. Working with the suspension springs, they absorb shocks from bumps and cracks in the road, while simultaneously controlling bounce and body roll. Depending on what vehicle you drive and your driving habits, shocks READ MORE »

Spark Plug Wire Replacement

Spark plug wires are common tune-up items, and on most vehicles the replacement process is actually relatively easy, so long as you order the correct parts from the distributor. Spark plug wires are the most common failure in ignition systems, as they carry the spark for the greatest distance and are subject to all kinds READ MORE »

Flushing Your Radiator

Keep your car’s cooling system running well. After years of constant circulation and heat cycling, the cooling system’s fluids and parts start to break down and clog up. Changing the coolant every couple of years helps to keep things clean and fresh, flowing coolant to your engine to help maximize its lifespan. Occasionally, the cooling READ MORE »

Anti-Lock Braking System Sensor Service

Keep your brakes in tip-top shape by cleaning the ABS sensors. Most modern vehicles are equipped with an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), a system that electronically pulses the brake pads under high braking force in order to avoid lockup, shorten braking distance and maximize vehicle control. This system works by monitoring the speed of each READ MORE »