Tag: DIY

113 Posts

Why Do the Pros Tighten Everything So Tight?
Jun 13, 2017

Why Do the Pros Tighten Everything So Tight?

Dear Car Talk

David uses a breaker bar to loosen his oil filter. Is the Hulk working at his oil change shop, or is this normal?

oil oil changes DIY

May 11, 2017

The Toothpaste Cure: Two Paths to Better Headlights

Jim Motavalli

Yes, toothpaste really is useful to clean your headlights, and if that's too weird you can buy a commercial restoration kit. I tried one out, and here's the results.

cleaning DIY headlights

Is This Really How a Car's Fan Works?
Mar 16, 2017

Is This Really How a Car's Fan Works?

Dear Car Talk

The low setting on your fan may actually be a high setting that's met some resistance.

fans DIY Dodge Ram Wagon 2002

Jan 12, 2017

Will Water Harm the Power-Steering System?

Dear Car Talk

Craig goofed and added some water to his power steering system. Flushing it is easy--and might be worth putting on video.

steering DIY Ford Ranger 2008

i can't figure out how to replace fix my parking lights
Dec 22, 2016

David Needs Help with a Common Car Problem

Dear Car Talk

David tried fixing the usual culplrits and he still can't get his Buick's parking lights to work. The solution is easy if he knows where to look.

DIY electrical wiring lights Buick Century 1994

are under engine covers necessary
Nov 24, 2016

Does That Piece of Plastic Serve a Purpose?

Dear Car Talk

Alex removed the plastic panel just behind his front bumper after it started dragging. Does it do something vital, or can he just soldier on without it?

DIY Acura TSX 2005

why does hitting the blower motor on my AC fix it when it's stuck
Oct 06, 2016

This 4Runner's Blower Motor is a Whack Job

Dear Car Talk

Dale's Toyota 4Runner has a blower that sometimes needs a solid whack to get working. Should he replace it, or just smack it a while longer?

blower motors air conditioning DIY Toyota 4Runner 2007

how do i choose good aftermarket parts
Sep 22, 2016

Will Aftermarket Tuneup Parts Save Money or Create Problems?

Dear Car Talk

Can Robert use cheaper aftermarket parts for a tuneup or will his Monte Carlo pay the price?

spark plugs DIY Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2000

Auto parts stores
Aug 11, 2016

In Praise of the Humble Parts Guy

Craig Fitzgerald

The last two weeks working on my project 1979 Chevy Blazer have been a constant flurry of activity, punctuated by approximately 27,391 runs to one of the six parts stores within a five mile radius of my house. It's given me a new appreciation for the qualities of a good parts counterman.

DIY auto parts

How to borrow a trailer
Jul 16, 2016

A Brief History of Utility Trailers

Tim Cotton

How our blogger survived the 70s' era of DIY trailers and kids riding atop the sacks of garbage on the way to the town dump. Plus, etiquette for the modern trailer borrower. 

towing DIY kids etiquette