Ford Focus ST Owner Seriously Does Not Want Any Rock Chips

How to Change a Flat Tire in Canada in Three Easy Steps

Yeah, this is pretty long. I'm pretty sure that I overdid it. Maybe you'll enjoy it, maybe you won't. Whatever. I'm not going to edit it now, but I hope you like it. It's a mostly-true recent experience of mine, and I just had to share it. Most of the blue links are Canuck references for y'all, eh.

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Air, fuel, witchcraft, and power - a.k.a. Your carburetor

Rob Siegel, author of Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic, drops in at R&T to provide a loving look at the mechanical magic that is your ride's carburetor. His piece, Taming the Wild Carburetor, is a great read, supplemented with bonus photos of the carb from Zach Bowman's Scout. » 2/06/14 6:47pm 2/06/14 6:47pm

How To Wash Your Car When You Don't Give A Fuck Anymore

There is only one time when you wash out the inside of your car with a garden hose: when you truly, absolutely do not give a single fuck about your car anymore. » 10/18/13 4:59pm 10/18/13 4:59pm

My Resolution: To Be A Better Car Owner In The New Year

In 2013, I'm not going to promise to eat better, or quit smoking, mainly because I don't smoke. Instead, I'm going to do what I should've done years ago and resolve to become a better car owner. It's time that I pay more attention to my cars and take care of them. » 12/30/12 12:00pm 12/30/12 12:00pm

VW Owner Asks How To Check Blinker Fluid

An insightful VW Vortex forum member wondered about changing their blinker fluid. Many Good-ish Samaritans offered their advice on which brands to buy, breaking in new fluid and blinker balancing. You'll also need a round tuit. (H/T to Rocketcooper!) [VWVortex.com] » 8/13/10 12:00pm 8/13/10 12:00pm

Biggest Douche In Universe Shows Why You Never Load A Car On A U-Haul

U-Haul's are designed for furniture and junk. They're not designed to transport Honda Civics. That didn't stop these brain surgeons from setting up a ramp and trying to make it happen. NSFW language. » 7/22/10 9:30am 7/22/10 9:30am

Subaru Engine Destruction

From the always have a fire extinguisher around department comes this Subaru mill being sacrificed to the oil change gods. We're not sure if this is an educational video showing why not to run an engine with no oil in the crankcase, or was produced solely for entertainment purposes. Either way the Subaru engine… » 10/24/07 4:00pm 10/24/07 4:00pm

Install New Windshield Glass

We've all heard the argument of the do-it-yourselfer. Doing the job on your own can bring a sense of satisfaction and save money. When things don't go right the results may not be so warming or economical. Thirteen beers or three fried alternators into a pile of sheared bolts and bruised knuckles can result in a job… » 9/07/07 1:00pm 9/07/07 1:00pm

Rebuild Your Carburetor

Back in the days of carbureted and plentiful used Plymouth Satellites, B-52's frontman Fred sang of the devil in his car. Beehive sporting singer Kate did Fred one better by wailing that she had the devil in her CAR-buretor! Having Beelzebub in the float bowl and demons clogging the jets is not a good thing at all. A… » 8/31/07 1:30pm 8/31/07 1:30pm

How Often Do You Detail Your Car?

Today's Question comes to us via sabbophile2, and judging by the multiple layers of Las Vegas filth and desert dust covering my poor ride, this one is wholly appropriate. To wit: » 8/17/07 11:45am 8/17/07 11:45am

Sadly, I'm so rough on my cars that I never bother with detailing until I'm ready to sell. Even then, I usually don't bother. However, I do…

Replace Spark Plugs

Along with swapping out the air filter and changing the oil, replacing the spark plugs is one of the few things left that require service on a modern gasoline engine. Some newer than the twenty-year old junk classics in our garage have negated even this task with spark plugs made of space-age materials that can live… » 8/10/07 1:00pm 8/10/07 1:00pm

Weekend Projects Roundup

With the weekend nearly here, it's time to pop open the hood and take a trip down the trail of parts. Those battery terminals and posts that look like a high school science experiment gone wrong need to be cleaned. As long as you're there, find the right dipstick and check the oil. If it looks as if it could be… » 8/03/07 12:30pm 8/03/07 12:30pm

Replace Axle and Oil Seals

The automobile contains a number of fluids that should all stay where they're supposed to be. Oil spots, coolant leaks, mystery drips, and other tell tale signs of fluids leaving their rightful place in the automobile are a sign to take heed of maintenance. Denying the existence of the ever-growing number of oil spots… » 7/27/07 12:15pm 7/27/07 12:15pm

Finding Repair and Service Manuals

In our explorations into parts and parts replacement, we often mention the service manual. While there are certainly a large part of the monkeywrenching public who would throw directions to the wind, instructions can be a good thing when it comes to things like working brakes and wheels not falling off the car.… » 7/13/07 12:30pm 7/13/07 12:30pm

Replace Brake Pads

While there is a difference between brake pads and shoes, the desired result is always the same when the foot goes down on the brake pedal. Brake pads clamp down onto a rotating disc. Brake shoes push out Flintstones-style onto a rotating drum. Inertia gets turned into heat via the miracle of friction. If all goes… » 7/06/07 12:30pm 7/06/07 12:30pm

Bleed the Brakes

The fluid that exists as brake fluid is in reality hydraulic fluid. The helpful property of brake fluid is that it cannot be compressed. This comes in handy when the brake pedal is pushed down. Brake fluid links the parts of the brake system together as one. Brake pedal goes down. Friction is achieved! A hydraulic… » 6/29/07 1:00pm 6/29/07 1:00pm

Compression Pressure Test

Mechanical know how in our case has come largely from two sources. There have been those kind enough to show the way, and there has been the hard way. A long and proud lineup of 500-dollar cars has steered us mostly down the latter route. The way we learned about how and why to run a compression check on an engine… » 6/15/07 12:30pm 6/15/07 12:30pm

Wash and Wax Bonanza

For a long number of years even the idea of washing and waxing our car was unnecessary. Cleanup meant maybe a hosing off, and adding another layer of rattle can primer to key spots. The first paint job worthy of a wash and wax was a defining moment. Washing and waxing the new paint on the old car was suddenly an… » 6/08/07 12:30pm 6/08/07 12:30pm

Rolling Time into a 50-Dollar Paint Job

Back when we used to paint houses, movie sets, and the occasional old Plymouth instead of making it big in automotive journalism, a great deal of time was spent sanding, scraping, and sanding again. Preparation is the larger part of a paint job. Armed with a a roller, a can of rustoleum, and a pile of sandpaper, the… » 6/07/07 1:00pm 6/07/07 1:00pm