If you’d like to learn to fix cars, you probably don’t want to start out by rebuilding an engine or replacing a clutch in a transmission, much like you wouldn’t start elementary school math learning Laplace Transforms. Better to start off with something a little less intimidating.
In my line of work, I’m constantly told two things by the general public: All cars are nothing but money pits, and My uncle has a ‘65 Mustang that’ll be worth 200 grand in three years, but I’ll sell it to you for $6500. Both statements are obviously bullshit, but not because cars in general are bad investments—far…
When it comes to car repair and modification, there’s just nothing better than grabbing some tools and making a weekend of it. However, there are certain parts of the country that are more accommodating to the shadetree mechanic than others.
Mechanics charge you more for parts than what you can buy those parts for online. People ask me about it from time to time. Is this a ripoff? No, it’s not.
The story of my once-abandoned 1966 Ford Mustang is complicated. It involves a dead professor, a lawyer, Matt Hardigree and my brother.
My unreliable vehicles have turned my garage into a veritable prison from which I simply cannot escape.
Recently, I was driving in my Beetle and noticed two things: it was running a bit rougher than it should and it was dumping a little more gas on the ground than I’m generally comfortable with. Personally, I like to keep the level of gasoline drooling out of my car to somewhere between none and…
You bought a brand new car. It has a problem: let’s say it “consumes” oil between oil changes. And the dealer simply refuses to work on the car, saying the condition is normal. Is there anything you can do? Yes.
The daylight savings time change is either horrible and garbage (the one in spring where we lose an hour) or awesome and wonderful (the one last night where we get an extra hour of Halloween partying.) If you didn’t do that, you have a whole extra hour on Sunday to do whatever you want with your car!
One story I hear from time to time is that the dealership refuses to repair something under warranty. Their excuse? They say the consumer abused the vehicle and caused the problem. Luckily, the story doesn’t have to end there.
Clank, clack, whoosh — here’s a guide to 10 ominous, common sounds coming from your car and what causes them.
I have written previously about what to do if your car is damaged while in for service. The Garagekeeper Liability Act is the law in Michigan which shifts the burden onto the shop for damage that happens to your car while it is in their possession, and many states have similar statutes. But what about stuff stolen…
Don’t be afraid of junkyards. They’re loads of fun, filled with cheap parts, and offer some of the greatest wrenchin’ you can find in this great nation of ours. Come check out an awesome junkyard with us and we’ll show you the ropes.
It was supposed to be an easy fix.
What are you doing reading this website! There’s car repair you should be doing!
I guess I understand why they did it. Forbid us from finishing the rally, I mean. Our axle had fallen out, after all.
Let’s say you get into a little fender bender in your new Kia. Why not just get some bondo and patch things up yourself? How hard could it be?
The other weekend I met a guy who turned a ‘90s BMW from a junkyard special parts car with a bullet hole in it into a somewhat successful track/drift car in 36 hours. What’s the craziest car build story from your life?
Porsche 911 owners are known for their love of two things: the joy of a true rear-engine car, and the popular newspaper puzzle known as Jumble™. Go ahead, ask any Porsche owner. That’s why this Dubai 911-owner must have been so delighted when he got his car back from some bumper repair with a Jumble™-tastic badge.
The suspension has been addressed. That intake manifold is sealed up real nice. Now it’s time to begin the process of fixing the passenger-side floor... or what’s left of it at least. On this installment of the Hooniverse Garage, Tim rips out the inside of his 1969 Jeep Wagoneer to get at the rusty bits of floor…