Last week, I asked you to tell me some of the coolest tips and tricks you’ve learned over your years of wrenching. Hundreds of readers contributed tons of great “wrenching hacks,” but here are some of my favorites.
While there’s a lot you can learn by reading automotive repair manuals, little “wrenching hacks” can make fixing cars a million times easier. What are the best tips and tricks you’ve got up your sleeve?
Not all car enthusiasts are born equal. Some grew up in a family of race car drivers, and some saved up for years to buy their first jalopy against their strict parents’ wishes. Whatever the case may be, we all arrived here somehow. My question for you is, what made you fall in love with the automobile?
Last week, I asked Jalopnik’s wrenchers to tell us about their worst, most embarrassing wrenching misdiagnoses. Here are the most pathetic cases of “Oh crap, that wasn’t actually the problem?”
The cars that car enthusiasts want and the cars that car companies have to build to remain in business seem to grow increasingly distant from each other, and that leads to a problem.
I always knew that it can be tough to get your car fixed by a reputable mechanic without any problems. I hadn’t realized it could get “bring a gun with you” bad.
One of the biggest nightmares in wrenching on cars is misdiagnosing faults. You spend hours and hours on what you are sure must be the problem, only to realize that you wasted an entire afternoon.
Where else would 13-year-olds pretend to be billionaire Ferrari owners if it weren’t for Internet Forums?
Harley has been building functionally the same basic bike for, what is it, 300 years now? Little has forced them to change its styling or design over time. What if car companies could do the same thing?
There are plenty of honest car mechanics, salespeople, and parts distributors out there. And then there are those who leave us screwed.
Is the Porsche 928 a car that only existed in the past?
Sometimes owning an imported car works out great, and sometimes it ends with the FBI knocking on your door.
Today we have all kinds of exciting new forms of transportation to choose from! We have self-driving cars, we have hybrid sports cars, and we have whatever the hell the BMW X6 is. But as new forms of automobiles have arrived, others have departed.
Get ready to pour a can on NOS into your gas tank for extra speed, because here’s some of the most embarrassing braggadocio you’ve ever heard about cars, and even worse untruths you’ve told to others.
We’ve been taught that if you want to have fun in a car, you need some kind of exotic sports car with rear-wheel drive, a huge engine, and an expensively long name. I’m not convinced that’s true.
No, I’ve never driven a BMW 2002 Turbo. It’s still on a the bucket list. I have driven a few BMW 2002s ranging from “eternal project car” to “absolute deathtrap,” but all were magical in their own way. As the automaker celebrates 100 years in business, what’s your story with one of BMW’s cars?
Today’s bullshit 25 Year Rule stems from a huge glut of German cars getting brought into America as grey imports with notoriously questionable modifications to meet US safety standards.
Life is too short to drive boring cars. But when you drive a car that’s rare, old, bizarre, poorly designed or just downright atypical, your trips may not always go smoothly.
I swear to god if I hear one more person explain how they drove their car faster by double clutching I will tear my ears off.