If you’re anything like the countless youths and youths-at-heart learning about how to make their cars accelerate faster, stop quicker, and corner harder, you may have come across some mods that don’t quite live up to the hype—because they don’t actually do anything. Here are five of the worst offenders. »
Once the damage is done, you shouldn’t try to force it turn over, that’s for sure. Instead, here’s Hot Rod Garage showing you how to find out what went wrong under those valve covers. »
For years, big plastic engine covers and the owners’ manual have teamed up and conspired against us, the enthusiasts, to prevent owners from actually taking a peek under their own hoods. But now Hyundai has blasted through that evil notion with the first mainstream augmented reality virtual owners manual. »
Unless you went dumpster-diving outside SEMA or your uncle is Stacey David, you probably don’t have unlimited resources to throw at car modification. Thankfully, you friendly neighborhood Tavarish is here to help you frugal modders make your cars into something truly deserving of a voided warranty. »
Firearms tinkerer and car nut Alex fascinated the internet with his do-it-yourself steampunk gatling gun and now he has upped the ante significantly to what he says is his own homemade railgun. The contraption looks like a weapon right out of the movie District 9 and appears to work incredibly well in the test videos… »
Only a couple centuries ago, if somebody claimed they could hold lightning in their hand to fuse steel, they would stand a pretty good chance of being burned at the stake for witchcraft. Luckily, things have changed. »
This life-sized Hot Wheels looking thing is the Hainan Xiaohuohua. It may not be as fast as it looks, but some dude and his dad knocked this thing out with about a year of work and $5,000 of parts. And hey, it drives! »
An extensive job like a clutch replacement on a Porsche 944 requires research, patience, money, skill and hope. We had next to none of these. »
Clank, clack, whoosh — here’s a guide to 10 ominous, common sounds coming from your car and what causes them.
I’m usually bad at fixing things, but that’s only because I don’t have the proper tools on hand. I don’t usually just carry around a wrench, a hammer, or anything resembling a lift. But it turns out you don’t need those things. All you need is some hot water, and your own beautiful fists. »
I have a cluttered bedroom. To me, it’s a place where I lay down to check if there’s a new episode of Roadkill on my laptop and not much else. But my cars - they have to be damn near spotless. To help with that, here’s how to clean one of the most forgotten places on a car’s body without screwing it up.
For many enthusiasts, ease-of-wrench is one of the most important factors when buying a new or newer-ish car. Which modern cars are the easiest to work on? We have the answers, thanks to our readers. »
Dash cams are a cool, easy way to record everything you see out your windshield, but they vary wildly in price and quality. If you want to really customize your own, you can make one with a Raspberry Pi. »
A fender bender is what happens when the two cars unsuccessfully fight the laws of physics and try to occupy the same space. Here’s how it happened to me and how I fixed it without the use of a body shop. »
Often to save a couple dollars, driveway mechanics and DIY-ers attempt to tackle a relatively small project or mod on their own. Sometimes they bite off more than they can chew. These are the 10 worst automotive repairs you, our Jalopnik readers, have attempted.
My Honda Logo, which is a so-called “Super Mini,” is small. Really small. Despite the car having four doors, it’s honestly a struggle to fit four full sized adults in the GA3. I’ve done it twice, and nobody enjoyed the experience. I almost always had the seats down. So, I decided to double my hatch space and reduce my… »
LED headlights throw extremely intense light with very little draw on your car’s electrical system. Now that they’re trickling down to the aftermarket, you can buy a simple plug-in “LED retrofit kit” that straight swaps your halogen bulbs. We installed a set to see if that’s actually a good idea. »
Man can’t fly but with the help of 54 drone propellers and an umbrella to protect the ol’ noggin, man can kind of fly. This mad genius made what he calls, The Swarm, which is essentially a lawn chair strapped to some metal bars and 54 counter-rotation propellers and six grouped control channels with Hobbyking… »
You don’t have to be an audiophile to appreciate this DIY audio jack key holder, but it certainly helps. Mounted on your wall, you’ll always have a place to plug in your keys when you get home—and you’ll know where to find it. It’s easy to build, too. »
A compass is a handy addition for your car so you’ll always know which direction you’re facing without having to rely on GPS. A lot of cars come with a compass built in, but if yours doesn’t, Instructables user DaAwesomeP shows you how to make your own. »