You're driving home from work one day when the car owner's worst nightmare happens: the check engine light pops on. It comes without warning and with no explanation. For most drivers, this means a trip to the mechanic, but it's not difficult to diagnose (and sometimes fix) yourself.
Recently, keyless starting has become a popular option on many new cars. So why should you be denied the sublime joy of starting a car without a key just because you happen to drive a two-decade-old piece of crap? You shouldn't, that's why. So I'm here to help, as long as you're willing to accept that keyless starting…
Our pals over at Make posted this article about Will O'Brien, and how he took an old iPhone, an Arduino, and a handful of electronic crap and made a remote starter for his Subaru Outback that lets him start his car with a text message. The link to his site gives a full schematic of how it was done, and he's made the…
You know about Google Books, right? It's an ambitious project by Google to, essentially, scan and make publicly available every known book. I'm guessing the end goal is to put them all onto a chip implanted in Larry Page's brain so he can always beat anyone in an argument, forever. It's a grand, noble idea, and it's…
Car repairs can drain your pocketbook fast, but you can do a wide range of repairs yourself, regardless of your technical skill. We're not just talking oil changes; provided you can hold a wrench, you can fix everything ranging from fuel filters to alternators. We'll detail the tools necessary for your DIY toolkit,…
If your car is starting to show its age, one way to breathe a little cosmetic life into a new vehicle is to give it a new paint job. At the same time, a good paint job can cost thousands of dollars. Over at Instructables however, a full-vehicle paint job only has to set you back about $75.
The standard way to transport a cylinder of cooking gas in the second or third worlds is to balance it on the top tube of a bicycle frame while pedaling. There is now a better way, courtesy of an unknown Hungarian inventor, who has created a bicycle trailer for the job in his unknown shed. The trailer is on sale for…
Charles Guan, recent MIT grad, is certainly a certifiable tinkerer. Where I see a skateboard and a snowblower engine he sees a portable off-road skateboard. Completely DIY, it got noticed at the World Maker Faire New York on Saturday.
Living in Los Angeles as a car guy typically means either being wealthy enough to afford a garage (i.e. Jay Leno) or flexible enough to wrench in an AutoZone parking lot. Alas, Jack Olsen's managed to find an incredible compromise.
Two weeks ago, Mexican army forces captured a tank built by a drug cartel capable of hauling 12 gunmen and reaching 68 mph. Now authorities have taken another off the street — one that shows how every iteration gets tougher.
As automakers stuff more electronics into vehicles, they're also created opportunities for do-it-yourself programmers to swap factory controls for more impressive devices. That's what Ed Zarick has done with the homebuilt setup he calls the Jeeputer.
As hard as it is to believe, what you're looking at is a before and after. Because inside every cheap plastic lighter, there's a kickass mini motorcycle yearning for the open road. Here's how to set yours free.
On Driven Daily, Jesse O'Brien writes about efficiently using your time behind the wheel, including his own BMW with 200,000 miles. Here's his recommendations for the top ten performance and safety upgrades for the serious driver's daily driver.
Splitting logs is best accomplished with a dedicated hydraulic device. But there are times when you’ve got to make do with a Ben Hur-style axle spike and a pickup truck. Click for the bloodcurdling video!
West Point grad Roy Ragsdale used eight cheap web-cams, a cheap GPS unit and his taxpayer-funded education to whip up the PhotoTrail, a home-brew camera that takes panoramas of his surroundings. Better yet, he tells how we can too.
Check it out: ChargerForums member Black Bullet (likely an alias) wanted that cool LED halo look on his fogs without going the OEM route. About $150 later: Not bad! Mr. Bullet shares his expertise, as well as pictures, below.