How To Cross The Country In Your Daily Driver

I come from a long line of people who travel across the country because they can. From my parents and I driving to visit Mom's side of the family all the way back to "So, I hear Oregon's going to have a bunch of sweet wagon trails and a cheese factory!" we're no strangers to overland trips. My car, however, is. » 9/01/14 5:00pm 9/01/14 5:00pm

Avoid This Car Maintenance At Your Peril

Yes, that is a Dutch LeBaron in the lead image. I have no idea what a LeBaron is doing in the Netherlands. Maybe it’s Jon Voight’s car, but I digress. There are some things you can only fix when they go wrong. Then, there are other things you can fix before they go wrong and/or end up costing you a lot more money. Cue » 11/15/13 1:09pm 11/15/13 1:09pm

The Preventive Maintenance You Need to Do On Your Car (and When)

Regular preventive maintenance is probably the single thing you can do as a car owner to keep your ride happy and save money on repairs in the future. However, not everyone agrees on what preventive maintenance is, what you should do, and when you should do it. Let's clear that up, and give you some tips that'll apply… » 9/26/13 9:21am 9/26/13 9:21am

Should I Repair or Just Replace My Old Car?

Dear Lifehacker,
I love my car, but it's getting on in years. It's paid off, which is great, but even routine maintenance now runs me a few hundred bucks, and the mechanic is always upselling me on additional repairs that are hundreds more dollars. Is it time to just retire my ride and buy a new car, or should I stick… » 4/29/13 1:22pm 4/29/13 1:22pm

Jump Start Your Car Easily...Too Easily

There's nothing more gratifying as a man (well, maybe a few things, but work with us here) than opening up the hood of a vehicle — any vehicle — and fixing something. For example, jump-starting some poor waif's Cavalier in a dark parking lot. But technology is once again threatening to emasculate us all: The process… » 6/09/08 1:40pm 6/09/08 1:40pm

Driveway Grooming Now Fit For Anything With A Hitch

Believe it or not, there are other uses for trailer hitches than hanging testicles... like gravel driveway grooming. One item many forget to mention about having gravel driveways is the maintenance required. The Driveway Groomer is a simple device that can attach to the rear towing hitch on any vehicle, therefore… » 5/20/08 1:00pm 5/20/08 1:00pm

New Prototype Control System Tracks Cars' Internals

First it was computer diagnosis codes, then it was diagnostic computers reading fill-on data streams. Now, RIFD technology is being used in a new a computer-control system that can head-off hardware problems. The system — built into a Fiat Stilo — was developed by engineers at the UK's University of Cambridge.… » 8/23/07 5:15pm 8/23/07 5:15pm