Southwest Airlines Will Fly 128 Boeing 737s That Are Past Inspection

Southwest Airlines voluntarily grounded 128 Boeing 737-700 aircraft yesterday after they discovered the airplanes somehow managed to miss a required inspection for the backup hydraulic system for the rudder. The FAA has allowed the airline to continue to fly the aircraft for up to five days while they are checked. » 2/25/15 2:10pm 2/25/15 2:10pm

How To Polish and Restore Your Hazy Headlights The Right Way

Winter's fast approaching, and with the snowy season dead ahead, it's important that your headlights are as clean and clear as possible to make sure your front bumper doesn't become someone's rear bumper. Here's how to polish and restore hazy headlights the right way. » 11/28/14 3:41pm 11/28/14 3:41pm

Watch An Airbus A380 Go Through Its Incredible 55-Day Maintenance Check

A heavy maintenance check on the world's largest passenger plane is no small task. Emirates recently completed a "3C - check" for its first A380, which took 55 days and two teams of people to complete. The airline made a great video of the process, so let's give it a look. » 11/19/14 3:13pm 11/19/14 3:13pm

Here's What Happens When Your Timing Belt Snaps And How To Fix It

Your engine's timing belt is the most important maintenance item in your car. What happens when this component gives up the ghost, and how hard is it to fix by yourself? » 10/08/14 4:18pm 10/08/14 4:18pm

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… » 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

Things to do before hitting the road for the holiday

If your travel plans for Thanksgiving involve sitting behind the wheel for a few hours until you get to your destination, there are still a few things you should do before you leave to make sure that you get to your destination quickly and safely. » 11/22/11 11:15am 11/22/11 11:15am

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Ten Things Every Dad Should Teach His Kid About Cars

On this Father's Day Weekend, we'd like to celebrate the things fathers should teach their kids about cars — even the stuff they don't want to know. Thanks, Dad, and yes, we did flush the coolant. » 6/18/10 3:00pm 6/18/10 3:00pm

Why The Dipstick Is Dying

Technology, along with laziness and market research, is killing the oil dipstick. Is this important? Should you care? Will we miss it when it's gone? Yes, yes, and an emphatic yes. Here's why. » 4/26/10 11:00am 4/26/10 11:00am

How To Change Your Oil (the French Maid TV Way)

What better way to reintroduce the modern motorist to the joys of vehicular self-maintenance than with well-endowed women with fake French accents showing how to change the oil on a Citroën SM? NSFW » 11/03/09 12:30pm 11/03/09 12:30pm

Routine 18,000 Mile Nissan GT-R Service Price Tag: $2,000!

Edmunds Inside Line recently took their long-term Nissan GT-R in for routine 18,000-mile maintenance. Total price tag? An astonishing $2,009.67! Talk about yer high cost of ownership, eh? » 3/30/09 8:00pm 3/30/09 8:00pm

Woman Finds Thousands Of Walnuts Stashed In Engine Bay By Chipmunk

After her turn signal and windshield wipers stopped working, Hope Wideup popped the hood of her car. Under the hood, she found chipmunks had stuffed her engine bay to the brim with walnuts. » 12/11/08 3:30pm 12/11/08 3:30pm

A Very Jalopnik PSA: Torque Your Lugs

Many times the only sign that you've neglected the proper maintenance of your vehicle » 11/20/08 4:00pm 11/20/08 4:00pm is something important falling off, . Jalopnik commenter started off to work one morning only to have his wheel exit stage left shortly after takeoff and quickly make friends with a nearby bush. Thankfully, the only damage is a bent…

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

VW Adding Free Maintenance in 2009

Volkswagen is really going all-out to buoy its flagging U.S. sales. Starting with its entire 2009 lineup, the company will add a Carefree Maintenance Program at no charge that will pay for all scheduled maintenance for the life of the new-car warranty: three years or 36,000 miles. » 4/24/08 8:20am 4/24/08 8:20am

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