Here’s Why The Check Engine Light Is A Horrible, Terrible Thing

It happened on Thursday night. I went out to my car. I climbed inside. I turned the key in the ignition. And … nothing. Well, not quite nothing. A failed start. A check engine light. And an ominous warning message that said: TRANSMISSION FAULT: LIMITED GEARS AVAILABLE. » 11/24/14 2:50pm 11/24/14 2:50pm

Audi's New Mechanics Are Disembodied Heads

Telepresence robots are one of those ideas that look great on paper. Then you see a jittery video feed of Edward Snowden's face rolling onto stage like a decapitated head with a piece of plastic holding it up and… no. But naturally, the Germans have come up with something genuinely useful. » 6/17/14 8:38pm 6/17/14 8:38pm

Car Mechanics Stage Prank Murder On Google Streetview

In quite possibly the best prank to ever hit this new digitized map world, a Scottish mechanic and his buddies staged a fake murder on Google Street View. It took longer than you might think for people to figure out what they'd done. » 6/04/14 9:42am 6/04/14 9:42am

Watch These Dudes Swap A Land Rover Discovery's Frame In 4 Minutes

We're not talking about a scale model here. J. White's Automotive actually spent a whole weekend swapping a rusty frame on a 2004 Land Rover Discovery for a shiny new one, but they were kind enough to speed up the replay so we could relive it in fast motion. » 4/10/14 3:45pm 4/10/14 3:45pm

​This Is What Happens When You Let Your Mechanic Friend Fix Your Car

This guy needed some work done on his old diesel VW, so he took it to his friend's shop. When he came back, he found a little surprise. » 1/09/14 2:30pm 1/09/14 2:30pm

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 4:00am 9/26/13 4:00am

Five Ways to Save Serious Money on Car Repairs

If you drive, there's probably little you hate more than getting your car repaired. It's usually an expensive, time-consuming hassle no one looks forward to. Even so, it doesn't have to be so bad. Here are some solid ways to save as much money as possible on your car repairs, and hopefully make the whole process a… » 9/19/13 4:00am 9/19/13 4:00am

This Insect Grows Its Own Microscopic Gears to Move Absurdly Fast

When you think of the fastest accelerators in the animal kingdom, large, muscular mammals will probably be the first that come to mind. But steady among them is the inconspicuous adolescent issus, who can hit an acceleration of 400 gs in 2 milliseconds flat (humans lose consciousness over 5 gs)—all thanks to what… » 9/12/13 4:20pm 9/12/13 4:20pm

I Will Never Understand You, Mr. Banana Hammock Mechanic

Dear near-naked banana hammock mechanic, I will never understand why you take and angle grinder and, in a shower of sparks over your bare body, remove the back end of this car's exhaust pipe. » 6/17/13 9:40am 6/17/13 9:40am

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 10:00am 4/29/13 10:00am

Florida Man Uses PlayDoh To Fix A Car Because That's What People In…

Going to the body shop is never really a pleasant experience. Most of the time it's because your car has been damaged and you need to get it fixed. But at the end of the ordeal you expect to have a car that's up to snuff and ready to hit the road. » 1/04/13 3:20pm 1/04/13 3:20pm

Driver Records South Carolina Chevy Dealership Trashing His Camaro

When you take your car to get serviced, how do you know the mechanics aren't driving it like it's a getaway car in a heist movie? This 2010 Camaro SS driver figured out one very clever way: he placed a voice recorder in the car to capture the dealership employees driving and working on the car. » 10/07/12 6:30pm 10/07/12 6:30pm

I Can’t Stop Reading This Sub-Reddit About The Worst Cars On The Road

America's roads are filled with cheap, rusty cars half-broken and fixed with duct tape. Eventually they have to go into the shop. When they do, they go to the best sub-reddit there is. » 10/02/12 2:00pm 10/02/12 2:00pm

What To Look For In A Good Auto Repair Shop

Ever get that sneaking suspicion when you take your car in for repair that you're overpaying or getting needless work done? If you want to make sure you get service you can trust, keep in mind these tips for what to ask at the shop and signs of good (and bad) mechanics. » 9/14/12 1:30pm 9/14/12 1:30pm

Why I'm not trying to rip you off when I fix your car

If there's any transaction more fraught with fear of scams than buying a car, it's getting one fixed. Mechanic Jeremy Waters explains why people need to be a little more trusting — at least in his shop —Ed. » 9/16/11 12:30pm 9/16/11 12:30pm

How Firestone lost a customer for life

Automobiles are not singular objects, but rather of a collection of interconnected parts slowly wearing out at different rates. A good mechanic will help identify what needs to be replaced or repaired. According to Reddit user dnalloheoj, the folks at his local Firestone aren't so good at that. » 8/01/11 10:00am 8/01/11 10:00am

A vintage motorcycle mechanic's lament for the future

Adam Cramer runs a vintage motorcycle shop in Philadelphia, and filmmaker Andrew David Watson pulled him away from his obsession long enough to hear Cramer's lament for the loss of American craftsmanship. Do your children know from a Phillips screwdriver? » 3/09/11 12:30pm 3/09/11 12:30pm

How A Blind Mechanic Sees The World

Meet Bart Hickey, who runs Bart's Automotive and Towing in Alsip, Ill. He's been a mechanic since he was a teenager... not a bad career for someone who's been blind since birth. This will get your motor running. (H/T Kevin!) » 1/25/11 2:00pm 1/25/11 2:00pm

Metro Detroit's Historic Vinsetta Garage Is No More

The Vinsetta Garage, the historic neon landmark of Detroit's Woodward Avenue cruising scene and the oldest garage east of the Mississippi, has closed after 91 years in business, a victim of the tough choices facing its owner. » 12/15/10 1:00pm 12/15/10 1:00pm