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

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 8:37am 9/19/13 8:37am

We Need a Google Books for Car Parts

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… » 12/22/11 12:00pm 12/22/11 12:00pm

Watch a chunk of aluminum CNC'd into an engine block

Kirkham Motorsports usually needs about 30 hours of computer-controlled machining to turn a 383-lb. aluminum billet into a 64-lb. engine block for its self-designed 427. Luckily for manufacturing geeks, they've shortened the process to seven minutes for this video. » 2/16/11 10:00am 2/16/11 10:00am

How An Old Jeep Sparked A Viral Manifesto On Relationships

What started as a simple question from a woman unhappy that her boyfriend's 1996 Jeep Cherokee was demanding more of his attention and money has become a viral manifesto on what men should expect from women and vice versa. » 1/14/11 10:00am 1/14/11 10:00am

BMW Workers Steal $4 Million In Parts To Sell On Internet

German police broke up a theft ring of BMW factory workers in Munich who stand accused of secreting $4 million of car seats and other parts from the plant for years. Maybe they need longer lunch breaks. (Thanks BusterBrew!) [DailyMail] » 11/30/10 10:30am 11/30/10 10:30am

Life Lesson #427: Don't Buy Parts From Registered Sex Offenders

Finding the right parts for your project car can be tough. Who can you trust these days? As we learned with the Unique Performance saga, even seemingly reputable businesses can turn out to be suspect. Things get even tricker when buying things over the web, as this horny car-jacking victim discovered. Thankfully,… » 2/28/08 12:40pm 2/28/08 12:40pm

Ford Focus Reborn As Musical Instruments Sounds Pretty Good

Sure, Audi and Hyundai may have dropped millions of dollars on fancy-pants marketing for the Super Bowl, but the real commercial winner is Ford, who launched its part-orchestra TV spot on the other side of the pond today. Yes, the same one I told you about last week. » 2/04/08 5:45pm 2/04/08 5:45pm

Ford Focus Gutted, Stripped By An... Orchestra?

No chop shops involved here. As part of a UK advertising campaign, 21 different Ford Focus parts have been transformed into 31 musical instruments. The instruments—including a door harp, clutch guitar and bass repurposed from a fender—are played by professional orchestra musicians who don't mind getting up close and… » 1/30/08 4:15pm 1/30/08 4:15pm

Scott Burgess of the Detroit News Wants to Have it All

Scott Burgess, the most cuddly of auto critics over at the Detroit News has come up with an interesting, one-man-focus-group pseudo-review of the best parts of cars this year. Deftly sidestepping the realities of engineering, Burgess asks for somebody, anybody to put parts of some of the most dissimilar cars around… » 12/31/07 2:30pm 12/31/07 2:30pm

Jalopnik Holiday Gift Guide: O'Reilly Auto Parts Gift Card

If you're not sure what the ideal gift would be for the gear head in your life, a gift card is always a good way to go. But how to know if it's the right gift? If someone in your life goes to the auto parts store more than they go to the Safeway, they might like an O'Reilly Gift Card. If they wear a jumpsuit more than… » 11/22/07 2:30pm 11/22/07 2:30pm

Bimmerformance! BMW Launches Performance Parts Line

Not to be outdone in the aftermarket-parts goldmine, BMW is launching a line of factory performance parts that will challenge those from tuning shops. Apparently, the line only includes gear for the Z4 and 3 Series, with a concentration on the last-gen model. To wit: BMW claims a performance exhaust offers five more… » 10/04/07 8:54am 10/04/07 8:54am

Secret Corvette Parts Stash Found, Soon To Be On EBay

The National Corvette Museum just received a gift of several pallets of never-used manufactured Corvette and GM parts from Guide Corporation. We're talking all sorts of parts for every model Corvette going back to the 1950's. You've got your grilles, chrome pieces, headlamps, lenses — really, a little bit of… » 1/29/07 8:15am 1/29/07 8:15am

Question of the Day: Baby's First Mods?

So, n00b, you've been staring out the window at a patently stock vehicle, getting all itchy in that special place car freaks call "the wallet." You'd love to imbue your assembly-line queen with a semblance of sporting trim, but the aftermarket is so vast, you have no freaking clue where to start. Thankfully, you have… » 12/29/06 9:30am 12/29/06 9:30am