Like many of you, doing my own car maintenance is a big part of my life. Not only does it offer some financial advantages, it also gives a little relief from, well, everything else. Call it automotive catharsis. Some jobs, though, I always left to the pros—until recently, when I decided to give a front-end alignment a…
It seems like skipping small repairs or maintenance when it comes to car ownership is saving money in the short term. In reality, it can get you into a pretty bad situation if and when sometimes goes wrong.
Look, I’ve had some great ideas in my life, and I’ve had some terrible ones. Trying to wash my greasy timing-chain cover in my dishwasher falls squarely into the latter category, as I’ve been eating off dishes laced with oily residue for nine months now.
I hear from used car buyers who discover something wrong with their car after they had made the purchase. But what upsets them is that the manufacturer “knows” about the problem and is doing nothing about it. Sorry, but this one’s your problem most of the time - not theirs.
Often to save a couple dollars, driveway mechanics and DIY-ers attempt to tackle a relatively small project or mod on their own. Sometimes they bite off more than they can chew. These are the 10 worst automotive repairs you, our Jalopnik readers, have attempted.
I have been filing lawsuits over defective vehicles — Lemon Law and others — for 23 years now. And one thing has not changed in all that time: I hear one dumb argument from manufacturers and dealers over and over again.
Maybe it’s because of time. Maybe it’s because of money. Maybe you can blame it all on straight-up laziness. Whatever. Here are the repairs that you should be doing right this very second, but aren’t.
Having dealt with automobile law for 23 years now, I have heard all the scams. One which pops up more often than you might think is one where a brake shop tells a customer, “Your brakes are so bad that legally, I cannot let you drive this car until you get them fixed.”
You bring your car to a dealer for repair and when you pick it up it has a dent in it. The manager tells you to file a claim with your insurance company because he does not know what happened to your car. What do you tell him?
Ever heard of a "Totally Integrated Power Module"? If you have lately, odds are it's because you're a Chrysler owner. The obscure-sounding part has reportedly meant expensive repairs for hundreds of owners, a class-action lawsuit, complaints to federal regulators and now an internal investigation by Chrysler…
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.
Hate bloody knuckles? Of course you do. What if we told you there was a way around 'em? Here are ten car repairs that won't make you loathe yourself — or some random engineer — in the morning.