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Automotive terms explained

Do you know your carburetor from your camshaft? Find definitions for commonly used automotive terms.

Car maintenance tools you can’t work without

See the top 10 best car maintenance tools that automotive enthusiasts shouldn’t work without.

Four-wheel-drive vehicle tips

What kind of 4WD is right for you? Find out about full-time and part-time options, what controls these systems, and more.

How to buy the right car battery

Find out how to choose the right car battery – even before you need a new one.

Car alternator basics

Take a look into alternators, including the alternator voltage regulator, alternator housing and much more.

Car nuisance noise

Get help in figuring out how to track down – and possibly eliminate – those annoying car noises.

Car tuning – belt drive versus timing chain

Both the timing chain and belt drive rotate the camshaft, but the similarity ends there. Find out the differences between belt drives and timing chains.

Continuously variable transmission

Learn about CVTs and their goals of reducing car complication and expenses and providing better fuel economy.

Crankshaft pulley removal and replacement

Learn about pattern failure and find out tips for how to remove and replace your crankshaft pulley.

How to properly recycle and dispose of automotive chemicals

Get helpful tips for recycling and disposing of automotive chemicals that every do-it-yourselfer should follow.

Finding automotive repair and service manuals

Learn how to find your car’s automotive repair manual and why it’s one of the best resources for straightforward car maintenance tasks.

Front suspension maintenance and ball joint replacement

Check out eight steps for how to inspect and maintain front suspension and ball joints.

How car brakes work and how to maintain them

Slow down and take a closer look at brakes. Find out about braking system parts and how they work.

How do spark plugs work?

Spark plugs might seem simple, but they serve critical functions. Find out how spark plugs work.

How a car clutch works

Find out how a clutch works, including its five assembly components: flywheel, pressure plate, disc, throw-out bearing and release system.

How does an emergency brake work?

Find out how a series of steel cables connected to a hand lever or foot pedal becomes an emergency brake.

How a shock absorber works for trucks and SUVs

Learn more about the different requirements for shock absorbers on trucks and SUVs, such as different hardware for higher loads and forces.

How to rotate tires: Swapping ends

Rotating tires is important for proper car maintenance. Learn how to rotate your tires and about some different tire rotation pattern options.

Nitrogen in tires

Learn about the difference between compressed air- and nitrogen-filled tires and the benefits of nitrogen in tires.

Keeping up with car maintenance

Find tips for routine car maintenance that helps ensure your safety and prevents costly repairs.
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