Maintenance

  • Ceramic coating and wax comparison

    YouTuber Scott H coated a car hood with 34 waxes and ceramic coatings and showed how they fared after 18 months in the elements.

  • How to spring clean and detail a car
    How to spring clean a car without fancy equipment

    As many parts of the world begin to thaw after winter, it's time to give the cars a much-needed bath after months of snow, salt, slush and other road debris. Some may recall AMMO Auto Care produced a video showcasing an intense detailing routine to rid any car of salt last year, but this time...

  • Wheel alignment explanation
    Here's why your car needs an alignment

    Car owners are told to get oil changes, rotate their tires, and top off fluids, but we often don't hear as much about alignments. However, that doesn't mean they're not an important part of vehicle maintenance. A video from Learn Engineering aims to explain why we should be mindful of alignments...

  • Oil cap
    Here's the right way to pour oil

    Watching oil spill out over the valve cover is never a good time. Why do we often have a mess to clean up when doing an oil change? There's actually a right and wrong way to pour oil, believe it or not. A video from FCP Euro, a company that specializes in European car parts, explains why the way...

  • Lamborghini Huracán oil change
    The Lamborghini Huracán has 8 oil drain plugs

    The Lamborghini Huracán doesn't call for an average oil change. Then again, the Huracán isn't an average car, either. But, for DIYers, a new video from Royalty Exotic Cars shows off to change the Italian sports car's oil. It all begins with sourcing the oil filter, which sits in the...

  • AMMO NYC detailing academy
    Learn how to be a better car detailer in this 1 video

    Keeping up on regularly scheduled maintenance and ensuring a car runs in tip-top shape is only part of the ownership experience. If an owner plans to keep a car for the long haul, proper car care and detailing is a must. Not only will it ensure a car looks great, but it will also protect against...

  • How to change brake pads and rotors

    No matter if you buy a new car, a pre-owned car, or lease a vehicle, maintenance is unavoidable. And at some point, the brakes will need to be replaced. Although many will let a mechanic take care of the work, it's not a terribly difficult process. Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained is here to help anyone who may want to tackle the project on their own or with some supervision. First and foremost, the car needs to be raised in order to gain access to the brake rotors and pads themselves. Be sure the car is level when raising it, and check the owner's manual for the proper jacking points...

  • 5-year old changes oil on Lamborghini Gallardo
    5-year old shows you how to change the oil in a Lamborghini

    Well, color us impressed, this kid is starting out young. Not only does 5-year-old Marcus "the mechanic" know how to change a car's oil, he's learned how to properly perform the particular maintenance procedure on a Lamborghini Gallardo. Marcus' parents clearly set out to ensure this kid has a...

  • How to change your oil
    New study shows synthetic oil handily outperforms conventional oil

    While not everyone may forge a special bond with their car, there's never a chance to avoid scheduled maintenance. At some point, every single car needs a thing or two, and oil changes are simply one area of maintenance. While consumers are often tempted to pick the cheapest option, there's good...

  • Engine with oil video
    What happens when an engine runs without oil?

    It’s one of those crazy thoughts which has really no way for the average person to go about solving: what happens if an engine runs without any oil flowing through it whatsoever? Thankfully, Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained is back to do it for us and cure the curiosity at large. You...

  • This is an oil filter that hasn't been changed in 50,000 miles
    What an oil filter looks like after 50,000 miles

    Change your oil. Let me repeat that. Change your oil! Tell your friends and family to get their oil changed, too, because neglecting that precious fluid will turn your car into an expensive lawn ornament. Amazingly, not everybody fully understands this concept. Some just forget to get this done...

  • It's this easy to change your own oil
    It's this easy to change your own oil

    Our friend Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained has been teaching us a lot about our favorite subject: cars. Today, he's here to talk about something that just might inspire you to get your hands dirty under the hood of your own car. It's basic, but every car guy should know it. The topic of the...

  • How engine oil systems work

    Besides fuel, oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. It keeps your engine rotating smoothly. This is accomplished by the properties of oil that allow it to lubricate moving parts and reduce heat generated by friction. If the moving parts in your engine weren't lubricated, you'd hear a lot of screeching noise followed by a car that doesn't really want to go anywhere. How does it all work? Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained is here to walk us through it all. CHECK OUT: 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 first drive review: The deep-knee Benz The discussion above goes into the nitty gritty related to how...

  • Is synthetic engine oil better than conventional for your car?
    Is synthetic engine oil better than conventional for your car?

    Our pal Jason Fenske at Engineering Explained addresses one of the most commonly-asked questions about car maintenance: should you use synthetic motor oil or conventional motor oil in your car? The safe answer, of course, is to read your car's owner's manual and follow the automaker's directions...

  • 2013 Tesla Model S P85 service loaner vehicle [photo: David Noland]
    Tesla Model S Maintenance: Almost None Required, Actually

    The Tesla Model S battery-electric luxury sedan is a remarkable car, and it's elevated the public perception of electric cars to a new level. It's won awards, thrilled thousands of buyers, and demolished a lot of stereotypes. But among the things you may not know about Tesla is this: The Model S...

  • Irv Gordon's 2.9 million mile Volvo P1800
    3 Million Miles By 2013? Volvo P1800 Still Breaking Records

    Modern cars can do over 100,000 miles without pausing for breath. If you really pile on the miles, you might have 200,000 or even 300,000 miles on the clock. If the car Gods are really shining on you, you might have managed more than half a million. Prepare to feel insignificant. Irv Gordon from...

  • Lubricheck oil condition gadget
    Is Oil Okay Under The Hood? Check With Lubricheck Gadget

    It is recommended that you regularly check certain areas of your car, ensuring that there are no defects potentially leading to component failures or breakdowns. You should make sure your car is in generally good condition, ensure all your lights work and that your tires are in good order as well...

  • 2012 Ferrari FF
    Ferrari Announces Free 7-Year Maintenance Program

    You might not think the cost of oil changes and tire rotations would be a barrier to Ferrari ownership, but with the brand eying hugely expanded sales over the next few years, the company appears to be seeking to ease the cost of ownership somewhat with its new Ferrari Genuine Maintenance program...

  • Broken down car

    They say that cars are getting more complicated, and that home maintenance is becoming less easy to accomplish under all the plastic covers and with unfathomable electronics. Still, for four million motorists in Great Britain, dabbling in a little mechanical upkeep is the least of their problems - as they can't even open the hood. It's just one of the staggering statistics that British drivers really shouldn't be proud of in a new survey by oil company Castrol. Even if that 17 percent of female and 6 percent of male drivers could open the 'bonnet', they probably wouldn't know what to do when...

  • Audi Adaptive Headlights
    Maintenance-Free All-LED Headlights For 2012 Audi A6 Sedan

    Following the lead of Audi's other models the R8 supercar, A7 Sportback and A8 luxury sedan, the 2012 Audi A6 executive sedan now comes as standard with all-LED headlights and LED daytime running lights, the latter a feature familiar to most modern Audis. The all-LED lights were first seen on...

  • 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Black & Tan
    Dodge, Mopar Offer 'No-Cost' Maintenance For Top-Trim Durango, Journey

    If you're plunking down something north of $30,000 for a well-trimmed crossover or SUV, $50-100 for an oil change every few months probably isn't going to put your family out on the street. Nevertheless, it's nice to get things included in the purchase price, and that's just what Dodge and Mopar...

  • 2011 Hyundai Equus
    Update: Apple's iPad Does Fit in the 2011 Hyundai Equus

    We've driven the 2011 Hyundai Equus a few times, and have come away impressed with the Korean automaker's first take on traditional, full-size luxury. Since we're poverty-stricken Apple fanboys, too--only $100 more for a phone that's locked to AT&T?--we geeked out over the announcement earlier...

  • 2011 Lincoln MKX
    Buy A Lincoln Before Sept. 7 And Get Three Years Free Maintenance

    Buy or least a new Lincoln (2010 and 2011 models) before September 7 and benefit from free scheduled maintenance as part of a new program that should help the automaker erase any images of expensive running costs potential customers may have. Lincoln will cover all scheduled maintenance for three...

  • 2011 Jaguar XJ
    Jaguar Offering Free Scheduled Maintenance On All 2011 Models

    Buyers of all 2011 model year Jaguars will benefit from free scheduled maintenance as part of a new program the automaker is introducing to help erase any images of poor reliability and expensive running costs potential customers may have. The new Jaguar Platinum Coverage program is rather...

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