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How to use a torch to remove rusty bolts. This will be handy for you northerners.

The Toolman

Fri Nov 29 2013 17:34:39 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

If you're getting a lot of road noise you might think about adding some sound deadening material to your car. It's very easy and effective.

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Tue Nov 12 2013 14:23:21 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Dynamat is the best selling sound deadening material. Conveniently, it comes in precut kits to perfectly fit your ride. This particular kit is for the front doors of a Chevy, but poke around and you'll find kits for whatever you got.

The Toolman

Tue Nov 12 2013 14:29:39 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

When I was a kid, I thought buying cars would be so much fun, but the reality is that it's more stressful than anything. Here's a video of how to do a good pre-purchase inspection of a car you're interested in.

The Toolman

Tue Oct 22 2013 19:10:31 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Here in the northeast, Winter is on its way. Don't forget to prep your car for the cold. Here's some helpful tips to keep in mind.

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Fri Oct 11 2013 13:44:41 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Eric the Car Guy discusses regular vs. synthetic oil.

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Fri Oct 11 2013 13:50:40 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Changing your own oil is great, but what the heck do you do with the old stuff?

Here's some suggestions and tips.

The Toolman

Thu Sep 05 2013 14:13:03 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Great article with videos of how to fix and maintain basic stuff on your car. Everyone should read!

The Toolman

Tue Jul 16 2013 19:29:21 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

You don't need to buy a Lexus to drive in peace and quiet. Here are some quick fixes for your noisy ride.

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Mon Jun 10 2013 20:07:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

5 Tips For Tackling Your First Big Car Repair

So you want to graduate from oil changes to serious car repair. Welcome. But before you tear anything apart and find yourself in over your head, take these tips to heart.

The Toolman

Mon Jun 10 2013 20:09:55 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Here's a helpful spring cleaning guide for your ride.

The Toolman

Wed May 29 2013 17:35:32 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

10 Things in Your Late Model Car You Didn't Know You Could Fix.

The complexity of modern vehicles makes some projects a no-go for newbies, veteran Portsmouth, R.I., mechanic Paul Roderick says. Don't try to replace fuel or water pumps (because of their inaccessibility) or the shoes in drum brakes (because of their mechanical intricacy) unless you really know what you're doing, and "forget about electrical problems, unless the problem is a blown fuse." But, Roderick says, there are still plenty of auto DIY projects, like these, for weekend warriors.

The Toolman

Thu Mar 28 2013 02:12:01 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

How to Replace Your Car's Halfshaft.

If you have a front-wheel-drive car, you have halfshafts that transmit torque to the front wheel. Eventually, they'll wear out.

The Toolman

Thu Mar 28 2013 02:14:16 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Now that winter is almost over, take some time and asess your car's weather stripping. Might be time to replace it.

The Toolman

Thu Mar 28 2013 02:22:23 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

You can find out a great deal about your car from decoding your VIN. Try it out!

The Toolman

Fri Feb 22 2013 15:09:18 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

It's great that you are changing your own oil, but what the heck do you do with the old goop? Recycle it!

Pro tip: read this BEFORE STARTING

The Toolman

Fri Feb 22 2013 15:12:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Here is an awesome chart outlining every kind of nut, bolt, and fastener you'll likely come in contact with...and then some. Print this out and hang it on the wall of your shop.

The Toolman

Fri Feb 22 2013 15:41:43 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

I had a friend tell me recently about the hundreds of dollars he paid to have the pads on his accord changed the other week. This is one of the simplest pieces of regular maintenance there is, and will save you a small fortune if you learn to do it yourself...

The Toolman

Fri Feb 22 2013 15:49:18 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Real quick video on how to clean wire wheels. If you got some Daytons or something, you NEED to keep em clean.

The Toolman

Sun Feb 17 2013 22:48:46 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Worried about the health of your engine? Here's how to do a compression test. Easy and effective.

The Toolman

Fri Feb 15 2013 20:27:09 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

How to replace the spring/shock/strut assembly. This video shows uses a Honda Civic, but it is similar on many modern cars.

The Toolman

Fri Feb 01 2013 00:09:50 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

53 min Video that covers ding and dent repair using body filler, putty, and primer.

The Toolman

Sun Jan 27 2013 23:04:46 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

It's important to know the basics of car care and maintenance. In this episode, Popular Mechanics' Associate Auto Editor Ben Wojdyla:

* Checks power steering, washer fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and engine oil
* Checks and replaces air filter
* Lubricates hood latch, hood, door, and trunk hinges
* Checks tire pressure
* Replaces windshield wipers

The Toolman

Tue Jan 22 2013 22:35:51 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

You can greatly improve your car's audio system by replacing the stock stereo. Why pay a shop to do it when you can DIY and save a bunch of cash! Here's how.

The Toolman

Tue Jan 22 2013 22:55:41 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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