Is the front ball joint broken on your Honda? Suspension not quite up to par? Let's fix it. In this article, via video, I'll show you how to replace the front suspension lower ball joint on a '02 Honda Civic EX.
Honda trouble? This article, via video, will show you how to replace the timing belt, water pump, tensioner pulley, camshaft, and crankshaft seals on a 2001 to 2005 Honda Civic.
This article, via video, will show you how to replace the rack and pinion assembly commonly found on Toyota and Lexus passenger sedans (i.e., Camry, Avalon, Corolla, ES300, ES330, etc.) The replacement was necessary due to power steering fluid leakage coming from the inner tie rod end seals.
You replaced the brake pads on your car but still notice wheel vibration when braking. They're new pads, so what could it be? Warped or uneven contact surfaces on the brake disc rotors. I'll explain why you need to get new rotors or have them resurfaced on a cutting machine.
Why don't manufactures include a tire inflator device with the spare tire? Here's how I evaluated the performance of an aftermarket tire inflator.
If your battery dash light is flickering and your battery is discharging, it could be the electronic load detector. The video here shows how to replace it.
This article, via video, will show you how I replaced the passenger-side axle shaft on a 2008 Toyota Camry. You can use this procedure as a guide for other Toyota and Lexus passenger sedans since Toyota's axle design is consistent.
This article, via video, will show you how to compress caliper pistons to perform a brake pad replacement service on a Lexus RX350 with electronic parking brakes.
Do you have front end clunking, rattling, and scratching noises on your Corolla? These noises, for me, persisted after I replaced the suspension struts on a 99' Toyota Corolla with over 200,000 miles. Here's how I fixed it.
This article, via video, will show you how to replace a malfunctioning AC compressor and condenser on the Lexus ES330. The ES330 chassis changed from the ES300 (except the '02 and '03 ES300) making service access to the compressor and condenser different.
Noticing weird clunking noises when accelerating or driving over rough roads? The engine revs up before the car moves? It could be worn engine mounts. This article, via video, will show you how to replace these mounts yourself. I demonstrate on a 2003 2.4L Toyota Camry.
Problems with your Lexus? This article, via video, will demonstrate how to replace the A/C compressor and condenser on a Lexus ES300 with over 170,000 miles.
EPA emission standards don't allow engine blow-by gases to be released into the atmosphere. But channeling these spent oily gases back into your engine will eventually carbonize engine internals and impact performance. Installing an aftermarket oil catch can is a easy and simple solution.
If your car won't start and the battery won't take a charge, you don't necessarily have to buy a new battery! You can swap the battery with a traded-in battery from your local auto parts retailer, or a discarded battery from a trash collection center or auto salvage yard.
This video shows a valve cover gasket being replaced on a 2004 Acura TL V6 which shares the same engine as the Honda Accord V6. No special tools are required.
In this article and video, I will show you how I cleaned up the throttle body and IAC on my 20-year-old Toyota Camry with the I4 5SFE engine. You can do it yourself!
This article, via video, will show you how I repaired a leaking a/c system on an '04 Honda Civic. Refrigerant was leaking from a pinhole puncture in the a/c condenser. After replacing the condenser and accumulator, I did an evacuation and freon recharge to complete the repair.
Wheel shaking? This article will show you how to replace both CV axles on a '97 Infiniti I30. On this car, the CV boots had split, letting out all the grease. This same procedure can be used on the Nissan Maxima. Worn CV bearings or bearing cages or an out-of-round shaft can cause wheel vibration.
Both gasoline direct injection (GDI) and port fuel injection engines, over time, develop carbon accumulation in the intake valves and combustion chambers, impacting engine performance. This article, via video, will show you a quick and easy way to clean up your engine.
A 1992 Mitsubishi 3000 GT SL, sitting dead and idle for over 10 years, was brought back to life in these videos. It was renovated from the engine compartment to the suspension. I used many new off-the-shelf parts with no high-performance custom modifications.
This article, via video, will show you how to perform a transmission fluid drain and fill operation on a 2014 Honda Accord Sport 2.4L GDI.
This article, via video, will demonstrate how to replace the timing belt, water pump, and camshaft and crankshaft seals on a 97 Toyota Avalon (1MZ-FE V6). This V6 engine is also used on the Camry, Sienna, Highlander, Solara, Estima, Mark II & Windom from '92 to '04. You can do this repair yourself!
This article, via video, will show you how to replace the valve cover gasket and spark plug tubes seals on a 2014 Honda Accord Sport I4 F24 GDI engine.
How to replace the rear brake pads and rotors on a 2014 Honda Accord Sport and some Acura TSXs as well. An unusual feature of this job is that the caliper piston is recessed into the caliper by screwing it in, instead of compressing it.
Older high-mileage Camry and Solara vehicles will eventually suffer from leaking (loud) exhaust flex pipes and clogged, non-functioning catalytic converters. Solution: Replace the entire down pipe with all new components. It's a lot cheaper than piecemeal repairs.
Unfortunately, the plastic T connectors used in the cooling systems of Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury fail and cause leaks, and they are hard to replace. But this video shows you how to replace them.
This article, via video, will show you how to remove the right cylinder bank coil packs and spark plugs from a 2004 4.0L V6 Nissan Xterra WITHOUT removing the intake plenum.
This video will show you how to rebuild a brake caliper assembly. You can do this yourself!
This video will show you how to replace the front brake pads and rotors on a 2012 Ford Escape. This "floating caliper" hardware design is typically found in European automobiles. There are no abutment clips. The inside pad is spring-mounted into the caliper piston and remains fixed.
This video will show you how to replace the front strut on a 2007 ('07 - '12) Acura RDX or 2007 ('07 - '11) Honda CRV. Both vehicles share the same suspension strut design, making the parts interchangeable. You can do this repair yourself!
This video will show you how to replace the CV axles (driver and passenger side) on a 99'-03' Acura TL. These shafts are also used on the 01'-03' Acura CL and the 98'-'02'Honda Accord. Learn how to do this repair yourself!
The existing lead terminal connectors on this 3000 GT looked beat up, worn and ugly. This video shows you to replace your battery terminal connectors and repair the frayed battery cable ends with new copper lug connectors.
The video in this article will show you how to perform a front and rear brake service (brake pads and rotors) on a 2004 Acura TL. The same brake components are used in other Acura and Honda vehicles (CL, TSX, RL, and Accord).
See a starter motor replacement performed on a 2009 Honda Accord with the 4 cylinder 2.4L K24 i-VTEC engine. The Acura TSX, Honda CRV, and Element also use this engine, so the repair procedure process should be similar. You can do this repair yourself!
This article shows you step-by-step how to replace the alternator on a Toyota V6 engine (MZFE type). The alternator placement used on this V6 engine is the same for the Camry, Solara, Highlander, Avalon, and Lexus ES300. You can do this replacement yourself!
Learn how to replace both the rear shock absorbers and suspension springs on a '04 Toyota Sienna.
Here is how I used a Save-a-Thread thread tap kit to repair a blown-out spark plug in my customer's Ford Crown Victoria.
This article, with segmented videos, will show you step-by-step how to replace the water pump on a '06 Toyota Camry V6 with the GR-FE engine.
This article provides step-by-step instructions for replacing a broken exterior driver's side door handle on a Lexus ES300, which should also work on the very similar Toyota Camry.
This article will show you how I replaced a worn and damaged leather steering wheel with a used steering wheel I got from a salvage yard and re-finished. The video shows a Lexus ES300 but the replacement method can be used on other Toyota/Lexus sedans.
This article will show you how to replace both the inner and outer tie rod on a '06 Chevy Tahoe. Many other GMC trucks and SUVs use the same tie rod design.
This article with video shows you how to replace all the front torsion bar suspension components on a RWD '06 Chevrolet Tahoe.
The article will show you step-by-step how to replace the major front suspension components on a Lexus ES300: the strut, control arm, ball joint, and stabilizer bar link.
See and learn how to replace an AC evaporator and heater core. In this article with over 30 minutes of video, you will see how to do it step-by-step. I did this replacement on an '01 Lexus RX 300 with over 150,000 miles.
If you're tired of looking at your dirty and rusty brake calipers and rotors through your alloy wheels, this article will show you step-by-step how to clean up those calipers and rotors, give them a paint job, and make them look like new. I've included a video so you can really see how it's done.
This article contains videos showing how I did a tune-up on this 1997 Lexus ES 300. I replaced the valve cover gaskets, spark plugs, and ignition wires, and cleaned the throttle body.
This article shows you step-by-step how to replace the radiator, upper hose, and lower hose on a '97 through '01 Lexus ES300. The procedure can also be used on a Toyota Camry V6.
This article with video will show you how to replace the front suspension lower ball joint on a '03–'07 Honda Accord. This method also applies to the '04–'08 Acura TSX.
This article will show you how to replace the rear shock absorber and stabilizer bar link on a '99–'06 Volvo S80 sedan. The parts may be interchangeable with the '01–'09 S60 and '01–'07 V70. The video shows the replacement service on a '04 S80 2.5 Turbo.
I see it every so often: When the tire rotation guy doesn't screw in the lug nuts by hand before using his impact driver, the next person who tries to remove the lug nuts has to use so much torque that the lug stud strips its threads or even breaks off.
Learn the difference between spring, worm, and t-bolt hose clamps and why spring clamps are better for use on the hoses in your car's cooling system. Also, learn how to take the spring clamps off with specialty tools.
This article will show you step-by-step how to replace all the worn components that make up the front suspension on a '99–'06 Volvo S80 sedan. The video shows the repair service being performed on a '04 S80 2.5 Turbo.
This article shows you how to replace the compressor and condenser on a Honda Pilot (2009 - 2012), including installing new valve stems and evacuating and recharging the system.
This article provides you with step-by-step instructions for replacing the upper strut mount and the stabilizer link on a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The repair method can also be applied to the Honda Pilot and the Acura MDX.
Learn how to remove and replace the right (passenger side) CV axle on a Kia Sportage. A nylon strap or rope can be used to "snap out" the axle from the transmission. This repair can also be performed on a Hyundai Tucson (2005-2007).
This article shows you the steps involved in replacing a Honda Odyssey radiator. Removal of the front bumper fascia or A/C condenser is not necessary. Only basic tools are required. The level of complexity is moderate. Includes a video.
How to replace the rear brake pads on a Mazda 3. Since the parking brake is tied to the brake caliper, this caliper has a spiral brake piston; the piston has to be screwed clockwise back into the caliper. The Mazda 6 has the same issue.
Step-by-step instructions for replacing the rear brake pads on a Lexus LS 460. The rear brake calipers on this vehicle are "fixed caliper" style instead of the usual "floating caliper." This article will be worth reading if you've never worked on a fixed caliper. You can do this repair yourself!
Learn the steps to replace the AC evaporator on a 2007 Kia Sportage. A car's evaporator is the least costly but most challenging and time-consuming major AC system to repair.
This video and procedure shows how to replace the front suspension upper control arm and ball joint, strut, and lower control arm and lower ball joint on a Honda Accord.
Not sure how to properly do tire maintenance on your own? Here's how to do a cross-tire rotation yourself using two jack stands and one hydraulic jack.
How to replace the timing belt, water pump, tensioner, and guide pulleys on the 2005-2015 Honda V6 Pilot or 2004 Acura TL (same as Accord) with a video showing the repair performed on a 12' Pilot and another on a 04' Acura TL.
How to evacuate and recharge the AC system on a 2004-2010 Toyota Sienna.
How to replace the compressor on the 2004 Toyota Sienna. The compressor replacement instructions can be applied to other Lexus and Toyota vehicles that use the 3MZFE engine. Part I of this series covers condenser replacement. Part III covers evacuation and recharge.
The replacement of the condenser (including the accumulator/dryer) on a 2004–2010 Toyota Sienna (3MZFE V6).
This DIY provides the basic procedure for replacing the front hub and wheel bearing in a 2000-2011 Ford Focus (and 2008 Fusion), as well as other FWD cars, without removing the steering knuckle and without using a standing hydraulic press machine. Special tools are required.
This video shows the removal and replacement of the rear brake pads and rotors on the Toyota Highlander. You can do this repair yourself!
How to replace the rear wheel hub and bearing on a 1999 Lexus ES300. This bearing is also used on the 92-01 Lexus ES300, 95-04 Toyota Avalon, 92-01 Toyota Camry, and 99-03 Solara.
Learn how to replace the water pump and water pump gasket on a 2012 Ford Mustang V6. The 2011–2014 Ford F150 models also use the same pump. Video included.
How to replace the front brake pads and rotors on the Toyota Highlander. These steps work for the Toyota '02–'04 Camry and '01–'07 Highlander and the Lexus '03 ES300, '99-'03 RX300, and '04-'06 RX330.
Wondering how to replace the Honda CRV rear suspension strut? Outside of a hydraulic jack and jack stands, no special tools are required. This is a moderately difficult repair. You can do it yourself!
Wondering how to replace a worn front wheel hub bearing on a 2007 Saturn Ion? This hub bearing design is also used on the '05–'10 Chevy Cobolt, '07–'10 Pontiac G5, and the '05–'06 Pontiac Pursuit. You can do this replacement yourself!
When a car's fuel injectors become dirty and clogged, a pressurized fuel system service like the one shown here may help with rough engine idle, poor performance, increased fuel use, and bucking under load.
Learn how to replace the front suspension components on a typical Toyota or Lexus sedan: the strut, lower ball joint, lower control arm, and sway/stabilizer link.
Do-it-yourself replacement (with video!) of the front end of the Honda CRV: the front suspension strut, lower ball joint, control arm, and sway bar/stabilizer bar link.
DIY repair of the rear door handle, door latch, or door lock actuator on the Toyota Camry. Detailed step-by-step photos and no special tools required. Save money by doing it yourself.
Does the steering on your Toyota or Lexus erratically change direction? Do you hear thumping or feel yourself tugging? New control arm bushings may be needed.
This Camry DIY contains detailed instructions and plenty of photos, and no special tools are required. In addition, I've provided a video on how to replace a split CV boot if you want to avoid a complete axle replacement.
Learn how to replace the timing belt and pulley on the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Spectra. This guide has step-by-step instructions, plenty of photos, and a video!
Read on for a DIY Toyota I4 (5SFE) engine oil-leak repair. It contains plenty of photos and step-by-step repair instructions.
Replace your Toyota MZFE V6 fuel injectors with these detailed instructions and step-by-step photos. This method works for the Camry, Avalon, Sienna, ES300 and RX300.
DIY Nissan Murano/Quest front wheel bearing replacement procedure, using one rentable special tool. Plenty of photos and detailed instructions.
Replacing a Catalytic Converter on a 4 Cylinder Toyota isn't expensive. A generic converter with a 2 inch inlet is all that is needed. A muffler shop can then cut off the old converter and weld on a new one.
DIY guide to replacing the starter motor on the Toyota 1MZFE engine commonly found on the Camry, Avalon, RAV4, ES300, RX300 and Highlander, with a video for the 2GRFE engine.
This is a DIY Front Wheel Drive (FWD) wheel bearing replacement for most Toyotas and many other cars, including lots of photos and details about the tools needed.
You can install any 6.5-inch round speaker onto the factory speaker mounts on a Toyota Camry. You just need a metal rotary cutting tool. I also provided a video showing how I performed a similar operation on an Acura RDX.
Toyota or Lexus fuel pump replacement guide with photos. A relatively safe and easy job requiring no special tools. OEM fuel pump provider for Toyota and Lexus is Denso.
Does your Camry make a front-end clunking noise when you accelerate from a dead stop? The front motor mount may need to be replaced.
Learn how to do a timing belt replacement for the Toyota V6 Camry, Avalon, Solara, Sienna, Highlander, Lexus ES300, and Lexus RX300. This article includes video instruction, lots of photos, and step-by-step instructions.
Here's why your Camry's "Check Engine" light comes on and what the codes that it generates mean.
Learn how to replace the radiator on the Honda Accord and Acura CL (F23 engine), including lots of pictures!
Learn how to replace a timing belt and water pump on an Accord/Acura CL F23 2.3L I4 engine. The replacement should be performed every 100,000 miles or 10 years, whichever comes first.
DIY how to adjust the rear brakes on a Camry. No special tools required.
How to replace the door glass, door glass guide, window regulator and window motor on a Camry. No special tools required. Most parts can be obtained from a salvage yard.
Learn how to replace worn rear suspension struts and springs on your Camry, with a video included.
A DIY guide to replacing a worn tie rod end in a Toyota Camry. No special tools required!
If the little door to the gas tank won't open, it's easy to replace the spring yourself. Here's how! I demonstrate on a Toyota Camry, but this should work on a variety of cars.
How to replace burned-out bulbs on the '99–'01 Toyota Camry, and which bulbs to buy for which uses.
Oil all over the engine compartment? Replacing the crankshaft seal may stop that.
DIY how to Toyota Corolla Chevy Prism Spark Plug Replacement. Replace with Iridium plug for better fuel economy and performance.
DIY (Do It Yourself) Toyota Corolla Door Handle Replacement.
How to replace your Camry's worn ball joint.
Are you having cold-weather problems with your Camry? Here's how to get rid of cold-weather stalling problems on the 1997-2001 5SFE Camry by cleaning the IAC and throttle body.
How to change the power steering fluid in your Toyota Camry.
Read on for a DIY on replacing the thermostat and temperature sensor on a Toyota Camry.
Learn how to tune up your Toyota Camry and clean your PCV valve. Use iridium plugs for better fuel economy and performance. Also, if you notice an oil leak inside the spark plug tube, I have a video showing you how to fix it.
How to replace burned-out instrument cluster bulbs on a Camry. Do it yourself!
DIY how to Toyota Camry Mirror replacement
How to replace the radiator on your Toyota Camry. No special tools required. Step-by-step instructions with plenty of photos.
How to replace front-end strut mounts (and struts) on the '97–'01 Toyota Camry, with a video. Plus other causes of front-end noise.
Replacing a worn bushing on the sway bar (stabilizer bar) will eliminate a common rear-end rattle in the '90s Camry.
Learn how to drain and replace the ATF on your Camry or flush the ATF if necessary, including videos of flushing the ATF with and without the help of a 12-volt oil pump.
Learn how to replace a clogged fuel filter and clean the throttle body on a Camry.
Here is a do-it-yourself (DIY) replacement of the timing belt, water pump, and oil seals on the 4-cylinder Toyota Camry and similar cars, with photos, lists of tools, and parts recommendations.
Read this DIY guide with photos for replacing the head gasket, timing belt, water pump, and radiator on a Honda Accord. The repair pictured here was done on a Honda F23 2.3L I4 engine, the engine also used in the '98-'99 Acura CL, '98 Odyssey, and '98-'99 Oasis.