Do It Yourself Auto Repair

How to Tell if Your 2002 Dodge Dakota Is Fuel Injected

The 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup came with a variety of engine configurations you could choose from. You had the option of an economical 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a 3.7-liter V-6, or… Read More

Code PO1259 on a 2000 Honda Accord

A check engine light on your 2000 Accord's instrument cluster may be a scary sight, and seeing code P1259 "VTEC System Malfunction (Bank 1)" when you scan the system may… Read More

Does a 2003 Civic LX Have an EGR Valve?

Economy and low emissions are the name of the game for the 2003 Honda Civic. To provide the lowest emissions, all of the Civic's emission controls must operate correctly. This… Read More

How to Replace the Starter on a '98 Maxima

The Maxima might not have reached quite the pinnacle of fame that some of its brethren from Nissan have, but it sure hasn't been for lack of the right hardware.… Read More

The Ford Contour, designed by Ford's European division, is a mid-size sedan that was produced for the 1995 through 2000 model years. It was billed as having spirited performance, composed… Read More

Security systems have come a long way in the last couple of decades, and that's certainly true for the 2001 VW Jetta. These newer systems make it much harder for… Read More

The Nissan Maxima seemingly always delivered on its promises as a premium ride with sporty characteristics, from the Datsun 810 Maxima of 1981 and its weird "turn off lights" spoken… Read More

Volkswagen released the Jetta in the U.S. in 1979 as an attempt to regain its foothold in one of the world's largest markets. The Jetta offered what American customers were… Read More

Originally released in 1986, the Nissan Pathfinder was built on the same chassis as Nissan's pickup. It was also only available in a two-door version. By 2002, it had undergone… Read More

Like all truly great war plans, Chevy's designs for the Avalanche didn't quite survive contact with reality. With its unique body and it 5.3-liter LS engine, which used superior head… Read More

The compact size, N-body, Grand Am was produced by General Motors' Pontiac division for the 1985-through-2005 model years. Although it had a 20-year run, probably due to its affordable price,… Read More

Los Del Rios, Deep Blue Something, Ace of Base and the Dodge Stratus -- name four things that were really popular for two years in the mid-1990s, and then fell… Read More

Hyundai introduced the Accent for the 1995 model year as a replacement for the Excel. The car became popular from the start due to its affordability and favorable fuel mileage… Read More

The definition of the word eclipse is the same today as it was in 1996, which is to overshadow, outshine or surpass. The 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse lived up to its… Read More

As the big brother of the Camry, the Avalon is Toyota's full-size sedan. The Avalon comes equipped with the same 3.0-liter, 210-horsepower V-6 that is available in the Camry and… Read More

The debut of the TrailBlazer in 2002 marked the end of the road for the four-door Blazer. The TrailBlazer lasted eight years, and from 2007 through 2009, it was available… Read More

Following the Beetle's exodus from the U.S. Volkswagen had a tough run in America, but it found solace in the Dasher that it introduced in 1974. The Dasher eventually lead… Read More

Saturn, a subsidiary of General Motors, produced the SL model for the 1991 through 2002 model years. The company slogan was, "a different kind of car company -- a different… Read More

The 1980s Chrysler LeBaron wasn't an amazing car by most standards. While reasonably good looking and sporty, it was pretty standard K-Car in all respects but one. The LeBaron is… Read More

Compact hatchbacks and sedans like the Aveo have long been a part of Chevrolet's lineup. Ranging from the Vega hatchback of the 1970s to the Chevrolet Metro and Aveo of… Read More

In the 1980s and 1990s, GM had a bit of a naming traffic jam with the Chevy S-10 Blazer and the full-size Blazer, and the GMC S-15 Jimmy and the… Read More

As the middle sibling between the hot-selling F-150 and the heavy-duty F-350, the F-250 is often left out of discussions, but it may be the best balanced of the group.… Read More

What Torque Does a 1995 Nissan Maxima Need for the Spindle Nut?

Nissan has long called the Maxima its "four-door sports car," and for good reason, as the sporty sedan has always offered the convenience of a sedan with the soul of… Read More

Cylinder Head Torque Specs for a 1995 Ford Escort 1.9 L

The Escort was Ford's answer to the import-car onslaught by the likes of Honda, Toyota and Nissan, who were all delivering fuel-efficient and peppy compact cars to the U.S. The… Read More

Lacking a two-wheel-drive option, the Jeep Wrangler was obviously built for off-road use. Your 1995 Wrangler was available in only two styles -- S or SE -- and with two… Read More

The 1994 Chevy Corvette came standard with a passive keyless entry system. This system is designed to automatically unlock and lock the doors when you enter or leave a 10-to-15-foot… Read More

The 2003 Cadillac CTS came standard with keyless entry, a panic alarm, and a Passkey III engine immobilizer system. The immobilizer system is designed to detect whether or not a… Read More

When hanging out in high school with your friends talking cars you probably were not chatting about the 1998 Honda Civic as your dream car. By the time you hit… Read More

For 2002, the Mitsubishi Galant received a refresh that included a restyled front end and interior. Standard equipment on the 2002 Galant included a 2.4-liter engine with 140 horsepower, cruise… Read More

While today Hyundai has developed a pretty good reputation for low-priced, quality cars, there was a time not long ago when the "quality" part evaded them. Still though, one little… Read More

Where Is the PCM on a 1997 F250?

The 1997 model year F-Series was introduced with a more aerodynamic design. This new concept shortened the nose of the vehicle and placed the engine farther back in the engine… Read More

How to Replace the Distributor on a 1999 Escalade

Cadillac introduced the Escalade in 1999, to respond to the Lincoln Navigator and other luxury SUVs. The Escalade came with a 5.7-liter-Vortec V-8 and the Autotrac selectable four-wheel-drive system. The… Read More

With seating for up to nine, yes nine, the 2002 Tahoe can carry most entire families. Your Tahoe came with one of two V-8 engines -- the 4.8-liter or the… Read More

The 1999 model year brought major changes to the Chevrolet truck lineup. With new body styles, added options and new engines, the Silverado was essentially all-new. The 6.0-liter V-8 in… Read More

Ford introduced the Ranger pickup in 1983 to replace the Courier that was being produced by Mazda. The 1999 Ranger was offered with a choice of a 2.5-liter inline-four, 3.0-liter-V-6… Read More

The 1999 Toyota Corolla uses a closed fuel tank system to prevent fuel vapors containing harmful hydrocarbons from entering the atmosphere. This system is designed to monitor itself for any… Read More

The serpentine belt is one of those little innovations that never really gets its due. While many Luddites resistant to change bemoaned the fancy new belts when they were introduced,… Read More

With its introduction in 1982, the S-10 filled the empty slot for a compact truck in Chevrolet's lineup. It continued production until 2004 when it was replaced by the Trailblazer.… Read More

In 2000, the Century was manufactured with a 3.1-liter V-6 engine that was assembled with an aluminum upper and lower intake manifold set. General Motors split the intake manifold to… Read More

When you are cruising down the road and it begins to rain or snow, aren’t you glad for wipers? A woman inventor who noticed the streetcar drivers in New York… Read More

In 1953, Henry Ford II designed a concept car named the Vega. It never saw the production line, but this design became the primary influence for the Ford Thunderbird in… Read More

Your 1994 4Runner with the V-6 had a recall due to a defect in the head gaskets. The recall extended the warranty on these gaskets to eight years or 100,000… Read More

The 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 was offered with either single or dual rear wheels, and with several engine and transmission options.The throttle position sensor for the 5.9 liter engine provides… Read More

The F-150 underwent a full redesign in 2004, and in 2005, Ford added the 4.2-liter V-6 as the new base engine. The oil pressure switch on the base V-6 is… Read More

The Tahoe first came to life in 1995, as the replacement for the full-size Blazer. The changeover from Blazer to Tahoe was more of a rebadging job than the introduction… Read More

If the blower in your 2005 Ford Five Hundred doesn't work, there are a couple of things to check before you remove the blower motor. A brown 7.5A fuse in… Read More

Known for their ground-breaking aerodynamic design, the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable were first introduced in 1986. The 1999 Sable model introduced the third major redesign of the popular sedan.… Read More

Although “sportiness” isn’t a term usually associated with minivans, Dodge attempted to set it’s Caravan and Grand Caravan apart from its competitors by offering revamped styling packages. While three engines… Read More

The Ram symbol was first used by Dodge in 1933. Before 1981, Dodge identified their truck models with a D prefix. The 2001 model year pickup was the 20th

anniversary… Read More

The Chevy Cavalier was a popular car in the U.S. auto market during its 24 years of production, 1982 through 2005. Its low sticker price and high fuel economy were… Read More

Though the Ford Aerostar was named Motor Trend's Truck of the Year in 1990, by 1996 it was almost phased out of production. Having never really resolved its "is it… Read More

First manufactured in 1973, the Honda Civic quickly became one of top-selling cars in the U.S. auto market. Owners have been pleased with its excellent fuel mileage, low-cost maintenance and… Read More

The Nissan Sentra, introduced in 1982, was a strong contender in the compact car market at the time, boasting impressive efficiency, low emissions and a respectable safety rating. But by… Read More

Nissan Altima hit the market in 1993, and has been manufactured in the U.S. ever since. It was originally built in the Smyrna, Tennessee plant until 2004, when production also… Read More

The 1995 Accord had three engines to choose from, and they included a 2.2-liter four-cylinder with 130 horsepower, a 2.2-liter VTEC with 145 horsepower and a 2.7-liter V-6 with 170… Read More

The Chevrolet Astro was introduced in 1985 to compete with the growing minivan market in the U.S. Although it was referred to as a minivan, the Astro was bigger than… Read More

When faced with transmission maintenance, repair or replacement, it is vital to know which transmission came in the car. When it comes to similar General Motors products of the late… Read More

Engines are a lot more efficient today than they were 20 or 30 years ago. Sure, there have been mechanical advancements that have helped, but what really increased efficiency was… Read More

Infiniti was introduced to the U.S. market in 1989. At the time, the Japanese government had imposed voluntary export restraints, making it more profitable to sell more expensive cars in… Read More

Audi has long occupied a proud place in German automotive history -- and that place has been pretty much the same since its beginning. From its first day, Audi was… Read More

The sixth-generation, 2004-to-2008, Malibu was one of those cars that was just kind of. there. Known in Europe as the Opel Vectra and Fiat Croma, the sixth generation seemed designed from… Read More

The Powerstroke diesel was a new engine for a new millennium, so little like diesels of 50 years past that it might have been from another planet. The Powerstroke 7.3-liter… Read More

Saab's history has had its high and low points over the years; for certain the company had its fair share of wacky ideas that fell with dull thuds with consumers.… Read More

"They don't build 'em like they used to" is a very true statement, as electronic engine controls have taken cars and trucks to whole new levels of performance, efficiency, reliability… Read More

In 2001, BMW replaced the 2.8-liter engine in the 328i with a 225-horsepower, 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine and renamed the model the 330. Setting the clock in the convertible version… Read More

There are just some tools in the automotive world that nobody ever wants to see. Like the scent of a steak to Pavlov's dog, the mere sight of a bolt… Read More

If you have a stroke, certain cells in your brain can die, and ultimately leave you with some serious health concerns. Sometimes the after effects of a stroke manifest them… Read More

Volkswagen made its name, quite literally, as "the people's car." That's no less true today than it was when the company first opened its doors, with the politically directed mission… Read More

The Silverado trim was the top level for the 1997 Chevrolet C1500's, and like many pickup trucks, it had plenty of available options to allow buyers to fit it to… Read More

There are many things that fail on a car that require a novice mechanic to run off to his local repair shop to have repaired, but replacing headlight bulbs on… Read More

The Ford Ranger hearkens back to a simpler time -- maybe a better one -- when a truck was a truck and real trucks had manual transmissions. Ford's manual trannies… Read More

There haven't been too many really watershed eras in the history of the automobile -- times that forever changed what the car would later be. In fact, you could make… Read More

Can You Gravity Bleed Anti-Lock Brakes on a 2001 GMC Sierra?

Gravity bleeding brakes is one of those old-school gearhead tricks that seems to have gotten lost in the modern world. Maybe it's because kids these days just don't know how… Read More

Torque of a Strut Bolt in a 2000 Jetta

Volkswagen's Jetta is tough compare to any other car. Technically speaking, it's just one of dozens of cars in the compact-to-midsized sedan marketplace, filled to the brim with models from… Read More

Thanks to products like the K1500, Chevrolet trucks enjoyed a high resale value during the 1990s. This was a durable, capable workhorse for a wide range of applications. A tough… Read More

The 2003 Kia Spectra had two fuse blocks, one inside the car, behind the driver-side kick panel, and one under the hood, to the driver side of the engine. The… Read More

Compared to the first-generation Silhouette’s styling, the 1997-through-2004 models offered easier-on-the-eyes styling, and a serious list of family oriented options. Despite the thoughtful changes made to the later models, the… Read More

Although it never received the highly tunable -- and coveted -- 2.0-liter, 4G63T, turbocharged inline four-cylinder, or the all-wheel-drive system that Diamond Star Motors had in their performance arsenal, the… Read More

From its very beginnings, the Seville STS represented power, elegance and performance. But the magic didn’t really happen until the 1993 model year, when Cadillac decided to drop in the… Read More

Replacing the Lumina APV for the 1997 model year, the Chevrolet Venture was a welcome addition in the minivan marketplace, with modern styling and creature comforts not seen in its… Read More

Although an example of “badge engineering” in its laziest form, the Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth Neon was a viable American option for consumers looking for a compact vehicle in a… Read More

Ford’s Freestar minivan had a short production run – from 2004 through 2007. The short run could be attributed to several factors, but the most obvious was that this “all-new”… Read More

At one point in time, an inoperative speedometer meant one thing: you needed to replace your speedo cable. There were no other ill side effects. Cruise control – if you… Read More

The mid 1990s brought about the end of various Chrysler vehicles – most notably the Dodge Shadow, the Plymouth Sundance and the Colt, which was sold under both brand names.… Read More

In 1995, the Honda Civic was one of the more versatile compact cars on the road, thanks to its wide array of engines and three distinct body styles: coupe, hatchback… Read More

The early days of computer controls were kind of like the Wild West -- almost anything went. Prior to the debut of OBD-II in 1996, manufacturers put computers wherever they… Read More

The 1995 Ford Aspire was produced for Ford by Kia Motors in Korea. The Aspire replaced the Ford Festiva in 1994, and lived only three years before Ford discontinued it… Read More

Volkswagen is a funny kind of company. Originally founded to build "peoples' cars," VW's made a reputation for itself building cars that last forever as long as they're maintained. They're… Read More

You see all kinds of things on service calls. I've seen buzzards in truck toolboxes, and I've seen blown-out engine blocks repaired with duct tape and sheetmetal screws. I even… Read More

The 1999 Suburban had four different head unit styles available, and all four of them had clock displays. These head units had two different time-setting procedures, depending on whether the… Read More

A day on the beach in a convertible is better than any day anywhere else, in any other car. Unless, of course, you can't get off the beach because your… Read More

It's a truism of the human condition that encounters with mothers-in-law rarely end well. The same thing can usually be said of landlords. The sight of my mother-in-law's green Tacoma… Read More

These days, it seems like everyone has to have the newest and hottest thing. The newest phone, the latest television, the latest and greatest sheetmetal to roll into showrooms. This… Read More

In America, we have a certain vision of the SUV; our ideal is that an SUV should be the size of a Saturn V rocket, and have a V-8 engine… Read More

My Kia Rio may not be the prettiest car on the road, but it's inexpensive to maintain and its 30 mpg on the highway keeps extra change in my pocket.… Read More

Back in the day, I seem to recall hearing somebody say that American brands don't sell in America anymore. Maybe that's true, in the sense that Buick sells more cars… Read More

Ever heard of the Ford Mondeo? It's kind of like the David Hasselhoff of cars; huge in Europe, but not so much here. I heard about the marvelous Mondeo on… Read More

In 1975, the Ford F-150 made its debut, slotted between the F-100 and F-250, and it became an immediate success. In 2003, buyers could format the F-150 in just about… Read More

When I was perusing the owner's manual for my 2012 Kia Sedona, I took a look at its scheduled maintenance chart and found the Kia recommends inspecting the serpentine belt… Read More

When I turned 16 years old, my dad bought a flashy new car and passed down to me his aging 1997 Buick Skylark with the 2.4-liter engine. Though it was… Read More


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