Autos

Drive Safe: Temper Your Temper

Family driving a silver SUV.

Content provided courtesy of USAA. Engines aren't the only things that can overheat. To help avoid dangerous conflicts with other drivers, the Transportation Department offers the following advice if you feel threatened. Don't react. Avoid making eye contact, and don't drive in a way that could be viewed as confrontational, such as tailg... more

Auto Repair: Flushing and Changing Brake Fluid

Auto engine repair on creeper.

After checking your brake system, if you find that you have a leak or you have to bleed your brakes, you'll have to restore the brake fluid in your master cylinder to its proper level. Here are some things that you should know about buying and using brake fluid: Always use top-quality brake fluid from a well-known manufacturer. Many v... more

Auto Repair: Bleeding Your Brakes

Working on a creeper

If your vehicle has squishy-feeling brakes, the way to get the air out of the lines is to bleed the brakes. To do the job, you need either a brake bleeder wrench or a combination wrench that fits the bleeder nozzle on your vehicle, a can of the proper brake fluid, a clean glass jar, and a friend. Caution: To avoid getting air into the actuat... more

4 Ways to Prepare for Negotiations With the Auto Dealer

Handing over the keys

Content provided courtesy of USAA. Buying a new car can be a white-knuckle ride. Emotions run in the red, salespeople push for breakneck decisions and financing comes with tricky twists and turns. But here are four steps USAA suggests to help you negotiate the course safely and cross the finish line with a deal you are happy about. Stick to ... more

How to Get In When You're Locked Out

Car

If you tend to leave the keys in your car fairly often, consider hiding an extra key somewhere on the vehicle. A little magnetic key box that sticks to the metal surface of a steel body or frame is best, but be sure to place it in an obscure and hard-to-reach area where it can't jiggle loose and fall off. I leave the location up to you -- be ima... more

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