De-Ice Your Vehicle

Ice on car.

Content provided courtesy of USAA. If you find your car coated in snow and ice, take the time to clear it properly before heading out on the road. It's unsafe (and illegal in some states) to drive with built-up precipitation impairing your vision.  Begin the de-icing process by starting the engine and turning on the defroster to warm the winds... more

Auto Repair: Checking and Packing Wheel Bearings

Engine block repair.

As you can see in Figure 15-7, wheel bearings usually come in pairs of inner and outer bearings. They allow your wheels to turn freely over thousands of miles by cushioning the contact between the wheel and the spindle it sits on with frictionless bearings and lots of nice, gooey grease. This grease tends to pick up dust, dirt, and little pa... more

Auto Repair: Checking Disc Brakes

car repair: opening the hood

Today, most vehicles have four-wheel disc brakes. Others have disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes on the rear wheels. You should check disc brakes (see Figure 15-6) and disc brake linings every 10,000 miles — more often if your brakes suddenly start to squeal or pull to one side, or if your brake pedal flutters when you step ... more

5 Maintenance Tips to Help Keep Your Car Running Longer

Auto engine repair on creeper.

Content provided courtesy of USAA.  Most days, our cars take us smoothly from here to there ... and back again. So, not surprisingly, we often take their reliability for granted. But even the trustiest of vehicles still relies on you to complete five basic maintenance steps for better survival in the long run. You should likely have lower mai... more

Auto Repair: Reassembling Drum Brakes

Working on a creeper

After you finish inspecting your brakes, you're ready to reassemble everything. Make sure that you get everything back in the proper order and direction. The following steps tell you how: As you did with the drums, saturate the dirt on the brake backing plate with brake parts cleaner; then wipe it off with a clean, grease-free rag. ... more

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