Maintenance 101

Which Cars Have Free Maintenance for 2021?

By Fred Meier on November 29, 2020

Here are brands that offer some form of complimentary scheduled maintenance for their 2021 new vehicles. Read More
Is Oil for High-Mileage Engines Worth the Extra Cost?

By Rick Popely on October 2, 2018

CARS.COM — Most major oil brands market motor oil made specifically for engines that have more than 75,000 miles of wear, claiming that additives help reduce engine wear and provide anti-aging bene... Read More
When Is It Time to Replace Your Tires?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2018

Traditional advice says that when your tire tread is worn down to where the groove measures just 2/32 of an inch (and that’s the tire tread depth law in some states) or when the tread wear in... Read More
Does the Brand of Gas I Use Actually Matter?

By Rick Popely on September 27, 2018

Yes, it does matter, because some brands contain more detergent additives that can prevent carbon deposits from forming inside your engine. These are the so-called Top Tier brands that use consider... Read More
How Do I Check the Pad Life on My Disc Brakes?

By Rick Popely on September 18, 2018

CARS.COM — When a driver applies the brake pedal to stop their vehicle, the brake pads are the friction material that gets pressed against the discs that spin along with the wheels. Eventually they... Read More
Will a Reusable Engine Air Filter Really Get Me Better Mileage and Better Performance?

By Rick Popely on September 18, 2018

Several aftermarket manufacturers sell engine intake air filters that they claim provide better airflow and increase a car’s horsepower and acceleration as a result. Some of these companies h... Read More
Do Struts Need to Be Replaced?

By Rick Popely on July 9, 2018

CARS.COM — Your car’s struts are a vital part of its suspension system. They are structural in nature, and they are mounted to the top of the car’s chassis. Struts come down through the... Read More
Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

By Tom Torbjornsen on June 28, 2018

CARS.COM — Why does your automatic transmission act funny? The most common causes include leaking seals, mechanical damage, worn-out transmission fluid or inadequate transmission fluid level, but ... Read More
Air-Conditioner Condenser: What You Need to Know

By Rick Popely on June 11, 2018

There are many pieces to the puzzle of equipment that is the car air conditioner, but one vital component of your vehicle’s cool air system is the air-conditioning condenser. A/C condenser is... Read More
Does Engine Coolant Go Bad?

By Rick Popely on June 11, 2018

A common question beyond the walls of Cars HQ is whether or not the engine coolant of your car radiator goes bad. The short answer: Yes, engine coolant does deteriorate over time. But unless someth... Read More