By | Last updated: November 11, 2020
best led headlights There are few things in life more frustrating than one’s car being equipped with a set of headlights which cast approximately as much light as two fireflies in a jam jar. The auto industry has steadily improved the situation by introducing LEDs to the front of many cars ... even if the IIHS has an annoying habit of deploying their ‘marginal’ rating far too… Read more
By | Last updated: November 6, 2020
Wiper blades are the Rodney Dangerfield of automotive parts. Completely ignored and routinely forgotten, they’re a rarely thought of component ... until they wear out. Then, they’re generally the subject of foul language and rude epithets as they give up the ghost and are reduced to tattered strips of rubber that only serve to smear bugs across the windshield. (more…) Read more
By | Last updated: October 21, 2020
Titikul_B/ They've created more YouTube footage than Supercar Blondie and are responsible for finally bringing justice to that jerk who hit your parked car. Dash cams are one example of how recording technology can be placed right in the hands - and on the windshields - of anyone with a few dollars in their pocket. We'll leave all mention of the uncomfortable reality that most… Read more
By | Last updated: October 16, 2020
Scattered amongst all the commerce posts you've read on this and other sites about ZOMG PRIME DAY DEALS featuring a wide array of products are lists like this one, focused on a single type of car part that you're not likely to think about until its actually needed. Taillight bulbs certainly aren't the sexiest topic but it is an eminently practical one. Having a… Read more
By | Last updated: October 14, 2020
Amazon’s highly-anticipated annual shopping event, Amazon Prime Day, is finally here tomorrow. A bit late, due to the pandemic, but here nonetheless. Amazon Prime Day starts on Tuesday, October 13 at midnight and runs through Wednesday, October 14. Consider it an early version of Black Friday or Cyber Monday, or just a way to score a really good deal. With so many of us… Read more
By | Last updated: October 9, 2020
Image: Smile Fight/ Your car's lug nuts are a lot like your car's insurance policy - doing its job in silence, not thought of until needed, and cursed upon failure. They are also, like your author, routinely ignored. There is a buying demographic for aftermarket lug nuts, however, a group that mostly includes people trying to spruce up a used car or hapless DIYers who stepped on… Read more
By | Last updated: October 7, 2020
Image: Anselm Kempf/ You're on the way home from work, minding your own business, when *bang* that service truck you've been following for the last 10 miles flicks up a rock which impacts yer car's windshield. Great; just great. But all is not lost (except for that chip of the windshield that just flew out into the weeds; that's gone for good). There are plenty of… Read more
By | Last updated: October 1, 2020
Doug McLean/ This is a slightly difficult list since virtually every vehicle on the road takes a different type of fuel filter. Unless you're driving a GM product from the '90s; experience shows they all used roughly the same one from about 1990 until about 2008. Also, know that there typically aren't service intervals for the replacement of these things - generally, when they go bad,… Read more
By | Last updated: September 25, 2020
Image: daily_creativity/ For those of us unable or unwilling to make monthly payments to an OEM overlord, preventing us from ordering a car exactly as we'd like it from the factory, turning to the aftermarket sates our desire for owning a vehicle that's a bit different than all the others that left the factory. Beats turning to illicit substances, I suppose. Painting the brake calipers on… Read more
By | Last updated: September 25, 2020
Aleksandr Kondratov/ If you've skipped over all the DIY posts we've made in this series these last few weeks, perhaps this one will be more to your liking. While not everyone needs or wants to wrench on their own ride, there's a solid chance that most gearheads like to have a few cleaning tools on hand. Attacking your car's wheels with a general use brush isn't… Read more
By | Last updated: September 18, 2020
Spark Plug Socket. Image: sima/ Continuing the recent trend of DIY tools, we've selected spark plug sockets as today's list of choices. While not all of us set gaps and fiddle with old fashioned points systems, there's a solid chance most of our readers have had cause to throw a new set of plugs in their beater at some point or another. Digging through a pile of random tools… Read more
By | Last updated: September 17, 2020
If you followed our advice about socket sets and garage door openers, you're well on your way to dabbling in a bit of automotive DIY. A good place to start? The simple oil change. Since oil is the lifeblood of your car, it's an excellent idea to understand why it's important to change it regularly. Ah, who are we kidding? You lot know all… Read more
By | Last updated: September 11, 2020
GagoDesgin/ Garage Door Hands up if you've ever toiled on a car behind creaky garage doors with enough gap in the seals to let in heat during summer and snow during winter. Actually, a solid number of us have likely changed engines or replaced fenders curbside or in the parking lot of Canadian Tire. No? Ok, fine; AutoZone, then. For those of us who've grown up and… Read more
By | Last updated: September 9, 2020
Travis Birdsall/ It's unfortunate the word 'creeper' has a different connotation in the Internet era. Anyone saying "Do you want to see my new creeper?" or "I crushed my old creeper and put it in the dumpster," will likely receive a visit from the gendarmes in short order. At the very least, the FBI will be watching your texts for a couple of weeks. But we… Read more
By | Last updated: September 4, 2020
Racing seats. BigTunaOnline/ It is freely admitted that a bit of help was enlisted for this post. After all, your author does not generally purchase items for his daily driver that intentionally make it less comfortable (except for the U-Cheap-OutTM suspension kit he once purchased; best to gloss over that one). Plunking a set of racing seats in your whip isn't something to be done on a… Read more