Autos: Ownership

Horsepower vs. Torque: What's the Difference?

Thursday  20:22,   15 june 2017

When you’re comparing cars, you’ll most likely see their engine performance described in terms of horsepower, and most people perceive that a higher number means a more powerful engine. When you’re comparing cars, you’ll most likely see their... >>>

The Dangers of Daytime Running Lights

Monday  23:25,   12 june 2017

Though touted as a safety feature, they sometimes lead to other unsafe situations.Unfortunately, their presence leads to some new safety concerns. How many times have you seen a car going down the road at night with no lights except their daytime... >>>

How To Properly Determine Your Battery’s True State-Of-Charge

Friday  18:25,   09 june 2017

How Do You Check Battery Health? By testing it, of course! But any test’s validity is influenced by the battery’s true state of charge. If it has just been recharged or the engine has been running with a normally functioning alternator, the battery... >>>

The Most Important Facts (And Myths) About Your Car Battery

Wednesday  20:00,   07 june 2017

We debunk some myths and add tips to taking car of this hugely important part in your car. Even if you're driving a gas guzzling SUV, electricity remains crucial to driving a car. Thanks to modern-day electric batteries, drivers no longer have to... >>>

A new study by AAA puts to rest one of the most common questions car owners have

Tuesday  22:01,   06 june 2017

If you're a good car owner and follow a reasonable maintenance schedule, you likely change your oil at least twice a year. But a big question always comes up when undertaking this basic task, either yourself or at a professional garage or... >>>

How to Fix Your Speedometer for Different Size Tires

Friday  21:15,   26 may 2017

Have you changed your tire size or final-drive gear? You just made your speedo and odometer inaccurate. Here's how to fix them both.This particular fix should work for any car with an electronic speedometer-so, not your '67 Camaro with a gauge... >>>

What to Do If You Lose Your Car's Title

Friday  12:55,   26 may 2017

So you lost your title. Here's how to get a fresh one, even if it isn't in your name.First, the easy one. If you lose the Certificate of Title to the car you own now–and it was titled to you–most states allow you to simply apply for a... >>>

Here's What It Will Cost If Your Car's 'Check Engine' Light Stays On

Monday  23:55,   22 may 2017

It can signal an issue as minor as a loose gas cap or as major as complete engine failure. Either way it’s not to be ignored.The kicker is that check engine light is often easy to ignore, as a vehicle may not exhibit specific symptoms of a... >>>

Here's Why You Shouldn't Use Winter Tires in the Summer

Friday  22:55,   19 may 2017

PSA: Seasonally-appropriate tires absolutely make a difference.In a winter tire, the rubber compound is designed to stay soft at lower temperatures to increase grip on slippery surfaces, and it also features deeper treads and more extensive siping.... >>>

PSA: Do Not Put Grease On Your Brakes To Stop Them From Squealing

Thursday  19:51,   18 may 2017

Yes, someone actually thought this was a good idea.Now, I know what you're thinking. Someone probably just greased up a stuck caliper so they could winch a car onto a flatbed or something. Oh how I wish that were the case, but it's pretty clear that >>>

How to Get Your Car Ready For Your Next Road Trip

Thursday  17:11,   18 may 2017

Road trips are like a marathon race for your car. Make sure it's prepared. The arrival of spring always stirs up a longing for adventure. After months cooped up inside and navigating wet or icy roads, blue skies and warm weather are reason... >>>

How to Install Your Own Driving Lights

Thursday  17:10,   18 may 2017

Driving lights provide an extra boost of illumination when your high beams are on, and you can install them yourself.Off-road driving lights are typically activated by a separate switch and not linked to your high beams. These are strictly for... >>>

5 Tip-Offs to Mechanic Rip-Offs

Thursday  17:10,   18 may 2017

Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Unless you’re a car mechanic yourself, dealing with a repair shop may require a leap of faith. But if you pay attention to what your mechanic says (and does), you’ll find... >>>

Beware of pressure media: Tire puncture sets in the test

Tuesday  10:05,   09 may 2017

1/4 IMAGES © AutoNEWS Platter tire? The GTÜ tested eight tire puncture sets 2/4 IMAGES © AutoNEWS The test winner: The ResQ Tire Mobility Kit from airMAN 3/4 IMAGES © AutoNEWS Not recommended: With some systems, the sealant has to be squeezed... >>>

Running On Empty With Run-Flat Tires

Wednesday  19:25,   26 april 2017

If you’ve bought a new car in the last several years, there’s an increasing likelihood that when you take a look in the trunk, you’ll no longer find a spare tire. Here are the performance advantages to ditching the spare, and a real-world example of >>>