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 Tips & Tricks

Helpful car maintenance advice and useful tips on all things car-related

A shaking car can be caused by a variety of things, ranging in urgency. We’ve put together a list of the most commons reasons you may be asking yourself, "Why is my car shaking?"

Is there no crank? A clicking or grinding sound? The RepairPal team is ready to help you figure out why your car won't start. We break it down so you can figure out if it's a simple fix, or something more advanced that a trusted technician should take care of.

Knowing when to change your car's oil can be tricky, and it's possible you could be changing it too often! Learn more about how often you should be getting oil changes with RepairPal. Your pocketbook and the planet will thank you later.

Our brake systems are critically important and, unless you have Fred Flintstone feet, you’re going to need them. When your brakes start making noise, you should first determine under what conditions and from what area of the vehicle you hear it.

Summer is over—the kids are back at school, the summer clothes are up in the attic, and your vacation days are used up. Now, you’re ready to relax and chill out until the winter holidays get started. Surely there is nothing left for you to do until then … right? Not quite. This is the perfect time of year to start getting your vehicle ready for winter and the unique problems that cold weather brings. Breakdowns and starting issues can be much worse in lower temperatures, so make sure you are ready well before the first snow fall.

Going to the auto repair shop can raise stressful questions, regardless of whether it is your first visit or your 20th. What's wrong with my car? Does this repair or service really need to be done today? How much should the work cost? Is my repair or service going to be done correctly the first time? Out of all of the questions you may have about repairing and servicing your car, answering the questions below will do the most to help give you confidence in your shop and ensure that you have a hassle-free experience.

By Tom Torbjornsen, Host of America's Car Show Wintertime is hard on vehicles, period. There are common vehicular failures that are winter-related, and they typically settle into six distinct categories: Undercarriage Steering and Suspension Engine Cooling System Transmission and Drivetrain Starting and Charging Systems Body and Wipers  

There are some people who like to push things to the limit—I am not one of those people. I pay my bills as soon as I get them. I do my taxes the first week of February. I do my Christmas shopping in November. Even as a kid, I usually finished my homework before I even left school. I hate to feel anxious, and putting things off to the last second is just too uncomfortable for me. That said, sometimes mistakes happen. Life gets too busy. Something gets lost in the mail. Maybe you lose your job and barely have enough money to cover rent. You never know when the universe is going to throw you a curveball. So, even if you are a hyper-prepared worrywart like me, you might find yourself facing a situation you never thought you would—a lapse in your auto insurance.

It is interesting that 80 percent of vehicle accidents are contributed to poor visibility and yet the average driver gets their wipers replaced every two and a half years. They should be replaced every six months or at most every year. Think of what your windshield encounters!

Driving with a blind spot is something we don’t think about too often until we realize we narrowly missed having an accident when a nearby vehicle swerves around us to avoid contact! Whew! Saved again. We may be shaken up for a minute or two but then we get busy and time passes and we don’t think of it until it happens next time.