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Use our car care Reference Library to research any car repair or maintenance question. You need never again walk into a car service experience lacking the knowledge to make a good decision.


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Tire Care Tips -- Want to save money and improve driving safety? Take care of your tires with these easy-to-follow tips.

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Six Secrets for Dealing with Insurance Companies -- When it comes to repairing your car after an accident, your insurance company may not be telling you all you are entitled to know.

DIY at the Self-Service Pump Doing underhood checks at the gas pump is vital to your car's well being. Here's a checklist.

Roadside Emergencies Knowing what to carry in your vehicle to help you cope with roadside emergencies can help keep a minor catastrophe from becoming a major hassle.

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Car Care Q&A
General Car Care
Driving and Ownership
Guide to Good Repair Work
Car Care Encyclopedia Car Care Encyclopedia
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Glossary of Auto Terms Glossary of Auto Terms
Automotive terms defined
Collision & Auto Body Collision & Auto Body
Needed know-how for body repairs
Cars on the Web Cars on the Web
Car clubs, consumer groups and more
iCARumba Bookshelf iCARumba Bookshelf
Reviews of top automotive titles
 Tip of the day

The oil on the dipstick can tell you a lot. It should be honey colored or light brown. Black oil indicates you’re overdue for an oil/filter change, frothy buildup indicates contamination by water and metal particles mean an engine check up is needed.