Jeffrey Ellison

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How To Fix a Car Paint Scratch

Scratches, chips and other imperfections are just about unavoidable, but a careful repair job can be almost totally invisible. Here's how to fix a paint scratch on your car, step by step.<p>Options for paint repair range from simple tinted waxes and As-Seen-On-TV miracle pens to multistage treatments …

Home Improvement

How to Fix Your Car's Dents and Dings

Our auto experts walk you through the process of using body filler to hide those ugly dents.<p>Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: Nobody wants to use body filler—it's not a flawless fix. But often, perfect is the enemy of the good. Dinged sheet metal can be repaired with specialized …


The Lightning-Fast Guide to Figuring Out What's Wrong With Your Car

Can't figure out what that weird smell, sound, or warning light really means? We've got you covered.<p>1. The interior has developed a rattle.<p><b>Likely Cause</b>: A pothole or general wear has shaken parts loose.<p><b>Can You Fix It</b>? Yes. Remove the culprit panel and apply Dynamat adhesive sound-deadening …

Rhode Island

How to Change a Tire Safely & Quickly

A flat tire never happens when it's convenient. Even if you already know how, here's a refresher with some helpful tips to make it less of an ordeal.<p>A flat tire never happens when it's convenient. You'll be all dressed up and on the way to an important event when you run over that errant nail. …


How to Adjust Your Headlights

Need to adjust your beams? Here's out quick-and-dirty guide to ensuring your headlights are aligned to shine on the road rather than in the eyes of oncoming drivers.<p><b>If you're on vacation and the back of the car</b> is loaded with hunting and fishing gear, maybe even a large catch, plus other "road …


How to Remove Rusted Bolts

We've all come across a nut that over time has rusted itself solid to the accompanying bolt. The rusted bolt is always tough to take off, but any DIYer with a level head and steady hand can tackle the challenge. The first rule is to invoke the patience of a Bonsai artist. Getting angry will put you …


How to Remove Rust From Your Vehicle

Rust can turn any car or truck into dust in not time. We tell you how to fight back.<p>An ominous brown stain on the fender, a bubble in the paint at the bottom of a door, suddenly soaked floors after hitting a puddle—these are signs the iron worm has been hard at work. Rust. Otherwise-good cars are …

Classic Cars

How to Wash Your Car Like a Pro

There is much more to washing and waxing when it comes to cleaning and protecting your vehicle's paint.<p>If you care about your car's exterior, you'll avoid those quickie car washes with the big brushes that can do more harm than good and do a DIY car wash that will achieve the best results.<p>Most …

What You Need to Know When Buying New Tires

Replacing your car's tires is usually an unwanted expense and often an intimidating buying experience. But here's what you need to know to make the new tire buying process much less painful.<p><b>Buying new tires ranks pretty far down</b> on the list of things most people want to do with their time and …

Water Heater

Junkyard 101: How to Find Cheap Car Parts

Your local automotive graveyard can be an intimidating place, but it's a great source inexpensive parts and unusual finds. PM tells you what to know before you go.<p><b>The North American junkyard is a magical</b> place if you're a penny-pincher, gearhead, professional widget collector, or just bored out of …

Classic Cars

How to Get Your Car's Stuck Shifter Unstuck

If your stick shifter has started to act up, is it a sign of greater trouble down the road? We answer that, and how to fix it.<p>I have a 1997 VW Passat with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder and a five-speed manual. That manual works just fine most of the year, but as the temperatures drop in late fall and …


How to Buy a Used Car Without Getting Burned: The 101-Point Checklist

Buying a used car can be a minefield, but doing a diligent inspection will reduce your chances of ending up with buyer's remorse. Our ultimate 101-point used car checklist sorts the ignorable details from the deal-breakers, and it will show you whether you're likely dealing with a lemon or a …

Used Cars

Top 20 Automotive Tips for Gonzo Repairs

Here, auto editor Mike Allen compiles his top 20 outside-the-toolbox tips for gonzo repairs on cars, trucks, lawnmowers and anything else that has an engine.<p>Floating Feeling<p>Disintegrated float in the carburetor of your dune buggy? Make a fuel injector out of a Bic ballpoint. Gut the pen, leaving …


Own the Night: 10 Tips for Driving After Dark

Night driving isn't just annoying, it's dangerous. Here are 10 of our favorite tips to make your nocturnal migrations safer and better.<p>Night driving isn't just annoying, it's dangerous. Here are 10 of our favorite tips to make your nocturnal migrations safer and better.

Landscape Photography

How to Drive on the Beach--Without Getting Stuck

Driving on hard-packed beach sand, like at Daytona Beach, is a piece of cake. Any car will do, because the moisture in the sand keeps it cohesive. The biggest problem you might have is leaving the car parked until the tide comes in. Loose, fluffy sand, however, is a more difficult proposition. Here …

New Zealand

How to Buy Auto Parts Without Getting Screwed

If you don't know how to shop for auto parts, you're going to wind up overspending, buying the wrong stuff, or both. These 10 tricks of the trade will help you score the parts you need at the lowest possible cost. Originally published at Road & Track.<p>If you don't know how to shop for auto parts, …

Honda Civic

Luke Skywalker, Your Landspeeder Is Ready

This hover-car concept wasn't ready for primetime.<p><i>Photo by Curtis-Wright</i><p>Following the end of World War II, the United States military invested a great deal of money in the development of new hardware offering tactical advantages on future battlefields. One of the concepts which the Army …

Luke Skywalker

The 51 Coolest Trucks Of All Time

Theres just something we all like about a pickup, man.

Chevrolet Suburban

1934 Logic: Wall of Death not dangerous enough. Let's add lions.

Lions in a silodrome, Porsche skiing, and a Peugeot steeplechase, all in vintage newsreels.<p>We recently stumbled across a treasure trove of offbeat vintage sporting newsreels. Mixed in with gems like <i>Tennis on Ice!</i> and <i>Babies Boxing Match</i> were several clips documenting some of the strangest automotive …

Steeplechase (Horse Racing)

10 Awesome Car Tattoos

Nothing completes your love for a car or carmaker like getting an automotive tattoo.


The Man Behind the 1000-Mph Car

PopMech catches up with the team building Bloodhound, a $69 million, 7.5-ton snarling beast.<p><b>The insane quest to top 1000 mph</b> in a car is right on schedule, says Richard Noble, the 68-year-old, perfectly sane-sounding head of the Bloodhound SSC project. "We're on plan," Noble says. "And not just on …

Andy Green

6 Significant Carroll Shelby Creations

A list of the top six Shelbys you should know about.

Sports Cars

The Case For The Manual Transmission

Why we take matters into our own hands. (And feet.)<p><i>Image by Ellen Weinstein</i><p>A few months ago, I followed a discussion on the Internet. Clarification: I followed a discussion on Facebook, which is like the Internet crossed with a gossipy prison camp. It was one of those back-and-forth sessions where …

Sam Smith

I Rebuilt This Enormous Ancient Packard Engine

Resurrecting an old inline eight is about more than putting parts together. It's a way for gearheads to share a project close to their automotive hearts.<p><b>The engine sat there on the stand, seemingly</b> glowing in the low morning light that streamed into the shop: a flat-head, 327-cubic-inch Packard …

Detroit Auto Show