The rest of the time, it's all about you, your tools and the feeling of empowerment when you look at a job well done.
Check out these nuggets of information and advice about how best to deal with your mechanic.
The list of common repairs you'll find in this section will save you time, money and frustration dealing with your mechanic.
Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and let a professional take care of things.
Your safety and the safety of those around you should be at the top of every car owner's list of concerns. It's the little things that count, and checking a few of these little things off your list will put you ahead of the game, and ease the pain in your wallet.
If you're careful from the beginning and keep safety in mind while you work, you'll have a problem free car and enough fingers to enjoy it. Most maintenance checks only take a minute, and most maintenance tasks can be tackled in an afternoon.
From old standbys to newly discovered nuggets we'll tell you what stuff we'd love to have around the shop and what should be left at the auto parts store and laughed at.
From new products to industry secrets, check back often for picks and pans alike!