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The DIY Garage blog of Advance Auto Parts features cutting edge automotive news, green driving and fuel economy tips and how-to posts for car maintenance/car repair.
2017-05-16 18:59
Back when the Chevrolet Camaro debuted, the Beatles were making albums, color TV was a new novelty and the Vietnam war was escalating. Chevy’s sleek new number, an answer to Ford&rsquo&hell…Read More
2017-05-15 12:00
Source | Andrew Duthie/Flickr Over the last 50 years, dozens of SUVs and off-roaders debuted only to become stuck in the ruts and mud holes of history, forgotten. There are very few legends… Read More
2017-05-11 12:00
2011 Ford F-150. Source | Creative Commons It’s no secret that we Americans love our trucks, and that love is unlikely to dwindle any time soon. This love story has had its ups and dow… Read More
2017-05-08 12:00
So your car’s been experiencing bad fuel pump symptoms. Sounds like an expensive, time-consuming fix, right? A fuel pump replacement doesn’t have to be either of those things. Wi… Read More
2017-05-02 12:00
Source | Rich Helmer, Unsplash Modern interior designs often deliver shifters that aren’t very memorable. That’s not the case with classic shifters. Those look incredibly differe… Read More
2017-04-27 10:30
Lincoln Continental Mark II f34. Source | Wikimedia Commons To fully appreciate the Continental Mark II, you have to look at what the automotive scene in mid-1950s America was like. The econ… Read More
2017-04-20 12:00
Source | Dave_7/Flickr Auto manufacturers have almost exclusively used turbochargers in sports cars or race cars in the last couple of decades. Considering their main purpose is to provide a… Read More
2017-04-03 10:00
Source | Matthias/Flickr The Mother Road still delivers one of the best road-trip experiences. Originally a transportation lifeline, Route 66 developed into a unique culture of old-school Am… Read More
2017-03-23 10:30
Imagine this: It’s summer 1991 and you’re cruising around in your new Mustang GT. You rumble up to a red light and notice a black Chevy S-10 with lower body skirts and fancy whee… Read More
2017-03-21 16:00
  Source | Daniel Watson/Unsplash Your lawn mower might not have a 450hp big block, but believe it or not, the same tune-up principles for your classic muscle car apply to your lawn and… Read More
2017-03-16 09:00
Source | Steve Ferrante/Flickr Giant wheels, perfect stance, megawatt power, and excellent handling—all wrapped in timeless muscle beauty. Pro-Touring can be the ultimate expression of… Read More
2017-03-13 17:00
Source | Paul Townshend/Flickr Last February alone, light-duty truck sales in the U.S. totaled over 800,000 units. Drivers are moving from traditional coupes and sedans to SUVs and pickups d… Read More
5 Of The Most-Coveted Classic Tuner Cars
2017-03-09 18:21
Tuner cars are nothing new. Back in the ’60s, they were called third-party muscle cars, modified by the dealership or company to increase performance over what the factory offered. Som… Read More
How Does A Code Reader Work?
2017-03-06 21:16
Source | Chris Isherwood/Flickr When that “check engine” light comes on, many drivers start thinking about their bank accounts. They wonder if they need to immediately pull over… Read More
5 Incredible ATV Road Trip Destinations
2017-03-03 14:00
You’ve de-winterized your favorite ATV, the weather is getting better and better, and you’ve got a serious case of the itch to get out and ride. But what if your local trails fee… Read More
Crucial Cars: BMW 2002
2017-02-23 08:30
During the late 1960s, American performance cars that could seat four or five adults comfortably were big, heavy, and fast. We’re talking midsize coupes like the Pontiac GTO, Chevelle… Read More
Forefixers: Windshield Wipers
2017-02-21 17:00
During the thick of rain-and-snow season, your windshield wipers are as important a piece of safety equipment as your brakes or headlights. But cars didn’t always have the means to ens… Read More
Intake Manifolds: Born To Rev
2017-02-14 17:00
Intake manifolds are a fascinating part of the internal combustion engine. Their design has a great deal of influence on how the engine performs. The simplest change can drastically alter h… Read More
How To Clean An Engine Bay The Right Way
2017-02-13 09:00
Source | Gerard McGovern/Flickr Do you clean your vehicle? The answer’s probably yes. But do you clean your engine bay? If not, that’s like taking a shower but never brushing yo… Read More
How To Choose Windshield Wipers
2017-02-10 20:06
Source | Jaromír Kavan/Unsplash When it comes time to choose windshield wipers, the number of options available might surprise you. While wiper blades all share the same function, th… Read More
A Look Back At The Truckcar
2017-02-10 12:00
Lots of people love pickup trucks but don’t always have the need for a full-size truck. Way back in the ’50s, manufacturers developed a solution with the car-based truck, commonl… Read More
Getting To Know John Force
2017-02-09 09:30
John Force is a legendary NHRA racer, team owner of John Force Racing, and proud father of racers Courtney, Ashley, and Brittany, and father-in-law to Rob Hight. He started racing in 1978 an… Read More
How To Change Spark Plugs
2017-02-06 12:00
Keep your engine in good working order. Here’s how to change spark plugs. To some, a car’s engine may seem like an impossibly complicated hunk of mystical machinery. While that&r&hell…Read More
Crucial Cars: Dodge Li’l Red Express
2017-02-02 00:30
The mid- to late-1970s were rightfully regarded as the darkest days of performance. In an effort to meet ever-tightening emissions standards, engines were detuned as compression ratios were… Read More
Road Trip: Super Bowl LI In Houston
2017-01-30 11:00
Source | Augustinedelosdolores2002/commons.wikimedia.org Super Bowl LI takes place on February 5th in Houston, Texas. The last time Space City hosted the Super Bowl was 2004 (do the words … Read More
Upgrade Your Car With Modern Stereo Tech
2017-01-25 15:00
Whether you’re shopping for your first classic car, handing down a beloved vehicle to a high schooler, or looking to upgrade your current ride, adding modern stereo tech to an older ca… Read More
Forefixers: Innovations In Suspension
2017-01-20 17:00
On the list of things we take for granted, automobile suspension is definitely up there near the top. Without it, every seemingly harmless car ride down an uneven street would have the poten… Read More
What Is Lead Substitute And Do You Need It?
2017-01-18 15:00
Source | Clem Onojeghuo If you own a classic car or have been thinking about getting one, chances are someone has told you that you need to use a lead substitute. But what is lead substitut… Read More
Crucial Cars: The Datsun Z
2017-01-12 11:00
Yutaka Katayama. You may not have heard of him, but you’ve surely seen his influence on the automotive world. Affectionately known as “Mr. K” and the “Father of the Z… Read More
Road Trip: Hot Spring Havens
2017-01-11 13:30
Source | Flickr When it comes to winter road trips, you could go one of two ways. Either embrace the snow and head to mountain slopes or flee to warmer waters. But why not combine the two w… Read More
The Future Of Hot Rodding: Electric Cars
2017-01-05 20:00
Hot rodders and horsepower enthusiasts tend to have a dismal opinion of electric cars. Once accurately described as slow tin cans, today’s electric vehicles are the future of the muscl… Read More
The 6 Most Popular Posts Of 2016
2016-12-27 10:00
Happy Holidays from the Advance Team! As we prepare to spend time with family for the holidays and celebrate the arrival of 2017, we thought we’d take a look at your favorite posts of… Read More
Best Of Speed Perks 2016
2016-12-26 13:00
Take a look back at the all the exciting Speed Perks events we held in 2016. From Daytona Bike Week, to Coca-Cola 600 race day, to NFL Legends meet and greets, it’s been a great year f… Read More
Crucial Cars: Toyota MR2
2016-12-21 17:54
From timeless icons to everyday essentials, Crucial Cars examines the vehicles we can’t live without. For this installment, we put the spotlight on Toyota’s feisty sports car, th… Read More
The Weird World Of Intake Manifolds
2016-12-20 19:03
Intake manifolds are often a hot rodder’s upgrade part but are otherwise mostly ignored. Every minivan on the road has an intake manifold feeding an air and fuel mixture to the cylind… Read More
Our Forefixers: The Winter Innovators
2016-12-06 17:00
Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night shall stop today’s drivers from getting somewhere sunny and bright! Nope, we’re not referring to the delivery route of your friendly neig… Read More
I Didn’t Know They Sold That!
2016-12-05 14:55
Advance Auto Parts opened its doors in 1932 in Roanoke, Virginia, back when driving was still in its early days and you could buy parts for just a quarter. Our stores have changed over the y… Read More
Racing For The Total Newb
2016-12-02 15:00
Do you want to go racing, but only lack the race car and professional license? That’s okay! While NASCAR won’t allow you on-track just yet, there are plenty of ways for the total… Read More
Our Forefixers: The Lighting Innovators
2016-11-30 12:00
Just as TV is enjoying a unrivaled era of quality programming, the automotive industry is experiencing a golden age of lighting. Today, manufacturers use everything from halogen to LED techn… Read More
Crucial Cars: Buick Grand National
2016-11-14 17:14
From timeless icons to everyday essentials, Crucial Cars examines the vehicles we can’t live without. For this installment, we put the spotlight on Buick’s iconic ’80s musc… Read More
Giving Thanks For Automotive Experiences
2016-11-12 13:04
With Thanksgiving and the holidays around the corner, our Store Team Members are giving thanks. We asked them to share the automotive experiences for which they’re most grateful, and w… Read More
Why Do Car Batteries Die In Winter?
2016-11-07 15:00
Few things are more frustrating than climbing into a cold, snow-covered car or truck only to hear the dreaded “click-click” of a dead battery. It happens to the best of us. But w… Read More
When Speed Perks Members Meet NFL Pros
2016-10-31 19:00
We’re big fans of getting together with our customers to talk cars. It’s always a good time, and some of the stories that get shared… well, let’s just say we&rsquo&hellip…Read More
Community: National Motorcycle Ride Day
2016-10-10 18:38
National Motorcycle Ride Day rolls around every year on the second Saturday in October. To celebrate, we asked motorcycle enthusiasts to share photos of their favorite bike rides or rou… Read More
Why You Need To Consider Your Floor Mat
2016-09-26 10:58
As you probably already know, mats and liners are a rather simple cover for a vehicle’s floor and footwell area, protecting the carpet from the dusty, snowy, and muddy outside world th… Read More
The Appalachian Trail: Road Trip Version
2016-09-20 08:30
The Appalachian Trail, or AT as it’s often called, is a “bucket-list” adventure for hiking enthusiasts. Hikers prepare months for the 2,100-mile journey that takes six mon… Read More
How To Extend Your Transmission’s Life
2016-08-15 14:35
Coaxing the maximum life out of your vehicle’s transmission isn’t difficult if you follow some simple yet proven advice. True, the transmission is one of the most expensive parts… Read More

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