Vehicle Repair & Maintenance Blog

Get tips and recommendations from our tech experts, and Henkel engineers on repairing and keeping your cars, motorcycles, and boats in their best condition. We will have 2-3 new posts a month, with new channels and topics!

Good news! The weather is finally getting colder. You know what that means…snow! I recently took my sled out to get it ready for the season and one of the first things I did was change the chain case oil. This is important for two reasons: 1. Chain case oil breaks down with heating and cooling […]

Do the grips on your dirt bike look like this? If so, it’s time to swap them out for new ones. When you’re hitting jumps during a ride, I don’t think you need me to tell you how important a good handlebar grip is. There are lots of different kinds of grips ranging from waffle to half […]

Throttles cables are one of those things that can be overlooked when maintaining your dirt bike, but they shouldn’t be! Cleaning and lubing them on a regular basis will prevent the cable from fraying and snapping, ensure a smooth throttle action lowering the chances of arm pump, and help you avoid an accident caused by a jammed throttle. […]

During the summer offseason, I swap out a sled for a dirt bike and hit the course at my home compound. It’s one of the ways I stay sane when I’m missing the snow!  Summer riding brings some unique challenges, though. The fluffy, white buffer between my ride and the Earth is gone. That means […]

One of the simplest ways to keep your dirt bike going strong is consistently lubing the chain. It sounds obvious, but some riders don’t do it often enough, or worse, don’t do it at all!  Consistently using a good chain lube will keep your bike’s chain from corroding and will make it more pliable. This […]

Have you ever dropped your motorcycle? If so, you know the heart-sinking feeling you get as you watch it hit the ground. A common result in this scenario is a cracked fairing. A new one can cost you $500 or more – probably more than you have budgeted right now. Maintaining your bike is expensive […]

At age 25, stock car racing driver Ryan Preece has built a strong resume. He made his NASCAR debut in 2007 in the Whelen Modified Tour, and has since made 123 starts, earning 15 wins, 55 top-fives, 78 top-tens, and 14 pole awards.  In 2008, Preece became the youngest driver in Whelen Modified Tour history […]

So, you’re hearing a rubbing or grinding noise in your brakes? You know what that means, even if you are not accustomed to fixing your own car: it’s time to change the brake pads.  You could rely on repair shop for the fix. Replacing the brake pads will cost you around $150 (more or less, […]

I love fixing my project cars, but hate doing maintenance on the daily drivers. One is enjoying my hobby, the other feels like work. But, sometimes I can’t avoid it.  Thankfully, my wife’s 2005 Honda CRV hasn’t needed much outside of oil changes, air filters and drivetrain lubrication service. Recently it hit the 98K mile […]

Some repairs you do yourself, some you delegate to the local garage. No shame in that – maybe the job is too complex, or you just don’t have the time to do it yourself.  That was the case when I brought my 2003 Jetta TDI wagon (yes, it is a veggie car) to get a […]