Car Maintenance

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  • Car Battery Care

    Avoid an expensive service or tow charge (and the worry of being stranded!) by keeping your car battery working at peak performance. This…

  • Car Maintenance: Air Filter Check & PCV Valves

    Save money on your next oil change. Check your air filter and PCV valve yourself and save unnecessary replacements. Here's how to tell if you…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Spruce up Your Car: How to Install Seat Covers

    Are your car seats hopelessly stained or torn—or just plain ugly? Learn how to order and install replacement seat covers for both back and…

  • How to Refinish Wheels

    If you go through the trouble of detailing your aging car, sooner or later the rusty wheels are going to bug you. Here's how to refinish the…

  • Change Your Car's Transmission Fluid

    Extend the life of your engine by changing transmission fluid. It's much easier by using a special pump, and you'll save $100 in shop…

  • Replacing Auto Fuses

    Cars run on electricity as well as gas, and almost all of it runs through fuses. Learn where they are, how to spot a blown fuse, and how to…

  • How to Replace a Windshield Wiper Blade

    Stop annoying streaks and chatter from worn wiper blades. Make your car safer. Replace them in minutes.

  • Replace Spark Plug Wires Before They Wear Out

    Worn spark plug wires and boots can start to leak voltage to nearby engine parts, causing arcing and creating performance problems. Replace them…

  • How to Replace Spark Plugs

    Change your spark plugs yourself to maintain peak performance and high gas mileage. In most cases it's a simple job as long as you have the…

  • Fix Car Dents Yourself

    If you follow these steps, you can patch a car dent yourself in just an afternoon and save a few hundred bucks over body shop prices.

  • Repairing and Maintaining Car Door Weather Stripping

    Repair torn weather stripping on car doors quickly and easily, and treat it with silicone spray to prevent winter freeze-up and further weather…

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